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taperecording
tape recording n. 1. a. A magnetic tape on which sound or visual images have been recorded. b. The material recorded on a magnetic tape. 2. The act of recording on magnetic ...
taperingly
See taper. * * *
taperstick
/tay"peuhr stik'/, n. a candlestick designed to hold tapers. [1540-50; TAPER + STICK1] * * *
tapestried
/tap"euh streed/, adj. 1. furnished or covered with tapestries. 2. represented in tapestry, as a story. [1620-30; TAPESTRY + -ED2, -ED3] * * *
tapestry
—tapestrylike, adj. /tap"euh stree/, n., pl. tapestries, v., tapestried, tapestrying. n. 1. a fabric consisting of a warp upon which colored threads are woven by hand to ...
tapestry Brussels.
See under Brussels carpet. * * *
tapestry moth.
See carpet moth. [1805-15] * * *
tapetal
See tapetum. * * *
tapetum
—tapetal, adj. /teuh pee"teuhm/, n., pl. tapeta /-teuh/. 1. Bot. a layer of cells often investing the archespore in a developing sporangium and absorbed as the spores ...
tapeworm
/tayp"werrm'/, n. any of various flat or tapelike worms of the class Cestoidea, lacking an alimentary canal, and parasitic when adult in the alimentary canal of humans and other ...
taphephobia
/taf'euh foh"bee euh/, n. Psychiatry. an abnormal fear of being buried alive. [ < Gk taphé grave + -PHOBIA] * * *
Taphiae
/tay"fee uy'/, n. (used with a pl. v.) (in ancient geography) a group of islands in the Ionian Sea. Also called Teleboides. * * *
taphole
/tap"hohl'/, n. Metall. a hole in a blast furnace, steelmaking furnace, etc., through which molten metal or slag is tapped off. [1585-95; TAP2 + HOLE] * * *
taphonomic
See taphonomy. * * *
taphonomist
See taphonomic. * * *
taphonomy
—taphonomic /taf'euh nom"ik/, adj. —taphonomist, n. /teuh fon"euh mee/, n. Paleontol., Anthropol. 1. the circumstances and processes of fossilization. 2. the study of the ...
taphouse
/tap"hows'/, n., pl. taphouses /-how'ziz/. Brit. an inn or tavern where liquor is kept on tap for sale. [1490-1500; TAP2 + HOUSE] * * *
Tapi River
or Tapti River, west-central India. It flows west from the mountains of Madhya Pradesh to the Gulf of Khambhat and the Arabian Sea. It is about 435 mi (700 km) long and largely ...
Tàpies
/tah"pyes/, n. Antoni /ahn"taw nee'/ or Antonio /ahn taw"nyaw/, born 1923, Spanish painter. * * *
Tápies, Antoni
born Dec. 13, 1923, Barcelona, Spain Catalan painter. In 1946 he abandoned the study of law to devote his time to painting, which he taught himself. His early works were ...
Tapinocephalus
▪ paleontology       extinct genus of therapsids, relatives of mammals, found as fossils in Permian rocks of South Africa (the Permian Period occurred from 299 million ...
Tapio
▪ Scandinavian deity also called  Metsähine, or Hiisi,         the Finnish god of the forest and ruler of the game therein. He was a personified form of the various ...
tapioca
/tap'ee oh"keuh/, n. a food substance prepared from cassava in granular, flake, pellet (pearl tapioca), or flour form, used in puddings, as a thickener, etc. [1605-15; < Pg < ...
tapioca snow.
See snow pellets. * * *
tapioca-plant
/tap'ee oh"keuh plant', -plahnt'/, n. the cassava, Manihot esculenta. * * *
tapir
/tay"peuhr, teuh pear"/, n., pl. tapirs, (esp. collectively) tapir. any of several large, stout, three-toed ungulates of the family Tapiridae, of Central and South America, the ...
tapis
/tap"ee, tap"is, ta pee"/, n., pl. tapis. 1. Obs. a carpet, tapestry, or other covering. 2. on the tapis, under consideration or discussion: A new housing development for that ...
tapis vert
/tann pee verdd"/, pl. tapis verts /tann pee verdd"/. French. an unbroken expanse of lawn used as a major element of a landscape design. [lit., green carpet] * * *
tapotement
/teuh poht"ment/, n. the use of various light, quick chopping, slapping, or beating strokes on the body during massage. [1885-90; < F, equiv. to tapot(er) to tap, drum on, with ...
Tappa Ḥiṣār
▪ archaeological site, Iran also spelled  Tappeh Ḥeṣār , or  Tepe Hissar        Iranian archaeological site located near Dāmghān in northern Iran. ...
Tappan
/tap"euhn/, n. Arthur, 1786-1865, and his brother Lewis, 1788-1873, U.S. businessmen, philanthropists, and abolitionists. * * *
Tappan, Arthur
born May 22, 1786, Northampton, Mass., U.S. died July 23, 1865, New Haven, Conn. U.S. merchant and philanthropist. He operated various businesses, including a silk-importing ...
TappanZee
Tap·pan Zee (tăpʹən zē) A widening of the Hudson River in southeast New York. Maj. John André was hanged for treason in 1780 at the nearby village of Tappan. * * *
tapped out
tapped out Slang adj. ☆ 1. having no ready money; broke ☆ 2. exhausted or depleted * * *
tapper
tapper1 /tap"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that taps or strikes lightly. 2. a telegraph key. [1800-10; TAP1 + -ER1] tapper2 /tap"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that taps, as ...
tappet
/tap"it/, n. Mach. a sliding rod, intermittently struck by a cam, for moving another part, as a valve. [1735-45; TAP1 + -ET] * * *
tapping
tapping1 /tap"ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that taps or strikes lightly. 2. the sound produced by this. [1400-50; late ME; see TAP1, -ING1] tapping2 /tap"ing/, n. 1. ...
tapping screw.
