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adverb see taut I
noun see taut I
combining form see taut-
noun Etymology: Narragansett tautaũog, plural Date: 1643 an edible fish (Tautoga onitis) of the wrasse family found along the Atlantic coast of the United States and ...
adjective Date: 1620 tautologous • tautologically adverb
adverb see tautological
adjective Etymology: Greek tautologos, from taut- + legein to say — more at legend Date: 1714 1. involving or containing rhetorical tautology ; redundant 2. true by ...
adverb see tautologous
noun (plural -gies) Etymology: Late Latin tautologia, from Greek, from tautologos Date: 1574 1. a. needless repetition of an idea, statement, or word b. an instance of ...
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from tautomeric Date: 1903 any of the forms of a tautomeric compound
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1890 of, relating to, or marked by tautomerism
noun Date: circa 1890 isomerism in which the isomers change into one another with great ease so that they ordinarily exist together in equilibrium
noun Date: 1899 a taxonomic binomial in which the generic name and specific epithet are alike and which is common in zoology especially to designate a typical form but is ...
noun see tautonym
noun Etymology: Middle English taverne, from Anglo-French, from Latin taberna hut, shop Date: 14th century 1. an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold to be drunk ...
noun Etymology: Modern Greek taberna, probably from Late Greek, drinking establishment, from Latin, hut, shop Date: 1914 a café in Greece
noun Date: 14th century one who keeps a tavern
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, to prepare (soil), taw, from Old English tawian to prepare, make; akin to Old High German zawjan to hasten, Gothic taujan to do, ...
adverb see tawdry I
noun see tawdry I
I. adjective (tawdrier; -est) Etymology: tawdry lace a tie of lace for the neck, from Saint Audrey (Saint Etheldreda) died 679 queen of Northumbria Date: 1655 cheap and gaudy ...
biographical name Richard Henry 1880-1962 English economic historian
noun see tawny I
I. adjective (tawnier; -est) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French tané, tauné, literally, tanned, from past participle of tanner to tan Date: 14th century 1. of the ...
noun Etymology: of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian tåpe simpleton Date: 1728 chiefly Scottish a foolish or awkward young person
noun plural but singular or plural in construction see tawse
also taws noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: probably from plural of obsolete taw tawed leather Date: circa 1585 British a leather strap slit into ...
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, to estimate, assess, tax, from Anglo-French taxer, from Medieval Latin taxare, from Latin, to feel, estimate, censure, ...
tax base
noun Date: circa 1943 the wealth (as real estate or income) within a jurisdiction that is liable to taxation
tax selling
noun Date: 1963 concerted selling of securities late in the year to establish gains and losses for income-tax purposes
tax shelter
noun Date: 1952 a strategy, investment, or tax code provision that reduces tax liability • tax-sheltered adjective
tax stamp
noun Date: circa 1929 a stamp marked on or affixed to a taxable item as evidence that the tax has been paid
or taxo-; also taxi- combining form Etymology: Greek taxi-, from taxis arrangement
adjective Date: 1923 1. exempted from a tax 2. bearing interest that is free from federal or state income tax
adjective see tax shelter
plural of taxon
adjective see tax I
noun Date: 14th century 1. the action of taxing; especially the imposition of taxes 2. revenue obtained from taxes 3. the amount assessed as a tax
or Taxco de Alarcón geographical name city S Mexico in Guerrero SSW of Mexico City population 86,811
Taxco de Alarcón
geographical name see Taxco
noun see tax I
I. noun (plural taxis; also taxies) Date: circa 1907 taxicab; also a similarly operated boat or aircraft II. verb (taxied; taxiing; taxis or taxies) Date: 1911 intransitive ...
taxi dancer
noun Date: circa 1927 a woman employed by a dance hall, café, or cabaret to dance with patrons who pay a certain amount for each dance
taxi stand
noun Date: 1922 a place where taxis may park while awaiting hire
combining form see tax-
noun Etymology: taximeter cab Date: 1899 an automobile that carries passengers for a fare usually determined by the distance traveled
adjective see taxidermy
noun see taxidermy
noun Etymology: tax- + derm- + 2-y Date: 1820 the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals and especially vertebrates • taxidermic adjective • ...
