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tachina fly
/tak"euh neuh/ any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Tachinidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on caterpillars, beetles, and other insects. [ < NL Tachina genus of ...
tachinafly
tach·i·na fly (tăkʹə-nə) n. Any of several bristly, usually grayish dipterous flies of the family Tachinidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on caterpillars and other ...
tachinid
tach·i·nid (tăkʹə-nĭd') n. See tachina fly. adj. Of or belonging to the family Tachinidae.   [New Latin Tachinidae, family name, from Tachina, type genus. See tachina ...
tachinid fly
▪ insect  any member of a family of insects in the fly order, Diptera. Adult tachinids superficially resemble houseflies. Most species range in size from 2 to 18 mm (0.08 to ...
tachiol
/tak"ee awl', -ol'/, n. Chem. See silver fluoride. [TACHY- + -OL1] * * *
Táchira
▪ state, Venezuela       estado (state), western Venezuela, bounded on the west by Colombia. The territory of 4,300 square miles (11,100 square km) lies in the ...
tachism
—tachist, tachiste Fr. /tann sheest"/, n., adj. /tash"iz euhm/, n. (sometimes cap.) See action painting (def. 1). Also, tachisme Fr. /tann shees"meu/. [1950-55; < F tachisme, ...
tachisme
tachisme [tash′iz΄əm; ] Fr [ tȧ shēz′m'] n. 〚Fr < tache, a spot (< OFr teche: see TETCHY) + isme,-ISM〛 a method of action painting in which the paint is splashed, ...
tachist
See tachiste. * * *
tachiste
See tachisme. * * *
tachistoscope
—tachistoscopic /teuh kis'teuh skop"ik/, adj. /teuh kis"teuh skohp'/, n. Psychol. an apparatus for use in exposing visual stimuli, as pictures, letters, or words, for an ...
tachistoscopic
See tachistoscope. * * *
tachistoscopically
See tachistoscopic. * * *
tacho-
a combining form meaning "speed," used in the formation of compound words: tachometer. Cf. tachy-. [comb. form repr. Gk táchos; akin to tachýs swift] * * *
tachogram
/tak"euh gram'/, n. the record produced by the action of a tachometer. Also, tachograph. [TACHO- + -GRAM1] * * *
tachograph
/tak"euh graf', -grahf'/, n. 1. a recording tachometer. 2. tachogram. [TACHO- + -GRAPH] * * *
tachometer
—tachometrically /tak'euh me"trik lee/, adv. —tachometry, n. /ta kom"i teuhr, teuh-/, n. 1. any of various instruments for measuring or indicating velocity or speed, as of a ...
tachometric
See tachometer. * * *
tachometry
tachometry [ta käm′ə trē, tə käm′ə trē] n. the use of a tachometer * * * See tachometric. * * *
Tachos
▪ king of Egypt also called  Takhor,  Teos , or  Zedhor        second king (reigned 365–360 BC) of the 30th dynasty of Egypt; he led an unsuccessful attack on ...
tachy-
a combining form meaning "swift," used in the formation of compound words: tachygraphy. Cf. tacho-. [ < Gk, comb. form of tachýs] * * *
tachyarrhythmia
tach·y·ar·rhyth·mi·a (tăk'ē-ə-rĭthʹmē-ə) n. An excessively rapid heartbeat accompanied by arrhythmia. * * *
tachycardia
/tak'i kahr"dee euh/, n. Med. excessively rapid heartbeat. [1885-90; TACHY- + -CARDIA] * * * Heart rate over 100 (as high as 240) beats per minute. When it is a normal response ...
tachycardiac
See tachycardia. * * *
tachygraph
/tak"i graf', -grahf'/, n. 1. tachygraphic writing. 2. a person who writes or is skilled in writing tachygraphy. [1800-10; TACHY- + -GRAPH] * * *
tachygraphy
—tachygrapher, tachygraphist, n. —tachygraphic /tak'i graf"ik/, tachygraphical, adj. —tachygraphically, adv. /ta kig"reuh fee, teuh-/, n. shorthand, esp. the ancient Greek ...
tachylyte
—tachylitic /tak'euh lit"ik/, adj. /tak"euh luyt'/, n. Petrog. a black, glassy form of basalt, readily fusible and of a high luster. Also, tachylite. [1865-70; TACHY- + ...
tachylytic
See tachylyte. * * *
tachymeter
—tachymetry, n. /ta kim"i teuhr, teuh-/, n. Survey. any of several instruments for rapidly determining distances, directions, and differences of elevation. [1855-60; TACHY- + ...
tachymetry
See tachymeter. * * *
tachyon
/tak"ee on'/, n. Physics. a hypothetical particle that travels faster than the speed of light. [1967; TACHY- + -ON1] * * * Hypothetical subatomic particle whose velocity is ...
tachyonic
See tachyon. * * *
tachyphylaxis
—tachyphylactic /tak'euh fi lak"tik/, adj. /tak'euh fi lak"sis/, n. 1. Med. immediate, temporary immunization against the effects of injection of a toxic extract owing to ...
tachypnea
—tachypneic, adj. /tak'ip nee"euh, tak'i nee"euh/, n. Med. excessively rapid respiration. Also, tachypnoea. [1895-1900; TACHY- + -PNEA] * * *
tachypneic
See tachypnea. * * *
tachysterol
tachysterol [ta kis′tər ôl΄, tə kis′tərōl΄] n. 〚 TACHY- + STEROL〛 an isomer of ergosterol, C28H44O, formed during the production of calciferol by the irradiation ...
tachytelic
—tachytely /tak"i tel'ee/, n. /tak'i tel"ik/, adj. Biol. of or pertaining to evolution at a rate faster than the standard for a given group of plants or animals. Cf. ...
tacit
—tacitly, adv. —tacitness, n. /tas"it/, adj. 1. understood without being openly expressed; implied: tacit approval. 2. silent; saying nothing: a tacit partner. 3. unvoiced or ...