See self-tapping screw. * * *
tappit-hen
/tap"it hen'/, n. Scot. 1. a hen with a crest or topknot. 2. a tankard, esp. a large one, with a knob or ornament projecting from the top of its lid. [1715-25; tappit (Scots var. ...
taproom
/tap"roohm', -room'/, n. a barroom, esp. in an inn or hotel; bar. [1800-10; TAP2 + ROOM] * * *
taproot
/tap"rooht', -root'/, n. Bot. a main root descending downward from the radicle and giving off small lateral roots. See illus. under root1. [1595-1605; TAP2 + ROOT1] * * * Main ...
taps
/taps/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Mil. a signal by bugle or drum, sounded at night as an order to extinguish all lights, and sometimes performed as a postlude to a ...
tapsal-teerie
/tap"seuhl tear"ee/, adv. Scot. topsy-turvy. Also, tapsie-teerie /tap"see tear"ee/. * * *
tapster
/tap"steuhr/, n. a bartender. [bef. 1000; ME; OE taeppestre. See TAP2, -STER] * * *
Tapti River
▪ river, India Tapti also spelled  Tapi        river in central India, rising in the Gawilgarh Hills of the central Deccan plateau in south-central Madhya Pradesh ...
tapwater
tap water n. Water drawn directly from a tap or faucet. * * *
Ṭāq-e Bostān
▪ Iran or  Tāq-i-Bustān,        village in western Iran, just northeast of Kermānshāh city. It is known for its rock carvings (bas-reliefs) of Sāsānid origin ...
Taqī Khān, Mīrzā
▪ prime minister of Iran byname  Emir Kabīr (Great Prince)   born c. 1807, , Farhān, Qājār Iran died Jan. 9, 1852, Kāshān       prime minister of Iran in ...
taqiya
▪ religious doctrine also spelled  Taqiyah,  Arabic  Taqīyah        (“self-protection”), in Islām, the practice of concealing one's belief and foregoing ...
taqiyah
/teuh kee"yeuh/, n. (in Shi'ite Islam) the practice of denying one's religion, permissible when one is faced with persecution, esp. by Sunnites: regarded as a means of protecting ...
taqiyyah
In Islam, the practice of concealing one's faith and forgoing ordinary religious duties under threat of death or injury to oneself or one's fellow Muslims. Its basis is found in ...
taqlid
/tak leed"/, n. Islam. the acceptance of authority in religious matters. [ < Ar taqlid lit., imitation] * * * In Islamic canon law, the unquestioning acceptance of legal ...
taqsīm
▪ music Arabic“division” also spelled  taqasīm  or  taksim        one of the principal instrumental genres of Arabic and Turkish classical music. A taqsīm is ...
taqueria
ta·que·ri·a (tä'kə-rēʹə) n. A place where tacos, burritos, and other Mexican dishes are made and sold.   [American Spanish taquería, from taco, taco. See taco.] * * *
tar
tar1 /tahr/, n., v., tarred, tarring, adj. n. 1. any of various dark-colored viscid products obtained by the destructive distillation of certain organic substances, as coal or ...
tar baby
a situation, problem, or the like, that is almost impossible to solve or to break away from. Also, tarbaby. [after the tar doll used to trap Brer Rabbit in an Uncle Remus story ...
tar ball
a lump or blob of solidified tar resulting from an oil spill, natural seepage from the sea, or other source, that resists biodegradation and often washes up on ...
Tar Heel
a native or inhabitant of North Carolina (used as a nickname). [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
Tar Heel State
North Carolina (used as a nickname). * * *
tar paper
☆ tar paper n. a heavy paper impregnated with tar, used as a base for roofing, etc. * * *
tar sand
Geol. bituminous sand or sandstone from which asphalt can be obtained. [1895-1900] * * * or bituminous sand Deposit of loose sand or partially consolidated sandstone that is ...
tar sands
tar sands n. Geol. sands or sandstone deposits containing tarry, viscous, bituminous oil * * *
Tar-Baby
▪ African-American folktale  sticky tar doll, the central figure in black American folktales popularized in written literature by the American author Joel Chandler Harris ...
Tara
/tar"euh/, n. a village in the NE Republic of Ireland, NW of Dublin: home of the ancient Irish kings (Hill of Tara). * * * In Buddhism, a saviour-goddess with numerous ...
Tara brooch
▪ Celtic jewelry       fine example of a Celtic ring brooch, found on the seashore at Bettystown, south of Drogheda, and now preserved in the National Museum of Ireland, ...
Tara Singh
▪ Sikh leader also called  Master Tara Singh   born June 24, 1885, Rāwalpindi, Punjab, India died Nov. 22, 1967, Chandīgarh       Sikh leader known chiefly for his ...
tara vine
/tahr"euh, tar"euh/ a leafy, woody vine, Actinidia arguta, of Japan and eastern Asia, having white flowers and yellowish, sweet, edible fruit. [appar. misapplication of Japn ...
Taraba
▪ state, Nigeria       state, eastern Nigeria. It was created in 1991 from the southwestern half of former Gongola state. Taraba is bordered on the north by Bauchi and ...
taradiddle
/tar'euh did"l/, n. Informal. 1. a small lie; fib. 2. pretentious nonsense. Also, tarradiddle. [1790-1800; orig. uncert.] * * *
Ṭarafah ibn al-ʿAbd
▪ Arabian poet in full  Ṭarafah ibn al-ʿAbd ibn Sufyān ibn Mālik ibn Ḍubayʿah al-Bakrī ibn Wāʾil  flourished 6th century       Arab poet, author of the ...