noun Date: 1909 chiefly British the operator of a taxi
noun Etymology: French taximètre, modification of German Taxameter, from Medieval Latin taxa tax, charge (from taxare to tax) + German -meter Date: 1894 an instrument for ...
adjective Date: 1841 onerous, wearing • taxingly adverb
adverb see taxing
noun (plural taxes) Etymology: Greek, literally, arrangement, order, from tassein to arrange Date: 1899 1. reflex translational or orientational movement by a freely motile ...
noun Date: circa 1933 a usually paved strip for taxiing (as from the terminal to a runway) at an airport
combining form see tax-
trademark — used for a preparation of paclitaxel
noun (plural taxa; also taxons) Etymology: New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary taxonomy Date: 1929 1. a taxonomic group or entity 2. the name applied to a ...
adjective see taxonomy
adjective see taxonomy
adverb see taxonomy
noun see taxonomy
noun Etymology: French taxonomie, from tax- + -nomie -nomy Date: circa 1828 1. the study of the general principles of scientific classification ; systematics 2. ...
noun Date: 1797 one that pays or is liable for a tax
adjective Date: 1832 of, relating to, or subject to the paying of a tax
noun (plural taxus) Etymology: New Latin, genus comprising the yews, from Latin, yew Date: circa 1945 yew 1a
geographical name river 120 miles (193 kilometers) E central Scotland flowing into North Sea through Loch Tay and Firth of Tay
noun see Tay-Sachs disease
Tay-Sachs disease
noun Etymology: Warren Tay died 1927 British physician & Bernard P. Sachs died 1944 American neurologist Date: 1907 a hereditary disorder of lipid metabolism typically ...
I. biographical name (James) Bayard 1825-1878 American writer II. biographical name (Joseph) Deems 1885-1966 American composer & music critic III. biographical name Edward ...
Taylor series
noun Etymology: Brook Taylor died 1731 English mathematician Date: 1842 a power series that gives the expansion of a function f (x) in the neighborhood of a point a provided ...
Taylor's series
noun see Taylor series
noun Etymology: Frederick W. Taylor died 1915 American engineer Date: 1928 a factory management system developed in the late 19th century to increase efficiency by evaluating ...
geographical name city N central Utah S of Salt Lake City population 57,439
Taymyr Peninsula
geographical name peninsula N Russia in Asia between the Yenisey & the Khatanga — see chelyuskin (Cape)
noun Etymology: Italian, cup, tazza, from Arabic ṭassa, ṭass, ṭasht basin, from Persian tasht Date: 1824 a shallow cup or vase on a pedestal
abbreviation tablespoon; tablespoonful
symbol terbium
I. noun Etymology: TB (abbreviation for tubercle bacillus) Date: 1912 tuberculosis II. abbreviation 1. thoroughbred 2. tubercle bacillus
abbreviation to be announced
abbreviation to be determined
or Tiflis geographical name city capital of Republic of Georgia on the Kura population 1,260,000
or tbsp abbreviation tablespoon; tablespoonful
abbreviation see tbs
symbol technetium
noun Etymology: tetra- + chlor- + dibenzo- (containing two benzene rings) + dioxin Date: 1971 a carcinogenic dioxin C12H4O2Cl4 found especially as a contaminant in 2,4,5-T
abbreviation trichloroethylene
geographical name — see chad
adjective see Tchaikovsky
biographical name Pyotr Ilich 1840-1893 Russian composer • Tchaikovskyan or Tchaikovskian adjective
adjective see Tchaikovsky
noun Etymology: Yiddish tshatshke trinket, from obsolete Polish czaczko Date: 1971 knickknack, trinket
noun Etymology: transmission-control protocol/Internet protocol Date: 1980 a set of communications protocols used for the exchange of information over networks and especially ...