Tacitean
/tas'i tee"euhn/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Publius Cornelius Tacitus. [1885-90; TACIT(US) + -EAN] * * *
tacitly
See tacit. * * *
tacitness
See tacitly. * * *
taciturn
—taciturnly, adv. /tas"i terrn'/, adj. 1. inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation. 2. dour, stern, and silent in expression and ...
taciturnity
/tas'i terr"ni tee/, n. 1. the state or quality of being reserved or reticent in conversation. 2. Scots Law. the relinquishing of a legal right through an unduly long delay, as ...
taciturnly
See taciturnity. * * *
Tacitus
/tas"i teuhs/, n. Publius Cornelius /pub"lee euhs/, A.D. c55-c120, Roman historian. * * * in full Publius Cornelius Tacitus born AD 56 died с 120 Roman orator, public ...
Tacitus,Publius Cornelius
Tac·i·tus (tăsʹĭ-təs), Publius Cornelius. A.D. 55?-120?. Roman public official and historian whose two greatest works, Histories and Annals, concern the period from the ...
tack
tack1 —tacker, n. —tackless, adj. /tak/, n. 1. a short, sharp-pointed nail, usually with a flat, broad head. 2. Naut. a. a rope for extending the lower forward corner of a ...
tack claw
a small hand tool having a handle with a claw at one end for removing tacks. [1875-80] * * *
tack hammer
a light hammer for driving tacks, often magnetized to hold the tack to the head. See illus. under hammer. [1885-90] * * *
tack room
a room in or near a stable for storing saddles, harnesses, and other tack. [1955-60] * * *
tack-weld
/tak"weld'/, v.t. to join (pieces of metal) with a number of small welds spaced some distance apart. * * *
tackboard
/tak"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. a large board, usually made of cork or soft wood, on which notices can be tacked. Also, tack board. [1905-10; TACK1 + BOARD] * * *
tacker
See tack1. * * *
tacket
—tacketed, adj. /tak"it/, n. Brit. Dial. a nail or tack, esp. a hobnail. [1275-1325; ME taket. See TACK1, -ET] * * *
tackhammer
tack hammer n. A light hammer used to drive tacks. * * *
tackie
tack·ie (tăkʹē) n. South African One of a pair of sneakers.   [Origin unknown.] * * *
tackily
See tacky2. * * *
tackiness
See tacky1,2. * * *
tackle
—tackler, n. /tak"euhl/ or, for 2-4, /tay"keuhl/, n., v., tackled, tackling. n. 1. equipment, apparatus, or gear, esp. for fishing: fishing tackle. 2. a mechanism or apparatus, ...
tackler
See tackle. * * *
tackless
See tacker. * * *
tackling
/tak"ling/, n. Archaic. equipment; tackle. [1375-1425; late ME; see TACKLE, -ING1] * * *
tacky
tacky1 —tackiness, n. /tak"ee/, adj., tackier, tackiest. sticky to the touch; adhesive. [1780-90; TACK1 + -Y1] tacky2 —tackiness, n. /tak"ee/, adj., tackier, tackiest. 1. not ...
Tacloban
/tah kloh"bahn/, n. a seaport on NE Leyte, in the central Philippines. 102,523. * * * ▪ Philippines       chartered city, northeastern Leyte, Philippines, on San Pedro ...
tacmahack
/tak"meuh hak'/, n. tacamahac. * * *
Tacna
Tacna [täk′nə, tak′ə] 1. city in S Peru: pop. 174,000 2. region in S Peru which, with an adjacent region (ARICA2) in Chile, was divided between the two countries in 1929 * ...
Tacna-Arica
/tak"neuh euh ree"keuh/; Sp. /tahk"nah ah rddee"kah/, n. a maritime region in W South America: long in dispute between Chile and Peru; annexed by Chile 1883; divided as a result ...
taco
/tah"koh/; Sp. /tah"kaw/, n., pl. tacos /-kohz/; Sp. /-kaws/. Mexican Cookery. an often crisply fried tortilla folded over and filled, as with seasoned chopped meat, lettuce, ...
Taco Bell{™}
any of a large group of US fast food restaurants serving Mexican food, both in the US and in many other countries. The first was opened in 1962 in Downey, California. * * *
Tacoma
—Tacoman, n. /teuh koh"meuh/, n. 1. a seaport in W Washington, on Puget Sound. 158,501. 2. Mount. See Rainier, Mount. * * * City and seaport (pop., 2000: 193,556), western ...
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
▪ bridge, Washington, United States  first suspension bridge across the Narrows of Puget Sound, connecting the Olympic Peninsula with the mainland of Washington state, ...
Taconic Orogeny
Mountain-building event that affected the Appalachian Geosyncline along the eastern coast of the U.S. Evidence for the orogeny is most pronounced in the northern Appalachian ...