Tarahumara
/tahr'euh hooh mahr"euh, tar'-/, n., pl. Tarahumaras, (esp. collectively) Tarahumara for 1. 1. a member of an American Indian people of the Sierra Madre region of the state of ...
Tarai
/teuh ruy"/, n. Terai. * * * ▪ region, Asia also spelled  Terai        region of northern India and southern Nepal running parallel to the lower ranges of the ...
Tarakan Island
▪ island, Indonesia Indonesian  Pulau Tarakan        island in northern Kalimantan Timur provinsi (East Kalimantan province), northern Indonesia. It is situated in ...
Tarakanova, Yelizaveta Alekseyevna
▪ Russian adventuress bynames  Knyaginya Vladimirskaya (Princess of Vladimir),  Fräulein Frank , or  Madame Trémouille  born c. 1745 died Dec. 4 [Dec. 15, New Style], ...
Taraki, Nur Mohammad
▪ prime minister of Afghanistan born July 15, 1917, Ghaznī province, Afghanistan died October 9?, 1979, Kabul       Afghan politician who was president and prime ...
tarama
tarama [tä′rä mä] n. short for TARAMASALATA * * *
taramasalata
taramasalata or tarama [tä′rä mä΄tä΄rä mä sä lä′tä] n. a Greek appetizer consisting of a thick paste made from salted fish roe, onion, and lemon juice, pureed with ...
Taranaki
▪ region, New Zealand       regional council, west North Island, northern New Zealand. It is centred on the Taranaki Peninsula and extends north to the Mokau River and ...
Taranaki, Mount
▪ mountain, New Zealand also called  Mount Egmont   mountain, west-central North Island, New Zealand, on the Taranaki Peninsula. The symmetrical volcanic cone rises from ...
Taranis
▪ Celtic deity       (Celtic: “Thunderer”), powerful Celtic deity that was one of three mentioned by the Roman poet Lucan in the 1st century AD; the other two were ...
tarantass
/tahr'euhn tahs"/, n. a large, four-wheeled Russian carriage mounted without springs on two parallel longitudinal wooden bars. Also, tarantas. [1840-50; < Russ tarantás, said to ...
tarantella
/tar'euhn tel"euh/, n. 1. a rapid, whirling southern Italian dance in very quick sextuple, originally quadruple, meter, usually performed by a single couple, and formerly ...
Tarantino
(1963– ) a US film director and actor who also writes films. He has been criticized for the violence in such films as Reservoir Dogs (1991) and Pulp Fiction (1994), for which ...
Tarantino, Quentin
born March 27, 1963, Knoxville, Tenn., U.S. U.S. director and screenwriter. He worked in a video store in California before selling two screenplays that became True Romance ...
tarantism
—tarantist, n. /tar"euhn tiz'euhm/, n. a mania characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance, esp. as prevalent in southern Italy from the 15th to the 17th century, ...
Taranto
/tah"rddahn taw/; Eng. /tahr"euhn toh', tar"-, teuh ran"toh/, n. 1. Ancient, Tarentum. a fortified seaport in SE Italy, on the Gulf of Taranto: founded by the Greeks in the 8th ...
Taranto, Gulf of
▪ gulf, Europe Latin  Sinus Tarentinus,  Italian  Golfo Di Taranto,         arm, about 85 mi (140 km) long and wide, of the Ionian Sea in southern Italy. Lying ...
tarantula
/teuh ran"cheuh leuh/, n., pl. tarantulas, tarantulae /-lee'/. 1. any of several large, hairy spiders of the family Theraphosidae, as Aphonopelma chalcodes, of the southwestern ...
Tarāorī, Battles of
▪ Indian history (1191), Tarāorī also spelled  Tarāīn,         series of engagements that opened all of North India to Muslim control. The battles were fought ...
Tarapacá
▪ region, Chile       historic region, northern Chile, bordering Peru and Bolivia to the north and east and fronting the Pacific Ocean to the west. Tarapacá was ceded ...
Tarapoto
/tah'rddah paw"taw/, n. a city in N Peru. 15,000. * * *
Taras, John
▪ 2005       American choreographer and ballet master (b. April 18, 1919, New York, N.Y.—d. April 2, 2004, New York City), gained international renown not only for ...
Tarascan
/teuh ras"keuhn, -rahs"-/, n., pl. Tarascans, (esp. collectively) Tarascan for 1. n. Also, Tarasco. 1. a member of an American Indian people of Michoacán state, in southwestern ...
Tarasco
/teuh ras"koh, -rahs"-/, n., pl. Tarascos, (esp. collectively) Tarasco. Tarascan. * * * or Tarascan Indian people of Michoacán state in central Mexico. Traditionally, they ...
Tarascon
▪ France       town, Bouches-du-Rhône département, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) région, southeastern France, east of Nîmes. Situated on ...
Tarasov, Anatoly
▪ 1996       Russian ice hockey coach who introduced aggressive, Canadian-style play to his country and led the Soviet national team to 11 European championships and 10 ...
Tarasova, Alla Konstantinovna
▪ Russian actress born Jan. 25, 1898, Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire died April 5, 1973, Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union       outstanding actress of the Moscow Art ...
tarata
/teuh rah"teuh/, n. a tree, Pittosporum eugenioides, of New Zealand, having elliptic leaves and fragrant, yellow flowers, grown as an ornamental. [1875-80; < Maori] * * *
taravana syndrome
▪ pathology       form of decompression sickness that is most frequently seen in pearl divers in Japan and the Polynesian islands. These skin divers acquire their ...
