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/terrp sik"euh ree'/, n. 1. Class. Myth. the Muse of dancing and choral song. 2. (l.c.) choreography; the art of dancing. [ < L Terpsichore < Gk Terpsichóre, n. use of fem. of ...
/terrp'si keuh ree"euhn, terrp'si kawr"ee euhn, -kohr"-/, adj. 1. pertaining to dancing. 2. (cap.) of or pertaining to Terpsichore. n. 3. a dancer. [TERPSICHORE + -AN] * * *
terr abbrev. 1. terrace 2. territory * * *
1. terrace. 2. territorial. 3. territory. * * *
/ter"euh/, n. earth; land. [1605-15; < L] * * *
terra alba
/al"beuh, awl"-/ any of various white, earthy or powdery substances, as pipe clay, gypsum, kaolin, or magnesia. [1870-75; < L: white earth] * * *
terra cotta
/kot"euh/ 1. a hard, fired clay, brownish-red in color when unglazed, that is used for architectural ornaments and facings, structural units, pottery, and as a material for ...
terra firma
/ferr"meuh/ firm or solid earth; dry land (as opposed to water or air). [1595-1605; < L] * * *
terra incognita
/ter"euh in kog"ni teuh, in'kog nee"-/; Lat. /terdd"rddah in kawg"ni tah/. an unknown or unexplored land, region, or subject. * * *
Terra Mater
/ter"euh may"teuhr/, Rom. Religion. Tellus. * * *
terra sigillata
/sig'euh lah"teuh, sij'euh lay"teuh/ 1. See Arretine ware. 2. See Samian ware. [ < NL or It, explained as "earth (i.e., earthenware) with incised decoration" (see TERRA COTTA, ...
terra sigillata ware
▪ Roman pottery       bright-red, polished pottery used throughout the Roman Empire from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD. The term means literally ware made of ...
terra verde
/ter"euh ver"day/; It. /terdd"rddah verdd"de/. See green earth. [1895-1900; < It] * * *
/ter"euh kot"euh/, adj. made of or having the color of terra cotta. [1865-70] * * * (Italian; "baked earth") Fairly coarse, porous clay that, when fired, assumes a colour ...
terra al·ba (ălʹbə, ôlʹbə) n. 1. Finely pulverized gypsum used in making paper and paints and as a nutrient for growing yeast. 2. Kaolin.   [New Latin : Latin terra, ...
—terraceless, adj. /ter"euhs/, n., v., terraced, terracing. n. 1. a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, esp. one of a ...
terrace cultivation
▪ agriculture       method of growing crops on sides of hills or mountains by planting on graduated terraces built into the slope. Though labour-intensive, the method ...
terrace, marine
      a rock terrace formed where a sea cliff, with a wave-cut platform (q.v.) before it, is raised above sea level. * * *
➡ football – British style * * *
/ter"euh klawr', -klohr'/, n. Chem. pentachloronitrobenzene. [perh. < L terra earth (as in TERRAMYCIN) + CHLOR-2] * * *
▪ Italy Latin  Tarracina        town and episcopal see, Lazio (Latium) region, south central Italy, on the Golfo (gulf) di Gaeta (an inlet of the Tyrrhenian Sea) at ...
/ter"euh sing/, n. 1. something formed as a terrace. 2. a system of terraces. 3. the act or process of making terraces. [1780-90; TERRACE + -ING1] * * *
ter·ra cot·ta or ter·ra·cot·ta or ter·ra-cot·ta (tĕrʹə-kŏtʹə) n. 1. a. A hard semifired waterproof ceramic clay used in pottery and building construction. b. ...
ter·rae (tĕrʹē) n. Plural of terra. * * *
terra fir·ma (fûrʹmə) n. Solid ground; dry land.   [New Latin : Latin terra, earth + Latin firma, feminine of firmus, solid.] * * *
/ter"euh fawrm'/, v.t. to alter the environment of (a celestial body) in order to make capable of supporting terrestrial life forms. [1975-80; TERRA + FORM; perh. taken as v. use ...
/teuh rayn"/, n. 1. a tract of land, esp. as considered with reference to its natural features, military advantages, etc. 2. Geol. terrane. [1720-30; < F
terra in·cog·ni·ta (ĭn'kŏg-nēʹtə, -kŏgʹnĭ-tə) n. pl. terrae in·cog·ni·tae (ĭn'kŏg-nēʹtē, -kŏgʹnĭ-tē') 1. An unknown land; an unexplored region: “a vast ...
/ter'euh mahr"euh/, n., pl. terramare /-mahr"ee/. a lake dwelling or settlement of lake dwellings, esp. those whose remains survive in mounds in the Po valley of N ...
/ter'euh muy"sin/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of oxytetracycline. * * *
/teuh rayn", ter"ayn/, n. Geol. any rock formation or series of formations or the area in which a particular formation or group of rocks is predominant. Also, terrain. [1815-25; ...