Taconic Range
Part of the Appalachian mountain system, northeastern U.S. The range extends 150 mi (240 km) from southern Vermont to northern New York. Mount Equinox (3,816 ft [1,163 m]) in ...
TaconicMountains
Ta·con·ic Mountains (tə-kŏnʹĭk) A range of the Appalachian Mountains in southeast New York, western Massachusetts, and southwest Vermont rising to 1,163.9 m (3,816 ft). * ...
taconite
/tak"euh nuyt'/, n. a low-grade iron ore, containing about 27 percent iron and 51 percent silica, found as a hard rock formation in the Lake Superior region. [1890-95, Amer.; ...
tacrine
tac·rine (tăkʹrēn, -rĭn) n. A drug that halts or reverses memory loss temporarily in some individuals with Alzheimer's disease, but does not alter the course of the ...
tact
/takt/, n. 1. a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations. 2. a keen sense of what is appropriate, tasteful, ...
tactful
—tactfully, adv. —tactfulness, n. /takt"feuhl/, adj. having or manifesting tact: a tactful person; a tactful reply. [1860-65; TACT + -FUL] Syn. See diplomatic. * * *
tactfully
See tactful. * * *
tactfulness
See tactfully. * * *
tactic
/tak"tik/, n. 1. tactics (def. 1). 2. a system or a detail of tactics. 3. a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end or result. adj. 4. of or pertaining to ...
tactical
—tactically, adv. /tak"ti keuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to tactics, esp. military or naval tactics. 2. characterized by skillful tactics or adroit maneuvering or procedure: ...
Tactical Air Command
a U.S. Air Force command supplying direct air support to U.S. Army ground combat units. * * *
tactical unit
Mil. a group organized to function in combat as a self-contained unit. [1875-80] * * *
tactical weapons system
▪ military technology Introduction       system integrating tactical weapons with electronic equipment for target acquisition, aiming, or fire control or a combination ...
tactical wire
Mil. wire entanglements used to break up attacking enemy formations or to keep them within the field of defensive fire. * * *
tactically
See tactical. * * *
tactician
/tak tish"euhn/, n. a person who is adept in planning tactics. [1790-1800; TACTIC + -IAN] * * *
tacticity
/tak tis"i tee/, n. Chem. stereoregularity. [1955-60; TACTIC + -ITY] * * *
tactics
/tak"tiks/, n. 1. (usually used with a sing. v.) the art or science of disposing military or naval forces for battle and maneuvering them in battle. 2. (used with a pl. v.) the ...
tactile
—tactility /tak til"i tee/, n. /tak"til, -tuyl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, endowed with, or affecting the sense of touch. 2. perceptible to the touch; tangible. [1605-15; < L ...
tactile corpuscle
an oval sense organ made of flattened cells and encapsulated nerve endings, occurring in hairless skin, as the tips of the fingers and toes, and functioning as a touch receptor. ...
tactilecorpuscle
tactile corpuscle n. Any of numerous minute oval end organs of touch in sensitive skin, as in the palms, fingertips, and soles of the feet. Also called tactile bud. * * *
tactilehair
tactile hair n. Sensory hair, such as that of an insect, that responds to pressure or touch. * * *
tactilely
See tactile. * * *
tactility
See tactilely. * * *
taction
/tak"sheuhn/, n. touch; contact. [1615-25; < L taction- (s. of tactio) a touching, equiv. to tact(us) (ptp. of tangere to touch) + -ion- -ION] * * *
tactless
—tactlessly, adv. —tactlessness, n. /takt"lis/, adj. lacking tact; showing no tact; undiplomatic; offendingly blunt: a tactless remark. [1840-50; TACT + -LESS] Syn. rude, ...
tactlessly
See tactless. * * *
tactlessness
See tactlessly. * * *
tactoreceptor
tac·to·re·cep·tor (tăkʹtō-rĭ-sĕp'tər) n. A receptor that responds to touch.   [Latin tāctus, touch (from past participle of tangere, to touch. See tag- + ...
tactual
—tactually, adv. /tak"chooh euhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the sense of touch. 2. communicating or imparting the sensation of contact; arising from or due to ...
tactually
See tactual. * * *
tactus
/tahk"toos/, n. the basic metrical unit in medieval music. [ < L tactus touch; see TACT] * * *
Tacuarembó
▪ Uruguay formerly  San Fructuoso        city, north-central Uruguay. The Haedo Mountains dominate the adjoining area. Orchids and hardwoods, including quebracho, ...
Tacubaya
/tah'kooh vah"yah/, n. a former city in the Federal District of Mexico: now a SW district of Mexico City; national observatory. * * *
tad
/tad/, n. Informal. 1. a small child, esp. a boy. 2. a very small amount or degree; bit: Please shift your chair a tad to the right. The frosting could use a tad more ...
Tad
/tad/, n. a male given name, form of Thaddeus or Theodore. * * *
Tadema
/tad"euh meuh/, n. Sir Lawrence Alma-. See Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence. * * *
Tadjik
/tah jik", -jeek"/; Russ. /tu jik"/, n. Tajik. * * *
Tadjoura, Gulf of
▪ gulf, Djibouti French  Golfe de Tadjoura         gulf indenting the coastline of Djibouti, eastern Africa, located at the extreme western end of the Gulf of Aden. ...