Tarawa
/teuh rah"weuh, tar"euh wah', tah"rah wah'/, n. one of the Gilbert Islands, in the central Pacific; capital, since 1979, of the independent nation of Kiribati: U.S. victory over ...
taraxacum
/teuh rak"seuh keuhm/, n. Pharm. the dried roots of any of several composite plants of the genus Taraxacum, as the dandelion, T. officinale or T. laevigatum, used in medicine in ...
tarbaby
tar baby n. A situation or problem from which it is virtually impossible to disentangle oneself.   [After “Bre'r Rabbit and the Tar Baby,” an Uncle Remus story by Joel ...
Tarbela Dam
▪ dam, Pakistan       giant rock-fill dam on the Indus River, Pakistan. Built between 1968 and 1976, it has a volume of 138,600,000 cubic yards (106,000,000 cubic m). ...
Tarbell
/tahr"bel'/, n. Ida Minerva, 1857-1944, U.S. author. * * *
Tarbell, Ida M(inerva)
born Nov. 5, 1857, Erie county, Pa., U.S. died Jan. 6, 1944, Bridgeport, Conn. U.S. investigative journalist, lecturer, and chronicler of American industry. In 1891 Tarbell ...
Tarbell, Ida M.
▪ American journalist in full  Ida Minerva Tarbell  born Nov. 5, 1857, Erie county, Pa., U.S. died Jan. 6, 1944, Bridgeport, Conn.  investigative journalist, lecturer, and ...
Tarbell,Ida Minerva
Tar·bell (tärʹbəl), Ida Minerva. 1857-1944. American muckraking writer and editor remembered for her investigations of industry, including History of the Standard Oil ...
Tarbert
▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       village at the head of East Loch Tarbert, an inlet on the west side of of Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute council area, historic county of ...
Tarbes
/tannrddb/, n. a city in and the capital of Hautes-Pyrénées, in SW France. 57,765. * * * ▪ France       town, capital of Hautes-Pyrénées département, ...
tarboosh
/tahr boohsh"/, n. a tasseled cap of cloth or felt, usually red, that is worn by Muslim men either by itself or as the inner part of the turban. Also, tarbush. [1695-1705; < Ar ...
tarbrush
/tahr"brush'/, n. 1. a brush for applying tar. 2. Slang (disparaging and offensive). black ancestry. [1705-15; TAR1 + BRUSH1] * * *
tarcamphor
tar camphor n. See naphthalene. * * *
Tarde
/tannrddd/, n. Gabriel /gann brddee el"/, 1843-1904, French sociologist. * * *
Tarde, Gabriel
▪ French sociologist in full  Jean-Gabriel De Tarde   born March 12, 1843, Sarlat [now Sarlat-la-Canéda], Dordogne, France died May 13, 1904, Paris  French sociologist and ...
Tardenoisian
Tardenoisian [tär΄də noi′zē ən] adj. 〚after Fère-en-Tardenois, town in NE France, where implements were found〛 designating or of a Mesolithic culture characterized by ...
Tardieu
/tannrdd dyue"/, n. André Pierre Gabriel Amédée /ahonn drdday" pyerdd gann brddee el" ann may day"/, 1876-1945, French statesman. * * *
Tardieu, André
▪ French premier in full  André-pierre-gabriel-amédée Tardieu   born Sept. 22, 1876, Paris, France died Sept. 15, 1945, Menton       statesman who was three times ...
Tardieu, André (-Pierre-Gabriel-Amédée)
born Sept. 22, 1876, Paris, France died Sept. 15, 1945, Menton French politician. After work in the diplomatic service, he became foreign editor of Le Temps and was elected to ...
tardigrade
/tahr"di grayd'/, n. 1. Also called bear animalcule, water bear. any microscopic, chiefly herbivorous invertebrate of the phylum Tardigrada, living in water, on mosses, lichens, ...
tardily
See tardy. * * *
tardiness
See tardily. * * *
Tardis
the vehicle in which Doctor Who travels through time and space in the British children’s television series. Outside, it looks like an old-fashioned British police telephone ...
tardive
/tahr"div/, adj. appearing or tending to appear late, as in human development or in the treatment of a disease. [1960-65; < F tardive, fem. of tardif TARDY] * * *
tardive dyskinesia
Pathol. a disorder characterized by restlessness and involuntary rolling of the tongue or twitching of the face, trunk, or limbs, usually occurring as a complication of long-term ...
tardivedyskinesia
tardive dyskinesia n. A chronic disorder of the nervous system characterized by involuntary jerky movements of the face, tongue, jaws, trunk, and limbs, usually developing as a ...
tardo
/tahr"doh/; It. /tahrdd"daw/, adj. slow (used as a musical direction). [1840-50; < It: slow < L tardus] * * *
tardy
—tardily, adv. —tardiness, n. /tahr"dee/, adj., tardier, tardiest. 1. late; behind time; not on time: How tardy were you today? 2. moving or acting slowly; slow; sluggish. 3. ...
tardyon
tardyon [tär′dē än΄] n. any subatomic particle traveling slower than the speed of light: see also TACHYON * * *
tare
tare1 /tair/, n. 1. any of various vetches, esp. Vicia sativa. 2. the seed of a vetch. 3. Bible. a noxious weed, probably the darnel. [1300-50; ME: vetch; akin to D tarwe ...
