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tanbur
/tahn boor"/, n. tambura. * * * ▪ musical instrument also spelled  tambur,  tamburica , or  tamburitza        long-necked lute played under various names from the ...
Tancred
/tang"krid/, n. 1078?-1112, Norman leader in the first Crusade. * * * died Feb. 20, 1194, Palermo King of Sicily (1190–94), the last of the Norman rulers. He rebelled twice ...
Tancred of Hauteville
▪ regent of Antioch French  Tancrède de Hauteville   born c. 1075 died December 12, 1112, Antioch [now in Turkey]       regent of Antioch, one of the leaders of the ...
Tancredo, Tom
▪ American politician byname of  Thomas Gerald Tancredo  born Dec. 20, 1945, Denver, Colo., U.S.    American politician, who served as a member of the U.S. House of ...
tandem
/tan"deuhm/, adv. 1. one following or behind the other: to drive horses tandem. 2. in tandem, a. in single file: They swam in tandem. b. in association or partnership. adj. 3. ...
tandem bicycle
a bicycle for two or more persons, having seats and corresponding sets of pedals arranged in tandem, esp. popular in the 19th century. [1885-90] * * *
tandem trailer
1. Also called double-bottom, double-trailer truck, tandem. a very long rig consisting of a tractor pulling two trailers hooked up one behind another. 2. a semitrailer designed ...
tandem-compound
/tan"deuhm kom'pownd/, adj. (of a compound engine or turbine) having high-pressure and low-pressure units in tandem. Cf. cross-compound. * * *
tandembicycle
tandem bicycle n. A bicycle built for two or more people sitting one behind the other. * * *
tandemtrailer
tandem trailer n. A trucking rig consisting of a tractor pulling two trailers, one behind the other. * * *
Tandil
▪ Argentina       city, southeastern Buenos Aires provincia (province), eastern Argentina. It is situated within the Pampas at the northern end of the Tandil ...
tandoor
/tahn door"/, n., pl. tandoors, tandoori /-door"ee/. Indian Cookery. a cylindrical clay oven, fired to a high heat by wood or charcoal, in which foods, esp. meats, are cooked and ...
tandoori
/tahn door"ee/, adj. 1. baked or cooked in a tandoor: tandoori chicken. n. 2. a pl. of tandoor. [1965-70; < Hindi tanduri, adj. deriv. of tandur TANDUR] * * *
tandoori cookery
      an Indian method of cooking over a charcoal fire in a tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven. Shaped like a large urn, a tandoor is at least one metre in height and is ...
Tandridge
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative and historic county of Surrey, England. It occupies southeastern Surrey and borders Greater London to ...
Tandy, James Napper
▪ Irish politician born 1740, Dublin died Aug. 24, 1803, Bordeaux, Fr.  Irish politician, ineffectual revolutionary, and popular hero memorialized in the Irish ballad “The ...
Tandy, Jessica
▪ 1995       British-born U.S. actress (b. June 7, 1909, London, England—d. Sept. 11, 1994, Easton, Conn.), was a luminous stage, screen, and television star whose ...
Tane
/tah"nay/, n. a Polynesian god of fertility. * * *
Tanen Taunggyi
/teuh nin" town"jee/ a mountain range in NW Thailand and SE Burma, rising to a height of 7000 ft. (2134 m). * * *
Taney
/taw"nee/, n. Roger Brooke, 1777-1864, U.S. jurist: Chief Justice of the U.S. 1836-64. * * *
Taney, Roger B(rooke)
born March 17, 1777, Calvert county, Md., U.S. died Oct. 12, 1864, Washington, D.C. U.S. jurist. A lawyer from 1801, he served in Maryland's legislature before being named ...
Taney, Roger Brooke
▪ chief justice of United States Introduction born March 17, 1777, Calvert County, Md., U.S. died Oct. 12, 1864, Washington, D.C.  fifth chief justice of the Supreme Court of ...
Taney,Roger Brooke
Ta·ney (tôʹnē), Roger Brooke. 1777-1864. American jurist who served as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1836-1864). In the Dred Scott decision (1857) he ruled ...
Taneyev
/tu nye"yeuhf/, n. Sergei Ivanovich /syirdd gay" yi vah"neuh vyich/, 1856-1915, Russian composer and pianist. * * *
Taneyev, Sergey
▪ Russian composer and pianist in full  Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev , Taneyev also spelled  Taneev  born November 13 [November 25, New Style], 1856, district of Vladimir, ...
Tanezrouft
▪ region, Africa       region of the Sahara lying in southern Algeria and northern Mali. Covering part of a plateau eastward toward the Ahaggar (Hoggar) uplands, it ...
TANF
➡ Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. * * *
tang
tang1 /tang/, n. 1. a strong taste or flavor. 2. the distinctive flavor or quality of a thing. 3. a pungent or distinctive odor. 4. a touch or suggestion of something; slight ...
Tang dynasty
or T'ang dynasty (618–907) Chinese dynasty that succeeded the short-lived Sui and became a golden age for poetry, sculpture, and Buddhism. The Tang capital of Chang'an became ...
Tang Yee-ming, Dominic
▪ 1996       Chinese Roman Catholic priest who served (1951-58) as titular bishop and apostolic administrator of Guangzhou (Canton) diocese before spending 22 years in ...
