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telephone book n. A directory of the names of telephone subscribers with their telephone numbers and often their addresses. * * *
telephone booth n. A small enclosure containing a public telephone. * * *
telephone exchange n. A central system of switches and other equipment that establishes connections between individual telephones. Also called switchboard. * * *
See telephone. * * *
telephone tag n. A series of unsuccessful calls exchanged by two people who are attempting to contact each other by telephone. * * *
—telephonically, adv. /tel'euh fon"ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or happening by means of a telephone system. 2. carrying sound to a distance by artificial means. [1825-35; ...
See telephonic. * * *
/teuh lef"euh nist, tel"euh foh'-/, n. Chiefly Brit. a telephone switchboard operator. [1875-80; TELEPHONE + -IST] * * *
/teuh lef"euh nee/, n. 1. the construction or operation of telephones or telephonic systems. 2. a system of telecommunications in which telephonic equipment is employed in the ...
/tel"euh foh'toh/, adj. noting or pertaining to telephotography. [1890-95; short for telephotographic; see TELEPHOTOGRAPH, -IC] * * *
/tel"euh foh'toh/, Trademark. 1. a brand of apparatus for electrical transmission of photographs. 2. a photograph transmitted by this apparatus. * * *
telephoto lens
Photog. a lens constructed so as to produce a relatively large image with a focal length shorter than that required by an ordinary lens producing an image of the same size: used ...
/tel'euh foh"teuh graf', -grahf'/, n. a photograph taken with a telephoto lens. [1880-85; TELE-1 + PHOTOGRAPH] * * *
See telephotography. * * *
—telephotographic /tel'euh foh'teuh graf"ik/, adj. /tel'euh feuh tog"reuh fee/, n. photography of distant objects, using a telephoto lens. [1880-85; TELE-1 + PHOTOGRAPHY] * * *
/tel'euh foh tom"i teuhr/, n. an instrument for measuring the amount of light emanating from a distant object. [1925-30; TELE-1 + PHOTOMETER] * * *
—teleplasmic, adj. /tel"euh plaz'euhm/, n. Parapsychol. a hypothetical emanation from the body of a medium that serves as the means for telekinesis. [1925-30; TELE-1 + ...
/tel"euh play'/, n. a play written or adapted for broadcast on television. Also called videoplay, video drama. [1950-55; TELE(VISION) + PLAY] * * *
teleport1 —teleportation, teleportage, n. v.t. /tel"euh pawrt', -pohrt'/ to transport (a body) by telekinesis. [1950-55; back formation from teleportation, equiv. to TELE-1 + ...
teleportation [tel΄ə pôr tā′shən] n. 〚 TELE- + (〛 the theoretical transportation of matter through space by converting it into energy and then reconverting it at the ...
/tel"euh prin'teuhr/, n. a teletypewriter. [1925-30; TELE(TYPE) + PRINTER] * * * ▪ instrument also called  Teletypewriter,         any of various telegraphic ...
/tel"euh pros'es ing, -euh sing/ or, esp. Brit., /-proh'ses ing, -proh'seuh sing/, n. Computers. computerized processing and transmission of data over the telephone or other ...
/tel"euh promp'teuhr/, Trademark. a brand name for an off-camera device that displays a magnified script so that it is visible to the performers or speakers on a television ...
/tel"euh ran'/, n. (sometimes cap.) a navigational aid that uses radar to map the sky above an airfield, which, together with a map of the airfield itself, is transmitted by ...
/tel"euh skohp'/, n., adj., v., telescoped, telescoping. n. 1. an optical instrument for making distant objects appear larger and therefore nearer. One of the two principal forms ...
telescope eyes
—telescope-eyed, adj. protruding orbits, as on certain goldfish. * * *
Tel·e·scope Peak (tĕlʹĭ-skōp') A mountain, 3,370 m (11,049 ft) high, in the Panamint Range of the Sierra Nevada in southeast California near the Nevada border. It is the ...
—telescopically, adv. /tel'euh skop"ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a telescope. 2. capable of magnifying distant objects: a telescopic lens. 3. obtained by ...
See telescopic. * * *
See telescopy. * * *
/tel'euh skoh"pee euhm/, n., gen. Telescopii /-pee uy'/. Astron. the Telescope, a small southern constellation between Ara and Corona Austrinus. [ < NL; see TELESCOPE] * * *
—telescopist, n. /teuh les"keuh pee/, n. 1. the use of the telescope. 2. telescopic investigation. [1860-65; TELESCOPE + -Y3] * * *
/tel"euh skreen'/, n. a television screen, esp. a large one suitable for viewing by large numbers of people. [1940-45; TELE(VISION) + SCREEN] * * *
/tel"euh suy'zeuhm/, n. Geol. a tremor caused by an earthquake originating a great distance from the seismographic station that records it. [TELE-1 + SEISM] * * *
—teleshopper, n. /tel"euh shop'/, v.i., teleshopped, teleshopping. to engage in teleshopping. [1980-85; TELE-1 + SHOP] * * *
See teleshop. * * *
/tel"euh shop'ing/, n. electronic shopping via videotex or other interactive information service. [1980-85; TELE-1 + SHOPPING] * * *
▪ Greek poet flourished 5th century BC , Argos       Greek poet noted for saving the city of Argos from attack by Cleomenes and his Spartan troops after their defeat of ...