/ter"euh pin/, n. 1. any of several edible North American turtles of the family Emydidae, inhabiting fresh or brackish waters, esp. the diamondback terrapin: some are threatened ...
/ter ay"kwee euhs, -ak"wee-/, adj. consisting of land and water, as the earth. [1650-60; TERR(A) + AQUEOUS] * * *
/teuh rair"ee euhm/, n., pl. terrariums, terraria /-rair"ee euh/. 1. a vivarium for land animals (distinguished from aquarium). 2. a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, ...
▪ Spain Spanish  Tarrasa        city, Barcelona provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. ...
Terray, Joseph-Marie
▪ French minister born December 1715, Boën, Fr. died Feb. 18, 1778, Paris       French controller general of finances during the last four years of the reign of King ...
/teuh raz"oh, -rah"zoh, -rah"tsoh/; It. /terdd rddaht"tsaw/, n. a mosaic flooring or paving composed of chips of broken stone, usually marble, and cement, polished when in ...
Terre Haute
/ter"euh hoht", hut", hawt"/ a city in W Indiana, on the Wabash River. 61,125. * * * ▪ Indiana, United States       city, seat (1818) of Vigo county, western Indiana, ...
terre verte
/ter" vert'/ 1. a grayish-green color. 2. See green earth. [1650-60; < F: lit., green earth] * * *
terre-verte [ter′vert΄] n. 〚Fr < terre (< L terra,TERRA) + verte, green (see VERT1)〛 any of several green earths or clays containing iron silicates used as a green pigment ...
Fr. /terdd bawn"/, n. a town in S Quebec, in E Canada, near Montreal. 11,769. * * *
Ter·re Haute (tĕr'ə hōtʹ, hŭtʹ, hôtʹ) A city of western Indiana on the Wabash River west-southwest of Indianapolis. It was founded as Fort Harrison in 1811. ...
/ter"euhl/, n. a city in NE Texas. 13,225. * * *
Terrell, Mary Eliza Church
▪ American social activist née  Mary Eliza Church  born Sept. 23, 1863, Memphis, Tenn., U.S. died July 24, 1954, Annapolis, Md.  American social activist who was cofounder ...
/ter"euhns/, n. a male given name. * * *
Terrence Higgins Trust
a British charity whose activities are concerned with the disease AIDS. It was established in 1982, when the first cases of AIDS were beginning to appear in Britain, and took its ...
—terrenely, adv. /te reen", teuh-, ter"een/, adj. 1. earthly; worldly. 2. earthy. n. 3. the earth. 4. a land or region. [1300-50; ME < L terrenus pertaining to earth. See ...
/ter"playn', ter"euh-/, n. Fort. the top platform or horizontal surface of a rampart where guns are mounted. [1585-95; < F < It terrapieno, deriv. of terrapienare to fill with ...
—terrestrially, adv. /teuh res"tree euhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to, consisting of, or representing the earth as distinct from other planets. 2. of or pertaining to land as ...
terrestrial globe.
See under globe (def. 3). [1550-60] * * *
terrestrial locomotion
▪ behaviour       any of several forms of animal movement such as walking and running, jumping (saltation), and crawling. Walking and running, in which the body is ...
terrestrial planet.
Astron. See inner planet. [1885-90] * * *
terrestrial telescope
a refracting telescope having inverting lenses or an eyepiece that presents an erect image. [1805-15] * * *
See terrestrial. * * *
See terrestrially. * * *
terrestrial planet n. Any of the four planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, or Mars, that are nearest the sun and have similar size and density. * * *
terrestrial radiation n. Electromagnetic radiation originating from Earth and its atmosphere. * * *
/ter"it/, n. one of the round loops or rings on the saddle of a harness, through which the driving reins pass. See illus. under harness. [1480-90; earlier teret, unexplained var. ...
/ter"ee/, n. a female given name, form of Theresa. * * *
—terribleness, n. /ter"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. distressing; severe: a terrible winter. 2. extremely bad; horrible: terrible coffee; a terrible movie. 3. exciting terror, awe, or ...
See terrible. * * *
/ter"euh blee/, adv. 1. in a terrible manner. 2. Informal. extremely; very: It's terribly late. I'm terribly sorry. [1520-30; TERRIBLE + -LY] * * *
/te rik"euh leuhs/, adj. Biol. living on or in the ground. [1825-35; < L terri- (comb. form of terra earth) + -COLOUS] * * *
terrier1 /ter"ee euhr/, n. 1. any of several breeds of usually small dogs, used originally to pursue game and drive it out of its hole or burrow. 2. (cap.) U.S. Mil. a ...
➡ Territorial Army * * *
—terrifically, adv. /teuh rif"ik/, adj. 1. extraordinarily great or intense: terrific speed. 2. extremely good; wonderful: a terrific vacation. 3. causing terror; ...