Tadmor
/tad"mawr, tahd"-/, n. Biblical name of Palmyra. * * *
Tadoba National Park
▪ national park, India       national park in eastern Maharashtra (Mahārāshtra) state, western India. Extending over an area of 45 square miles (117 square km), the ...
tadpole
/tad"pohl/, n. the aquatic larva or immature form of frogs and toads, esp. after the development of the internal gills and before the appearance of the forelimbs and the ...
tadpole shrimp
▪ branchiopod       (order Notostraca), any member of a small group of crustaceans (subclass Branchiopoda, phylum Arthropoda), composed of the genera Triops and ...
Tadzhik
/tah jik", -jeek"/; Russ. /tu jik"/, n. Tajik. * * *
Tadzhik Soviet Socialist Republic
Tadzhik Soviet Socialist Republic or Tadzhikistan [tä jik′i stan΄, tä jik′istän΄] a republic of the U.S.S.R.: now TAJIKISTAN * * *
Tadzhiki
Tadzhiki [tä jik′ē, täjē′kē] n. alt. sp. of TAJIKI * * *
Tadzhikistan
/teuh jik"euh stan', -stahn', -jee"keuh-, tah-/; Russ. /teuh ji kyi stahn"/, n. a republic in central Asia, N of Afghanistan. 5,112,000; 55,240 sq. mi. (143,600 sq. km). Cap.: ...
TadzhikSoviet Socialist Republic
Tadzhik Soviet Socialist Republic See Tajikistan. * * *
tae
/tay/, prep. Scot. to. * * *
tae kwon do
/tuy" kwon" doh"/ a Korean martial art, a particularly aggressive form of karate, that utilizes punches, jabs, chops, blocking and choking moves, and especially powerful, leaping ...
taedium vitae
taedium vitae [tē′dē əm vī′tē] n. 〚L, weariness of life〛 a feeling that life is wearisome and boring * * *
Taedong River
▪ river, North Korea Korean  Taedong-gang        river, southern North Korea, rising in the Nangnim Mountains in Hamgyŏng-nam do (province). It flows 273 miles (439 ...
Taegu
/tuy"gooh"/, n. a city in SE South Korea: commercial center. 1,311,078. * * * Metropolitan city (pop., 2000: 2,473,990), capital of North Kyŏngsang province, southeastern South ...
taegŭm
▪ musical instrument also spelled  tayageum  or  taekeum , also called  chotdae  or  cho    large transverse bamboo flute with a distinctive sound, widely used in ...
Taejon
/tuy"jon"/, n. a city in W South Korea. 506,703. * * * Metropolitan city (pop., 2000: 1,365,961), capital of South Ch'ungch'ŏng province, southeastern South Korea. It was a ...
taekwon do
tae kwon do (tī' kwŏnʹ dō') n. A Korean art of self-defense; a style of karate.   [Korean t'aekwŏndo: t'ae-, to trample + kwŏn, fist + -do, way.] * * *
tael
/tayl/, n. 1. liang. 2. any of various other similar units of weight in the Far East. 3. a former Chinese money of account, being the value of this weight of standard ...
taenia
/tee"nee euh/, n., pl. taeniae /-nee ee'/. 1. Class. Antiq. a headband or fillet. 2. Archit. (on a Doric entablature) a fillet or band separating the frieze from the ...
taeniacide
—taeniacidal, adj. /tee"nee euh suyd'/, n. Pharm. an agent that destroys tapeworms. Also, teniacide. [1855-60; TAENIA + -CIDE] * * *
taeniafuge
/tee"nee euh fyoohj'/, n. Med. an agent or medicine for expelling tapeworms from the body. Also, teniafuge. [1855-60; TAENIA + -FUGE] * * *
taeniasis
/tee nuy"euh sis/, n. Pathol. infestation with tapeworms. Also, teniasis. [1885-90; TAENI(A) + -ASIS] * * *
taeniodont
▪ fossil mammal       any member of an extinct suborder (Taeniodonta) of mammals (mammal) that lived in North America throughout the Paleocene Epoch and into the middle ...
taenite
▪ mineral       nickel-iron mineral having a face-centred cubic structure and playing a major role in the crystallization and structure of iron meteorites and stony ...
Taeuber, Conrad; and Barnes Taeuber, Irene
orig. Irene Barnes born June 15, 1906, Hosmer, S.D., U.S. died Sept. 11, 1999, Nashua, N.H. born Dec. 25, 1906, Meadville, Mo. died Feb. 24, 1974, Hyattsville, Md. U.S. ...
Taewon-gun
born 1821 died 1898 Father of the last ruling Korean king, Kojong (r. 1864–1907), and regent (1864–73). As regent, Taewon-gun inaugurated reforms to strengthen the central ...
TAF
☆ TAF or T.A.F. [tē΄ā΄ef′tē΄ā΄ef′ ] n. 〚t(umor) a(ngiogenesis) f(actor) < angiogenesis, development of blood vessels〛 a substance, consisting of protein and ...
Taff Vale case
(1900–01) Successful trial in Britain of a suit brought by the Taff Vale Railway Company against the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants (ASRS). In August 1900 the ASRS ...
taffarel
/taf"euhr euhl, -euh rel'/, n. Archaic. taffrail. Also, tafferel. [1615-25; < MD tafereel, var. (by dissimilation) of tafeleel < F (dial.) tavlel TABLEAU] * * *
tafferel
tafferel [taf′ər əl, taf′ər el΄] n. 〚Du tafereel, a panel, picture, for * tafeleel, dim. of tafel, table < L tabula, tablet: see TABLE〛 1. Archaic the upper, flat ...
taffeta
/taf"i teuh/, n. 1. a medium-weight or light-weight fabric of acetate, nylon, rayon, or silk, usually smooth, crisp, and lustrous, plain-woven, and with a fine crosswise rib ...
taffeta weave.