abbreviation 1. tardive dyskinesia 2. touchdown
abbreviation telecommunications device for the deaf
abbreviation total digestible nutrients
abbreviation temporary duty
symbol tellurium
Te Deum
noun (plural Te Deums) Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin te deum laudamus thee, God, we praise; from the opening words of the hymn Date: before 12th century a ...
noun Etymology: Chinese (Xiamen) dé Date: circa 1655 1. a. a shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and ...
tea bag
noun Date: 1935 a bag usually of filter paper holding enough tea for an individual serving
tea ball
noun Date: 1886 a perforated metal ball that holds tea leaves and is used in brewing tea in a pot or cup
tea caddy
noun Date: 1784 caddy
tea cake
noun Date: 1805 1. a small flat cake usually made with raisins 2. cookie
tea cart
noun Date: 1817 tea wagon
tea dance
noun Date: 1885 a dance held in the late afternoon
tea garden
noun Date: 1780 1. a public garden where tea and light refreshments are served 2. a tea plantation
tea gown
noun Date: 1878 a semiformal gown of fine materials in graceful flowing lines worn especially for afternoon entertaining at home
tea party
noun Date: 1778 1. an afternoon social gathering at which tea is served 2. [from the Boston Tea Party, name applied to the occasion in 1773 when a shipment of tea was thrown ...
tea rose
noun Date: 1838 a garden bush rose (Rosa odorata) of Chinese origin that includes several cultivars and is valued especially for its abundant large usually tea-scented ...
tea service
noun Date: 1809 tea set
tea set
noun Date: 1763 a matching set of metalware or china (as a teapot, sugar bowl, creamer, and often plates, cups, and saucers) for serving tea and sometimes coffee at table
tea shop
noun Date: 1851 chiefly British a small restaurant or café ; tearoom
tea table
noun Date: 1688 a table used or spread for tea; specifically a small table for serving afternoon tea
tea towel
noun Date: 1863 a cloth for drying dishes
tea tray
noun Date: 1761 a tray that accommodates a tea set
tea tree
noun Etymology: from the use of an infusion of their leaves as a beverage Date: 1790 1. any of various Australasian shrubs or small trees (genus Leptospermum) of the myrtle ...
tea wagon
noun Date: 1921 a small table on wheels used in serving tea
noun Etymology: from the use of its leaves as a substitute for tea Date: 1818 checkerberry
verb (taught; teaching) Etymology: Middle English techen to show, instruct, from Old English tǣcan; akin to Old English tācn sign — more at token Date: before 12th century ...
noun Date: 1965 an extended meeting usually held on a college campus for lectures, debates, and discussions to raise awareness of or express a position on a social or ...
adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. capable of being taught b. apt and willing to learn 2. favorable to teaching • teachableness noun • teachably adverb
noun see teachable
adverb see teachable
noun Date: 14th century 1. one that teaches; especially one whose occupation is to instruct 2. a Mormon ranking above a deacon in the Aaronic priesthood
teacher's pet
noun Date: 1914 1. a pupil who has won the teacher's special favor 2. a person who is treated as a favorite by one in authority
adjective Date: circa 1683 resembling, characteristic of, or befitting a teacher
teachers college
noun Date: circa 1911 a college for the training of teachers usually offering a full 4-year course and granting a bachelor's degree
I. noun Date: 13th century 1. the act, practice, or profession of a teacher 2. something taught; especially doctrine II. adjective Date: 1615 of, relating to, used ...
teaching hospital
noun Date: 1933 a hospital that is affiliated with a medical school and provides means for medical education
noun Date: 1700 a small cup usually with a handle used with a saucer for hot beverages • teacupful noun
noun see teacup
noun Date: 1689 a public house or restaurant where tea and light refreshments are sold
noun Etymology: Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka Date: 1698 1. a tall tropical Asian timber tree (Tectona grandis) of the vervain family 2. the hard yellowish-brown ...