See terrific. * * *
—terrifier, n. —terrifyingly, adv. /ter"euh fuy'/, v.t., terrified, terrifying. to fill with terror or alarm; make greatly afraid. [1565-75; < L terrificare, equiv. to ...
/te rij"euh neuhs/, adj. 1. produced by the earth. 2. Geol. noting or pertaining to sediments on the sea bottom derived directly from the neighboring land, or to the rocks formed ...
/teuh reen"/, n. 1. a casserole dish made of pottery. 2. a paté or similar dish of chopped meat, game, fish, or vegetables baked in such a dish and served cold. 3. a ...
Terriss, William
▪ British actor original name William Charles James Lewin born Feb. 20, 1847, London died Dec. 16, 1897, London  one of England's leading actors of the later Victorian ...
—territorially, adv. /ter'i tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to territory or land. 2. of, pertaining to, associated with, or restricted to a particular ...
Territorial Army
(abbr the TA) (also infml Terriers) a British military force of part-time voluntary soldiers who are trained to join with the professional British Army to defend the country in ...
territorial behaviour
In zoology, the actions by which an animal, or group of animals, protects its territory from incursions by others of its species. Territorial boundaries may be marked by sounds ...
territorial court
a court established in U.S. territories that is empowered to hear local and federal cases. [1855-60] * * *
territorial waters
the waters of a littoral state that are regarded as under the jurisdiction of the state: traditionally those waters within three miles (4.8 km) of the shore, but in the 20th ...
—territorialist, n. /ter'i tawr"ee euh liz'euhm, -tohr"-/, n. 1. a principle or system that gives predominance to the landed classes. 2. Also called territorial system. a ...
See territorialism. * * *
/ter'i tawr'ee al"i tee, -tohr'-/, n. 1. territorial quality, condition, or status. 2. the behavior of an animal in defining and defending its territory. 3. attachment to or ...
See territorialize. * * *
—territorialization, n. /ter'i tawr"ee euh luyz', -tohr"-/, v.t., territorialized, territorializing. 1. to extend by adding new territory. 2. to reduce to the status of a ...
See territorial. * * *
territorial waters pl.n. Inland and coastal waters under the jurisdiction of a nation or state, especially the ocean waters within 3 or 12 miles (4.8 or 19.3 kilometers) of the ...
/ter"i tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, n., pl. territories. 1. any tract of land; region or district. 2. the land and waters belonging to or under the jurisdiction of a state, sovereign, ...
territory wool
the wool of sheep raised west of the Mississippi River, esp. in Washington and the Rocky Mountain States. Also called modock wool, range wool, western wool. Cf. bright ...
—terrorful, adj. —terrorless, adj. /ter"euhr/, n. 1. intense, sharp, overmastering fear: to be frantic with terror. 2. an instance or cause of intense fear or anxiety; ...
Terror in Mumbai
▪ 2009 by Dr. Shanthie Mariet D'Souza       Beginning on the evening of Nov. 26, 2008, multiple terrorist attacks in Mumbai (Bombay), India's financial epicentre and ...
Terror, Reign of
▪ French history also called  The Terror,  French  La Terreur        the period of the French Revolution from Sept. 5, 1793, to July 27, 1794 (9 Thermidor, year ...
/ter"euhr strik'euhn/, adj. overwhelmed by terror; terrified. Also, terror-struck /ter"euhr struk'/. [1835-45] * * *
/ter"euh riz'euhm/, n. 1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes. 2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or ...
Terrorism Act
a law introduced in Britain in 2000 which made certain groups illegal, gave the police extra powers to investigate terrorists and created some new criminal offences related to ...
—terroristic, adj. /ter"euhr ist/, n. 1. a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism. 2. a person who terrorizes or frightens others. 3. (formerly) a ...
See terrorist. * * *
See terrorize. * * *
—terrorization, n. —terrorizer, n. /ter"euh ruyz'/, v.t., terrorized, terrorizing. 1. to fill or overcome with terror. 2. to dominate or coerce by intimidation. 3. to produce ...
See terrorization. * * *
/ter"ee/, n., pl. terries, adj. n. 1. the loop formed by the pile of a fabric when left uncut. 2. Also called terry cloth. a pile fabric, usually of cotton, with loops on both ...
/ter"ee/, n. 1. Ellen (Alicia or Alice), 1848?-1928, English actress. 2. a male given name, form of Terrence or Theodore. 3. a female given name, form of Theresa. * * * (as used ...
Terry Pratchett
➡ Pratchett * * *
Terry Wogan
➡ Wogan * * *
Terry, (Alice) Ellen
born Feb. 27, 1847, Coventry, Warwickshire, Eng. died July 21, 1928, Small Hythe, Kent English actress. Born into a family of actors, she made her stage debut at age nine. She ...