See plain weave. * * *
taffetaweave
taffeta weave n. See plain weave. * * *
taffia
taf·fi·a (tăfʹē-ə) n. Variant of tafia. * * *
taffrail
/taf"rayl', -reuhl/, n. Naut. 1. the upper part of the stern of a ship. 2. a rail above the stern of a ship. [1805-15; syncopated var. of TAFFAREL; -ai- sp. D -ee-] * * *
taffraillog
taffrail log n. See patent log. * * *
taffy
/taf"ee/, n. 1. a chewy candy made of sugar or molasses boiled down, often with butter, nuts, etc. 2. Informal. flattery. Also, toffee, toffy. [1810-20; var. of TOFFEE] * * ...
taffy apple.
See candy apple. * * *
taffy pull
☆ taffy pull n. a party at which taffy is made * * *
tafia
/taf"ee euh/, n. a type of rum made in Haiti from lower grades of molasses, refuse sugar, or the like. Also, taffia. [1755-65, Amer.; < West Indian F; aph. var. of ratafia ...
Tafilalt
Oasis, southeastern Morocco. The country's largest Saharan oasis, it covers 533 sq mi (1,380 sq km). It comprises six fortified villages and palm groves stretching for some 30 ...
Tafilelt
/tah fee"lelt, tah'fee lelt"/, n. an oasis in SE Morocco, ab. 200 sq. mi. (520 sq. km). Also, Tafilalet /tah'fee lah"let/. * * *
Tafoya, Maria Margarita
▪ 2002 “Margaret”        American potter (b. Aug. 13, 1904, Santa Clara Pueblo, N.M.—d. Feb. 25, 2001, Santa Clara Pueblo), was one of the most prominent Native ...
tafsīr
Science of explanation and interpretation of the Qurān. It arose after the death of Muhammad to deal with ambiguity, variant readings, defective texts, and apparent ...
Taft
/taft/, n. 1. Lorado /leuh ray"doh/, 1860-1936, U.S. sculptor. 2. Robert A(lphonso) /al fon"soh/, 1889-1953, U.S. lawyer and political leader (son of William Howard). 3. William ...
Taft, Helen
▪ American first lady née  Helen Herron , byname  Nellie  born June 2, 1861, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. died May 22, 1943, Washington, D.C.  American first lady ...
Taft, Lorado
▪ American sculptor born April 29, 1860, Elmwood, Illinois, U.S. died October 30, 1936, Chicago  American sculptor of portrait busts and monumental, allegorical works. He was ...
Taft, Robert A(lphonso)
born Sept. 8, 1889, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. died July 31, 1953, New York, N.Y. U.S. politician. The son of William H. Taft, he served in the Ohio legislature before being ...
Taft, Robert A.
▪ American politician in full  Robert Alphonso Taft  born Sept. 8, 1889, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. died July 31, 1953, New York, N.Y.  Republican leader in the U.S. Senate for ...
Taft, William Howard
born Sept. 15, 1857, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. died March 8, 1930, Washington, D.C. 27th president of the U.S. (1909–13). He served on the Ohio superior court (1887–90), as ...
Taft,Helen
Taft (tăft), Helen. 1861-1943. First Lady of the United States (1909-1913) as the wife of President William Howard Taft. She arranged for the planting of several thousand ...
Taft,William Howard
Taft, William Howard. 1857-1930. The 27th President of the United States (1909-1913), whose term was marked by antitrust activity and passage of the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act ...
Taft-Hartley Act
/taft"hahrt"lee/ an act of the U.S. Congress (1947) that supersedes but continues most of the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act and that, in addition, provides for ...
Taft–Hartley Act
▪ United States [1947] formally  Labor–Management Relations Act        (1947), in U.S. history, law—enacted over the veto of Pres. Harry S. Truman—amending much ...
tag
tag1 —tagger, n. —taglike, adj. /tag/, n., v., tagged, tagging. n. 1. a piece or strip of strong paper, plastic, metal, leather, etc., for attaching by one end to something ...
tag boat
a small rowboat usually towed astern of a larger vessel. [1890-95, Amer.] * * *
tag day
a day on which contributions to a fund are solicited, each contributor receiving a tag. [1905-10] * * *
tag end
1. the last or final part of something: They came in at the tag end of the performance. 2. a random scrap, fragment, or remnant. [1810-20] * * *
tag line
1. the last line of a play, story, speech, etc., used to clarify or dramatize a point. 2. a phrase or catchword that becomes identified or associated with a person, group, ...
tag question
Gram. 1. Also called tag. a short interrogative structure appended to a statement or command, as isn't it in It's raining, isn't it?, are you in You're not going, are you?, or ...
tag sale
tag sale n. a garage sale of items that have price tags * * *
tag sale.
See garage sale. [1950-55] * * *
tag team
Professional Wrestling. a team of two wrestlers who compete one at a time against either member of another such team, the wrestlers in the ring changing places with those outside ...
tag-
To touch, handle. 1. Nasalized form *ta-n-g-. tact, tangent, tangible, task, taste, tax; attain, contact, intact, tactoreceptor, tangoreceptor, from Latin tangere, to touch, with ...
tag-team
tag-team [tag′tēm΄] adj. 〚so named because a wrestler must tag, or touch, a teammate before replacing him or her in the ring: see TAG (vt. vt. 5)〛 designating or having ...