Telesio, Bernardino
▪ Italian philosopher and scientist born 1509, Cosenza, Kingdom of Naples [Italy] died October 1588, Cosenza       Italian philosopher and natural scientist who ...
/tel"euh sis/, n. Sociol. deliberate, purposeful utilization of the processes of nature and society to obtain particular goals. [1895-1900; < Gk télesis completion] * * *
telespectroscope [tel΄ə spek′trə skōp΄] n. an instrument combining a telescope and a spectroscope, for producing the spectra of stars * * *
/teuh les"feuhr euhs/, n. pope A.D. 125?-136?. * * *
Telesphorus, Saint
▪ pope died c. 136, Rome [Italy]; feast day January 5       pope from about 125 to about 136. Telesphorus is said to have been a Greek, possibly from Calabria. ...
Te·les Pi·res (tĕl'ĭs pîrʹĭs) A river, about 965 km (600 mi) long, of central Brazil flowing northwest as a tributary of the Tapajós River. * * *
/tel'euh ster"ee euh skohp', -stear"-/, n. a binocular optical instrument used for stereoscopic viewing of distant objects; a small range finder. [1860-65; TELE-1 + ...
/tel'euh stear"ee on'/, n., pl. telesteria /tel'i stear"ee euh/. (in ancient Greece) a building in which religious mysteries were celebrated. [ < Gk telestérion place for ...
—telesthetic /tel'euhs thet"ik/, adj. /teuhl'euhs thee"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh/, n. sensation or perception received at a distance without the normal operation of the ...
See telesthesia. * * *
/teuh les"tik, tel"euh stik'/, n. Pros. a poem in which the last letters of successive lines form a word, a phrase, or the consecutive letters of the alphabet. Cf. ...
Te·les·to (tə-lĕsʹtō) n. The satellite of Saturn that is eighth in distance from the planet.   [Greek Telestō, a daughter of Oceanus and Tethys.] * * *
/tel"i tekst'/, n. Television. a system that allows viewers having television sets with special decoders to receive signals that display printed information as well as graphics ...
tel·e·the·a·ter (tĕlʹə-thē'ə-tər) n. A building in which horseraces are televised and off-track bets are placed. * * *
/tel'euh ther"euh pee/, n. 1. treatment in which the source of therapy is some distance from the body, as certain radiation therapies. 2. psychological counseling by ...
—telethermometry, n. /tel'euh theuhr mom"i teuhr/, n. any of various thermometers that indicate or record temperatures at a distance, as by means of an electric current. Also ...
tel·e·ther·mo·scope (tĕl'ə-thûrʹmə-skōp') n. An apparatus for indicating or recording the temperatures of distant or inaccessible locations. * * *
/tel"euh thon'/, n. a television broadcast lasting several hours, esp. one soliciting support for a charity. [1945-50; TELE-1 + -THON] * * *
a popular British television series (1997– ) for young children. Its main characters are Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, four large creatures covered in brightly coloured ...
/tel"i tuyp'/, n., v., Teletyped, Teletyping. 1. Trademark. a brand of teletypewriter. n. 2. (l.c.) a network of teletypewriters with their connecting lines, switchboards, ...
—teletypesetting, n. /tel'i tuyp"set'euhr, tel"i tuyp'-/, Trademark. a brand name for an apparatus, actuated by punched paper tape, that fits over the keyboard of a slugcasting ...
/tel'i tuyp"ruy'teuhr, tel"i tuyp'-/, n. a telegraphic apparatus by which signals are sent by striking the letters and symbols of the keyboard of an instrument resembling a ...
/tel"i tuy'pist/, n. a person who operates a teletypewriter. [TELE-1 + TYPIST] * * *
teleutospore [tə lo͞ot′ō spôr΄] n. 〚< Gr teleutē, completion, end < telos, end (see TELO-2) + SPORE〛 TELIOSPORE teleutosporic adj. * * * te·leu·to·spore ...
See teleutospore. * * *
See televangelist. * * * ➡ televangelist * * * Evangelism through religious programs on television. Such programs are usually hosted by a fundamentalist Protestant minister, ...
/tel'i van"jeuh list/, n. an evangelist who regularly conducts religious services on television. [1980-85; b. TELEVISION and EVANGELIST] * * *
—televiewer, n. /tel"euh vyooh'/, v.t., v.i. to view with a television receiver. [1935-40; TELE-1 + VIEW] * * *
/tel"euh vuyz'/, v.t., v.i., televised, televising. to send or receive by television. [1925-30; back formation from TELEVISION] * * *
—televisional /tel'euh vizh"euh nl/, adj. —televisionally, adv. —televisionary /tel'euh vizh"euh ner'ee/, adj. /tel"euh vizh'euhn/, n. 1. the broadcasting of a still or ...
television (TV)
Electronic system for transmitting still or moving images and sound to receivers that project a view of the images on a picture tube or screen and recreate the sound. Early ...
