a children's pastime in which a string looped over the fingers is transferred back and forth on the hands of the players so as to form different designs
- A game in which a string is looped on the fingers to form an intricate pattern between a player's hands that can be successively varied or transferred to another player's hands.
- An intricate pattern: a cat's cradle of conspiracies.
(plural cat's cradles)
- A children's string game
- (idiomatic) Any complicated structure which appears to be without purpose.