Tang Yin
▪ Chinese painter Wade-Giles romanization  T'ang Yin,  also called  Tang Bohu  born 1470, Wuxian [now Suzhou], Jiangsu province, China died 1523  Chinese scholar, ...
tanga
/teuhng gah"/, n. 1. either of two former coins of India, one gold and one silver, issued by various Muslim rulers. 2. a former coin of Portuguese India, equal to the 10th part ...
Tanga
/tang"geuh/, n. a seaport in NE Tanzania. 61,000. * * * ▪ Tanzania       city and port, northeastern Tanzania, eastern Africa, located on the Pemba Channel of the ...
Tangail
▪ Bangladesh       city, north-central Bangladesh. It lies just east of the Jamuna River (the name of the Brahmaputra (Brahmaputra River) in Bangladesh). Tangail is an ...
Tanganyika
—Tanganyikan, adj., n. /tan'geuhn yee"keuh, -geuh nee"-, tang'-/, n. 1. a former country in E Africa: formed the larger part of German East Africa; British trusteeship ...
Tanganyika and Zanzibar
former name of Tanzania. * * *
Tanganyika, Lake
Lake, central Africa. Located on the boundary between Tanzania and Congo (Kinshasa), it is the longest freshwater lake in the world, 410 mi (660 km) long, and the second ...
Tanganyika,Lake
Tanganyika, Lake A lake of east-central Africa between Congo (formerly Zaire) and Tanzania. The British explorers John Speke and Sir Richard Burton sighted the lake in 1858. * * ...
Tanganyikan
See Tanganyika. * * *
Tange
Tan·ge (tänʹgĕ), Kenzo. Born 1913. Japanese architect. He designed the Peace Center and Park (1949-1956) as part of the rebuilding of Hiroshima after World War II. His other ...
Tange Kenzō
born Sept. 4, 1913, Imabari, Shikoku, Japan Japanese architect. Tange worked in the office of Maekawa Kunio before setting out on his own. His best-known early work was the ...
Tange, Kenzo
▪ 2006       Japanese architect and teacher (b. Sept. 4, 1913, Osaka, Japan—d. March 22, 2005, Tokyo, Japan), embodied the Japanese reverence for the past while ...
tangelo
/tan"jeuh loh'/, n., pl. tangelos. a hybrid citrus fruit, Citrus tangelo, that is a cross between the grapefruit and the tangerine and is cultivated in several ...
tangency
/tan"jeuhn see/, n. the state of being tangent. [1810-20; TANG(ENT) + -ENCY] * * *
tangent
/tan"jeuhnt/, adj. 1. in immediate physical contact; touching. 2. Geom. a. touching at a single point, as a tangent in relation to a curve or surface. b. in contact along a ...
tangent line
In geometry, a line that intersects a circle exactly once; in calculus, a line that touches a curve at one point and whose slope is equal to that of the curve at that ...
tangential
—tangentiality, n. —tangentially, tangentally, adv. /tan jen"sheuhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of a tangent; being or moving in the direction of a tangent. 2. ...
tangential motion
Astron. the component of the linear motion of a star with respect to the sun, measured along a line perpendicular to its line of sight and expressed in miles or kilometers per ...
tangentiality
See tangential. * * *
tangentially
See tangentiality. * * *
tangentline
tangent line n. A line sharing a common point with a curve or surface and being the closest linear approximation of the curve or surface at that point. * * *
tangentplane
tangent plane n. The plane containing all the lines tangent to a specified point on a surface. * * *
tangerine
/tan'jeuh reen", tan"jeuh reen'/, n. 1. Also called mandarin, mandarin orange. any of several varieties of mandarin, cultivated widely, esp. in the U.S. 2. deep orange; reddish ...
Tanggu
▪ district, Tianjin, China Wade-Giles romanization  T'ang-ku        district, eastern Tianjin municipality, northeastern China. It is located on the Hai River (Hai ...
Tanggula Mountains
▪ mountains, China Chinese (Pinyin)  Tanggula Shan  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  T'ang-ku-la Shan,  also called  Dangla Mountains        mountain range in the ...
tangibility
See tangible. * * *
tangible
—tangibility, tangibleness, n. —tangibly, adv. /tan"jeuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being touched; discernible by the touch; material or substantial. 2. real or actual, ...
tangibleness
See tangibility. * * *
tangibly
See tangibility. * * *
Tangier
/tan jear"/, n. a seaport in N Morocco, on the W Strait of Gibraltar: capital of the former Tangier Zone. 243,600. Also, Tangiers /tan jearz"/. French, Tanger /tahonn zhay"/. * * ...