Taree
▪ New South Wales, Australia       city, northeastern New South Wales, Australia, 10 miles (16 km) above the coastal mouth of the Manning River. Established in 1854 as ...
tarentism
/tar"euhn tiz'euhm/, n. tarantism. * * *
Tarentum
/teuh ren"teuhm/, n. ancient name of Taranto. * * *
targe
/tahrj/, n. Archaic. a small, round shield; a target or buckler. [bef. 1000; ME < OF < ON targa round shield; c. OHG zarga rim, ring; r. OE targe, targa < ON] * * *
target
—targetable, adj. —targetless, adj. /tahr"git/, n. 1. an object, usually marked with concentric circles, to be aimed at in shooting practice or contests. 2. any object used ...
target date
the date set or aimed at for the commencement, fulfillment, or completion of some effort: The target date for the book is next May. [1940-45] * * *
target language
1. the language into which a text is to be translated from another language. Cf. source language (def. 1). 2. a language, esp. a foreign language, that one is in the process of ...
target rifle
a rifle designed esp. for shooting at targets. [1900-05] * * *
target theory
▪ biology German  Treffertheorie,         in biology, the concept that the biological effects of radiations (radiation) such as X rays result from ionization (i.e., ...
targetable
tar·get·a·ble (tärʹgĭ-tə-bəl) adj. That can be directed at a target: independently targetable nuclear warheads. * * *
targetdate
target date n. A date established as a target or goal, as for the completion of a project. * * *
targeteer
/tahr'gi tear"/, n. a soldier armed with a sword and buckler. [1580-90; TARGET + -EER] * * *
targetlanguage
target language n. In all senses also called object language. 1. The language into which a text written in another language is to be translated. 2. A language that a nonnative ...
Target{™}
a chain of stores in the US, first opened in 1962, which sells goods at low prices but which has a reputation for better quality goods and more organized stores than some other ...
Târgovişte
▪ Romania also spelled  Tîrgovişte,         city, capital of Dâmboviţa (Dâmbovița) judeţ (county), south-central Romania. It lies along the Ialomiţa River, ...
Târgu Jiu
▪ Romania also spelled  Tîrgu Jiu        city, capital of Gorj judeţ (county), southwestern Romania, on the Jiu River. Formerly a Roman settlement, Târgu Jiu was ...
Târgu Mureş
▪ Romania also spelled  Tîrgu Mureş,  Hungarian  Marosvásárhely,  German  Neumarkt        city, capital of Mureş judeţ (county), north-central Romania. It ...
Târgu-Mures
/tirdd"gooh mooh"rddesh/, n. a city in central Rumania. 129,284. * * *
Târgu-Neamţ
▪ Romania also spelled  Tîrgu-Neamţ,         town, Neamţ judeţ (county), northeastern Romania, on the Neamţ River. It has long been a local market centre and a ...
Targum
—Targumic, adj. —Targumist, n. /tahr"goom/; Seph. Heb. /tahrdd goohm"/; Ashk. Heb. /tahrdd"goom/, n., pl. Targums, Heb. Targumim Seph. /tahrdd gooh meem"/; Ashk. /tahrdd ...
TarHeel
☆ Tarheel [tär′hēl΄ ] n. Informal a person born or living in North Carolina, called the Tarheel State * * * Tar Heel or Tar·heel (tärʹhēl') n. A native or resident ...
Tarhun
or Taru Ancient Anatolian weather god whose name appears in records as early as 1400 BCE. He was one of the supreme deities of the Hittite pantheon and was regarded as the ...
tariff
—tariffless, adj. /tar"if/, n. 1. an official list or table showing the duties or customs imposed by a government on imports or exports. 2. the schedule or system of duties so ...
Tarija
/tah rddee"hah/, n. a city in S Bolivia. 66,120. * * * ▪ Bolivia       city, southern Bolivia, situated at 6,122 feet (1,866 metres) above sea level on the ...
Tarim
/tah"reem"/, n. a river in NW China, in Xinjiang Uygur region. ab. 1300 mi. (2090 km) long. Also called Tarim He /hu/. * * *
Tarim Basin
a region in W China between the Tien Shan and Kunlun mountain ranges. ab. 350,000 sq. mi. (906,000 sq. km). * * *
Tarim River
Chinese Talimu He or T'a-li-mu Ho Chief river of Xinjiang autonomous region, China. Formed by the confluence of two rivers in the far west, it follows an undefined riverbed for ...
TarimHe
Ta·rim He (täʹrēmʹ hŭʹ) A river of western China flowing about 2,092 km (1,300 mi) eastward to Lop Nur. * * *
TarimPendi
Tarim Pen·di (pŭnʹdēʹ) An arid basin of western China south of the Tian Shan and traversed by the Tarim He. The ancient Silk Road passed through the region. * * *
Ṭāriq ibn Ziyād
▪ Muslim general also spelled  Tarik Ibn Zeyad   died c. 720       general who led the Muslim conquest of Spain.       Mūsā ibn Nuṣayr, the Arab conqueror ...
tariqa
▪ Islam also spelled  tariqah,  Arabic  tarīqah        (“road,” “path,” or “way”), the Muslim spiritual path toward direct knowledge (maʿrifah) of God ...
tariqah
/teuh ree"keuh/, n. Islam. 1. a system of rites for the spiritual training of a Sufi order. 2. any of the Sufi orders. Also, tariqa. [ < Ar tariqah lit., path] * * * In Sufism, ...
Tarka the Otter
a novel (1927) by Henry Williamson (1895–1977). It is a very realistic story about an otter (= a small animal with thick brown fur that lives in rivers), which dies after being ...
Tarkenton,Francis Asbury
Tar·ken·ton (tärʹkən-tən), Francis Asbury. Known as “Fran.” Born 1940. American football player. A quarterback mainly with the Minnesota Vikings (1961-1967 and ...
Tarkington
/tahr"king teuhn/, n. (Newton) Booth, 1869-1946, U.S. novelist and playwright. * * *
Tarkington, (Newton) Booth
born July 29, 1869, Indianapolis, Ind., U.S. died May 19, 1946, Indianapolis U.S. novelist and dramatist. He became known for satirical and sometimes romanticized pictures of ...