Terry, Eli
born April 13, 1772, East Windsor, Conn. died Feb. 26, 1852, Plymouth, Conn., U.S. U.S. clockmaker. He made a specialty of one-day wooden shelf clocks, especially his ...
Terry, Ellen
▪ British actress born Feb. 27, 1847, Coventry, Warwickshire, Eng. died July 21, 1928, Small Hythe, Kent       English actress who became one of the most popular stage ...
Terry, Lucy
▪ American poet and activist married name  Lucy Prince , also called  Bijah's (Abijah's) Luce , or  Luce (Lucy) Abijah  born 1730, West Africa died 1821, Vermont, ...
Terry, Samuel
▪ Australian landowner born 1776?, England died Feb. 22, 1838, New South Wales, Australia       pioneer Australian landowner and merchant, known as “the Rothschild of ...
Terry, Sonny
▪ American musician original name Saunders Terrell born Oct. 24, 1911, Greensboro, Ga., U.S. died March 11, 1986, Mineola, N.Y.  American blues singer and harmonica player ...
Ter·ry (tĕrʹē), Clark. Known as “Mumbles.” Born 1920. American jazz trumpeter and vocalist who was noted for his muted trumpet style and his mumbled scat singing. * * *
Terry,Dame Ellen Alice
Terry, Dame Ellen Alice or Alicia 1847-1928. British actress. The preeminent English-speaking actress of her day, she was known for her Shakespearean roles and her correspondence ...
Terry, Megan. Originally Marguerite Duffy. Born 1932. American playwright and feminist. A leader in American experimental theater, she is best known for her anti-war musical Viet ...
Terry, William. Known as “Bill.” 1898-1989. American baseball player. During his career with the New York Giants (1924-1941), he batted.310 or better in 11 seasons, ...
▪ British actor byname of  Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens   born July 14, 1911, London, Eng. died Jan. 8, 1990, Godalming, Surrey       thickly mustachioed, gap-toothed ...
To dry. Derivatives include thirst, terrain, toast1, and torrent. 1. Suffixed zero-grade form *tr̥s-. a. thirst, from Old English thurst, dryness, thirst, from Germanic suffixed ...
/terr sangk"teuhs, ter-/, n. Sanctus (def. 1). [ < NL: lit., thrice holy (trans. of LGk triságios), equiv. to L ter thrice + sanctus holy; see SAINT] * * *
—tersely, adv. —terseness, n. /terrs/, adj. terser, tersest. 1. neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language. 2. abruptly concise; curt; brusque. [1595-1605; < ...
See terse. * * *
See tersely. * * *
/terr"sheuhl/, Ornith. adj. 1. pertaining to any of a set of flight feathers situated on the basal segment of a bird's wing. n. 2. a tertial feather. [1830-40; < L terti(us) ...
/terr"sheuhn/, adj. 1. Pathol. (of a malarial fever, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every other day. n. 2. Pathol. a tertian fever. 3. a Jesuit during the period of ...
/terr"sheuhn ship'/, n. (in the Jesuit order) a period of strict discipline before the taking of final vows, beginning one or two years after ordination. [1850-55; TERTIAN + ...
/terr"shee er'ee, terr"sheuh ree/, adj., n., pl. tertiaries. adj. 1. of the third order, rank, stage, formation, etc.; third. 2. Chem. a. noting or containing a carbon atom ...
tertiary care
Med. the aspect of in-patient care dealing with illnesses or conditions requiring specialized techniques, as coronary artery bypass surgery, renal hemodialysis, and treatment of ...
tertiary color
a color, as brown, produced by mixing two secondary colors. [1860-65] * * *
Tertiary Period
Interval of geologic time, 65–1. 8 million years ago. It constitutes the first of the two periods of the Cenozoic Era, the second being the Quaternary. The Tertiary has five ...
tertiary syphilis
Pathol. the third stage of syphilis, characterized by involvement of the internal organs, esp. the brain, spinal cord, heart, and liver. [1870-75] * * *
tertiary color n. 1. A color resulting from the mixture of two secondary colors. 2. A color resulting from the equal mixture of a primary color with either of the secondary ...
tertiary consumer n. An animal that feeds on secondary consumers in a food chain. * * *
tertiary structure n. The three-dimensional structure of a protein or nucleic acid. * * *
tertiary syphilis n. The final stage of syphilis, following a latent period that may last years, characterized by spread of the disease to many organs and tissues, including the ...
tertium quid
/terr"shee euhm kwid"/; Lat. /terdd"ti oom' kwid"/ something related in some way to two things, but distinct from both; something intermediate between two things. [1715-25; < L, ...
ter·ti·um quid (tûrʹshē-əm kwĭdʹ, tĕrʹtē-o͝om') n. 1. Something that cannot be classified into either of two groups considered exhaustive; an intermediate thing or ...
▪ Spanish society       a type of Spanish literary salon that was popular in Spain from at least the 17th century and that eventually replaced the more formal academies. ...