Tangier Zone
a former internationalized zone on the Strait of Gibraltar: became a part of Morocco 1956. Cf. Morocco (def. 1). * * *
tanginess
See tang1. * * *
tangka
/teuhng kah"/, n. tanga. * * *
tangle
tangle1 —tanglement, n. —tangler, n. —tangly, adv. /tang"geuhl/, v., tangled, tangling, n. v.t. 1. to bring together into a mass of confusedly interlaced or intertwisted ...
tangleberry
/tang"geuhl ber'ee/, n., pl. tangleberries. a huckleberry, Gaylussacia frondosa, of the eastern U.S. Also called blue huckleberry, dangleberry. [TANGLE1 + BERRY] * * *
tangled
/tang"geuhld/, adj. 1. snarled, interlaced, or mixed up: tangled thread. 2. very complicated, intricate, or involved: tangled bureaucratic procedures. [1580-90; TANGLE1 + -ED2] * ...
tanglefoot
☆ tanglefoot [taŋ′gəlfoot΄ ] n. [West Slang] cheap whiskey * * *
Tanglewood
/tang"geuhl wood'/, n. See under Lenox. * * *
Tanglewood Jazz Festival
➡ Tanglewood * * *
Tanglewood Music Center
➡ Tanglewood * * *
tangly
tangly [taŋ′glē] adj. tanglier, tangliest full of tangles; snarled * * * See tangle1. * * *
tango
/tang"goh/, n., pl. tangos, v., tangoed, tangoing. n. 1. a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses. 2. music ...
tangolike
See tango. * * *
tangor
/tan"jawr, tang"gawr/, n. See temple orange. [TANG(ERINE) + OR(ANGE)] * * *
tangoreceptor
/tang"goh ri sep'teuhr/, n. Physiol., Biol. a receptor stimulated by touch. [ < L tang(ere) to touch + -o- + RECEPTOR] * * *
tangram
/tang"greuhm/, n. a Chinese puzzle consisting of a square cut into five triangles, a square, and a rhomboid, which can be combined so as to form a great variety of other ...
Tangshan
/tahng"shahn"/, n. Pinyin, Wade-Giles. a city in NE Hebei province, in NE China. 1,200,000. Also, T'angshan. * * * ▪ China Introduction Wade-Giles romanization ...
Tangshan earthquake of 1976
 earthquake on July 28, 1976, with a magnitude of 8.0, that nearly razed the Chinese coal-mining and industrial city of Tangshan, located about 68 miles (110 km) east of ...
Tanguay, Eva
▪ American comedienne born August 1878, Marbleton, Quebec, Canada died January 11, 1947, Hollywood, California, U.S.  American singing and dancing comedienne billed as “the ...
Tangub
▪ Philippines       chartered city, northwestern Mindanao, Philippines. Located on the northern shore of Panguil Bay (an arm of Iligan Bay), it is just north of the ...
Tangun
Mythological first king of the Koreans, whose reign began in 2333 BC. According to one legend, Tangun's father descended from heaven to rule earth from a mountaintop. When a ...
Tangut
People historically living in southern Inner Mongolia at the terminus of the Silk Road. They engaged in irrigated agriculture and pastoralism and acted as middlemen in trade ...
Tanguy
/tahonn gee"/, n. Yves /eev/, 1900-55, French painter, in the U.S. after 1939. * * *
Tanguy, Yves
born Jan. 5, 1900, Paris, France died Jan. 15, 1955 Waterbury, Conn., U.S. French painter. In 1923, after serving in the merchant marine, he was inspired to start painting when ...
Tanguy,Yves
Tan·guy (täɴ-gēʹ), Yves. 1900-1955. French-born American surrealist painter whose works include Indefinite Divisibility (1942) and Chess Set (1950). * * *
tangy
—tanginess, n. /tang"ee/, adj., tangier, tangiest. having a tang. [1870-75; TANG1 + -Y1] * * *
tanh
Symbol, Math. hyperbolic tangent. [TAN(GENT) + H(YPERBOLIC)] * * *
taṇhā
      (Pāli), in the Buddhist chain of dependent origination, the thirst that leads to attachment. See pratītya-samutpāda. * * *
Tani Bunchō
▪ Japanese painter original name Tani Masayasu, also called Bungorō born 1763, Edo [now Tokyo], Japan died Jan. 6, 1840, Edo  Japanese painter who founded an eclectic ...
Tani Ryōko
▪ Japanese athlete née  Tamura Ryōko  born September 6, 1975, Fukuoka, Japan    Japanese judoka, who became the first woman to win two Olympic titles in ...
Tani, Ryoko
▪ 2005  Japanese judo queen Ryoko Tani claimed her second straight Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Games in Athens, becoming the first woman judoka to have won two Olympic ...
Taniguchi, Yoshio
▪ 1999       In late 1997 the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City selected the design of Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi for the museum's planned expansion. ...
Tanimbar Islands
Group of about 30 islands, southeastern Moluccas, Indonesia. It includes the large island of Jamdena, 70 mi (113 km) long by 28 mi (45 km) wide, and the nearby islands of Larat ...
TanimbarIslands
Ta·nim·bar Islands (tə-nĭmʹbär', tä-) An island group of southeast Indonesia in the southern Moluccas east-northeast of Timor. The islands were discovered by the Dutch ...
Tanis
/tay"nis/, n. an ancient city in Lower Egypt, in the Nile delta. Biblical, Zoan. * * * biblical Zoan Ancient city, Egypt. Its remains are located in the Nile River delta. ...
tanist
/tan"ist, thaw"nist/, n. Hist. the successor apparent to a Celtic chief, usually the oldest or worthiest of his kin, chosen by election among the tribe during the chief's ...
tanistry
/tan"euh stree, thaw"neuh-/, n. the system among various Celtic tribes of choosing a tanist. [1590-1600; TANIST + -RY] * * * ▪ Celtic government       a custom among ...