Tarkington, (Newton)Booth
Tar·king·ton (tärʹkĭng'tən), (Newton) Booth. 1869-1946. American writer whose novels include The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) and Alice Adams (1921), each of which won a ...
Tarkington, Booth
▪ American writer born July 29, 1869, Indianapolis, Ind., U.S. died May 19, 1946, Indianapolis  American novelist and dramatist, best-known for his satirical and sometimes ...
Tarkovsky, Andrey (Arsenyevich)
born April 4, 1932, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R. died Dec. 29, 1986, Paris, France Soviet film director. The son of a poet, he studied at the Soviet State Film School and won ...
Tarkovsky, Andrey Arsenyevich
▪ Soviet film director born April 4, 1932, Moscow died Dec. 29, 1986, Paris       Soviet motion-picture director whose films won acclaim in the West though they were ...
Tarkwa
▪ Ghana       city, southwestern Ghana, western Africa. It is situated about 120 miles (190 km) west of Accra. Located in a predominantly agricultural and mining region, ...
Tarlac
/tahr"lahk/, n. a city on N central Luzon, in the N Philippines. 175,691. * * *
tarlatan
/tahr"leuh tn, -teuhn/, n. a thin, plain-weave, open-mesh cotton fabric finished with stiffening agents and sometimes glazed. [1720-30; < F tarlatane, dissimilated var. of ...
Tarlton
/tahrl"tn/, n. Richard, died 1588, English actor. * * *
Tarlton, Richard
▪ British actor and ballad writer born , Condover, Shropshire, Eng. died Sept. 3, 1588, London  English actor, ballad writer, favourite jester (fool) of Queen Elizabeth I, ...
Tarmac
/tahr"mak/ 1. Trademark. a brand of bituminous binder, similar to tarmacadam, for surfacing roads, airport runways, parking areas, etc. n. 2. (l.c.) a road, airport runway, ...
tarmacadam
/tahr"meuh kad'euhm/, n. a paving material consisting of coarse crushed stone covered with a mixture of tar and bitumen. [1880-85; TAR1 + MACADAM] * * *
tarmac{™}
➡ Tarmac * * *
tarn
/tahrn/, n. a small mountain lake or pool, esp. one in a cirque. [1300-50; ME terne < ON tjorn pond, pool] * * *       a small mountain lake, especially one set in a ...
Tarn
/tannrddn/, n. a department in S France. 338,024; 2232 sq. mi. (5780 sq. km). Cap.: Albi. * * *       a small mountain lake, especially one set in a glaciated ...
Tarn River
River, southwestern France. Rising in the Lozère Mountains, it flows west and southwest for 233 mi (375 km) into the Garonne River. Its magnificent gorges, which extend more ...
Tarn-et-Garonne
/tannrdd"nay gann rddawn"/, n. a department in S France. 183,314; 1440 sq. mi. (3730 sq. km). Cap.: Montauban. * * *
tarnal
tar·nal (tärʹnəl) adj. & adv. Chiefly New England & Upper Southern U.S. Damned. See Regional Note at tarnation.   [Alteration of eternal.]   tarʹnal·ly adv. * * *
tarnally
See tarnal. * * *
tarnation
/tahr nay"sheuhn/, Older Use. interj. 1. damnation. n. 2. damnation; hell (used as a euphemism): Where in tarnation is that boy? adv. 3. damned. [1775-85; b. 'tarnal, dial. form ...
Tarne
/tahr"nee/, n. (in the Iliad) Sardis. * * *
tarnish
—tarnishable, adj. /tahr"nish/, v.t. 1. to dull the luster of (a metallic surface), esp. by oxidation; discolor. 2. to diminish or destroy the purity of; stain; sully: The ...
tarnishable
See tarnish. * * *
tarnished plant bug
a bug, Lygus lineolaris, of the family Miridae, that is a common and widely distributed pest of alfalfa and other legumes and of peach and other fruit trees. [1885-90] * * *
Tarnobrzeg
▪ Poland       city, Podkarpackie województwo (province), southeastern Poland. Located on the eastern bank of the Vistula River on trade routes linking Warsaw to the ...
Tarnopol
Pol. /tahrdd naw"pawl/, n. Ternopol. * * *
Tarnów
/tahrdd"noof/, n. a city in SE Poland, E of Cracow. 85,500. * * * ▪ Poland       city, Małopolskie województwo (province), southeastern Poland, near the confluence of ...
Tarnowski, Jan
▪ Polish military officer born 1488, Tarnów, Pol. died May 16, 1561, Tarnów       army commander and political activist notable in Polish affairs.       As a ...
taro
/tahr"oh, tair"oh, tar"oh/, n., pl. taros. 1. a stemless plant, Colocasia esculenta, of the arum family, cultivated in tropical regions, in the Pacific islands and elsewhere, for ...
taroc
taroc or tarok [tə räk′] n. an old card game of Italy, Austria, etc. played with a deck of, usually, 78 cards that includes the tarot cards as trumps * * *
tárogató
▪ musical instrument       single-reed wind instrument, widely played in the folk music of Romania and, especially, Hungary. It resembles a wooden soprano saxophone, but ...
tarok
/teuh rok"/, n. a card game dating probably from the Renaissance and still popular in central Europe, originally played with a special pack of 78 cards but now usually played ...
