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[kat-wawk] /ˈkætˌwɔk/
a narrow walkway, especially one high above the surrounding area, used to provide access or allow workers to stand or move, as over the stage in a theater, outside the roadway of a bridge, along the top of a railroad car, etc.
Origin of catwalk
1880-85; cat1 + walk Unabridged
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  • The core is laid out in special holders on the core-receiving catwalk.
  • Fashion is highly perishable, quickly influenced by the latest thing seen on the catwalk or on the back of a celebrity.
  • Usually sidelined in the seats, this time celebrities strutted the catwalk wearing red dresses by various designers.
  • Watch these two models get into a fight while walking the catwalk at a live fashion show.
  • Plastic bags have their own lobbyists, who don't appreciate lectures from the catwalk.
  • The stage is fairly simple, with two levels and a short catwalk jutting out in the center.
  • He starts the final chorus on his knees at the end of the catwalk, and the place goes nuts.
  • In another room, long-haired, long-legged beauties practice the strut of catwalk models.
  • One end of a catwalk that was used to access service valves in the chemical lines was fastened to a wall of the room.
  • The catwalk had a standard guardrail between the side of the catwalk and the tail pulley on the conveyor.
British Dictionary definitions for catwalk


a narrow ramp extending from the stage into the audience in a theatre, nightclub, etc, esp as used by models in a fashion show
a narrow pathway over the stage of a theatre, along a bridge, etc
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Word Origin and History for catwalk

1885, "long, narrow footway," from cat (n.) + walk (n.); in reference to such narrowness of passage one has to cross carefully, as a cat walks. Originally of ships and theatrical back-stages. Application to fashion show runways is by 1942.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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