/teuhr tul"ee euhn, -tul"yeuhn/, n. (Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus) A.D. c160-c230, Carthaginian theologian. * * * born с 155/160, Carthage died after 220, ...
▪ Spain       town, capital of Teruel provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Aragon, northeastern Spain. Located at the confluence ...
—tervalence, tervalency, n. /terr vay"leuhnt/, adj. Chem. 1. trivalent. 2. possessing three different valences, as cobalt with valences 2, 3, and 4. [1900-05; TER- + VALENT] * ...
/ter"euh leen'/, Brit. Trademark. Dacron. * * *
terza rima
/tert"seuh ree"meuh/; It. /terdd"tsah rddee"mah/, Pros. an Italian form of iambic verse consisting of eleven-syllable lines arranged in tercets, the middle line of each tercet ...
Terzaghi, Karl
▪ American engineer born Oct. 2, 1883, Prague died Oct. 25, 1963, Winchester, Mass., U.S.       civil engineer who founded the branch of civil engineering science known ...
ter·za ri·ma (tĕrʹtsə rēʹmə) n. pl. ter·ze ri·me (tĕrʹtsĕ rēʹmĕ) A verse form of Italian origin consisting of tercets of 10 or 11 syllables with the middle line ...
I. terə-1 To rub, turn; with some derivatives referring to twisting, boring, drilling, and piercing; and others referring to the rubbing of cereal grain to remove the husks, and ...
➡ Times Educational Supplement. * * *
Former eastern European duchy. It was originally a principality linked to the Polish duchy of Silesia, and passed in 1526 to the Habsburgs. Though most of Silesia was seized by ...
/tesh"euh nuyt'/, n. a coarse-grained igneous rock consisting of plagioclase, olivine, and augite. [1865-70; Teschen (German name of Czech Tešín, town in Czechoslovakia) + ...
Teschner, Richard
▪ Austrian puppeteer born March 22, 1879, Carlsbad, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary died July 4, 1948, Vienna  puppeteer who developed the artistic potentialities of the Javanese ...
(also Tesco’s) one of Britain’s largest chains of supermarkets. It was started by Jack Cohen (1898–1979), a Jewish immigrant who started selling tea in a market in the East ...
➡ Tesco * * *
Teshigahara, Hiroshi
▪ 2002       Japanese film director and flower arranger (b. Jan. 28, 1927, Tokyo, Japan—d. April 14, 2001, Tokyo), was a leading avant-garde film director who achieved ...
▪ mountains, Japan also called  Teshio-sanchi (Japanese: Teshio Range, or Teshio Mountain Country)        range, northwestern Hokkaido, Japan, extending southward for ...
▪ Hurrian deity       in the religions of Asia Minor, the Hurrian weather god, assimilated by the Hittites to their own weather god, Tarhun (q.v.). Several myths about ...
Tesich, Steve
▪ 1997       (STOYAN TESICH), U.S. screenwriter and playwright who won an Academy Award for Breaking Away and also scripted such films as Eyewitness and The World ...
teaching English as a second language. Cf. ESL. * * *
/tes"leuh/, n. a unit of magnetic induction equal to one weber per square meter. Abbr.: T [named after N. TESLA] * * * ▪ unit of energy measurement       unit of ...
/tes"leuh/, n. Nikola /nik"oh leuh/, 1856-1943, U.S. physicist, electrical engineer, and inventor, born in Croatia. * * * ▪ unit of energy measurement       unit of ...
Tesla coil
Elect. an air-core transformer used to produce high voltages of high-frequency alternating currents. Also called Tesla transformer. [1900-05; named after its inventor, N. ...
Tesla, Nikola
born July 9/10, 1856, Smiljan, Lika, Austria-Hungary died Jan. 7, 1943, New York, N.Y., U.S. Serbian U.S. inventor and researcher. He studied in Austria and Bohemia and worked ...
Tes·la (tĕsʹlə), Nikola. 1856-1943. Serbian-born American electrical engineer and physicist who discovered the principles of alternating current (1881) and invented numerous ...
tesla coil n. An air-core transformer that is used as a source of high-frequency power, as for x-ray tubes.   [After Tesla, Nikola.] * * *
▪ people also called  Iteso         people of central Uganda and Kenya who speak Teso (Ateso), an Eastern Sudanic (Eastern Sudanic languages) (Nilotic (Nilotic ...
/tee"sawl, tes"euhl/, n. 1. teaching English to speakers of other languages. Cf. ESOL. 2. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. * * *
/tes/, n. a female given name, form of Theresa. Also, Tessa /tes"euh/. * * *
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
/derr"beuhr vilz'/ a novel (1891) by Thomas Hardy. * * *
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
a novel (1891) by Thomas Hardy. It tells the sad story of a young woman, Tess, and the troubles she has in her relationships with two men. She marries one and kills the other, ...