noun Date: 1705 a covered kettle with a handle and spout for boiling water
noun Date: 1783 teak 2
noun (plural teal or teals) Etymology: Middle English tele; akin to Middle Dutch teling teal Date: 14th century 1. any of various widely distributed small short-necked ...
teal blue
noun Date: 1938 a dark greenish blue
adjective see tea
I. noun Etymology: Middle English teme, from Old English tēam offspring, lineage, group of draft animals; akin to Old High German zoum rein, Old English tēon to draw, pull — ...
team foul
noun Date: 1966 one of a designated number of personal fouls the players on a basketball team may commit during a given period of play before the opposing team begins ...
team handball
noun Date: 1970 a game developed from soccer which is played between two teams of seven players each and in which the ball is thrown, caught, and dribbled with the hands
noun Date: 1915 a fellow member of a team
noun Date: 1759 one who drives a team or motortruck especially as an occupation
noun Date: circa 1828 work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole
noun Date: 1685 a vessel with a spout and a handle in which tea is brewed and from which it is served
noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu tipāī Date: 1828 1. a 3-legged ornamental stand 2. [influenced by tea] a stand or table containing a tea chest or caddy and used for ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tæhher, tēar; akin to Old High German zahar tear, Greek dakry Date: before 12th century 1. a. a drop of clear saline ...
tear at
phrasal to cause anguish to ; distress
tear away
transitive verb Date: circa 1699 to remove (as oneself) reluctantly
tear down
transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. a. to cause to decompose or disintegrate b. vilify, denigrate 2. to take apart ; disassemble
tear gas
noun Date: 1917 a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance that on dispersion in the atmosphere irritates mucous membranes resulting especially in blinding of the eyes with tears ...
tear into
phrasal to attack without restraint or caution
tear it
phrasal to cause frustration, defeat, or an end to plans or hopes
tear one's hair
phrasal to pull one's hair as an expression of grief, rage, frustration, desperation, or anxiety; also to feel or display such an emotion
tear sheet
noun Date: circa 1924 a sheet torn from a publication
tear up
transitive verb Date: 1620 1. to damage, remove, or effect an opening in 2. to perform or compete with great success on, in, or against
adjective see tearjerker
adjective see tear III
noun Date: 1950 British a rebellious and unruly or reckless young person
noun Date: 1926 the act or process of disassembling
noun Date: 1776 1. tear I,1a 2. something shaped like a dropping tear; specifically a pendent gem (as on an earring)
noun see tear III
adjective Date: circa 1586 1. flowing with or accompanied by tears 2. causing tears ; teary • tearfully adverb • tearfulness noun
adverb see tearful
noun see tearful
transitive verb Date: 1946 to use tear gas on
adjective Date: 1581 1. causing continued or repeated pain or distress 2. hasty, violent 3. chiefly British splendid
noun Date: 1912 a story, song, play, film, or broadcast that moves or is intended to move its audience to tears • tear-jerking adjective
adjective see tear I
noun Date: 1778 a small restaurant or café with service and decor designed primarily for a female clientele
noun Date: 1922 a spot or streak left by tears • tearstained adjective
adjective see tearstain
adjective (tearier; -est) Date: 14th century 1. a. wet or stained with tears ; tearful b. consisting of tears or drops resembling tears 2. causing tears ; pathetic
biographical name Sara 1884-1933 American poet
I. transitive verb (teased; teasing) Etymology: Middle English tesen, from Old English tǣsan; akin to Old High German zeisan to tease Date: before 12th century 1. a. to ...
tease out
transitive verb Date: 1828 1. to obtain by or as if by disentangling or freeing with a pointed instrument 2. unravel 2
I. noun Etymology: Middle English tesel, from Old English tǣsel; akin to Old English tǣsan to tease Date: before 12th century 1. a. an Old World prickly herb (Dipsacus ...
