from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a long slender body, a long tail, short legs, and brownish fur that in many species turns white in winter.
- n. A person regarded as sneaky or treacherous.
- intransitive v. To be evasive; equivocate.
- weasel out Informal To back out of a situation or commitment in a sneaky or cowardly manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The least weasel, Mustela nivalis.
- n. Any of the carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a slender body, a long tail and usually a light brown upper coat and light-coloured belly.
- n. The taxonomic family Mustelidae is also called the weasel family.
- n. A devious or sneaky person or animal.
- n. A type of yarn winder used for counting the yardage of handspun yarn. It most commonly has a wooden peg or dowel that pops up from the gearing mechanism after a certain number of yards have been wound onto the winder.
- v. To achieve by clever or devious means.
- v. To gain something for oneself by clever or devious means.
- v. To engage in clever or devious behavior.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of various species of small carnivores belonging to the genus Putorius, as the ermine and ferret. They have a slender, elongated body, and are noted for the quickness of their movements and for their bloodthirsty habit in destroying poultry, rats, etc. The ermine and some other species are brown in summer, and turn white in winter; others are brown at all seasons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small carnivorous digitigrade mammal of the restricted genus Putorius, of the family Mustelidæ, related to the stoat or ermine, ferret, and polecat of the same genus, and less intimately to the marten or sable of the genus Mustela of the same family.
- n. The weasel-coot.
- n. A lean, mean, sneaking, greedy fellow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who is regarded as treacherous or sneaky
- n. small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck
The use of a target in weasel is irrelevant; it is required only because the analogy weasel uses is string "fitness" (correspondence to a known Englidh phrase) and string fitness is defined by human convention.
March 19th, 2010 at 1: 36 pm tombaker says: the weasel is the only mammal capable of rotating its spine past 180 degrees, as aptly demonstrated in post 43.
Wow, the poor weasel is still being kicked around this blog?
Perhaps, being from the "other side," "far side," or "dark side," you could concisely explain to me what message "weasel" is supposed to convey.
The Sea Mink weasel is presumed extinct, but e. eoli with its bacterial flagellum lives on ….
What are the odds that this fracking AG weasel is another fracking closet case?
I sense that the weasel is itching to launch a defense of “policy by anecdote”.
This kind of "semantic weasel" is essentially the approach taken by Gregory Bateson in his next-to-last book, Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity.
Instead, Romney relied on what are sometimes called "weasel words", in which an allegation is alluded to, without being made head-on.
Now this weasel is backing Obama ..... seems all the scum does jenny