An animal of the Weasel family (Mustela or Putorius furo), about fourteen inches in length, of a pale yellow or white color, with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been domesticated in Europe. Ferrets are used to drive rabbits and rats out of their holes.
- A weasellike, usually albino mammal (Mustela putorius furo) related to the polecat and often trained to hunt rats or rabbits.
- A black-footed ferret.
- To hunt (rabbits, for example) with ferrets.
- To drive out, as from a hiding place; expel.
- To uncover and bring to light by searching. Often used with out: "Their work merely points the way for others to ferret out the core components of all proteins” ( Natalie Angier).
- To hound or harry persistently; worry.
- To engage in hunting with ferrets.
- To search intensively.
- A narrow piece of tape used to bind or edge fabric.