Tanit
Chief goddess of Carthage, the equivalent of Astarte. She first appeared around the 5th century BC. Though she seems to have had some connection with the heavens, she was also a ...
Tanizaki
/tah"nee zah"kee/, n. Junichiro /jooh"nee chee"rddaw/, 1886-1965, Japanese novelist. * * *
Tanizaki Jun'ichirō
born July 24, 1886, Tokyo, Japan died July 30, 1965, Yugawara Japanese novelist. Though his earliest short stories have affinities with those of Edgar Allan Poe and the French ...
Tanizaki Prize
▪ Japanese literary award       Japanese literary award given annually to a Japanese writer in recognition of an exemplary literary work. The prize consists of a trophy ...
Tanjore
/tan jawr", -johr"/, n. former name of Thanjavur. * * *
Tanjungpandan
/tahn'joong pahn"dahn/, n. a town on NW Billiton, in central Indonesia. * * *
tank
—tankless, adj. —tanklike, adj. /tangk/, n. 1. a large receptacle, container, or structure for holding a liquid or gas: tanks for storing oil. 2. a natural or artificial ...
tank car
Railroads. a car containing one or more tanks for the transportation of liquids, gases, or granular solids. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
tank destroyer
a high-speed, self-propelled, armored combat vehicle with antitank cannon. [1940-45] * * *  a highly mobile lightly armoured tank-type vehicle that was used to fight tanks ...
tank farm
an area or expanse of land used for holding oil-storage tanks. [1920-25] * * *
tank farming
hydroponics. * * *
tank fighter
Boxing. a boxer known for false shows of being knocked down or out in bouts the results of which have been prearranged. * * *
tank locomotive
a steam locomotive carrying its own fuel and water without the use of a tender. * * *
tank suit
a simple one-piece bathing suit for women, having a scoop neck and shoulder straps and usually no lining or inner construction; maillot. [1935-40] * * *
tank top
a close-fitting, low-cut top having shoulder straps and often made of lightweight, knitted fabric. Also called tank. [1945-50] * * *
tank town
1. a town where trains stop to take on a supply of water. 2. any small, unimportant, or uninteresting town. [1910-15, Amer.] * * *
tank trailer
a trailer truck or tractor-trailer with a tank body, suitable for transporting gases or liquids, as oil, gasoline, or milk, in bulk. [1940-45] * * *
tank truck
a truck with a tank body, suitable for transporting gases or liquids, as oil, gasoline, or milk, in bulk. * * *
tanka
/tahng"keuh/, n., pl. tankas, tanka. Pros. a Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in 5 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the others. [1915-20; < ...
tankage
/tang"kij/, n. 1. the capacity of a tank or tanks. 2. the act or process of storing liquid in a tank. 3. the fee charged for such storage. 4. the residue from tanks in which ...
tankard
/tang"keuhrd/, n. a large drinking cup, usually with a handle and a hinged cover. [1275-1325; ME: bucket; cf. MD tanckaert, MF tanquart] * * * ▪ drinking ...
tankdestroyer
tank destroyer n. A high-speed armored vehicle equipped with antitank guns. * * *
tanked
/tangkt/, adj. 1. put or stored in a tank. 2. Also, tanked up. Slang. drunk. [1895-1900; TANK + -ED2] * * *
tanker
/tang"keuhr/, n. 1. a ship, airplane, or truck designed for bulk shipment of liquids or gases. 2. a tank trailer or tank truck. v.t. 3. to transport by tanker. [1895-1900; TANK + ...
tankfarm
tank farm n. A group of tanks, as for the commercial storage of oil, sited together. * * *
tankful
/tangk"fool/, n., pl. tankfuls. the amount a tank can hold. [1885-90; TANK + -FUL] Usage. See -ful. * * *
tankship
/tangk"ship'/, n. a ship for carrying bulk cargoes of liquids; tanker. [TANK + -SHIP] * * *
tanksuit
tank suit n. 1. A tight-fitting one-piece women's swimsuit with shoulder straps. 2. A brief, tight-fitting men's swimsuit. * * *
tanktop
tank top n. A sleeveless, tight-fitting, usually knit shirt with wide shoulder straps and no front opening.   [From its resemblance to a tank suit.] * * *
tanktown
tank town n. A small town.   [So called because trains would stop there only to replenish water.] * * *
tanktrailer
tank trailer n. A truck trailer equipped as a tanker, used to carry liquids such as oil, milk, or chemicals. * * *
Tänn Falls
▪ waterfall, Sweden Swedish  Tännforsen,         waterfall in the län (county) of Jämtland, northwestern Sweden, on upper Indals River, between Tänn and Östra ...
tanna
—tannaitic /tah'neuh it"ik/, adj. Seph. Heb. /tah nah"/; Ashk. Heb., Eng. /tah"nah/, n., pl. tannaim Seph. Heb. /tah nah eem"/; Ashk. Heb., Eng. /tah nah"im/. (often cap.) ...