Television and Radio
▪ 1995 Introduction       Dominant trends in television and radio in 1994 included continuing globalization of services and programming and increased competition between ...
television licence
(also TV licence) n (in Britain) an official piece of paper giving permission to own a television. The cost of this (the licence fee) is set every year by the government. A ...
television station.
See station (def. 8). * * *
television systems of the world
▪ Table Television systems of the world system (region or country) number of lines per frame number of pictures per second maximum detail (picture elements per ...
/tel"euh vuy'zeuhr/, n. an apparatus for transmitting or receiving television. [1925-30; TELEVISE + -OR2] * * *
televisual [tel΄ə vizh′o͞o əl] adj. of or having to do with television, esp. the visual aspect of a television program or broadcast * * *
/tel"eks/, n. 1. (sometimes cap.) a two-way teletypewriter service channeled through a public telecommunications system for instantaneous, direct communication between ...
—telferage, n. /tel"feuhr/, n., adj., v.t. telpher. * * *
/tel"feuhrd/, adj. noting a form of road pavement composed of compacted and rolled stones of various sizes. [1895-1900; after Thomas Telford (1757-1834), Scottish engineer] * * ...
Telford and Wrekin
▪ unitary authority, England, United Kingdom also called  Wrekin        unitary authority, geographic and historic county of Shropshire, west-central England, in the ...
Telford, Thomas
born Aug. 9, 1757, near Westerkirk, Dumfries, Scot. died Sept. 2, 1834, London, Eng. Scottish civil engineer. He built the Ellesmere, Caledonian, and Göta canals and the St. ...
/tel'hahr moh"nee euhm/, n. a musical keyboard instrument operating by alternating currents of electricity which, on impulse from the keyboard, produce music at a distant point ...
telial [tē′lē əl, tel′ēəl] adj. 1. of a telium 2. designating or of the final stage in the life cycle of the rust fungi * * * See telium. * * *
—telically, adv. /tel"ik, tee"lik/, adj. 1. Gram. expressing end or purpose: a telic conjunction. 2. tending to a definite end. [1840-50; < Gk telikós pertaining to an end or ...
▪ Guinea       town, western Guinea. It is situated at the junction of trade routes from Kindia, Pita, Gaoual, and Boké. A trading centre (cattle, rice, millet, and ...
▪ region, India also spelled  Telangāna, or Telengāna,  also called  Andhra,         historical and linguistic region of peninsular India, comprising the ...
—teliosporic, adj. /tee"lee euh spawr', -spohr', tel"ee-/, n. Mycol. a spore of certain rust fungi, which carries the fungus through the winter and which, on germination, ...
See teliospore. * * *
▪ Hittite king also spelled  Telepinus   flourished 16th century BC       last king of the Hittite Old Kingdom in Anatolia (reigned c. 1525–c. 1500 ...
—telial, adj. /tee"lee euhm, tel"ee-/, n., pl. telia /tee"lee euh, tel"ee euh/. Mycol. the cluster of spore cases of the rust and smut fungi, bearing teliospores. [1905-10; < ...
tell1 /tel/, v., told, telling. v.t. 1. to give an account or narrative of; narrate; relate (a story, tale, etc.): to tell the story of Lincoln's childhood. 2. to make known by ...
/tel/, n. Wilhelm /vil"helm/. See William Tell. * * * (as used in expressions) Tell Mardikh Tell Asmar Amarna Tell el Tell William * * * ▪ mound also spelled  tel , Arabic ...
Tell Atlas
▪ mountains, Africa also called  Maritime Atlas,  French  Atlas Tellien,  Arabic  Tel Al-aṭlas,         range of the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, extending ...
Tell el Amarna
/tel" el euh mahr"neuh/ a village in central Egypt, on the Nile: site of the ancient Egyptian city of Akhetaton; extensive excavations. Also, Tell-el-Amarna, Tel el Amarna, Tel ...
Tell, William
German Wilhelm Tell. Swiss national hero whose historical existence is disputed. According to tradition, in the 13th or early 14th century he defied Austrian authority and was ...
/tel"awl'/, adj. thoroughly revealing; candid; personal: a tell-all biography of the movie star. * * *
—tellableness, n. /tel"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being told. 2. worthy of being told. [1475-85; TELL1 + -ABLE] * * *
—tellership, n. /tel"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that tells, relates, or communicates; narrator. 2. a person employed in a bank to receive or pay out money over the ...
/tel"euhr/, n. Edward, born 1908, U.S. physicist, born in Hungary. * * *
Teller, Edward
orig. Ede Teller born Jan. 15, 1908, Budapest, Hung., Austria-Hungary died Sept. 9, 2003, Stanford, Calif. Hungarian-born U.S. nuclear physicist. Born to a prosperous Jewish ...
