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Taika era reforms
▪ Japanese history Japanese  in full Taika No Kaishin        (“Great Reformation of the Taika Era”), series of political innovations that followed the coup ...
taiko
▪ musical instrument       any of various Japanese forms of barrel-shaped drums with lashed or tacked heads, usually played with sticks (bachi). When the word combines ...
Taikō Josetsu
▪ Japanese painter flourished 15th century, , Kyōto       priest and painter, regarded as the first of the long line of Japanese Zen Buddhist priests who painted in ...
tail
tail1 —tailer, n. —tailless, adj. —taillessly, adv. —taillessness, n. —taillike, adj. /tayl/, n. 1. the hindmost part of an animal, esp. that forming a distinct, ...
tail coat.
a man's fitted coat, cut away over the hips and descending in a pair of tapering skirts behind, usually black and worn as part of full evening dress. Also, tailcoat. Also called ...
tail cone
Rocketry. a cone-shaped component at the rear of a jet engine, rocket, or missile, usually serving as an exhaust pipe. * * *
tail covert
any of the feathers concealing the bases of a bird's tail feathers. [1805-15] * * *
tail end
1. the hinder or rear part of anything. 2. the concluding or final part or section; tag end: the tail end of a lecture. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
tail fan
Zool. the fanlike posterior appendage of crayfish and lobsters, consisting of a telson and two uropods, used for rapid backward propulsion. [1890-95] * * *
tail fin
tail fin 1. a fixed or adjustable fin on the rear of a rocket, car, etc.: sometimes written tailfin n. 2. Zool. a movable fin that forms the tail of a fish, the fluke of a whale, ...
tail fin.
1. See caudal fin. 2. Auto. See under fin1 (def. 7). [1675-85] * * *
tail plane
Aeron. Chiefly Brit. See horizontal stabilizer. [1905-10] * * *
tail rhyme
▪ poetry also called  tailed rhyme        a verse form in which rhymed lines such as couplets or triplets are followed by a tail—a line of different (usually ...
tail skid
Aeron. a runner under the tail of an airplane. [1915-20] * * *
tail wind
tail wind n. a wind blowing in the same direction as the course of a ship or aircraft * * *
tail-heavy
tail-heav·y (tālʹhĕv'ē) adj. tail-heav·i·er, tail-heav·i·est Having too much weight at the rear, either from overloading or from poor design and construction: a ...
tailback
/tayl"bak'/, n. Football. 1. the offensive back who lines up farthest behind the line of scrimmage, as in a single wingback or double wingback formation. 2. the position played ...
tailband
/tayl"band'/, n. a band sewn or glued to the tail of a book. Cf. headband (def. 3). [1475-85; TAIL1 + BAND2] * * *
tailbeam
tail beam n. Architecture See tailpiece. * * *
tailboard
/tayl"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. the tailgate, esp. of a wagon or truck. Also called endgate. [1795-1805; TAIL1 + BOARD] * * *
tailbone
/tayl"bohn'/, n. Anat. the coccyx. [1540-50; TAIL1 + BONE] * * *
tailcoat
tailcoat [tāl′kōt΄] n. a man's full-dress coat, with long, tapering tails at the back * * * tail·coat (tālʹkōt') n. A man's black coat worn for formal daytime ...
tailed
/tayld/, adj. 1. having a tail. 2. having a tail of a specified kind (usually used in combination): a ring-tailed monkey. [1250-1300; ME; see TAIL1, -ED3] * * *
tailed frog
a frog, Ascaphus truei, of the northwestern U.S. and adjacent Canada, the male of which has its cloaca modified into a taillike copulatory organ. Also called bell toad, ribbed ...
tailedfrog
tailed frog (tāld) n. A frog (Ascaphus turei) of the Pacific Northwest, having in the male an external cloaca that resembles a tail and serves as a copulatory organ at breeding ...
tailend
tail end n. 1. The hindmost part. 2. The very end; the conclusion. * * *
tailfan
tailfan [tāl′fan΄] n. the fanlike structure at the rear of a crayfish or lobster, used for swimming backward * * * tail fan n. The fanlike posterior structure of a lobster, ...
tailfin
tail fin also tail·fin (tālʹfĭn') n. 1. A fin at the posterior part of the body of a fish, crustacean, whale, or other aquatic animal. 2. An ornamental projection shaped like ...
tailfirst
/tayl"ferrst"/, adv. with the tail or rear part foremost. [1885-90; TAIL1 + FIRST] * * *
tailgate
tailgate1 /tayl"gayt'/, n., v., tailgated, tailgating, adj. n. 1. the board or gate at the back of a wagon, truck, station wagon, etc., which can be removed or let down for ...
tailgater
tailgater1 /tayl"gay'teuhr/, n. 1. a person who drives hazardously close to the rear of another moving vehicle. 2. a person who participates in a tailgate picnic. [TAILGATE1 + ...
tailing
/tay"ling/, n. 1. the part of a projecting stone or brick tailed or inserted in a wall. 2. tailings, a. Building Trades. gravel, aggregate, etc., failing to pass through a given ...
taillamp
taillamp [tāl′lamp΄] n. var. of TAILLIGHT * * * tail lamp n. See taillight. * * *
taille
/tayl/; Fr. /tah"yeu/, n., pl. tailles /taylz/; Fr. /tah"yeu/. 1. French Hist. a tax that was levied by a king or seigneur on his subjects or on lands held under him and that ...