Tagab
/teuh gahb"/, n. a city in E Afghanistan. 106,777. * * *
Tagalog
/tah gah"lawg, teuh-/, n., pl. Tagalogs, (esp. collectively) Tagalog for 1. 1. a member of a Malayan people native to Luzon, in the Philippines. 2. the principal language of the ...
Tagalog language
Austronesian language of the Philippines, spoken as a first language by about 17 million people on the island of Luzon and by at least half a million immigrant Filipinos. As the ...
tagalong
/tag"euh lawng', -long'/, n. a person or thing that follows the lead or initiative of another. [1930-35; n. use of v. phrase tag along] * * *
Tagamet
/tag"euh met'/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of cimetidine. * * *
Taganrog
/tag"euhn rog'/; Russ. /teuh gun rddawk"/, n. 1. a seaport in the S Russian Federation in Europe, on the Gulf of Taganrog. 295,000. 2. Gulf of, an arm of the Sea of Azov. * * ...
Tagawa
▪ Japan also spelled  Takawa        city, Fukuoka ken (prefecture), Kyushu, Japan, on the upper Onga River. It was a farm village until the systematic exploitation ...
Tagaytay
▪ Philippines       city, southwestern Luzon, Philippines. It is located on Tagaytay Ridge at about 2,000 feet (600 m) above sea level, on the northern flank of Mount ...
Tagbilaran
▪ Philippines       city on Bohol Island (Bohol), in the Bohol (Bohol Sea) (Mindanao) Sea, Philippines. Tagbilaran lies along the Bohol Strait and is sheltered by ...
tagboard
/tag"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. a strong cardboard suitable for tags or posters. Also called oaktag. [1900-05; TAG1 + BOARD] * * *
tagday
tag day n. A day on which collectors for a charitable fund solicit contributions, giving each contributor a tag. * * *
Tagelied
▪ German music       (from Middle High German Tageliet, “day song”), a medieval German dawn song, or song of lament by lovers parting at dawn. The Tagelied is ...
tagend
tag end n. 1. The very end. 2. Something left over; a remnant. * * *
taggant
/tag"euhnt/, n. a nonreactive substance added to an explosive that may be traced if the explosive is used for unlawful purposes. [1990-95] * * *
Taggard
/tag"euhrd/, n. Genevieve, 1894-1948, U.S. poet. * * *
Taggard, Genevieve
▪ American poet born Nov. 28, 1894, Waitsburg, Wash., U.S. died Nov. 8, 1948, New York, N.Y.       American poet who, though best remembered for her biography of Emily ...
tagger
tag·ger (tăgʹər) n. 1. One that tags, especially the pursuer in the game of tag. 2. taggers Very thin sheet iron, usually plated with tin. * * *
tagging
➡ gangs * * *
Taginae, Battle of
▪ Italian history also called  Battle Of Busta Gallorum        (June or July 552), decisive engagement fought near what is now the town of Gualdo Tadino, Italy. In ...
tagliarini
/tal'yeuh ree"nee/; It. /tah'lyah rddee"nee/, n. egg noodles cut in long, flat, slender pieces, narrower than tagliatelle. [ < It, equiv. to tagliar(e) to cut ( < LL taliare; see ...
tagliatelle
/tahl'yeuh tel"ee/, It. /tah'lyah tel"le/, n. egg noodles cut in long, flat pieces. [ < It: flat noodles, equiv. to tagliat- (ptp. s. of tagliare to cut < LL taliare; see ...
Tagliavini
/tah'lyah vee"nee/, n. Ferruccio /ferdd rddooht"chaw/, born 1913, Italian tenor. * * *
Tagliavini, Ferrucio
▪ 1996       Italian opera tenor and motion-picture actor (b. Aug. 14, 1913—d. Jan. 28, 1995). * * *
tagline
tag line also tag·line (tăgʹlīn') n. 1. An ending line, as in a play or joke, that makes a point. 2. An often repeated phrase associated with an individual, organization, or ...
Taglioni, Fabio
▪ 2002       Italian engineer and motorcycle designer (b. Sept. 10, 1920, Lugo di Romagna, Italy—d. July 18, 2001, Bologna, Italy), during his 35-year career as the ...
Taglioni, Filippo
▪ Italian dancer born Nov. 5, 1777, Milan [Italy] died Feb. 11, 1871, Como       Italian dancer and choreographer who developed the Romantic style of ...
Taglioni, Marie
born April 23, 1804, Stockholm, Swed. died April 24, 1884, Marseille, Fr. Italian ballet dancer. She trained with her dancer-choreographer father, Filippo Taglioni ...
taglock
/tag"lok'/, n. a matted lock of wool or hair. [1605-15; TAG1 + LOCK2] * * *
tagma
tag·ma (tăgʹmə) n. pl. tag·ma·ta (-mə-tə) A distinct section of an arthropod, consisting of two or more adjoining segments, such as the cephalothorax of a ...
tagmeme
/tag"meem/, n. Ling. the basic unit of grammatical analysis in tagmemics, consisting of a correlation between a grammatical function and the class of items that can occur in that ...
tagmemic
/tag mee"mik/, adj. Ling. 1. of or pertaining to tagmemes. 2. of or pertaining to tagmemics. [1955-60; TAGMEME + -IC] * * *
tagmemics
—tagmemicist /tag mee"meuh sist/, n. /tag mee"miks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) Ling. a school of linguistics deriving from American structuralism based on the work of Kenneth ...