tannage
/tan"ij/, n. 1. the act or process of tanning. 2. the product of tanning; something that is tanned. [1655-65; TAN + -AGE] * * *
tannate
/tan"ayt/, n. Chem. a salt of tannic acid. [1795-1805; TANN(IN) + -ATE2] * * *
Tannenbaum
/tah"neuhn bowm'/; Eng. /tan"euhn bowm'/, n., pl. Tannenbäume /-boy'meuh/, Eng. Tannenbaums. German. a Christmas tree. [lit., fir tree] * * *
Tannenberg
Ger. /tahn"euhn berddk/, n. a village formerly in East Prussia, now in N Poland: major German victory over the Russians 1914. Polish, Stebark. * * *
Tannenberg, Battle of
I (August 26–30, 1914) Battle in World War I between Germany and Russia in modern northeastern Poland. Two Russian armies invaded German East Prussia but became separated. ...
Tannenberg, David
▪ American organ maker Tannenberg also spelled  Tannenberger   born March 21, 1728, Upper Lusatia died May 19, 1804, York, Pa., U.S.       German-born American organ ...
tanner
tanner1 /tan"euhr/, n. a person whose occupation it is to tan hides. [bef. 1000; ME, OE tannere. See TAN1, -ER1] tanner2 /tan"euhr/, adj. comparative of tan1. tanner3 /tan"euhr/, ...
Tanner
/tan"euhr/, n. Henry Ossawa /os"euh weuh/, 1859-1937, U.S. painter, in France after 1891. * * *
Tanner, Henry Ossawa
born June 21, 1859, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S. died May 25, 1937, Paris, France U.S. painter. He studied under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he ...
Tanner, Väinö
▪ prime minister of Finland in full  Väinö Alfred Tanner   born March 12, 1881, Helsinki, Fin., Russian Empire died April 19, 1966, Helsinki, Fin.       moderate ...
tannery
/tan"euh ree/, n., pl. tanneries. a place where tanning is carried on. [1400-50; late ME; see TAN1, -ERY] * * *
Tannhäuser
/tan"hoy'zeuhr, -how'-/; Ger. /tahn"hoy'zeuhrdd/, n. 1. a German lyric poet of the 13th century: a well-known legend tells of his stay with Venus in the Venusberg and his later ...
tannic
/tan"ik/, adj. 1. Chem. of, pertaining to, or derived from tan or tannin. 2. (of wine) having an astringent taste imparted by the presence of tannin. [1825-35; TAN1 or TANN(IN) + ...
tannic acid
Chem. See under tannin. [1830-40] * * *
tannicacid
tannic acid n. 1. A white or yellowish astringent powder, C14H10O9, derived from nutgalls and used as a denaturant and in tanning and textiles. 2. A lustrous yellowish to light ...
tanniferous
tan·nif·er·ous (tă-nĭfʹər-əs) adj. Containing or yielding tannin. * * *
tannin
/tan"in/, n. 1. Chem. any of a group of astringent vegetable principles or compounds, chiefly complex glucosides of catechol and pyrogallol, as the reddish compound that gives ...
tanning
/tan"ing/, n. 1. the process or art of converting hides or skins into leather. 2. a browning or darkening of the skin, as by exposure to the sun. 3. Informal. a thrashing; ...
tanning bed
a boxlike bed having a hinged cover and equipped with sunlamps to produce a suntan. [1980-85, Amer.] * * *
tanningbed
tanning bed n. A structure lined with sunlamps in which one stands or reclines in order to acquire a suntan. Also called sunbed. * * *
tannish
/tan"ish/, adj. somewhat tan: a tannish belt. [1935-40; TAN1 + -ISH1] * * *
tannoy
tannoy [ta′noi] n. 〚< Tannoy, a trademark〛 [also T-] Brit. PUBLIC-ADDRESS SYSTEM * * *
Tannu Tuva People's Republic
—Tannu Tuvan. /tan"ooh tooh"veuh/ former name of Tuva Autonomous Republic. Also called Tannu Tuva. * * *
Tannu-Ola
▪ mountains, Russia Mongolian  Tagnïn Nuruu        mountain range of southern Tuva, extending eastward about 350 miles (560 km) from the Altai Mountains in Russia. ...
Tano
      Korean holiday celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month to commemorate the start of summer and to honour spirits and ancestors. One of Korea's oldest ...
Tano River
▪ river, Africa       river, western Ghana, West Africa. It rises near Techiman and flows southward for 250 miles (400 km) to enter the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean), ...
tanoak
tan oak or tan·oak (tănʹōk') n. An evergreen tree (Lithocarpus densiflorus) native to California and Oregon, having leathery leaves, erect male catkins, and tannin-yielding ...
Tanoan
/tah"noh euhn/, n. an American Indian language family of which the three surviving languages are spoken in several pueblos, including Taos, in northern New Mexico near the Rio ...