noun Date: 14th century 1. one that teases 2. an advertising or promotional device intended to arouse interest or curiosity especially in something to follow
adverb see tease I
noun Date: 1686 1. a small spoon that is used especially for eating soft foods and stirring beverages and that holds about one third of a tablespoon 2. a unit of measure ...
noun (plural teaspoonfuls; also teaspoonsful) Date: 1731 1. as much as a teaspoon can hold 2. teaspoon 2
noun Etymology: Middle English tete, in part from Old English tit; in part from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English tit teat, Middle High German zitze Date: ...
adjective see teat
noun Date: 1727 the customary time for tea ; late afternoon or early evening
noun Etymology: Hebrew Ṭēbhēth Date: 14th century the 4th month of the civil year or the 10th month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar — see month table
I. noun Date: 1942 technician II. noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1972 technology III. abbreviation 1. technical; technically 2. technological
Teche, Bayou
geographical name stream 175 miles (282 kilometers) S Louisiana flowing SE into the Atchafalaya
or tetched adjective Etymology: alteration of touched Date: 1921 mentally unbalanced
noun Etymology: by shortening & alteration from technician Date: 1970 a person who is very knowledgeable or enthusiastic about technology and especially high technology ...
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek technētos artificial, from technasthai to devise by art, from technē Date: circa 1946 a radioactive metallic element obtained ...
adjective Etymology: technological + electronic Date: 1967 shaped or influenced by the changes wrought by advances in technology and communications
noun Date: 1855 1. technique 1 2. plural but singular or plural in construction technology 1a
adjective Etymology: Greek technikos of art, skillful, from technē art, craft, skill; akin to Greek tektōn builder, carpenter, Latin texere to weave, Sanskrit takṣati he ...
technical foul
noun Date: circa 1929 a foul (as in basketball) that involves no physical contact with an opponent and that usually is incurred by unsportsmanlike conduct — called also ...
technical knockout
noun Date: 1921 the termination of a boxing match when a boxer is unable or is declared by the referee to be unable (as because of injuries) to continue the fight — called ...
technical sergeant
noun Date: circa 1956 a noncommissioned officer in the air force ranking above a staff sergeant and below a master sergeant
noun (plural -ties) Date: 1814 1. something technical; especially a detail meaningful only to a specialist 2. the quality or state of being technical
noun see technicalize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1852 to give a technical slant to • technicalization noun
adverb see technical
noun Date: 1833 1. a specialist in the technical details of a subject or occupation 2. one who has acquired the technique of an art or other area of specialization
trademark — used for a process of color cinematography
noun Etymology: French, from technique technical, from Greek technikos Date: 1817 1. the manner in which technical details are treated (as by a writer) or basic physical ...
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: techno- (as in techno-pop or techno-rock, styles of popular music utilizing electronically created sounds) Date: 1987 electronic ...
combining form Etymology: technology technical ; technological
noun Date: 1980 popular music featuring extensive use of synthesizers
noun Date: 1989 a thriller whose plot relies on modern technology
noun Date: 1981 technical jargon
noun (plural -cies) Date: 1919 government by technicians; specifically management of society by technical experts
noun Date: 1932 1. an adherent of technocracy 2. a technical expert; especially one exercising managerial authority
adjective Date: 1932 of, relating to, or suggestive of a technocrat or a technocracy
abbreviation technology
adjective see technological
also technologic adjective Date: 1800 1. of, relating to, or characterized by technology 2. resulting from improvements in technical processes that increase productivity ...
adverb see technological
noun see technology
transitive verb (-gized; -gizing) Date: 1954 to affect or alter by technology
noun (plural -gies) Etymology: Greek technologia systematic treatment of an art, from technē art, skill + -o- + -logia -logy Date: 1859 1. a. the practical application of ...
noun Date: 1968 an enthusiast of technology • technophilia noun
noun see technophile
noun see technophobia
noun Date: 1965 fear or dislike of advanced technology or complex devices and especially computers • technophobe noun • technophobic adjective
adjective see technophobia
noun Date: 1967 the network of professionally skilled managers (as scientists, engineers, and administrators) that tends to control the economy both within and beyond ...
adjective Etymology: technological + 1-y Date: 1982 characterized by technological sophistication ; technical
adjective see tectum
adjective Etymology: Late Latin tectonicus, from Greek tektonikos of a builder, from tektōn builder — more at technical Date: 1894 1. of or relating to tectonics 2. ...
adverb see tectonic
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1899 1. geological structural features as a whole 2. a. a branch of geology concerned with the structure of the ...