/tes"euh layt'/, v.t., tesselated, tesselating, adj. tessellate. * * *
v. /tes"euh layt'/; adj. /tes"euh lit, -layt'/, v., tessellated, tessellating, adj. v.t. 1. to form of small squares or blocks, as floors or pavements; form or arrange in a ...
/tes"euh lay'tid/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or like a mosaic. 2. arranged in or having the appearance of a mosaic; checkered. Also, tesselated. [1685-95; TESSELLATE + -ED2] * * ...
tessellated pavement
also called  Floor Mosaic, or Mosaic Pavement,        interior or exterior floor covering composed of stone tesserae (Latin: “dice”), cubes, or other regular shapes ...
/tes'euh lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the art or practice of tessellating. 2. tessellated form or arrangement. 3. tessellated work. Also, tesselation. [1650-60; TESSELLATE (V.) + -ION] * * ...
/tes"euhr euh/, n., pl. tesserae /tes"euh ree'/. 1. one of the small pieces used in mosaic work. 2. a small square of bone, wood, or the like, used in ancient times as a token, ...
/tes"euh rakt'/, n. the generalization of a cube to four dimensions. [1885-90; < Gk tésser(es) FOUR + aktís ray] * * *
/tes"ee/, n. a female given name, form of Theresa. * * *
Fr. /te saonn"/; Ger. /te seen"/, n. French and German name of Ticino. * * *
Tessin, Carl Gustaf, Greve
▪ Swedish statesman and writer born Sept. 5, 1695, Stockholm died Jan. 7, 1770, Åkerö, Swed.  Swedish court official, statesman, and writer who was a founder of the ...
Tessin, Nicodemus, The Elder
▪ Swedish architect born Dec. 7, 1615, Stralsund, Pomerania died May 24, 1681, Stockholm       most eminent Swedish architect of his period, whose principal work is the ...
Tessin, Nicodemus, The Younger
▪ Swedish architect born May 23, 1654, Nyköping, Swed. died April 10, 1728, Stockholm       notable Swedish Baroque architect.       The son of the architect ...
/tes'i toor"euh/; It. /tes'see tooh"rddah/, n., pl. tessituras, tessiture /-toor"ay/; It. /-tooh"rdde/. the general pitch level or average range of a vocal or instrumental part ...
test1 —testable, adj. —testability, n. —testingly, adv. /test/, n. 1. the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; a means of ...
test act
1. any law requiring a person to belong to the established church of a country as a condition for holding public office. 2. (caps.) Eng. Hist. the statute (1673) requiring all ...
test ban
—test-ban, adj. an agreement by nations producing nuclear weapons to refrain from testing them in the atmosphere. [1955-60] * * *
test blank
a typed or printed test form containing questions or tasks to be responded to. * * *
test case
1. a typical case whose court decision may be interpreted as a precedent for application in future similar cases. 2. a legal action taken, sometimes deliberately by agreement of ...
test flight
a flight made to observe the performance characteristics of a new aircraft or spacecraft. [1910-15] * * *
test match
1. a group of cricket games played between all-star teams of Australia and England to determine the champion. 2. a similar game or group of games played between all-star teams of ...
Test Match Special
a BBC radio programme, also available on the BBC website, which provides complete commentary on every cricket test match (= international match) played in England and some test ...
test matches
➡ cricket * * *
test paper
1. the paper bearing a student's answers on an examination. 2. Chem. paper impregnated with a reagent, as litmus, that changes color when acted upon by certain ...
test pattern
Television. a geometric design broadcast to receivers for testing the quality of transmission, often identifying the transmitting station and channel. [1945-50] * * *
test pilot
a pilot employed to test-fly newly-built aircraft. [1925-30] * * *
test stand
Rocketry. a device that restrains a missile or rocket during a captive test. [1840-50] * * *
test statistic
a statistic used to test a hypothesis. * * *
test tube
a hollow cylinder of thin glass with one end closed, used in chemical and biological experimentation and analysis. [1840-50] * * *
Test Valley
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       borough (district), administrative and historic county of Hampshire, England, occupying a mostly rural area in the ...
/test"druyv'/, v.t., test-drove, test-driven, test-driving. to drive (a vehicle) on the highway or a special track or route in order to evaluate performance and ...