Tanomura Chikuden
▪ Japanese painter original name  Tanomura Kōken   born July 14, 1777, Bungo Province, Japan died Oct. 20, 1835, Ōsaka       Japanese painter noted for gentle, ...
tanrec
/tan"rek/, n. tenrec. * * *
tanrot
tan rot n. A disease of the strawberry plant caused by the fungus Pezizella lythri and marked by the formation of tan indentations on the surface of the fruit. * * *
Tansi, Sony Labou
▪ 1996       Congolese writer (b. June 5, 1947, Kimwanza, Moyen-Congo, French Equatorial Africa—d. June 14, 1995, Brazzaville, Congo), explored issues of past colonial ...
tansy
/tan"zee/, n., pl. tansies. any of several composite plants of the genus Tanacetum, esp. a strong-scented, weedy, Old World herb, T. vulgare, having flat-topped clusters of ...
tansy ragwort
a European composite plant, Senecio jacobaea, naturalized in North America, having numerous yellow flowers. [1895-1900] * * *
tant mieux
/tahonn myue"/, French. so much the better. * * *
tant pis
/tahonn pee"/, French. so much the worse. * * *
Tanta
/tahn"tah/, n. a city in N Egypt, in the Nile delta. 240,500. * * * ▪ Egypt       city and capital of Al-Gharbīyah (Gharbīyah, Al-) muḥāfaẓah (governorate), ...
tantalate
/tan"tl ayt'/, n. Chem. a salt of any tantalic acid. [1840-50; TANTAL(IC ACID) + -ATE2] * * *
tantalic
/tan tal"ik/, adj. Chem. of or pertaining to tantalum, esp. in the pentavalent state. [1835-45; TANTAL(UM) + -IC] * * *
tantalic acid
Chem. an acid, HTaO3, that forms complex salts or tantalates. [1835-45] * * *
tantalite
/tan"tl uyt'/, n. a black, crystalline mineral, iron tantalate, (Fe, Mn) Ta2O6, the principal ore of tantalum and an end member of a series of solid solutions in which manganese ...
tantalization
See tantalize. * * *
tantalize
—tantalization, n. —tantalizer, n. /tan"tl uyz'/, v.t., tantalized, tantalizing. to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by ...
tantalizer
See tantalization. * * *
tantalizing
—tantalizingly, adv. /tan"tl uy'zing/, adj. having or exhibiting something that provokes or arouses expectation, interest, or desire, esp. that which remains unobtainable or ...
tantalizingly
See tantalization. * * *
tantalous
/tan"tl euhs/, adj. Chem. containing trivalent tantalum. [1865-70; TANTAL(UM) + -OUS] * * *
tantalum
/tan"tl euhm/, n. Chem. a gray, hard, rare, metallic element occurring in columbite and tantalite and usually associated with niobium: used, because of its resistance to ...
Tantalus
/tan"tl euhs/, n., pl. Tantaluses for 2. 1. Class. Myth. a Phrygian king who was condemned to remain in Tartarus, chin deep in water, with fruit-laden branches hanging above his ...
tantalus monkey
/tan"tl euhs/ a long-tailed African monkey, Cercopithecus tantalus (or C. aethiops tantalus), of central African grasslands, having a long face framed by upswept whiskers. Cf. ...
tantamount
/tan"teuh mownt'/, adj. equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification: His angry speech was tantamount to a declaration of war. [1635-45; adj. use of obs. n.: that ...
tantara
/tan"teuhr euh, tan tar"euh, -tahr"euh/, n. 1. a blast of a trumpet or horn. 2. any similar sound. [1530-40; imit.; cf. L taratantara] * * *
tante
tante [tänt] n. 〚Fr〛 aunt * * *
Tantia Topi
▪ Indian rebel leader also spelled  Tatya Tope , original name  Ramchandra Panduranga  born c. 1819 died April 18, 1859       a leader of the Indian Mutiny of ...
tantivy
/tan tiv"ee/, adv., adj., n., pl. tantivies, interj. adv. 1. at full gallop: to ride tantivy. adj. 2. swift; rapid. n. 3. a gallop; rush interj. 4. (used as a hunting cry when ...
tanto
/tahn"toh/; It. /tahn"taw/, adv. Music. (of a musical direction) too much; so much. [1875-80; It < L tantum so much] * * *
Tantra
/tun"treuh, tan"-/, n. 1. (italics) Hinduism. any of several books of esoteric doctrine regarding rituals, disciplines, meditation, etc., composed in the form of dialogues ...
tantric
See tantra. * * *
Tantrika
/tun"tri keuh, tan"-/, n. 1. Also called Tantrist /tun"trist, tan"-/. an adherent of Tantra. adj. 2. of or pertaining to Tantra. Also, Tantric, Tantrik /tun"trik, tan"-/. [var. ...
tantrum
/tan"treuhm/, n. a violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden burst of ill temper. [1740-50; orig. uncert.] * * *
Tantung
Tan·tung (tänʹto͝ongʹ) See Dandong. * * *
Tanucci, Bernardo, Marchese
▪ Italian statesman born Jan. 20, 1698, Stia, Italy died April 29, 1783, Naples [now in Italy]       foremost statesman of the Kingdom of Naples-Sicily in the 18th ...
Tanūkh
▪ people       ancient group of various southern Arabian tribes and clans that first moved into central Arabia and then, at the beginning of the 2nd or 3rd century AD, ...
Tanuma Okitsugu
▪ Japanese government minister born 1719, Edo [now Tokyo], Japan died Aug. 25, 1788, Edo       renowned minister of Japan's Tokugawa shogunate (1603–1867); ...