Taronga Zoo
▪ zoo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in full  Taronga Zoological Park        zoo located in Taronga Park, Sydney, N.S.W., Austl. One of the outstanding zoos in ...
tarot
/tar"oh, ta roh"/, n. any of a set of 22 playing cards bearing allegorical representations, used for fortunetelling and as trump cards in tarok. [1590-1600; back formation from ...
tarot game
 trick-taking game played with a tarot deck, a special pack of cards containing a fifth suit bearing miscellaneous illustrations and acting as a trump suit. The cards are ...
tarp
/tahrp/, n. Informal. tarpaulin. [1905-10, Amer.; by shortening] * * *
tarpan
/tahr pan"/, n. a small, dun-colored wild horse chiefly of southern Russia, having a flowing mane and tail: extinct since the early 20th century but somewhat restored by ...
tarpaper
/tahr"pay'peuhr/, n. a heavy, tar-coated paper used as a waterproofing material in building construction. [1890-95, Amer.; TAR1 + PAPER] * * *
tarpaulin
/tahr paw"lin, tahr"peuh lin/, n. 1. a protective covering of canvas or other material waterproofed with tar, paint, or wax. 2. a hat, esp. a sailor's, made of or covered with ...
Tarpeia
/tahr pee"euh/, n. Class. Myth. a vestal virgin who betrayed Rome to the Sabines and was crushed under their shields when she claimed a reward. * * * ▪ Roman ...
Tarpeian
Tarpeian [tär pē′ən] adj. 〚L Tarpeianus, after Tarpeia: see TARPEIA〛 designating or of a cliff on the Capitoline Hill in Rome from which traitors to the state were ...
Tarpeian Rock
/tahr pee"euhn/ a rock on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, from which criminals and traitors were hurled. [1600-10; < L (mons) Tarpei(us) Tarpeian (hill) + -AN] * * *
tarpit
/tahr"pit'/, n. seepage of natural tar or asphalt, esp. an accumulation that has acted as a natural trap into which animals have fallen and sunk and had their bones ...
tarpon
/tahr"peuhn/, n., pl. tarpons, (esp. collectively) tarpon. a large, powerful game fish, Megalops atlantica, inhabiting the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean, having a ...
Tarpon Springs
a town in W Florida. 13,251. * * * ▪ Florida, United States       city, Pinellas county, west-central Florida, U.S., on the Anclote River bayous between Lake Tarpon ...
Tarquin
Tarquin [tär′kwin] ( Lucius Tarquinius Superbus) semilegendary Etruscan king of Rome (534?-510? B.C. ) * * * ▪ king of Rome [534-509 BC] Latin in full  Lucius Tarquinius ...
Tarquinia
formerly (until 1922) Corneto Town (pop., 1991: 14,000), northern Lazio region, central Italy. It developed out of the ancient Tárchuna, one of the chief cities of the ...
Tarquinii
Tar·quin·i·i (tär-kwĭnʹē-ī') An ancient city of central Italy northwest of Rome. Head of the Etruscan League, it was defeated by Roman forces in the fourth century B.C. ...
Tarquinius
/tahr kwin"ee euhs/, n. 1. (Lucius Tarquinius Priscus) died 578 B.C., king of Rome 616-578. 2. (Lucius Tarquinius Superbus) ("the Proud") died 498 B.C., king of Rome ...
Tarradellas i Joan, Josep
▪ Catalan politician born Feb. 19, 1899, Cervelló, Spain died June 10, 1988, Barcelona, Spain       Catalan political leader who led the struggle for an autonomous ...
tarradiddle
/tar'euh did"l/, n. taradiddle. * * *
tarragon
/tar"euh gon', -geuhn/, n. 1. an Old World plant, Artemisia dracunculus, having aromatic leaves used for seasoning. 2. the leaves themselves. Also called estragon. [1530-40; ...
Tarragona
Tar·ra·go·na (tăr'ə-gōʹnə, tä'rä-gōʹnä) A city of northeast Spain on the Mediterranean Sea west-southwest of Barcelona. A leading town of Roman Spain after the ...
Tarrasa
/tahrdd rddah"sah/, n. a city in NE Spain, N of Barcelona. 138,697. * * * ▪ Spain       town, Barcelona provincia, in the comunidad autónoma (“autonomous ...
Tarrasch, Siegbert
▪ German chess player born March 5, 1862, Breslau, Prussia [now Wrocław, Poland] died February 17, 1934, Munich, Germany       German chess master and physician who ...
tarriance
/tar"ee euhns/, n. Archaic. 1. delay. 2. sojourn. [1425-75; late ME; see TARRY1, -ANCE] * * *
tarrier
See tarry1. * * *
TarRiver
Tar River A river, about 346 km (215 mi) long, of northeast North Carolina flowing generally southeast to an estuary of Pamlico Sound. * * *
tarry
tarry1 —tarrier, n. /tar"ee/, v., tarried, tarrying, n., pl. tarries. v.i. 1. to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn: He tarried in Baltimore on his way to Washington. 2. to ...
Tarrytown
/tar"ee town'/, n. a village in SE New York, on the Hudson River: restored home of Washington Irving. 10,648. * * * ▪ New York, United States       village, in ...
tars-
var. of tarso- before a vowel: tarsal. * * *
tarsal
/tahr"seuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the tarsus of the foot. 2. pertaining to the tarsi of the eyelids. n. 3. a tarsal bone, joint, or the like. [1810-20; TARS(US) + -AL1] * ...
tarsalgland
tarsal gland n. Any of the branched sebaceous glands located in the tarsus of the eyelid. * * *
tarsalplate
tarsal plate n. See tarsus. * * *
Tarshish
/tahr"shish/, n. an ancient country, of uncertain location, mentioned in the Bible. I Kings 10:22. * * *
tarsi
tarsi [tär′sī΄] n. pl. of TARSUS * * *
tarsia
/tahr"see euh, tahr see"euh/, n. intarsia. [ < It < Ar tarsi' inlay] * * *
tarsier
/tahr"see euhr, -see ay'/, n. a small, arboreal, nocturnal primate of the genus Tarsius, of Indonesia and the Philippines, having a long thin tail, very large immobile eyes, and ...