/test"fluy'/, v.t., test-flew, test-flown, test-flying. to fly (an aircraft or spacecraft) for the evaluation of performance. [1935-40] * * *
/test"mahr'kit/, v.t. to offer (a new product) for sale, usually in a limited area, in order to ascertain and evaluate consumer response. [1950-55] * * *
/test"toohb', -tyoohb'/, adj. produced in or as if in a test tube; synthetic or experimental. [1885-90] * * *
test-tube baby
an infant developed from an ovum fertilized in vitro and implanted into a woman's uterus, usually that of the biological mother. [1930-35] * * *
test-tube skin
Med. skin that has been grown in the laboratory from a patch of a person's skin, used for autografting, esp. in the treatment of extensive burns. * * *
test-tube baby n. A baby developed from an egg that was fertilized outside the body and then implanted in the uterus of the biological or surrogate mother. * * *
Testament. * * *
1. testator. 2. testimony. * * *
/tes"teuh/, n., pl. testae /-tee/. Bot. the outer, usually hard, integument or coat of a seed. [1790-1800; < NL, L; see TEST2] * * *
See test1. * * *
See testability. * * *
/te stay"sheuhn/, adj. Zool. having a shell or test. [1835-45; < L testace(us) shell-covered, TESTACEOUS + -AN] * * * ▪ protozoan       any member of the protozoan ...
/te stay"sheuhs/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or derived from shells. 2. having a test or shell-like covering. 3. of a brick-red, brownish-red, or brownish-yellow color. [1640-50; ...
/tes"teuh see/, n. the state of being testate. [1860-65; TEST(ATE) + -ACY] * * *
/tes"teuh meuhnt/, n. 1. Law. a. a will, esp. one that relates to the disposition of one's personal property. b. will2 (def. 8). 2. either of the two major portions of the Bible: ...
/tes'teuh men"teuh ree, -men"tree/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a testament or will. 2. given, bequeathed, done, or appointed by will. 3. set forth or ...
testamentary trust
Law. a trust set up under the terms of a will. Cf. living trust. * * *
Testamentum Domini
▪ early Christian work English  Testament of the Lord        one of a series of writings (including the Apostolic Constitutions and the Apostolic Tradition of ...
/tes"tayt/, adj. having made and left a valid will. [1425-75; late ME < L testatus, ptp. of testari to bear witness, make a will, deriv. of testis witness; see -ATE1] * * *
/tes"tay teuhr, te stay"teuhr/, n. Law. 1. a person who makes a will. 2. a person who has died leaving a valid will. [1275-1325; < L testator; see TESTATE, -TOR; r. ME testatour ...
/te stay"triks/, n., pl. testatrices /te stay"treuh seez', tes'teuh truy"seez/, Law. 1. a woman who makes a will. 2. a woman who has died leaving a valid will. [1585-95; < LL ...
test ban (băn) n. A mutual and voluntary agreement between nations to forgo testing of nuclear weapons, especially under specified conditions, as in the atmosphere or under ...
test case n. A legal action whose outcome is likely to set a precedent or test the constitutionality of a statute. * * *
/test"kraws', -kros'/, n. a genetic test for heterozygosity in which an organism of dominant phenotype, but unknown genotype, is crossed to an organism recessive for all markers ...
See test-drive. * * *
/te stee"/, n. a person who is tested, as by a scholastic examination. [1930-35; TEST1 + -EE] * * *
▪ calligraphy  in calligraphy, the headed ascenders or plumelike terminals to b, d, h, and l, in particular, which became an ornamental feature of the 16th-century italic ...
tester1 /tes"teuhr/, n. a person or thing that tests. [1655-65; TEST1 + -ER1] tester2 /tes"teuhr, tees"-/, n. a canopy, as over a bed or altar. [1350-1400; ME < ML testrum canopy ...
/tes"teez/, n. pl. of testis. * * * or testicles Male reproductive organs (see reproductive system). Humans have two oval-shaped testes 1.5–2 in. (4–5 cm) long that ...
/tes"ti keuhl/, n. testis. [1375-1425; late ME < L testiculus. See TESTIS, -CLE1] * * *
/te stik"yeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the testes. 2. testiculate. [1650-60; < L testicul(us) TESTICLE + -AR1] * * *
testicular cancer
▪ disease Introduction       disease characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells within the testis, the reproductive organ that produces sperm. Although testicular ...
/te stik"yeuh lit/, adj. Bot. 1. shaped like a testis. 2. having tubers shaped like testes, as certain orchids. [1715-25; < LL testiculatus. See TESTICLE, -ATE1] * * *
/tes'teuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. the act of testifying or giving testimony. [1400-50; late ME < L testification- (s. of testificatio) a bearing witness. See TESTIFY, -FICATION] * * *
See testification. * * *
—testifier, n. /tes"teuh fuy'/, v., testified, testifying. v.i. 1. to bear witness; give or afford evidence. 2. Law. to give testimony under oath or solemn affirmation, usually ...
See testy. * * *
/tes'teuh moh"nee euhl/, n. 1. a written declaration certifying to a person's character, conduct, or qualifications, or to the value, excellence, etc., of a thing; a letter or ...
/tes'teuh moh"nee euh luyz'/, v.t., testimonialized, testimonializing. to honor (someone) by giving or doing something testimonial. Also, esp. Brit., testimonialise. [1850-55; ...
