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—tetchily, adv. —tetchiness, n. /tech"ee/, adj. tetchier, tetchiest. irritable; touchy. Also, techy. [1585-95; orig. uncert.; cf. TETCHED, -Y1] * * *
/tay"tay/, n. a city in W Mozambique, on the Zambezi River. 38,196. * * * ▪ Mozambique       port city, west-central Mozambique. Tete is situated on the right bank of ...
/tayt"euh tayt", tet"euh tet"/; Fr. /te tann tet"/, n., pl. tête-à-têtes, Fr. tête-à-tête, adj., adv. n. 1. a private conversation or interview, usually between two ...
/tet besh"/, adj. Philately. of or pertaining to a pair of stamps that have been printed with one stamp inverted. [1880-85; < F, equiv. to tête head + bêche, reduced from ...
Tetens, Johannes Nikolaus
▪ German mathematician, economist, and philosopher born Sept. 16, 1736, Tetenbüll, South Schleswig [Germany] died Aug. 15/19, 1807, Copenhagen, Den.       German ...
/tet, tes/, n. 1. the ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 2. the consonant sound represented by this letter. [ < Heb] * * *
/tedh"euhr/, n. 1. a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement. 2. the utmost length to which one can go in ...
/tedh"euhr bawl'/, n. a game for two persons, in which each player, standing on each side of a post from the top of which a ball is suspended by a cord, hits the ball with the ...
/tee"this/, n. 1. Class. Myth. a Titan, a daughter of Uranus and Gaea, the wife of Oceanus and mother of the Oceanids and river gods. 2. Astron. one of the moons of Saturn. 3. ...
Tethys Sea
▪ ocean, Mesozoic Era       former tropical body of salt water that separated the supercontinent of Laurasia in the north from Gondwana in the south during much of the ...
Tetley (Jr.), Glen(ford Andrew)
born Feb. 3, 1926, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. American dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. He trained in modern dance with Hanya Holm and Martha Graham. Between 1946 and ...
Tetley, Glen
▪ 2008 Glenford Andrew Tetley, Jr.        American dancer, choreographer, and ballet director born Feb. 3, 1926, Cleveland, Ohio died Jan. 26, 2007 , Palm Beach, ...
Tetmajer, Kazimierz
▪ Polish author in full  Kazimierz Przerwa Tetmajer  born February 12, 1865, Ludźmierz, Galicia [now in Poland] died January 18, 1940, Warsaw       poet and ...
/tee"ton/, n., pl. Tetons, (esp. collectively) Teton for 2. 1. the westernmost branch of the Dakota Indians. 2. a member of any of the tribes belonging to this branch, as the ...
Teton Range
a mountain range in NW Wyoming and SE Idaho: a part of the Rocky Mountains. Highest peak, Grand Teton, ab. 13,700 ft (4175 m). * * * Range of the northern Rocky Mountains, ...
Teton River
▪ river, Montana, United States       river in Teton county, north-central Montana, U.S. The Teton rises northeast of the Sun River on the east slopes of the ...
Te·ton Range (tēʹtŏn', tētʹn) A range of the Rocky Mountains in northwest Wyoming and southeast Idaho. The Tetons rise to 4,198.6 m (13,766 ft) at Grand Teton. * * *
Teton River A river, about 230 km (143 mi) long, of northwest-central Montana flowing eastward to the Missouri River. * * *
/tay twahonn"/, n. Tetuán. * * * ▪ Morocco also spelled  Tetuán   city, north-central Morocco. It lies along the Martil River (Wadi Martil), 7 miles (11 km) from the ...
var. of tetra- before a vowel: tetryl. * * *
/te"treuh/, n. any of several tropical, freshwater fishes of the family Characidae, often kept in aquariums. [1930-35; shortening of NL Tetragonopterus former genus name. See ...
a combining form meaning "four," used in the formation of compound words: tetrabranchiate. Also, esp. before a vowel, tetr-. [ < Gk, comb. form of téttara, neut. of téttares ...
—tetrabasicity /te'treuh bay sis"i tee/, n. /te'treuh bay"sik/, adj. Chem. 1. (of an acid) having four atoms of hydrogen replaceable by basic atoms or groups. 2. containing ...