Tanya
/tan"yeuh, tahn"-/, n. a female given name. * * *
tanyard
/tan"yahrd'/, n. an area of a tannery set aside for the operation of tanning vats. [TAN1 + YARD2] * * *
Tanzania
—Tanzanian, n., adj. /tan'zeuh nee"euh/; Swahili. /tahn zah nee"ah/, n. a republic in E Africa formed in 1964 by the merger of the republic of Tanganyika and the former island ...
Tanzania, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of triangles of green and blue separated by a black diagonal stripe with yellow fimbriations (narrow borders). The flag's ...
Tanzanian
See Tanzania. * * * ➡ Tanzania * * *
tanzanite
/tan"zeuh nuyt'/, n. Mineral. a variety of zoisite valued as a gem for its purplish-blue color and strong pleochroism. [1965-70; named after TANZANIA, where found; see -ITE1] * * ...
Tanzimat
(Turkish: "Reorganization") (1839–76) Series of reforms undertaken in the Ottoman Empire to modernize society along secular and bureaucratic lines. The first set of reforms ...
Tao
/dow, tow/, n. (sometimes l.c.) 1. (in philosophical Taoism) that in virtue of which all things happen or exist. 2. the rational basis of human activity or conduct. 3. a ...
Tao Hongjing
or T'ao Hung-ching born 451, Mo-ling, China died 536, Hua-yang Chinese poet, calligrapher, physician, and naturalist. He became a tutor to the imperial court while still a ...
Tao Qian
▪ Chinese poet Wade-Giles romanization  T'ao Ch'ien , also called  Tao Yuanming , courtesy name (zi)  Yuanliang  born 365, Xunyang [now Jiujiang, Jiangxi province], ...
Tao Sheng
▪ Chinese Buddhist monk Pinyin  Dao Sheng , secular name  Chu  born c. 360, , P'eng-ch'eng, China died 434       eminent Chinese Buddhist monk and ...
Tao Te Ching
/dow" de jing"/ the philosophical book in verse supposedly written by Lao-tzu. Also calledLao-tzu, Lao-tse. * * *
Tao Tsang
▪ Taoist literature ChineseCanon of the Wayalso called  Taoist Canon        a large, imperially sponsored collection of Taoist writings, very few of which have been ...
Tao, Terrence
▪ Australian mathematician born July 17, 1975, Adelaide, Austl.       Australian mathematician awarded a Fields Medal in 2006 “for his contributions to partial ...
Taoiseach
the title of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland. * * *
Taoism
—Taoist, n., adj. —Taoistic, adj. /dow"iz euhm, tow"-/, n. 1. the philosophical system evolved by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu, advocating a life of complete simplicity and ...
Taoist
See Taoism. * * *
Taoistic
See Taoist. * * *
Taoka Kazuo
▪ Japanese crime boss byname  Kuma (Japanese: Bear)   born March 28, 1912, Sanshōmura, Japan died July 30, 1981, Amagasaki       Japan's major crime boss (oyabun), ...
Taormina
Ta·or·mi·na (tä'ôr-mēʹnä) A town of eastern Sicily, Italy, at the foot of Mount Etna overlooking the Ionian Sea. First founded in the eighth century B.C., it is a ...
Taos
/tows/, n., pl. Taos for 2. 1. a Tanoan language spoken in two villages in New Mexico. 2. a member of an American Indian people occupying a pueblo in New Mexico. 3. a town in N ...
taotie
▪ mask motif Wade-Giles romanization  t'ao t'ieh        monster mask commonly found on ancient Chinese ritual bronze vessels and implements.       The taotie ...
Taounate
▪ Morocco       town, northern Morocco. The town is a local market centre situated on the southern slopes of the Rif Mountains (Rif). It is located on a plateau ...
tap
tap1 —tappable, adj. /tap/, v., tapped, tapping, n. v.t. 1. to strike with a light but audible blow or blows; hit with repeated, slight blows: He tapped the door twice. 2. to ...
tap bell
a signal bell giving a single ring, as one announcing the approach to a certain floor of an elevator. * * *
tap bolt
a bolt for driving into a tapped hole in metal and that can be held in place without a nut. [1860-65] * * *
tap dance
a dance in which the rhythm or rhythmical variation is audibly tapped out with the toe or heel by a dancer wearing shoes with special hard soles or with taps. [‡1925-30] * * ...
tap dancer
See tap-dance. * * *
tap loop jump.
See toe loop. * * *
tap pants
1. women's loose-fitting underpants. 2. women's loose-fitting shorts worn for exercising or other physical activity, as dancing. [1975-80; after the earlier use of such shorts ...
tap water
water, obtained directly from a faucet or tap, that has not been purified, distilled, or otherwise treated. [1880-85] * * *
tap'o style
▪ architecture       Korean adaptation of a Chinese architectural style first introduced from China late in the Koryŏ period (935–1392). Tap'o means literally ...
tap-dance
—tap-dancer, n. /tap"dans', -dahns'/, v.i., tap-danced, tap-dancing. to perform a tap dance. [1925-30] * * *
tap-in
/tap"in'/, n. Basketball. a field goal made by striking a ball in the air into the basket, usually from close range. Also called tip-in. [n. use of v. phrase tap in] * * *
tap-off
tap-off (tăpʹôf', -ŏf') n. Basketball See tip-off2. * * *
tapa
tapa1 /tah"pah/, n. Usually, tapas. (esp. in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer. [ < Sp: lit., cover, lid (prob. < Gmc; see TAP2)] tapa2 /tah"peuh, ...