Tailleferre
/tahyeu ferdd"/, n. Germaine, 1892-1983, French composer. * * *
tailless
See tail1. * * *
tailless whip scorpion
▪ arachnid  any of 70 species of the arthropod class Arachnida that are similar in appearance to whip scorpions (order Uropygi) but lack a telson, or tail. They occur in hot ...
tailleur
/tah yerr"/, n. a tailored or tailor-made costume for women. [1920-25; F: lit., tailor; see TAILOR1, -EUR] * * *
taillight
/tayl"luyt'/, n. a light, usually red, at the rear of an automobile, train, etc. Also called tail lamp. [1835-45; TAIL1 + LIGHT1] * * *
tailor
tailor1 /tay"leuhr/, n. 1. a person whose occupation is the making, mending, or altering of clothes, esp. suits, coats, and other outer garments. v.t. 2. to make by tailor's ...
tailor's bunion
bunionette. * * *
tailor's chalk
hardened chalk or soapstone used to make temporary guide marks on a garment that is being altered. [1880-85] * * *
tailor'schalk
tai·lor's chalk (tāʹlərz) n. A thin piece of hard chalk used in tailoring for making temporary alteration marks on clothing. * * *
tailor-made
adj. /tay"leuhr mayd"/; n. /tay"leuhr mayd', -mayd"/, adj. 1. tailored. 2. custom-made; made-to-order; made-to-measure: an expensive tailor-made suit. 3. fashioned to a ...
tailor-make
/tay"leuhr mayk"/, v.t., tailor-made, tailor-making. to make or adjust to meet the needs of the particular situation, individual, object, etc.: to tailor-make a ...
tailorable
—tailorability, n. /tay"leuhr euh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being made into clothing: tailorable fabrics. 2. capable of being adapted to a given purpose or function. [TAILOR1 ...
tailorbird
/tay"leuhr berrd'/, n. any of several small Asian passerine birds, esp. of the genus Orthotomus, that stitch leaves together to form and conceal their nests. [1760-70; TAILOR1 + ...
tailored
/tay"leuhrd/, adj. 1. (of a woman's garment) in a simple or plain style with fitted lines. Cf. dressmaker (def. 2). 2. having simple, straight lines and a neat appearance: ...
tailoring
/tay"leuhr ing/, n. 1. the business or work of a tailor. 2. the skill or craftsmanship of a tailor. [1655-65; TAILOR1 + -ING1] * * *
tailpiece
/tayl"pees'/, n. 1. a piece added at the end; an end piece or appendage. 2. Print. a small decorative design at the end of a chapter or at the bottom of a page. 3. (in a musical ...
tailpipe
/tayl"puyp'/, n. an exhaust pipe located at the rear of a motor vehicle or aircraft powered by an internal-combustion engine. Also, tail pipe. [1880-85, in sense, "suction pipe ...
tailrace
/tayl"rays'/, n. 1. the race, flume, or channel leading away from a waterwheel or the like. 2. Mining. the channel for conducting tailings or refuse away in water. [1770-80; ...
tails
/taylz/, adj., adv. 1. (of a coin) with the reverse facing up: On the next toss, the coin came up tails. Cf. heads. n. 2. tail (def. 6). [1675-85; TAIL1 + -S1] * * *
tailskid
tail·skid (tālʹskĭd') n. A skid attached to the rear underside of certain airplanes to act as a runner. * * *
tailspin
/tayl"spin'/, n., v., tailspinned, tailspinning. n. Also, tail spin. 1. spin (def. 24). 2. a sudden and helpless collapse into failure, confusion, or the like. v.i. 3. to take or ...
tailstock
/tayl"stok'/, n. a movable or sliding support for the dead center of a lathe or grinder. See illus. under lathe. [1860-65; TAIL1 + STOCK] * * *
tailwater
/tayl"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, n. the water in a tailrace. [1750-60; TAIL1 + WATER] * * *
tailwind
/tayl"wind'/, n. a wind coming from directly behind a moving object, esp. an aircraft or other vehicle (opposed to headwind). [1895-1900; TAIL1 + WIND1] * * *
Taimyr Peninsula
/tuy mear"/; Russ. /tuy mirdd"/ a peninsula in the N Russian Federation in Asia, between the Kara and Laptev seas. Also, Taimir Peninsula. * * *
TaimyrPeninsula
Tai·myr Peninsula See Taymyr Peninsula. * * *
tain
/tayn/, n. 1. a thin tin plate. 2. tin foil for the backs of mirrors. [1855-60; < F: silvering, foil, aph. var. of ÉTAIN tin] * * *
Tainan
/tuy"nahn"/, n. Wade-Giles, Pinyin. a city in SW Taiwan. 550,000. * * *
Taínaron
Taínaron [tā′nə rôn΄] Cape Gr. name for MATAPAN Cape * * *
Taínaron,Cape
Taí·na·ron (tāʹnə-rôn', tĕʹnä-), Cape Formerly Cape Mat·a·pan (măt'ə-pănʹ). A cape at the southernmost point of mainland Greece. The British won an important ...
Taine
/tayn/; Fr. /ten/, n. Hippolyte Adolphe /ee paw leet" ann dawlf"/, 1828-93, French literary critic and historian. * * *
Taine, Hippolyte
▪ French critic and historian Introduction born April 21, 1828, Vouziers, Ardennes, France died March 5, 1893, Paris  French thinker (literary criticism), critic (art ...
Taine, Hippolyte (-Adolphe)
born April 21, 1828, Vouziers, Ardennes, France died March 5, 1893, Paris French thinker, critic, and historian. Taine came to believe as a youth that knowledge must be based ...
Taine,Hippolyte Adolphe
Taine (tān, tĕn), Hippolyte Adolphe. 1828-1893. French philosopher and historian who was a leading exponent of positivism and wrote the six-volume Origins of Contemporary ...