Tagore
/teuh gawr", -gohr", tah"gawr/, n. Sir Rabindranath /reuh been"dreuh naht'/, 1861-1941, Indian poet: Nobel prize 1913. * * *
Tagore, Debendranath
born May 15, 1817, Calcutta, India died Jan. 19, 1905, Calcutta Hindu philosopher and religious reformer. Born into a wealthy landowning family, he was educated in both Eastern ...
Tagore, Rabindranath
born May 7, 1861, Calcutta, India died Aug. 7, 1941, Calcutta Bengali poet, writer, composer, and painter. The son of Debendranath Tagore, he published several books of poetry, ...
Tagore,Sir Rabindranath
Ta·gore (tə-gôrʹ, -gōrʹ, tä-), Sir Rabindranath. 1861-1941. Indian writer noted for his collection of poetry Gitanjali (1912), based on traditional Hindu themes. He won ...
tagquestion
tag question n. A question used after a statement when seeking or expecting confirmation of that statement, as wasn't he in He was here, wasn't he? * * *
tagrag
/tag"rag'/, n. 1. riffraff; rabble. 2. a tatter. [1575-85; TAG1 + RAG1] * * *
tagrag and bobtail.
See ragtag and bobtail. Also, tag, rag, and bobtail. * * *
tags
➡ driving * * *
tagsale
tag sale n. A sale of used household belongings, with prices typically marked on labels affixed to the items. * * *
tagteam
tag team n. A team of two or more wrestlers who take turns competing against one of the wrestlers on another team, with the idle teammates waiting outside the ring until one of ...
Tagula Island
▪ island, Papua New Guinea also called  Sud-est        volcanic island of the Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean. It lies 175 miles ...
Tagus
/tay"geuhs/, n. a river in SW Europe, flowing W through central Spain and Portugal to the Atlantic at Lisbon. 566 mi. (910 km) long. Spanish, Tajo. Portuguese, Tejo. * * *
Tagus River
Spanish Río Tajo Portuguese Rio Tejo Longest waterway of the Iberian Peninsula. It rises in eastern central Spain and flows west across Spain and Portugal for 626 mi (1,007 ...
Ṭāhā Ḥusayn
▪ Egyptian author also spelled  Taha Hussein  or  Taha Husain  born Nov. 14, 1889, Maghāghah, Egypt died Oct. 28, 1973, Cairo       outstanding figure of the ...
Taha Hussein
or Taha Husayn born Nov. 14, 1889, Maghāghah, Egypt died Oct. 28, 1973, Cairo Egyptian writer. Though blinded by an illness at age two, he became a professor of Arabic ...
tahajjud
▪ Islam       (Arabic: “keeping vigil”), in Islāmic practice, the recitation of the Qurʾān (Islāmic scriptures) and prayers during the night. Tahajjud is ...
Tahan, Mount
▪ mountain, Malaysia Malay  Gunung Tahan        highest peak of the Malay Peninsula (7,175 feet [2,187 m]), in the Tahan Range, West Malaysia. Mount Tahan is the ...
Taharqa
▪ king of Egypt also called  Tirhaka  flourished 7th century BCE    fourth king (reigned 690–664 BCE) of the 25th dynasty of ancient Egypt (Egypt, ancient) (see ancient ...
tahini
/teuh hee"nee, tah-/, n. Middle Eastern Cookery. a paste made of ground sesame seeds. [1895-1900; < Levantine Ar tahine, deriv. of tahan grind] * * * ▪ food       paste ...
Ṭāhirid Dynasty
▪ Muslim dynasty of Khorāsān       (AD 821–873), Islāmic dynasty of the land of Khorāsān (centred in northeastern Persia), which owed nominal allegiance to the ...
Tahiti
/teuh hee"tee, tah-/, n. the principal island of the Society Islands, in the S Pacific. 79,494; 402 sq. mi. (1041 sq. km). Cap.: Papeete. * * * Island (pop., 1996: 150,707), ...
Tahitian
/teuh hee"sheuhn, -tee euhn, tah-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Tahiti, its inhabitants, or their language. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Tahiti. 3. the Polynesian language of ...
Tahlequah
▪ Oklahoma, United States       city, seat (1907) of Cherokee county, eastern Oklahoma, U.S., in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, near the Illinois River and ...
Tahltan
▪ people       an Athabaskan-speaking North American Indian people living on the upper Stikine River and other nearby streams in what is now northwestern British ...
Ṭahmāsp I
▪ Ṣafavid shah of Iran born , March 3, 1514, Shāhābād, near Eṣfahān, Ṣafavid Iran died 1576, Kazvin?       shāh of Iran from 1524 whose rule was marked by ...
Tahoe
/tah"hoh/, n. Lake, a lake in E California and W Nevada, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains: resort. ab. 200 sq. mi. (520 sq. km); 6225 ft. (1897 m) above sea level. * * *
Tahoe, Lake
Lake on the California-Nevada border in the northern Sierra Nevada, U.S. The lake, which occupies a fault basin, covers 193 sq mi (500 sq km). It is 22 mi (35 km) long by 10 mi ...