Tapachula
▪ Mexico       city, southeastern Chiapas estado (state), extreme southeastern Mexico. It is on the Coatán River, on the Pacific coastal plain, at 449 feet (137 m) ...
tapaculo
▪ bird also spelled  Tapacolo,    any of about 27 species of ground-dwelling birds of the family Rhinocryptidae (order Passeriformes) of Central and South America. When ...
tapadera
/tap'euh dair"euh/, n. Southwestern U.S. a hoodlike piece of heavy leather around the front of the stirrup of a stock or range saddle to protect the rider's foot. [1835-45; < Sp, ...
tapadero
/tap'euh dair"oh/, n., pl. tapaderos. tapadera. * * *
Tapajós
/tah'peuh zhaws"/, n. a river flowing NE through central Brazil to the Amazon. 500 mi. (800 km) long. * * *
Tapajós River
River, northern Brazil. Formed by the confluence of the Teles Pires and the Juruena rivers, it flows northeast to empty into the Amazon River just above Santarém after a course ...
tapas
/tup"euhs/, n. Yoga. the conditioning of the body through the proper kinds and amounts of diet, rest, bodily training, meditation, etc., to bring it to the greatest possible ...
tapdance
tap dance n. A dance in which the rhythm is sounded out by the clicking taps on the heels and toes of a dancer's shoes.   tapʹ-dance' (tăpʹdăns') v. tap dancer n. * * *
tape
—tapeless, adj. —tapelike, adj. /tayp/, n., v., taped, taping. n. 1. a long, narrow strip of linen, cotton, or the like, used for tying garments, binding seams or carpets, ...
tape deck
a component of an audio system for playing tapes, using an external amplifier and speakers. Also called deck. [1955-60] * * *
tape drive
Computers. a program-controlled device that reads data from or writes data on a magnetic tape which moves past a read-write head. [1950-55] * * *
tape editing
the process of putting the various segments of a master video or audio tape into a predetermined sequence: usually done electronically. * * *
tape grass
a freshwater plant, Vallisneria spiralis, that has long, ribbonlike leaves and grows under water. Also called eelgrass, wild celery. [1810-20] * * *
tape lace
▪ textile also called  Tape Guipure,    lace in which the pattern is made up of tape set in a background either of thread bars (brides) or net. Its quality depends much on ...
tape loop
tape loop n. LOOP1 (n. 6) * * *
tape machine
a tape recorder. [1890-95] * * *
tape measure
a long, flexible strip or ribbon, as of cloth or metal, marked with subdivisions of the foot or meter and used for measuring. Also called tapeline /tayp"luyn'/. [1835-45] * * *
tape player
a small device for playing magnetic tape recordings. [1950-55] * * *
tape recorder
an electrical device for recording or playing back sound, video, or data on magnetic tape. [1940-45] * * * Recording system that makes use of electromagnetic phenomena to record ...
tape recording
1. a magnetic tape on which speech, music, etc., have been recorded. 2. the act of recording on magnetic tape. [1940-45] * * *       method of magnetic sound recording ...
tape transport
Recording. transport (def. 12). [1950-55] * * *
tape-record
/tayp"ri kawrd'/, v.t. to record (speech, music, etc.) on magnetic tape. [1945-50] * * *
tapeable
See tape. * * *
tapecartridge
tape cartridge n. A cartridge containing an endless loop of magnetic tape and designed for automatic use on insertion into a compatible sound or video recorder or computer ...
tapedeck
tape deck n. A tape recorder and player having no built-in amplifiers or speakers, used as a component in an audio system. * * *
tapedrive
tape drive n. A device that reads data stored on magnetic tape and writes data onto the tape for storage. * * *
tapegrass
tape grass n. See eelgrass. * * *
tapeless
See tapeable. * * *
tapeline
tape·line (tāpʹlīn') n. See tape measure. * * *
tapeman
/tayp"meuhn/, n., pl. tapemen. Survey. a person who holds and positions a tape in taking measurements. [1895-1900; TAPE + -MAN] * * *
tapemeasure
tape measure n. A tape of cloth, paper, or steel marked off in a linear scale, as of inches or centimeters, for taking measurements. Also called tapeline. * * *
tapénade
tapenade [tä΄pə näd′, tap΄ənäd] n. a Provençal spread, used mainly in appetizers, consisting of black olives, capers, anchovies, seasonings, and olive oil * * ...
taper
taper1 —taperer, n. —taperingly, adv. /tay"peuhr/, v.i. 1. to become smaller or thinner toward one end. 2. to grow gradually lean. v.t. 3. to make gradually smaller toward ...
taper jack.
See wax jack. * * *
taperecorder
tape recorder n. A mechanical device for recording on magnetic tape and usually for playing back the recorded material. * * *


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