Taino
/tuy"noh/, n., pl. Tainos, (esp. collectively) Taino for 1. 1. a member of an extinct Arawakan Indian tribe of the West Indies. 2. the language of the Taino. * * * Extinct ...
taint
/taynt/, n. 1. a trace of something bad, offensive, or harmful. 2. a trace of infection, contamination, or the like. 3. a trace of dishonor or discredit. 4. Obs. color; ...
Tainter, Charles Sumner
▪ American inventor born Aug. 25, 1854, Watertown Mass., U.S. died April 20, 1940, San Diego, Calif.       American inventor who, with Chichester A. Bell (a cousin of ...
taintless
—taintlessly, adv. —taintlessness, n. /taynt"lis/, adj. free from or without taint; pure; innocent. [1580-90; TAINT + -LESS] * * *
taintlessly
See taintless. * * *
taintlessness
See taintless. * * *
taipan
taipan1 /tuy"pan/, n. (in China) the head or owner of a foreign business establishment. [1895-1900; < dial. Chin (cf. Guangdong dial. daaih-baan), akin to Chin dàban (dà great ...
Taipei
/tuy"pay"/; Chin. /tuy"bay"/, n. Wade-Giles. a city in and the capital of Taiwan, in the N part. 2,100,000. Also, Taibei; Older Spelling, Taipeh. * * * city, special ...
Taiping
/tuy"ping"/, n. a person who participated in the unsuccessful rebellion (Taiping Rebellion), 1850-64, led by Hung Hsiu-ch'üan (Hong Xiuquan), who attempted to overthrow the ...
Taiping Rebellion
(1850–64) Large-scale rebellion against the Qing dynasty in China. The peasants, having suffered floods and famines in the late 1840s, were ripe for rebellion, which came ...
Taira
/tuy"rddah/, n. 1. a member of a powerful family in Japan that ruled the country 1160-85. 2. former name of Iwaki. * * *
Taira Family
▪ Japanese clan Introduction also called  Heike        Japanese samurai (warrior) clan of great power and influence in the 12th century. The genealogy and history of ...
Taira Kiyomori
born 1118, Japan died March 21, 1181, Kyōto Leader of the powerful Taira family and the first member of the warrior class (samurai) to rule Japan. The Taira family had made ...
Taira Masakado
▪ Japanese rebel died , March 25, 940, Kitayama, Shimōsa Province, Japan       Japanese rebel leader descended from the emperor Kammu (reigned ...
Taira Masamori
▪ Japanese warrior flourished 12th century, Japan       warrior responsible for the rise to power of the Taira clan in Japan.       The leader of a powerful ...
Taira Tadamori
▪ Japanese warrior born , 1096, Japan died Dec. 2, 1153, Japan       warrior whose military and diplomatic skills made the Taira clan the most powerful family in Japan ...
tairō
▪ Japanese official       in Japanese history, office of senior minister or chief councillor, the highest administrative post in the shogunate during the Tokugawa period ...
Tairona
▪ people       Indians of the northern Colombian Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, known only from occasional references in Spanish colonial writings and from archaeological ...
Tairov, Aleksandr Yakovlevich
▪ Russian director original name Aleksandr Kornblit born June 24, 1885, Romny, Russia died Sept. 25, 1950, Moscow  founder and producer-director (1914–49) of the Kamerny ...
Taisho
/tuy"shaw"/, n. Japanese Hist. the designation of the period of the reign of Emperor Yoshihito, 1912-26. [ < Japn taisho < MChin, equiv. to Chin dà great + zhèng right(ness)] * ...
Taishō period
(1912–26) Period in Japanese history corresponding to the reign of the Taishō emperor, Yoshihito (1879–1926). It followed the Meiji period and represented a continuation of ...
Tait, Archibald C(ampbell)
born , Dec. 21, 1811, Edinburgh, Scot. died Dec. 3, 1882, Addington, Surrey, Eng. English cleric. The son of Presbyterian parents, he became an Anglican while studying at the ...
Tait, Archibald Campbell
▪ archbishop of Canterbury born , Dec. 21, 1811, Edinburgh, Scot. died Dec. 3, 1882, Addington, Surrey, Eng.  archbishop of Canterbury, remembered primarily for his efforts ...
Tait, Peter Guthrie
▪ Scottish mathematician and physicist born April 28, 1831, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland died July 4, 1901, Edinburgh       Scottish physicist and mathematician who ...
Taiwan
/tuy"wahn"/, n. Wade-Giles, Pinyin. a Chinese island separated from the SE coast of China by Taiwan Strait: a possession of Japan 1895-1945; restored to China 1945; seat of the ...
Taiwan earthquake of 1999
also called  1999 Chi Chi earthquake        earthquake that began at 1:47 AM local time on Sept. 21, 1999, below an epicentre 93 miles (150 km) south of Taipei, ...
Taiwan Strait
an arm of the Pacific Ocean between China and Taiwan, connecting the East and South China Seas. Formerly, Formosa Strait. * * * or Formosa Strait Arm of the northwestern ...
Taiwan, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of a red field (background) with a blue canton incorporating a white sun. The width-to-length ratio of the flag is 2 to ...
Taiwanese
/tuy'wah neez", -nees"/, adj., n., pl. Taiwanese for 2. adj. 1. of or pertaining to Taiwan or its people. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Taiwan. 3. the Chinese language of ...
TaiwanStrait
Taiwan Strait also For·mo·sa Strait (fôr-mōʹsə) An arm of the Pacific Ocean between Taiwan and China. It links the East China Sea with the South China Sea. * * *
Taíyetos Mountains
▪ mountains, Greece Taíyetos also spelled  Tayghetus, Taygetus, or Taiyetos,  Greek  Taíyetos Óros,         mountain range, southern Peloponnese, Greece. The ...