Tahoe,Lake
Ta·hoe (täʹhō), Lake A lake on the California-Nevada border west of Carson City, Nevada. It is a popular resort area. * * *
Tahoua
▪ Niger  town, southern Niger. Situated on the boundary between a cultivated zone (peanuts [groundnuts]) and a drier pastoral zone (cattle, goats, and sheep), it is an ...
tahr
/tahr/, n. any of several Old World wild goats of the genus Hemitragus, as H. jemlahicus (Himalayan tahr), introduced into New Zealand, having a long mane and short, stout, ...
tahsildar
/teuh seel dahr"/, n. (in India) a collector for, or official of, the revenue department. Also, tahseeldar. [1790-1800; < Urdu < Pers, equiv. to tahsil collection ( < Ar) + -dar ...
Ṭahṭāwī, Rifā{ʽ}ah Rāfi{ʽ} al-
born 1801, Ṭahṭā, Egypt died 1873, Egypt Egyptian teacher and scholar. Beginning in 1826, he spent five years in Paris as a religious teacher for a group of Egyptian ...
Ṭahṭāwī, Rifāʿah Rāfiʿ aṭ-
▪ Islamic scholar born 1801, Ṭahṭā, Egypt died 1873, Egypt       teacher and scholar who was one of the first Egyptians to grapple with the question of adjusting ...
tai
/tuy/, n., pl. tai. any of several sparoid fishes of the Pacific Ocean, as Pagrus major (red tai), a food fish of Japan. [1615-25; < Japn ta(w)i, earlier tafi] * * * I Any ...
Tai
/tuy, tah"ee/, n. 1. a group of languages spoken in SE Asia, including Thai, Lao, and Shan. 2. Thai. adj. 3. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Tai. 4. Thai. * * * I Any ...
tai chi
tai chi [chwän′tī′ jē′, tī′ chē′] n. 〚Mandarin t'ai-chi, lit., grand ultimate〛 a form of exercise or martial art developed in China and characterized by slow, ...
Tai Chi Chuan
Chinese taijiquan or t'ai-chi-ch'üan Ancient Chinese form of exercise or of attack and defense. As exercise, it is designed to provide relaxation in the process of body ...
Tai languages
Family of closely related languages spoken in Southeast Asia and southern China by more than 80 million people. According to a widely used classification, Tai comprises three ...
Tai Xu
or T'ai Hsü orig. Lü Peilin born Jan. 8, 1890, Haining, Zhejiang province, China died March 17, 1947, Shanghai Chinese Buddhist monk and philosopher. After training as a ...
Tai, Lake
Chinese Tai Hu or T'ai Hu Lake, between Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, eastern China. Roughly crescent-shaped, it covers an area of 850 sq mi (2,200 sq km). It lies in a plain ...
Tai, Mount
▪ mountain, China Chinese (Pinyin)  Tai Shan  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  T'ai Shan   mountain mass with several peaks along a southwest-northeast axis to the north ...
Taï, Parc National de
▪ park, Côte d’Ivoire       national park, southwestern Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), situated between the Liberian border (along the Cavally River) to the west and ...
Taibei
/tuy"bay"/, n. Pinyin. Taipei. * * *
taichi
tai chi or Tai Chi (tīʹ chēʹ, jēʹ) also tai chi chuan or Tai Chi Chuan (chwänʹ) n. A Chinese system of physical exercises designed especially for self-defense and ...
Taichow
Chin. /tuy"joh"/, n. Older Spelling. Taizhou. Also, Wade-Giles, T'aichou. * * *
Taichung
/tuy"joong"/, n. Wade-Giles. a city in and the provincial capital of Taiwan, in the W part. 575,000. Also, Taizhong. * * *
Taidu
also spelled (Pinyin)  Dadu  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Ta-tu , Mongol  Khanbaliq        name by which the Venetian traveler Marco Polo (Polo, Marco) referred ...
Taieri River
River, southeastern South Island, New Zealand. It rises in the Lammerlaw Range and flows 179 mi (288 km) north and southeast in a great arc, across plains and around the Rock ...
Taif
/tah"if/, n. a city in W Saudi Arabia. 100,000. * * *
taifa
▪ Spanish Muslim kingdom Spanish, Arabic  ṭāʾifah , plural  ṭawāʾif        a faction or party, as applied to the followers of any of the petty kings who ...
taiga
/tuy"geuh, tuy gah"/, n. the coniferous evergreen forests of subarctic lands, covering vast areas of northern North America and Eurasia. [1885-90; < Russ taigá < one or more ...
taiglach
/tayg"leuhkh, -lahkh, tuyg"-/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) teiglach. * * *
Taihang Mountains
▪ mountains, China Chinese (Pinyin)  Taihang Shan  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  T'ai-hang Shan,  also called  T'ai-hsing Range        mountain range of ...
Taihape
▪ New Zealand       town, south-central North Island, New Zealand. It lies along the Hautapu River, 7 miles (11 km) above the latter's confluence with the Rangitikei. ...
Taihō code
▪ Japanese law       (AD 701), in Japan, administrative and penal code of the Taihō era early in the Nara period, modeled on the codes of the Chinese T'ang dynasty ...
TaiHu
Tai Hu (tīʹ ho͞oʹ) A lake of east-central China west of Shanghai. Its basin is one of China's richest agricultural areas. * * *
taiji
▪ Chinese philosophy Wade-Giles romanization  t'ai chi (Chinese: “Great Ultimate”)        in Chinese philosophy, the ultimate source and motive force behind all ...


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