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1948 the process of deformation that produces in the earth's crust its continents and ocean basins, plateaus and ...
noun (plural tecta) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, roof, dwelling, from neuter of tectus, past participle of tegere to cover — more at thatch Date: circa 1905 a bodily ...
I. biographical name or Tecumtha or Tikamthe 1768-1813 Shawnee Indian chief II. geographical name town Canada in S Ontario E of Windsor population 25,105
biographical name see Tecumseh I
transitive verb (tedded; tedding) Etymology: Middle English tedden, from Old English *teddan; akin to Middle Dutch tedden to ted, Old Norse tethja to manure, tath spread dung, ...
noun Date: 15th century one that teds; specifically a machine for stirring and spreading hay to hasten drying and curing
biographical name 1st Baron 1890-1967 Arthur William Tedder British air marshal
noun (plural teddies) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1924 chemise 1
teddy bear
noun Etymology: Teddy, nickname of Theodore Roosevelt; from a cartoon depicting the president sparing the life of a bear cub while hunting Date: 1906 a stuffed toy bear
teddy boy
noun Etymology: Teddy, nickname for Edward Date: 1954 a young British thug especially of the 1950s and 1960s characterized by Edwardian dress
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin taediosus, from Latin taedium Date: 15th century tiresome because of length or dullness ; boring • tediously ...
adverb see tedious
noun see tedious
noun Etymology: Latin taedium disgust, irksomeness, from taedēre to disgust, weary Date: 1662 1. the quality or state of being tedious ; tediousness; also boredom 2. a ...
I. noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century 1. the letter t 2. something shaped like a capital T 3. a mark aimed at in various games (as curling) II. noun ...
tee off
intransitive verb Date: 1895 1. to drive from a tee 2. begin, start 3. to hit hard 4. to make an angry denunciation — often used with on
tee shirt
variant of T-shirt
teed off
adjective Etymology: probably from tee off (on) Date: 1951 angry, annoyed
I. verb Etymology: Middle English temen, from Old English tīman, tǣman; akin to Old English tēam offspring — more at team Date: before 12th century transitive verb ...
adverb see teem I
noun see teem I
I. noun Etymology: Middle English tene, from Old English tēona injury, grief; akin to Old Norse tjōn loss, damage Date: 13th century archaic misery, affliction II. noun ...
or teenaged adjective Date: 1921 of, being, or relating to people in their teens • teenager noun
adjective see teenage
noun see teenage
noun Date: 1894 teen, teenager
noun plural Etymology: -teen (as in thirteen) Date: 1604 the numbers 13 to 19 inclusive; specifically the years 13 to 19 in a lifetime or century
adjective (teensier; -est) Etymology: baby-talk alteration of teeny Date: 1899 tiny
adjective Etymology: baby-talk alteration of teeny-weeny Date: circa 1906 tiny
adjective (teenier; -est) Etymology: by alteration Date: 1825 tiny
adjective Etymology: teeny + weeny Date: circa 1879 tiny
adjective Etymology: back-formation from teenybopper Date: 1967 of, relating to, or being a teenybopper
noun Etymology: teeny teenager + -bopper, perhaps from 4bop Date: 1966 1. a teenage girl 2. a young teenager who is enthusiastically devoted to popular music and to ...
variant of tepee
geographical name river 70 miles (113 kilometers) N England flowing E into North Sea

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