Taiyō
▪ Japanese magazine Japanese“The Sun”       Japanese magazine published from 1895 to 1928 and especially known for its literary criticism, Japanese literature, and ...
Taiyuan
/tuy"yyuuahn"/, n. Pinyin, Wade-Giles. a city in and the capital of Shanxi province, in N China; a walled city. 1,350,000. Also, Wade-Giles, Taiyüan, T'aiyüan. Formerly, ...
Taiz
/ta iz"/, n. a city in S Yemen. 178,043. Also, Ta'izz. * * *
Taizhong
/tuy"zhawng"/, n. Pinyin. Taichung. * * *
Taizhou
/tuy"joh"/, n. Pinyin. a city in central Jiangsu province, in E China. 275,000. Also, T'aichou, Taichow. * * * ▪ China Wade-Giles romanization ...
Taizong
or T'ai-tsung orig. Li Shimin born 598, China died 649, China Second emperor of China's Tang dynasty. In his father's campaign against the Sui dynasty, Li Shimin was ...
Taizu
or T'ai-tsu born 927, Luoyang, China died Nov. 14, 976, Kaifeng First emperor of the Song dynasty, who began the unification of China, which his brother would ...
taj
/tahzh, tahj/, n. a high, conical cap worn in Muslim countries. [1850-55; < Ar taj < Pers] * * * ▪ hat       brimless hat, usually conical or curved on top, worn by men ...
Taj Mahal
/tahzh" meuh hahl", tahj"/ a white marble mausoleum built at Agra, India, by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (fl. 1628-58) for his favorite wife. * * * Mausoleum complex on the ...
Tajik
/tah jik", -jeek"/; Russ. /tu jik"/, n., pl. Tajiks, (esp. collectively) Tajik for 1. 1. a member of a people living mainly in Tadzhikistan, as well as parts of Afghanistan and ...
Tajiki
Tajiki [tä jik′ē, täjē′kē] n. TAJIK (n. 2) * * *
Tajikistan
/teuh jik"euh stan', -stahn', -jee"keuh-/, n. Tadzhikistan. * * * Tajikistan Introduction Tajikistan - Background: Tajikistan has ...
Tajikistan, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped red-white-green national flag with a central gold crown. The flag's width-to-length ratio is 1 to 2.       After World ...
Tajimi
▪ Japan       city, Gifu ken (prefecture), central Honshu, Japan. It lies along the Toki River, northeast of Nagoya.       Tajimi has long been known for its ...
Tajo
/tah"haw/, n. Spanish name of Tagus. * * *
Tajong-gyo
▪ Korean sect also called  Tan'gun, or Tangun Cult,         modern Korean millenarian sect that originated in the late 19th century. Tajong-gyo was formulated by Na ...
Tajrish
/tahj rddeesh"/, n. a city in NW Iran, near Teheran. 157,486. * * *
Tajumulco Volcano
Volcanic mountain, western Guatemala. Part of a mountain range that extends into Guatemala from southern Mexico, it is the highest peak in Central America, 13,845 ft (4,220 m) ...
taka
/tah"keuh/, n., pl. taka. a paper money, cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of Bangladesh, equal to 100 poisha. [ < Bengali taka] * * *
takable
See take. * * *
Takács, Károly
▪ Hungarian athlete born 1910 died 1976  Hungarian athlete who twice won Olympic gold medals in rapid-fire pistol shooting despite having his shooting hand maimed by a hand ...
Takahama Kyoshi
▪ Japanese poet born Feb. 22, 1874, Matsuyama, Japan died April 8, 1959, Kamakura        haiku poet, a major figure in the development of haiku literature in modern ...
Takahashi Yuichi
▪ Japanese artist born March 20, 1828, Edo [now Tokyo], Japan died July 6, 1894, Tokyo       Japanese Western-style painter active in the late Tokugawa and Meiji ...
Takahashi, Hisako
▪ 1996       In February 1994 Morihiro Hosokawa exercised his right as prime minister to select Hisako Takahashi to fill a vacancy on Japan's Supreme Court. Takahashi, ...
takahe
/teuh kuy", -kah"ee/, n. notornis. [1850-55; < Maori takahe] * * * ▪ bird  (species Notornis mantelli), rare flightless bird of New Zealand that was thought to have become ...
Takakkaw
Tak·ak·kaw (tăkʹə-kô') A waterfall, 503.3 m (1,650 ft) high, in southeast British Columbia, Canada. It is the highest waterfall in Canada. * * *
Takakkaw Falls
▪ waterfall, Canada also spelled  Takkakaw Falls        cataract on the Yoho River, and a major feature in the northern part of Yoho National Park in southeastern ...
Takamatsu
/tah"kah mah"tsoo/, n. a seaport on NE Shikoku, in SW Japan. 316,662. * * * ▪ Japan  city and capital of Kagawa ken (prefecture), Shikoku, Japan, facing the Inland Sea. It ...
Takamine, Jokichi
▪ Japanese-American biochemist born Nov. 3, 1854, Takaoka, Japan died July 22, 1922, New York, N.Y., U.S.       biochemist and industrial leader whose most important ...
Takamoto, Iwao
▪ 2008       American animator born April 29, 1925 , Los Angeles, Calif. died Jan. 8, 2007, Los Angeles worked at Walt Disney Studios on such classic films as ...
Takamura Kōun
▪ Japanese sculptor original name  Nakajima Kōzō  born March 19, 1852, Edo [now Tokyo], Japan died Oct. 10, 1934, Tokyo  Japanese sculptor who worked to preserve the art ...