Tel·ler (tĕlʹər), Edward. Born 1908. Hungarian-born American physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb and provided the theoretical framework for the hydrogen bomb. * * *
See teller. * * *
Sp. /te"lyeth/, n. Gabriel Sp. /gah'vrddee el"/. See Tirso de Molina. * * *
/tel"in/, n. any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus Tellina, having a thin, rounded shell of white, yellow, pink, or purple. [1895-1900; < NL Tellina name of the genus < Gk ...
—tellingly, adv. /tel"ing/, adj. 1. having force or effect; effective; striking: a telling blow. 2. revealing; indicative of much otherwise unnoticed: a telling analysis of ...
See telling. * * *
/te loh"/, n. a village in SE Iraq, between the lower Tigris and Euphrates: site of the ancient Sumerian city of Lagash. Also, Tello. * * *
—telltalely, adv. /tel"tayl'/, n. 1. a person who heedlessly or maliciously reveals private or confidential matters; tattler; talebearer. 2. a thing serving to reveal or ...
tellur- pref. Variant of telluro-. * * *
/tel"yeuh rayt'/, n. Chem. a salt of a telluric acid, as of H2TeO or H6TeO6. [1820-30; TELLUR(IC ACID) + -ATE2] * * *
tellurian1 /te loor"ee euhn/, adj. 1. of or characteristic of the earth or its inhabitants; terrestrial. n. 2. an inhabitant of the earth. [1840-50; < L tellur- (s. of tellus) ...
telluric1 /te loor"ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the earth; terrestrial. 2. of or proceeding from the earth or soil. [1830-40; < L tellur- (s. of tellus) earth + ...
telluric acid
Chem. a white, toxic, crystalline compound, H6TeO6, slightly soluble in cold water, soluble in hot water and alkalis: used as an analytical agent. [1835-45] * * *
telluric current
▪ geophysics also called  Earth Current,         natural electric current flowing on and beneath the surface of the Earth and generally following a direction parallel ...
telluric acid n. A white, crystalline inorganic acid, H6TeO6, used as a chemical reagent. * * *
/tel"yeuh ruyd', -rid/, n. Chem. a binary compound of tellurium with an electropositive element or group. [1840-50; TELLUR(IUM) + -IDE] * * * ▪ Colorado, United ...
/te loor"ee on'/, n. an apparatus for showing the manner in which the diurnal rotation and annual revolution of the earth and the obliquity of its axis produce the alternation of ...
/tel"yeuh ruyt'/, n. 1. Chem. a salt of tellurous acid, as sodium tellurite, Na2TeO3. 2. a rare mineral, tellurium dioxide, TeO2. [1790-1800; TELLUR(IUM) or TELLUR(OUS) + ...
/te loor"ee euhm/, n. Chem. a rare, lustrous, brittle, crystalline, silver-white element resembling sulfur in its properties, and usually occurring in nature combined with gold, ...
/tel"yeuh ruyz'/, v.t., tellurized, tellurizing. to mix or cause to combine with tellurium. Also, esp. Brit., tellurise. [TELLUR(IUM) + -IZE] * * *
telluro- or tellur- pref. 1. Earth: tellurian. 2. Tellurium: tellurous.   [From Latin tellūs, tellūr-, earth.] * * *
tel·lu·rom·e·ter (tĕl'yə-rŏmʹĭ-tər) n. A surveying instrument that measures distance by measuring the roundtrip travel time of reflected microwaves. * * *
/tel"yeuhr euhs, te loor"euhs/, adj. Chem. containing tetravalent tellurium. [1835-45; TELLUR(IUM) + -OUS] * * *
tellurous acid
tellurous acid n. a white, crystalline powder, H2TeO3 * * *
/tel"euhs/, n. an ancient Roman goddess of the earth, marriage, and fertility, identified with the Greek goddess Gaea. * * * ▪ Roman goddess also called  Terra Mater, ...
/tel"ee/, n., pl. tellies. Brit. Informal. 1. television. 2. a television receiving set. [1935-40; TEL(EVISION) + -Y2] * * *
tel·net (tĕlʹnĕt') n. 1. often Telnet An Internet communications protocol that enables a computer to function as a terminal working from a remote computer. 2. A program that ...
telo-1 var. of tele-1: telodynamic. telo-2 var. of tele-2: telophase. * * *
/tel'euh sen"trik/, adj. Genetics. of or pertaining to any chromosome or chromatid whose centromere is positioned at its end, creating one chromosome arm. Cf. acentric (def. 2), ...
/tel'oh duy nam"ik, tee'loh-/, adj. pertaining to the transmission of mechanical power over considerable distances, as by means of endless cables on pulleys. [1865-70; TELO-1 + ...
/tel'oh les"euh theuhl, tee'loh-/, adj. Embryol. having an accumulation of yolk near the vegetal pole, as the large-yolked eggs or ova of reptiles and birds. [1875-80; TELO-2 + ...
telome [tē′lōm΄] n. 〚Ger telom < tel- (< Gr telos: see TELO-2) + -om (< ModL -oma, a stem, mass < L -oma: see -OMA)〛 Bot. the terminal branchlet of a primitive vascular ...