/tes"teuh moh'nee/, or, esp. Brit., /-meuh nee/, n., pl. testimonies. 1. Law. the statement or declaration of a witness under oath or affirmation, usually in court. 2. evidence ...
testimony meeting
a meeting at which persons give testimonies of religious faith and related religious experiences. Also called experience meeting. * * *
See testily. * * *
testing machine
Machine used in materials science to determine the properties of a material. Machines have been devised to measure tensile strength, strength in compression, shear, and bending ...
Testino, Mario
▪ 1999       The publication of the book Any Objections?, Peruvian-born photographer Mario Testino's personal look behind the fashion scene, was eagerly anticipated in ...
/tes"tis/, n., pl. testes /-teez/. Anat., Zool. the male gonad or reproductive gland, either of two oval glands located in the scrotum. [1675-85; < L] * * * ▪ anatomy plural ...
test match n. A match in cricket or Rugby played by all-star teams from different countries. * * *
/tes"teuhn, -ton, te stoohn"/, n. 1. a former silver coin of France, equal at various times to between 10 and 141/2 sols, bearing on the obverse a bust of the reigning king. 2. a ...
/tes tos"teuh rohn'/, n. 1. Biochem. the sex hormone, C19H28O2, secreted by the testes, that stimulates the development of male sex organs, secondary sexual traits, and sperm. 2. ...
test paper n. 1. A paper bearing a student's work for an examination. 2. Paper saturated with a reagent, such as litmus, used in making chemical tests. * * *
test pattern n. A geometric chart transmitted by a television station to assist viewers in adjusting reception. * * *
test pilot n. A pilot who flies aircraft of new or experimental design to test them. * * *
test stand n. A platform for static firing of rocket engines to test and determine performance characteristics. * * *
test tube n. A clear, cylindrical glass tube usually open at one end and rounded at the other, used in laboratory experimentation. * * *
/te stoohd"n l, -styoohd"-/, adj. pertaining to or resembling a tortoise or tortoise shell. Also, testudinarian /te stoohd'n air"ee euhn, -styoohd'-/. [1815-25; < L testudin- (s. ...
/te stoohd"n it, -ayt', -styoohd"-/, adj. 1. formed like the carapace of a tortoise; arched; vaulted. 2. chelonian. n. 3. a turtle. 4. any member of the order Testudines, ...
▪ reptile   family of terrestrial turtles, or tortoises (order Chelonia). The group is closely related to turtles in the family Emydidae. The approximately 40 species are ...
/te stooh"doh, -styooh"-/, n., pl. testudines /te stoohd"n eez', -styoohd"-/. 1. (among the ancient Romans) a movable shelter with a strong and usually fireproof arched roof, ...
—testily, adv. —testiness, n. /tes"tee/, adj., testier, testiest. irritably impatient; touchy. [1325-75; late ME testi, alter. of MF testu headstrong; r. ME testif < MF. See ...
/tet/, n. the Vietnamese New Year celebration, occurring during the first seven days of the first month of the lunar calendar. [ < Vietnamese tê/t] * * *
Tet offensive
an offensive by Vietcong and North Vietnamese forces against South Vietnamese and U.S. positions in South Vietnam, beginning on Jan. 31, 1968, the start of Tet. * * *
See tetanus. * * *
—tetanically, adv. /teuh tan"ik/, adj. 1. Pathol. pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by tetanus. 2. Med. noting a medicine or poison that can cause tetanic ...
See tetanic. * * *
See tetanize. * * *
—tetanization, n. /tet"n uyz'/, v.t., tetanized, tetanizing. Physiol. to induce tetanus in (a muscle). Also, esp. Brit., tetanise. [1840-50; TETAN(US) + -IZE] * * *
—tetanal, adj. —tetanoid, adj. /tet"n euhs/, n. 1. Pathol. an infectious, often fatal disease caused by a specific bacterium that enters the body through wounds and ...
tetanus toxoid
Pharm. an inactivated form of tetanus toxin obtained from Clostridium tetani, used to produce an active immunity to the toxin. * * *
/tet"n ee/, n. Pathol. a state marked by severe, intermittent tonic contractions and muscular pain, due to abnormal calcium metabolism. [1880-85; < NL tetania. See TETANUS, ...
tetarto- [tə tärt′ə] 〚< Gr tetartos, fourth, akin to tetra: see TETRA-〛 combining form 1. one fourth part of [tetartohedral] 2. the fourth of a set, as the fourth cusp ...
—tetartohedrally, adv. —tetartohedrism, n. /ti tahr'toh hee"dreuhl/, adj. (of a crystal) having one fourth the planes or faces required by the maximum symmetry of the system ...
/techt/, adj. touched; slightly crazy. Also, teched. [1925-30; var. of TOUCHED; perh. repr. earlier tached (ME techyd) in the compounds (well-)tached, (evil-)tached having the ...
See tetchy. * * *
See tetchily. * * *

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