Takaoka
▪ Japan  city, Toyama ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, on the lower reaches of the Shō River. The city was founded with the construction of Takaoka Castle in 1609. It ...
Takarazuka
▪ Japan  city, Hyōgo ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, on the northeastern slope of Mount Rokkō. The city is a hot-springs resort and is renowned for its female opera ...
Takarli, Fu'ad al-
▪ 2009       Iraqi jurist and writer born 1927, Baghdad, Iraq died Feb. 11, 2008, Amman, Jordan was regarded as one of the best Iraqi writers of his generation. His ...
Takasago
▪ Japan       city, Hyōgo ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, on the Inland Sea. It long served as a collection and distribution centre for the rice that was produced in ...
Takasaki
Ta·ka·sa·ki (tä'kä-säʹkē) A city of central Honshu, Japan, northwest of Tokyo. A silk-manufacturing center, the city is best known for its statue of Kannon, goddess of ...
Takashimaya Co., Ltd.
▪ Japanese department store Japanese  Takashimaya Kabushiki-gaisha         oldest department-store company in Japan. The company traces its history back to a ...
Takasugi Shinsaku
▪ Japanese military leader born Sept. 27, 1839, Hagi, Nagato province, Japan died May 17, 1867, Shimonoseki  noted Japanese imperial loyalist whose restructuring of the ...
Takatsuki
/tah'keuht sooh"kee, teuh kaht"soo kee/; Japn. /tah"kah tsooh"kee/, n. a city on S Honshu, in Japan: a suburb of Osaka. 340,722. * * * ▪ Japan       city, Ōsaka fu ...
Takayama
▪ Japan  city, Gifu ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, on the Miya River. It contains many old buildings and temples, including the Kokubun Temple (1588), and it was a castle ...
take
—takable, takeable, adj. —taker, n. /tayk/, v., took, taken, taking, n. v.t. 1. to get into one's hold or possession by voluntary action: to take a cigarette out of a box; to ...
take Communion
➡ Church of England * * *
take early retirement
➡ retirement * * *
take incompletes
➡ student life * * *
take out a mortgage
➡ mortgages * * *
take the Fifth
➡ Fifth Amendment. * * *
take-all
/tayk"awl'/, n. Plant Pathol. a disease of wheat, rye, barley and oats, characterized by the blackening and decaying of the base of the stems, caused by a fungus, Ophiobolus ...
take-along
/tayk"euh lawng', -euh long'/, adj. Informal. 1. intended or suitable for taking along, as on a trip: take-along snacks for long car trips. 2. sized, built, or adapted to be ...
take-away
take-away or takeaway [tāk′ə wā΄] Chiefly Brit. adj. TAKEOUT (adj. 1) n. 1. TAKEOUT (n. 2) 2. a restaurant, store, etc. that sells takeout food * * *
take-charge
/tayk"chahrj"/, adj. able or seemingly able to take charge: She is a take-charge management type. * * *
take-home pay
/tayk"hohm'/ the amount of salary remaining after deductions, as of taxes, have been made. [1940-45] * * *
take-homepay
take-home pay (tākʹhōm') n. The amount of one's salary remaining after federal, state, and often city income taxes and various other deductions have been withheld. * * *
take-in
/tayk"in'/, n. Informal. a deception, fraud, or imposition. [1770-80; n. use of v. phrase take in] * * *
take-no-prisoners
/tayk"noh'priz"euh neuhrz, -priz"neuhrz/, adj. wholeheartedly aggressive; zealous; gung-ho: a businessman with a take-no-prisoners attitude toward dealmaking. [1990-95] * * *
take-out
See takeout. * * *
take-up
/tayk"up'/, n. 1. the act of taking up. 2. Mach. a. uptake (def. 3). b. any of various devices for taking up slack, winding in, or compensating for the looseness of parts due to ...
take-up reel
Motion Pictures. (on a projector) the reel onto which the film is wound after it has been projected. * * *
takeaway
/tayk"euh way'/, n. 1. something taken back or away, esp. an employee benefit that is eliminated or substantially reduced by the terms of a union contract. adj. 2. of or ...
takeback
/tayk"bak'/, n. 1. something taken back or withdrawn, esp. an employee benefit previously gained in a union contract; takeaway. adj. 2. of or pertaining to what is taken back: a ...
Takebe Katahiro
born 1664, Edo, Japan died Aug. 24, 1739, Edo Japanese mathematician of the wasan ("Japanese calculation") tradition who extended and disseminated the mathematical research of ...
Takeda Shingen
▪ Japanese military leader original name  Takeda Harunobu   born Dec. 1, 1521, Kai province, Japan died May 13, 1573, Komaba, Shinano province       one of the most ...
takedown
/tayk"down'/, adj. 1. made or constructed so as to be easily dismantled or disassembled. 2. Finance. takeout (def. 8). n. 3. the act of taking down. 4. a firearm designed to be ...
Takefu
▪ Japan       city, Fukui ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan. It is situated on the alluvial fan of the Hino River. During the Tokugawa period (1603–1867), it was a ...
Takei, Yasuo
▪ 2007       Japanese businessman (b. Jan. 4, 1930, Fukaya, Japan—d. Aug. 10, 2006, Tokyo, Japan), was the founder in 1966 of the finance company Fuji Shoji (renamed ...