/teuh lom"euh rays', -rayz'/, n. an enzyme, active chiefly in tumors and reproductive cells, that causes telomeres to lengthen: facilitates cell division and may account for the ...
/tel"euh mear', tee"leuh-/, n. the segment of DNA that occurs at the ends of chromosomes. [1935-40] * * *
—telophasic, adj. /tel"euh fayz', tee'leuh-/, n. Biol. the final stage of meiosis or mitosis, in which the separated chromosomes reach the opposite poles of the dividing cell ...
See telophase. * * *
/tel"os, tee"los/, n., pl. teloi /tel"oy, tee"loy/. the end term of a goal-directed process; esp., the Aristotelian final cause. [1900-05; < Gk télos; cf. TELE-2] * * *
/tel'euh tak"sis/, n. Biol. orientation or movement, by an organism with sensory receptors, toward or away from a particular source of stimulation. [1935-40; TELO-2 + -TAXIS] * * ...
/tel"feuhr/, n. 1. Also, teleferic. a traveling unit, car, or carrier in a telpherage. adj. 2. of or pertaining to a system of telpherage. v.t. 3. to transport by means of a ...
/tel"feuhr ij/, n. a transportation system in which cars or other carriers are suspended from or run on wire cables or the like, esp. one operated by electricity. Also, ...
—telsonic /tel son"ik/, adj. /tel"seuhn/, n. the last segment, or an appendage of the last segment, of certain arthropods, as the middle flipper of a lobster's tail. [1850-55; ...
/tel"seuhn tayl'/, n. any of several minute, wingless, primitive insects of the order Protura, having a cone-shaped head with sucking and piercing mouthparts and no eyes or ...
/tel"stahr'/, Trademark. 1. one of an early series of privately financed, low-orbit, active communications satellites, the first of which was launched July 10, 1962. 2. one of a ...
/tel"euh gooh'/, n., pl. Telugus, (esp. collectively) Telugu, adj. n. 1. a Dravidian language spoken mainly in Andhra Pradesh state, SE India. 2. a member of the people speaking ...
Telugu language
Dravidian language spoken by more than 66 million people in South India and in immigrant communities elsewhere. It is the official language of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The ...
Telugu literature
      body of writings in Telugu, a Dravidian language spoken in an area north of Madras, India, and running inland to Bellary. The literature, beginning in the 10th or ...
Teluk Intan
▪ Malaysia formerly  Telok Anson         port, northwestern Peninsular (West) Malaysia. It lies on a deltaic peninsula formed by the confluence of the Perak and Bidor ...
/teuh look'beuh toong"/, n. a port on SE Sumatra, in Indonesia. 198,986. * * *
telum figure
or tellem figure Small, devotional image carved from wood or stone, probably used in private ancestor worship in primitive societies. Telum figures are known from northwestern ...
To lift, support, weigh; with derivatives referring to measured weights and thence to money and payment. Oldest form *telə₂-. Derivatives include tolerate, retaliate, ...
To cut. Also temə- (oldest form *temə₂-). I. Form *temə-. Nasalized form *t(e)m-n-ə-. tmesis, tome, -tome, -tomy; anatomy, atom, diatom, dichotomy, entomo-, epitome, from ...
▪ Ghana       city and port, southeastern Ghana. It lies along the Gulf of Guinea (an embayment of the Atlantic Ocean), 18 miles (29 km) east of Accra.       By ...
te·maz·e·pam (tə-măzʹə-păm') n. A benzodiazepine derivative that is primarily used to treat insomnia.   [Perhaps inversion of methyl + oxazepam.] * * *
/tem"bleuhr, -blawr/; Sp. /tem blawrdd"/, n., pl. temblors, Sp. temblores /-blaw"rddes/. a tremor; earthquake. [1895-1900, Amer.; < Sp: lit., a quaking, equiv. to tembl(ar) to ...
Temblor Range
▪ mountains, California, United States       segment of the Coast Ranges (see Pacific mountain system), south-central California, U.S. It extends southeastward for ...
Tembo, Biggie
▪ 1996       (RODWELL MARASHA), Zimbabwean musician who found international popularity in the early 1980s as a member of the Bhundu Boys "jit-jive" dance band (b. Sept. ...
▪ people also spelled  Thembu,         Bantu-speaking people who inhabit the upper reaches of the Mzimvubu River in Eastern province, South Africa. The Tembu speak a ...
▪ Malayan official       in the traditional Malay states, an official who was responsible for maintaining law and order and for commanding the police and army. This ...
/tem"euh neuhs/, n. Class. Myth. 1. a son of Aristomachus who was allotted the city of Argos for his participation in the Heraclidae invasion of Peloponnesus. 2. a son of ...
—temerariously, adv. —temerariousness, n. /tem'euh rair"ee euhs/, adj. reckless; rash. [1525-35; < L temerarius, equiv. to temer(e) blindly, heedlessly + -arius -ARY] * * *
See temerarious. * * *
/teuh mer"i tee/, n. reckless boldness; rashness. [1400-50; late ME temeryte < L temeritas hap, chance, rashness, equiv. to temer(e) by chance, rashly + -itas -ITY] Syn. ...
