Definition of cata- in English:

cata-

(also cat-)

prefix

  • 1Down; downward.

    ‘catadromous’
    • ‘cataract’
  • 2Wrongly; badly.

    ‘catachresis’
    • ‘catastrophe’
  • 3Completely; thoroughly.

    • ‘catechize’
  • 4Against.

    • ‘catapult’

Origin

From Greek kata ‘down’.