Takelma
/teuh kel"meuh/, n. 1. a member of a North American Indian people of southwestern Oregon, extinct since the early 20th century. 2. the Penutian language of the Takelma. * * *
Takemitsu, Tōru
born Oct. 8, 1930, Tokyo, Japan died Feb. 20, 1996, Tokyo Japanese composer. In 1951 he founded Tokyo's Experimental Laboratory to promote an integration of Japanese music with ...
taken
/tay"keuhn/, v. 1. pp. of take. 2. Nonstandard. a pt. of take. adj. 3. taken with, charmed or captivated by: He was quite taken with your niece. * * *
takeoff
/tayk"awf', -of'/, n. 1. a taking or setting off; the leaving of the ground, as in leaping or in beginning a flight in an airplane. 2. a taking off from a starting point, as in ...
takeout
/tayk"owt'/, n. 1. the act or fact of taking out. 2. something made to be taken out, esp. food prepared in a store or restaurant to be carried out for consumption elsewhere. 3. ...
takeout double
Bridge. See informatory double. [1940-45] * * *
takeover
/tayk"oh'veuhr/, n. 1. the act of seizing, appropriating, or arrogating authority, control, management, etc. 2. an acquisition or gaining control of a corporation through the ...
taker
taker [tāk′ər] n. a person who takes something; esp., an available buyer, bettor, etc. * * * tak·er (tāʹkər) n. One that takes or takes up something, such as a wager or ...
taker-in
/tay"keuhr in"/, n. licker-in. [1830-40] * * *
Takeshita Noboru
▪ prime minister of Japan born Feb. 26, 1924, Kakeya, Shimane prefecture, Japan died June 19, 2000, Tokyo       prime minister of Japan from November 1987 to June 1989, ...
Takeshita, Noboru
▪ 2001       Japanese politician (b. Feb. 26, 1924, Shimane prefecture, Japan—d. June 19, 2000, Tokyo, Japan), was prime minister of Japan from November 1987 to June ...
Takeuchi Seihō
▪ Japanese painter original name  Takeuchi Kōkichi   born Dec. 20, 1864, Kyōto, Japan died Aug. 23, 1942, Kyōto       a representative painter of the modern ...
takeup
takeup [tāk′up΄] n. 1. the act or process of taking up, making tight, etc. 2. a mechanical device to tighten something: Also take-up * * *
Takfīr wa al-Hijrah
(Arabic; "Excommunication and [Holy] Flight") Name given by Egyptian authorities to a radical Islamic group calling itself the Society of Muslims. It was founded in 1971 by a ...
Takht-e Soleymān
▪ ancient city, Iran Persian“Solomon's Throne”historically  Shīz ,  Soqurloq , or  Saturiq        ancient city and Zoroastrian temple complex of Iran's ...
Taki Abdoulkarim, Mohamed
▪ 1999       Comoros politician who from 1996 served as president of the country (b. Feb. 20, 1936, Mbeni, Grande Comore—d. Nov. 6, 1998, Beit Salam, Moroni, ...
Taki-Taki
/tah'kee tah"kee/, n. Sranan. * * *
takin
/tah"kin, -keen/, n. a mountain-dwelling bovid, Budorcas taxicolor, native to the eastern Himalayas, China, and northern Burma, that resembles a cross between a goat and a musk ...
taking
—takingly, adv. /tay"king/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that takes. 2. the state of being taken. 3. something that is taken. 4. an action by the federal government, as a ...
taking lens
Photog. See under reflex camera. [1950-55] * * *
taking their seat
➡ peerage * * *
Takizawa Bakin
▪ Japanese writer born July 4, 1767, Edo [Tokyo], Japan died Dec. 1, 1848, Edo       the dominant Japanese writer of the early 19th century, admired for his lengthy, ...
takkanah
▪ Judaism also spelled  Takkana (Hebrew: “ordinance”),  plural  Takkanoth, or Takkanot,         in Judaism, a regulation promulgated by rabbinic authority to ...
Takla Makan Desert
Chinese Taklimakan Shamo or T'a-k'o-la-ma-kan Sha-mo Desert, forming the greater part of the Tarim River basin, west-central China. One of the world's largest sandy wastes, it ...
Taklamakan
/tah'kleuh meuh kahn"/, n. a desert in S central Xingjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. ab. 125,000 sq. mi. (323,750 sq. km). Also, Taklimakan. * * *
Taklimakan
Ta·kli·ma·kan also Ta·kla·ma·kan (tä'klə-mə-känʹ) A desert of western China between the Tian Shan and the Kunlun Mountains. * * *
Takoma Park
/teuh koh"meuh/ a city in central Maryland. 16,231. * * * ▪ Maryland, United States       city, Montgomery county, central Maryland, U.S., on Sligo Creek. It was ...
Taksin
or Phraya Taksin born April 17, 1734, Ayutthaya died April 6, 1782, Thon Buri Thai general and later king (1767–82) who reunited Siam (Thailand) after its defeat by Myanmar ...
Taku
/tah"kooh"/, n. Wade-Giles. Dagu. * * *
Takuan Sōhō
▪ Japanese priest born 1573, Tajima province, Japan died 1645, Shinagawa, near Edo [Tokyo]       Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhist priest responsible for the construction of ...
Takuma Shōga
▪ Japanese painter original name Takuma Tamemoto flourished 12th century, , Kyōto, Japan       member of a Japanese family of professional artists who specialized in ...
Takutea
▪ atoll, Cook Islands, Pacific Ocean or  Fenua Iti        raised coral atoll of the southern Cook Islands, a self-governing state in free association with New ...
Tal, Mikhail Nekhemyevich
▪ Latvian chess player born November 9, 1936, Riga, Latvia died June 28, 1992, Moscow, Russia       Latvian chess grandmaster who in 1960, at the age of 23, became the ...
tal.
(in prescriptions) such; like this. [ < L talis] * * *
tal. qual.
of ordinary or average quality. [ < L talis qualis] * * *
tala
tala1 /tah"leuh/, n. a repeated rhythmic pattern of stressed and unstressed beats played on a percussion instrument in Indian music. [1890-95; < Skt tala; cf. Hindi ...