▪ Malaysia       town, central Peninsular (West) Malaysia, on the Pahang River. The town's residents are primarily engaged in rubber tapping and paddy (rice) farming. ...
/te"mesh vahrdd'/, n. Hungarian name of Timisoara. * * *
/tem"in/, n. Howard M(artin), 1934-94, U.S. virologist: Nobel prize for medicine 1975. * * *
Temin, Howard Martin
▪ 1995       U.S. virologist (Dec. 10, 1934, Philadelphia, Pa.—Feb. 9, 1994, Madison, Wis.), won the 1975 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (with Renato Dulbecco ...
Temin,Howard Martin
Tem·in (tĕmʹĭn), Howard Martin. 1934-1994. American oncologist. He shared a 1975 Nobel Prize for research on the interaction of tumor viruses and genetic material. * * *
/tay'mear tow"/; Russ. /tyi myirdd tah"ooh/, n. a city in E central Kazakhstan, NW of Karaganda. 228,000. * * * ▪ Kazakstan Kazak  Temirtaū        city, ...
Temiskaming Shores
▪ Ontario, Canada formerly  New Liskeard        city, Timiskaming district, eastern Ontario, Canada, at the northern end of Lake Timiskaming (an expansion of the ...
Temminck's cat
      Asian mammal of the cat family, a species of golden cat (q.v.). * * *
/tem"nee/, n., pl. Temnes, (esp. collectively) Temne for 1. 1. a member of a people living mainly in Sierra Leone. 2. the West Atlantic language of the Temne people. * * * ▪ ...
▪ New South Wales, Australia       town, south-central New South Wales, Australia. It lies in the Western Slopes district of the fertile Riverina. Founded in 1879 ...
/temp/, n. Informal. 1. temporary (def. 2). v.i. 2. Informal. to work as a temporary. [1930-35; by shortening] * * *
1. temperature. 2. temporary. 3. in the time of. [ < L tempore] * * *
/tem"pee/, n. 1. Vale of, a valley in E Greece, in Thessaly, between Mounts Olympus and Ossa. 2. a city in central Arizona, near Phoenix. 106,743. * * * City (pop., 2000: ...
Tempe, Vale of
Greek Témbi Narrow valley between Mount Olympus and Mount Ossa, northeastern Thessaly, Greece. The Pinios River flows through the 6-mi (10-km) valley before emptying into the ...
Tempe,Vale of
Tempe, Vale of A valley of northeast Greece between Mount Olympus and Mount Ossa. Strategically important in ancient times, it is noted for its rugged scenery. * * *
/tem"pay/, n. Indonesian Cookery. a fermented soybean cake. [1960-65; < Javanese témpé] * * *
/tem"peuhl hohf'/, n. a district of S West Berlin: international airport. * * * ▪ area, Berlin, Germany       area of Berlin, Germany. It is the site of an airport ...
—temperable, adj. —temperability, n. —temperer, n. /tem"peuhr/, n. 1. a particular state of mind or feelings. 2. habit of mind, esp. with respect to irritability or ...
temper color
Metall. any of the colors appearing on the surface of clean, unoxidized steel heated in air, from pale yellow at the coolest to dark blue at the hottest: used as an approximate ...
temper tantrum
tantrum. [1925-30] * * *
/tem"peuhr euh/, n. 1. a technique of painting in which an emulsion consisting of water and pure egg yolk or a mixture of egg and oil is used as a binder or medium, characterized ...
tempera painting
Painting executed with ground pigment mixed with a water-soluble material, such as egg yolk, gum, or wax. The special ground for tempera painting is a rigid wood panel coated ...
See temper. * * *
See temperability. * * *
/tem"peuhr euh meuhnt, -preuh meuhnt, -peuhr meuhnt/, n. 1. the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition. 2. unusual personal ...
—temperamentally, adv. /tem'peuhr euh men"tl, -preuh men"-, -peuhr men"-/, adj. 1. having or exhibiting a strongly marked, individual temperament. 2. moody, irritable, or ...
See temperamental. * * *
/tem"peuhr euhns, tem"preuhns/, n. 1. moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control. 2. habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or ...
temperance movement
a movement involving organized campaigns by various groups in the US, Britain and some other countries in the 19th century to persuade people to drink little or no alcohol. ...
—temperately, adv. —temperateness, n. /tem"peuhr it, tem"prit/, adj. 1. moderate or self-restrained; not extreme in opinion, statement, etc.: a temperate response to an ...
temperate forest
▪ ecology Introduction  vegetation type with a more or less continuous canopy of broad-leaved trees. Such forests occur between approximately 25° and 50° latitude in both ...
Temperate Zone
Geog. the part of the earth's surface lying between the tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle in the Northern Hemisphere or between the tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic ...
See temperate. * * *
See temperately. * * *
Tem·per·ate Zone (tĕmʹpər-ĭt, tĕmʹprĭt) Either of two intermediate latitude zones of the earth, the North Temperate Zone, between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of ...