Tarski
/tahr"skee/, n. Alfred, born 1902, U.S. mathematician and logician, born in Poland. * * *
Tarski, Alfred
▪ American mathematician and logician born Jan. 14, 1902, Warsaw, Pol., Russian Empire died Oct. 26, 1983, Berkeley, Calif., U.S.       Polish-born American ...
tarso-
a combining form of tarsus: tarsometatarsus. * * *
tarsometatarsal
See tarsometatarsus. * * *
tarsometatarsus
—tarsometatarsal, adj. /tahr'soh met'euh tahr"seuhs/, n., pl. tarsometatarsi /-suy, -see/. Ornith. the large bone in the lower leg of a bird with which the toe bones ...
tarsus
/tahr"seuhs/, n., pl. tarsi /-suy, -see/. 1. Anat., Zool. the bones of the proximal segment of the foot; the bones between the tibia and the metatarsus, contributing to the ...
Tarsus
/tahr"seuhs/, n. a city in S Turkey, near the Mediterranean, on the Cydnus River: important seaport of ancient Cilicia; birthplace of Saint Paul. 74,510. * * * City (pop., 1997: ...
tart
tart1 —tartish, adj. —tartishly, adv. —tartly, adv. —tartness, n. /tahrt/, adj., tarter, tartest. 1. sharp to the taste; sour or acid: tart apples. 2. sharp in character, ...
Tartaglia, Niccolò Fontana
▪ Italian mathematician Tartaglia also spelled  Tartalea   born 1499, Brescia, republic of Venice [Italy] died Dec. 13, 1557, Venice       Italian mathematician who ...
tartan
/tahr"tn/, n. 1. a woolen or worsted cloth woven with stripes of different colors and widths crossing at right angles, worn chiefly by the Scottish Highlanders, each clan having ...
tartar
/tahr"teuhr/, n. 1. Dentistry. calculus (def. 3). 2. the deposit from wines, potassium bitartrate. 3. the intermediate product of cream of tartar, obtained from the crude form, ...
Tartar
—Tartarly, adv. /tahr"teuhr/, n. 1. a member of any of the various tribes, chiefly Mongolian and Turkish, who, originally under the leadership of Genghis Khan, overran Asia and ...
Tartar Autonomous Republic.
See Tatar Autonomous Republic. * * *
tartar emetic
Chem., Pharm. a white, water-soluble, sweet and metallic-tasting, poisonous powder or granules, C4H4KO7Sb, used as a mordant for dyeing textiles and leather, and in medicine as ...
tartar sauce
a mayonnaise dressing for fish and seafood, usually with chopped pickles, onions, olives, capers, and green herbs added. Also, tartare sauce. [1895-1900; < F sauce tartare] * * *
tartar steak
ground beefsteak seasoned with salt and pepper and served uncooked, often mixed with a raw egg and garnished with capers, onions, etc. Also, tartare steak /tahr tahr", ...
tartarated
/tahr"teuh ray'tid/, adj. Chem. tartrated. * * *
tartare
/tahr tahr"/, adj. (of food) finely diced or ground and served raw: salmon tartare. [extracted from STEAK TARTARE] * * *
Tartarean
/tahr tair"ee euhn/, adj. of or pertaining to Tartarus; infernal. [1615-25; < L Tartare(us) of TARTARUS (see -EOUS) + -AN] * * *
tartaremetic
tartar emetic n. A poisonous crystalline compound, K(SbO)C4H4O6· 1/2 H2O, used in medicine as an expectorant and in the treatment of parasitic infections, such as ...
tartareous
tar·tar·e·ous (tär-târʹē-əs) adj. Consisting of or resembling tartar. * * *
tartaresteak
tar·tare steak (tär-tärʹ, tärʹtər) n. See steak tartare. * * *
Tartarian
/tahr tair"ee euhn/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a Tartar or the Tartars; Tartar. [1350-1400; ME. See TARTAR, -IAN] * * *
Tartarian aster
a Siberian aster, Aster tataricus, having large blue to purple flower heads. * * *
Tartarian honeysuckle
an Asian honeysuckle, Lonicera tatarica, having fragrant, white to pink flowers. [1805-15] * * *
tartaric
/tahr tar"ik, -tahr"-/, adj. pertaining to or derived from tartar. [1780-90; TARTAR + -IC] * * *
tartaric acid
Chem. an organic compound, C4H6O6, existing in four isomeric forms, the common or dextrorotatory isomer being a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder or transparent crystals: ...
tartaricacid
tartaric acid n. Any of four isomeric crystalline organic compounds, C4H6O6, used to make cream of tartar and baking powder, as a sequestrant, and in effervescent beverages and ...
tartarization
See tartarize. * * *
tartarize
—tartarization, n. /tahr"teuh ruyz'/, v.t., tartarized, tartarizing. Chem. to impregnate, combine, or treat with tartar or potassium bitartrate. Also, esp. Brit., ...
tartarous
/tahr"teuhr euhs/, adj. consisting of or containing tartar. [1595-1605; TARTAR + -OUS] * * *
tartarsauce
tartar sauce n. Mayonnaise mixed with chopped onion, olives, pickles, and capers and served as a sauce with fish.   [Translation of French sauce tartare: sauce, sauce + tartare, ...
Tartarus
/tahr"teuhr euhs/, n. Class. Myth. 1. a sunless abyss, below Hades, in which Zeus imprisoned the Titans. 2. a place in Hades for the punishment of the wicked. * * * In Greek ...


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