Talak
▪ region, Niger       extensive sandy dune region of northwestern Niger, west of the Aïr massif. It covers about 40,000 square miles (100,000 square km) and is drained ...
Talamanca, Cordillera de
▪ mountain range, Central America       range in southern Costa Rica, extending to the border with western Panama. Its highest peak, Chirripó Grande, rises to 12,530 ...
Talambo affair
▪ Peruvian history       (1862), attack by Peruvian workers on Spanish Basque immigrants on the hacienda (estate) of Talambo, in northern Peru; this incident led to the ...
talapoin
/tal"euh poyn'/, n. a small, yellowish guenon monkey, Micropithecus (Cercopithecus) talapoin, of western Africa. [1580-90; < F, special use (orig. jocular) of talapoin Buddhist ...
Talara
/tah lah"rddah/, n. a seaport in NW Peru. 38,200. * * * ▪ Peru also called  Pariñas        city, northwestern Peru, on the Pacific Ocean. Rebuilt and developed by ...
talaria
/teuh lair"ee euh/, n.pl. Class. Myth. the wings or winged sandals on the feet of Hermes, or Mercury. [ < L talaria, n. use of neut. pl. of TALARIS attached to the ankles, equiv. ...
Talassio
/teuh las"ee oh'/, n. a god invoked at ancient Roman weddings, esp. in epithalamions. * * *
Talat Paşa
▪ Turkish statesman in full  Mehmed Talat Paşa  born 1874, Edirne, Ottoman Empire [now in Turkey] died March 15, 1921, Berlin, Ger.       leader of the Young ...
Talaud Islands
▪ islands, Indonesia Indonesian  Kepulauan Talaud , also spelled  Talaur , or  Talaut        islands administered from Manado as part of northern Sulawesi Utara ...
TalaudIslands
Ta·la·ud Islands (tə-loutʹ, tä-läʹo͞od) or Ta·laur Islands (-lourʹ, -läʹo͝or) A group of islands of northeast Indonesia northeast of Sulawesi. The islands first ...
Talavera de la Reina
/tah'lah ve"rddah dhe lah rdday"nah/ a city in central Spain, on the Tagus River: British and Spanish defeat of the French 1809. 45,327. * * * ▪ Spain       city, ...
talayot
/teuh lah"yoht/, n. any of the round or square prehistoric stone towers found in the Balearic Islands, possibly modeled after the nuraghi in Sardinia. [1870-75; < Catalan talaiot ...
Talbert, William Franklin, III
▪ 2000 “Bill”        American tennis player who, despite suffering from diabetes, won 33 national titles, including eight doubles titles at the U.S. championships in ...
talbīyah
▪ Islam       in Islām, the formulaic pronouncement labbaykah allāhummah labbaykah (“at your service, O Lord, at your service”), recited especially during a ...
talbot
/tawl"beuht, tal"-/, n. a hound with long pendent ears. [1350-1400; ME: dog's name, orig. man's nickname < OF] * * * (as used in expressions) Shrewsbury Charles Talbot duke and ...
Talbot
/tawl"beuht/ or, for 3, /tal"-/, n. 1. Charles, Duke of Shrewsbury, 1660-1718, British statesman: prime minister 1714. 2. William Henry Fox, 1800-77, English pioneer in ...
Talbot, Arthur Newell
▪ American civil engineer born Oct. 21, 1857, Cortland, Ill., U.S. died April 13, 1942, Chicago       civil engineer who was a foremost authority on reinforced concrete ...
Talbot, Mary Anne
▪ British adventuress born Feb. 2, 1778, London, Eng. died Feb. 4, 1808, Shropshire       British woman who served in the English army and navy disguised as a man. She ...
Talbot, William Henry Fox
born Feb. 11, 1800, Melbury Abbas, Dorset, Eng. died Sept. 17, 1877, Lacock Abbey, near Chippenham, Wiltshire English chemist and pioneer photographer. In 1840 he developed the ...
Talbot,William Henry Fox
Talbot, William Henry Fox. 1800-1877. British inventor and pioneer in photography who made photographic prints on paper treated with silver chloride (1838) and produced the first ...
Talbotype
/tawl"beuh tuyp', tal"-/, n. Photog. calotype. [1840-50; W.F.H. TALBOT + -TYPE, on the model of DAGUERREOTYPE] * * *
talc
/talk/, n., v., talcked or talced /talkt/, talcking or talcing /tal"king/. n. 1. Also, talcum /tal"keuhm/. a green-to-gray, soft mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, ...
Talca
/tahl"kah/, n. a city in central Chile. 115,130. * * * ▪ Chile formerly  San Agustín de Talca        city, central Chile, in the Central Valley near the Maule ...
Talcahuano
/tahl'kah wah"naw/, n. a seaport in central Chile. 183,591. * * * City (pop., 2002 est.: 245,000), south-central Chile. Lying on a small peninsula that forms the southwestern ...
talcose
/tal"kohs, tal kohs"/, adj. containing or composed largely of talc. Also, talcous /tal"keuhs/. [1790-1800; TALC + -OSE1] * * *
talcum
tal·cum (tălʹkəm) n. 1. Talc. 2. Talcum powder.   [Medieval Latin. See talc.] * * *
talcum (powder)
talcum (powder) or talcum [tal′kəm] n. 〚ML < Ar ṭalq, talc〛 a powder for the body and face made of powdered, purified talc, usually perfumed * * *
talcum powder
/tal"keuhm/ a powder made of purified, usually perfumed talc, for toilet purposes. [1885-90; < ML talcum TALC] * * *
talcumpowder
talcum powder n. A fine, often perfumed powder made from purified talc for use on the skin. * * *
Taldy-Kurgan
▪ Kazakstan Kazak  Taldyqorghan        city, southeastern Kazakhstan. It is situated on the left bank of the Karatal River and in the western foothills of the ...
tale
/tayl/, n. 1. a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case; story: a tale about Lincoln's dog. 2. a literary composition having the ...