/tem"peuhr euh cheuhr, -choor', -preuh-, -peuhr cheuhr, -choor'/, n. 1. a measure of the warmth or coldness of an object or substance with reference to some standard value. The ...
temperature gradient
Meteorol. rate of change of temperature with distance. * * *
temperature inversion
Meteorol. inversion (def. 12). [1940-45] * * * In meteorology, an increase of air temperature with altitude. Such an increase is a reversal of the normal temperature condition ...
temperature spot
Physiol. a sensory area in the skin that selectively responds to increased or decreased temperature; a warm spot or a cold spot. * * *
temperature stress
▪ physiology       physiological stress induced by excessive heat or cold that can impair functioning and cause injury or death. Exposure to intense heat increases body ...
temperature-humidity index
/tem"peuhr euh cheuhr hyooh mid"i tee/ or, often, /-yooh-, -preuh-, -peuhr cheuhr-, -choor'/ a number representing an estimate of the effect of temperature and moisture on ...
temperature gradient n. The rate of change of temperature with displacement in a given direction from a given reference point. * * *
temperature–humidity index
▪ meteorological measurement       combination of temperature and humidity that is a measure of the degree of discomfort experienced by an individual in warm weather; it ...
/tem"peuhrd/, adj. 1. having a temper or disposition of a specified character (usually used in combination): a good-tempered child. 2. Music. tuned in accordance with some other ...
See temperability. * * *
Heat-treating of metal alloys, particularly steel, to reduce brittleness and restore ductility. In tempering, steel is slowly heated to a temperature between 300 and 1,300 °F ...
/tem"pist/, n. 1. a violent windstorm, esp. one with rain, hail, or snow. 2. a violent commotion, disturbance, or tumult. 3. tempest in a teacup. See teacup (def. 3). v.t. 4. to ...
Tempest, Dame Marie
orig. Marie Susan Etherington born July 15, 1864, London, Eng. died Oct. 15, 1942, London British actress. She began her career as an operetta singer, winning acclaim for her ...
Tempest, The
a comedy (1611) by Shakespeare. * * * ▪ work by Shakespeare       drama in five acts by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William), first written and performed about ...
/tem"pist tawst", -tost"/, adj. buffeted about, as by adversities. Also, tempest-tost. [1585-95] * * *
—tempestuously, adv. —tempestuousness, n. /tem pes"chooh euhs/, adj. 1. characterized by or subject to tempests: the tempestuous ocean. 2. of the nature of or resembling a ...
See tempestuous. * * *
See tempestuously. * * *
/tem"pee/, n. a pl. of tempo. * * *
Small monument built in 1502 to mark the crucifixion spot of St. Peter in Rome. Designed by Donato Bramante, it is a circular, domed, unadorned masterpiece of High Renaissance ...
Tempio Malatestiano
▪ chapel, Rimini, Italy English  Malatesta Chapel        burial chapel in Rimini, Italy, for Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (Malatesta, Sigismondo Pandolfo), the lord ...
/tem"pleuhr/, n. 1. a member of a religious military order founded by Crusaders in Jerusalem about 1118, and suppressed in 1312. 2. a barrister or other person occupying chambers ...
/tem"plit/, n. 1. a pattern, mold, or the like, usually consisting of a thin plate of wood or metal, serving as a gauge or guide in mechanical work. 2. anything that determines ...
temple1 —templed, adj. —templelike, adj. /tem"peuhl/, n. 1. an edifice or place dedicated to the service or worship of a deity or deities. 2. (usually cap.) any of the three ...
/tem"peuhl/, n. 1. Shirley (Shirley Temple Black), born 1928, U.S. film actress, famous for child roles during the 1930s, and diplomat. 2. Sir William, 1628-99, English essayist ...
Temple Bar
Temple Bar n. a former London gateway before the Temple buildings: the heads of executed traitors and criminals were exhibited on it: see TEMPLE1 (sense 4) * * *
Temple City
a town in SW California, near Los Angeles. 28,972. * * *
Temple of Artemis
the temple at Ephesus dedicated to Artemis. Cf. Seven Wonders of the World. * * *
Temple of Heaven
Large religious complex in the old outer city of Beijing, considered the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture. Its layout symbolizes the belief that heaven is ...
temple orange
a hybrid fruit, Citrus nobilis, that is a cross between the sweet orange and the tangerine. Also called tangor. * * *
Temple Terrace
a town in W Florida. 11,097. * * *
Temple University
▪ university, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. It is a ...
Temple, Frederick
▪ archbishop of Canterbury born Nov. 30, 1821, Levkás, Greece died Dec. 23, 1902, London       archbishop of Canterbury and educational reformer who was sometimes ...
Temple, Le
▪ prison, Paris, France       in Paris, originally a fortified monastery of the Templars and later a royal prison. It was built in the 12th century northeast of the ...
Temple, Richard Grenville-Temple, 1st Earl, Viscount Cobham, Baron Cobham
▪ British statesman original name  Richard Grenville   born Sept. 26, 1711, London, Eng. died Sept. 12, 1779, Stowe, near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire       English ...
Temple, Shirley
later Shirley Temple Black born April 23, 1928, Santa Monica, Calif., U.S. U.S. child actress. She was selected from her dancing class for a screen test and made her debut at ...
Temple, Sir William
born April 25, 1628, London, Eng. died Jan. 27, 1699, Moor Park, Surrey British statesman. As ambassador to The Hague (1668–70, 1674–79), he formulated England's pro-Dutch ...
Temple, Sir William, Baronet
▪ English statesman born April 25, 1628, London, Eng. died Jan. 27, 1699, Moor Park, Surrey, Eng.  English statesman and diplomat who formulated the pro-Dutch foreign policy ...
Temple, The
▪ courthouse, London, United Kingdom  in London, series of buildings associated with the legal profession. The Temple lies between Fleet Street and the Embankment in the ...
Temple, William
▪ archbishop of Canterbury born Oct. 15, 1881, Exeter, Devonshire, Eng. died Oct. 26, 1944, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent  archbishop of Canterbury who was a leader in the ecumenical ...
Temple, Shirley. See Black, Shirley Temple. * * *
/tem"plit/, n. template. [1670-80; perh. < F, dim. of temple TEMPLE3 (see -ET), but semantic link is unclear] * * *
Templeton, Fay
▪ American singer and actress born Dec. 25, 1865, Little Rock, Ark., U.S. died Oct. 3, 1939, San Francisco, Calif.  American singer and actress who enjoyed popularity in a ...
Templeton, Sir John Marks
▪ 2009       American-born British investor, mutual fund manager, and philanthropist born Nov. 29, 1912, Winchester, Tenn. died July 8, 2008, Nassau, Bahamas was noted ...
temple tree n. See frangipani. * * *
/tem"poh/, n., pl. tempos, tempi /-pee/. 1. Music. relative rapidity or rate of movement, usually indicated by such terms as adagio, allegro, etc., or by reference to the ...
Tempō reforms
▪ Japanese history       (1841–43), unsuccessful attempt by the Tokugawa shogunate (1603–1868) to restore the feudal agricultural society that prevailed in Japan at ...
Tempo, Il
▪ Italian newspaper       (Italian: “The Times”), morning daily newspaper published in Rome, one of Italy's outstanding newspapers and one with broad appeal and ...
tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis
/tem"paw rddah' mooh tahn"toordd, nohs et mooh tah"moordd in il"lees/; Eng. /tem"peuhr euh myooh tan"teuhr, nohs et myooh tay"meuhr in il"is/, Latin. the times change and we ...
temporal1 —temporally, adv. —temporalness, n. /tem"peuhr euhl, tem"preuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to time. 2. pertaining to or concerned with the present life or this ...
temporal bone
Anat., Zool. either of a pair of thick compound bones forming the part of the skull that encases the inner ear. See diag. under skull. [1765-75] * * *
temporal hour
Horol. a unit of time used in the Roman and Ottoman empires that divided the daylight into an equal number of hours, resulting in long summer hours and short winter ...
temporal lobe
Anat., Zool. the lateral lobe of each cerebral hemisphere, in front of the occipital lobe. [1890-95] * * *
temporal summation.
See under summation. [1945-50] * * *
temporal-lobe epilepsy
/tem"peuhr euhl lohb'/, Pathol. a type of seizure disorder produced by abnormal electric discharges in the temporal lobe of the brain, characterized by the occurrence of any of a ...
temporal bone n. Either of a pair of compound bones forming the sides and base of the skull. * * *
/tem'peuh ral"i tee/, n., pl. temporalities. 1. temporal character or nature; temporariness. 2. something temporal. 3. Usually, temporalities. a worldly or secular possession, ...
/tem"peuhr euh luyz', tem"preuh-/, v.t., temporalized, temporalizing. 1. to make temporal in time; place in time. 2. to make concerned with the present life; secularize. Also, ...
temporal lobe n. The lower lateral lobe of either cerebral hemisphere, located in front of the occipital lobe and containing the sensory center of hearing in the brain. * * *
See temporal1. * * *
See temporary. * * *
See temporarily. * * *
—temporarily /tem'peuh rair"euh lee, tem"peuh rer'-/, adv. —temporariness, n. /tem"peuh rer'ee/, adj., n., pl. temporaries. adj. 1. lasting, existing, serving, or effective ...
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
(abbr TANF) a US government programme that provides financial help for poor families with children. It is run by the US Department of Health and Human Services, and each state ...
temporary duty
duty of limited duration performed with an organization other than the one to which a person is normally attached or assigned. Abbr.: TDY [1940-45] * * *
temporary life annuity
Insurance. an annuity that ceases upon the death of the annuitant or upon the expiration of a period of time, whichever occurs first. * * *
See temporize. * * *
—temporization, n. —temporizer, n. —temporizingly, adv. /tem"peuh ruyz'/, v.i., temporized, temporizing. 1. to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting. 2. to ...
See temporization. * * *

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