Tale of Genji, The
(Japanese, Genji Monogatari) a novel (1001-20?) by Lady Murasaki, dealing with Japanese court life. * * * ▪ work by Murasaki Japanese  Genji ...
Tale of Two Cities
a novel (1859) by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris at the time of the French Revolution. Charles Darnay is a young French aristocrat who disagrees with the cruel way his ...
Tale of Two Cities, A
a historical novel (1859) by Dickens. * * *
talebearer
—talebearing, adj., n. /tayl"bair'euhr/, n. a person who spreads gossip, secrets, etc., that may cause trouble or harm. [1470-80; TALE + BEARER] * * *
talebearing
See talebearer. * * *
Talence
▪ France       town, Gironde département, Aquitaine région, southern suburb of Bordeaux, southwestern France. It is a centre for jet-aircraft production and has ...
talent
/tal"euhnt/, n. 1. a special natural ability or aptitude: a talent for drawing. 2. a capacity for achievement or success; ability: young men of talent. 3. a talented person: The ...
talent scout
a person whose business it is to recognize and recruit persons of marked aptitude for a certain field or occupation, esp. in entertainment or sports. [1935-40] * * *
talent show
a theatrical show in which a series of usually amateur or aspiring singers, dancers, comedians, instrumentalists, etc., perform in the hope of gaining recognition. * * *
talented
/tal"euhn tid/, adj. having talent or special ability; gifted. [1375-1425; late ME: inclined, disposed; see TALENT, -ED3] * * *
Talented Tenth
▪ educational concept   (1903), concept espoused by black educator and author W.E.B. Du Bois (Du Bois, W.E.B.), emphasizing the necessity for higher education to develop the ...
talentless
See talented. * * *
talentlessness
See talented. * * *
talentscout
talent scout n. An agent who goes in search of talented people for acting, sports, or business. * * *
talentshow
talent show n. A show that features amateur performers whose talents may win them recognition or awards. * * *
taler
/tah"leuhr/, n., pl. taler, talers. thaler. * * *
tales
/taylz, tay"leez/, n. Law. 1. (used with a pl. v.) persons chosen to serve on the jury when the original panel is insufficiently large: originally selected from among those ...
talesman
/taylz"meuhn, tay"leez meuhn/, n., pl. talesmen. a person summoned as one of the tales. [1670-80; TALES + MAN1] * * *
taleteller
—taletelling, adj., n. /tayl"tel'euhr/, n. 1. a telltale; talebearer. 2. a person who tells falsehoods. 3. a person who tells tales or stories; narrator. [1350-1400; ME; see ...
taletelling
See taleteller. * * *
Talhouni, Bahjat at-
▪ 1995       Jordanian politician (b. 1913, Ma'an, vilayet of Syria, Ottoman Empire [now Ma'an, Jordan]—d. Jan. 30, 1994), was a loyal monarchist and close personal ...
tali
tali [tā′lī΄] n. pl. of TALUS1 * * * ta·li (tāʹlī') n. Plural of talus1. * * *
tali-
a combining form meaning "ankle," used in the formation of compound words: taligrade. [comb. form repr. L talus] * * *
Taliban
/tal"euh ban'/, n. a Muslim fundamentalist group in Afghanistan. * * * Political and religious faction and militia that came to power in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s. Following ...
Talien
/dah"lyen"/, n. Wade-Giles. Dalian. * * *
Taliesin
/tal'ee es"in/, n. fl. A.D. c550, Welsh bard. * * * Home, as well as architectural school, of Frank Lloyd Wright. Located near Spring Green, Wis., it was begun in 1911 and was ...
Taliesin and Taliesin West
▪ homes and architectural schools       the two homes, as well as architectural schools, of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (Wright, Frank Lloyd). Originally ...
taligrade
/tal"i grayd'/, adj. Zool. walking on the outer side of the foot. [TALI- + -GRADE] * * *
Tālikota, Battle of
▪ Indian history       (January 1565), confrontation between the forces of the Hindu raja of Vijayanagar and the four Muslim sultans of Bijāpur, Bīdar, Ahmadnagar, ...
talion
/tal"ee euhn/, n. See lex talionis. [1375-1425; < L talion- (s. of talio) exaction of compensation in kind; r. late ME talioun < AF < L, as above] * * * ▪ law Latin  lex ...
taliped
/tal"euh ped'/, adj. 1. (of a foot) twisted or distorted out of shape or position. 2. (of a person) clubfooted. n. 3. a taliped person or animal. [1895-1900; TALI- + -PED] * * *
talipes
/tal"euh peez'/, n. 1. a clubfoot. 2. the condition of being clubfooted. [1835-45; TALI- + L pes FOOT] * * *
talipot
/tal"euh pot'/, n. a tall palm, Corypha umbraculifera, of southern India and Ceylon, having large fronds used for making fans and umbrellas, for covering houses, and in place of ...
Talish Mountains
▪ mountains, Azerbaijan-Iran Persian  Kūhhā-ye Ṭavālesh,  Russian  Talyshinskiye Gory,         mountain chain, northwestern Iran, in the northwest section of ...
talisman
—talismanic /tal'is man"ik, -iz-/, talismanical, adj. —talismanically, adv. /tal"is meuhn, -iz-/, n., pl. talismans. 1. a stone, ring, or other object, engraved with figures ...


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