See tetrabasic. * * *
/te"treuh brak'/, n. Class. Pros. a metrical foot or word of four short syllables. [ < Gk tetrábrachys having four short syllables. See TETRA-, BRACHY-] * * *
/te'treuh brang"kee it, -ayt'/, adj. belonging or pertaining to the Nautiloidea (Tetrabranchiata), a subclass or order of cephalopods with four gills, including the pearly ...
/te'treuh broh'moh floo res"ee in, -flaw-, -floh-/, n. Chem. eosin (def. 1). [TETRA- + BROMO- + FLUORESCEIN] * * *
/te"treuh kayn'/, n. Pharm. a white, water-soluble, crystalline solid, C15H24N2O2, used chiefly as an anesthetic. [1930-35; TETRA- + (PRO)CAINE] * * *
/te"treuh seen'/, n. Chem. naphthacene. [alter. of TETRAZENE] * * *
/te'treuh klawr"uyd, -id, -klohr"-/, n. Chem. a chloride containing four atoms of chlorine. [1865-70; TETRA- + CHLORIDE] * * *
▪ chemical compound       either of two isomeric colourless, dense, water-insoluble liquids belonging to the family of organic halogen compounds. One isomer, ...
/te'treuh klawr'oh eth"euh leen', -klohr'-/, n. Chem. a colorless, nonflammable, nonexplosive liquid, C2Cl4, used as a solvent, esp. in dry cleaning. Also called ...
/te'treuh klawr'oh meth"ayn, -klohr'-/, n. Chem. See carbon tetrachloride. [TETRA- + CHLOROMETHANE] * * *
—tetrachordal, adj. /te"treuh kawrd'/, n. Music. a diatonic series of four tones, the first and last separated by a perfect fourth. [1595-1605; < Gk tetráchordos having four ...
See tetrachord. * * *
/te tras"id/, n. Chem. a base or alcohol containing four hydroxyl groups. [TETR- + ACID] * * *
/te'treuh kok"euhs/, n., pl. tetracocci /-kok"suy, -see/, Bacteriol. a spherical bacterium occurring in square groups of four. [1895-1900; TETRA- + -COCCUS] * * *
▪ prosody       in classical prosody, a period made up of four colons, or a unit of four metrical sequences that each constitute a single metrical phrase of not more ...
▪ paleontology       genus of extinct brachiopods (lamp shells) found as fossils in Triassic marine rocks (the Triassic period lasted from 251 million to 200 million ...
/te'treuh suy"kleen, -klin/, n. Pharm. an antibiotic, C22H24H2O8, derived from chlortetracycline, used in medicine to treat a broad variety of infections. [1950-55; TETRA- + ...
/te"treuh sin/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand name for a form of tetracycline. * * *
/te"trad/, n. 1. a group of four. 2. the number four. 3. Cell Biol. a group of four chromatids formed by synapsis at the beginning of meiosis. 4. Chem. a tetravalent or ...
tet·ra·dac·ty·lous (tĕt'rə-dăkʹtə-ləs) adj. Zoology Having four digits or claws on each extremity. * * *
See tetrad. * * *
—tetradrachmal, adj. /te'treuh drak"meuh/, n. a silver coin of ancient Greece, equal to four drachmas. Also, tetradrachm /te"treuh dram'/. [1570-80; TETRA- + DRACHMA] * * *
/te trad"euh muyt'/, n. a mineral, bismuth telluride and sulfide, Bi2Te2S, occurring in soft-gray to black foliated masses. [1840-50; < Gk tetrádym(os) fourfold (see TETRA-, ...
/te'treuh duy"neuh meuhs/, adj. Bot. having four long and two short stamens, as a cruciferous flower. [1820-30; TETRA- + Gk -dynamos -powered (dýnam(is) power + -os adj. suffix; ...
/te'treuh eth"euhl/, adj. Chem. containing four ethyl groups. [TETRA- + ETHYL] * * *
tetraethyl lead
☆ tetraethyl lead [te′trə eth′əl ] n. a heavy, colorless, poisonous compound of lead, Pb(C2H5) 4, added to gasoline to increase power and prevent engine knock * * * ▪ ...
tetraethyl pyrophosphate
Chem. a colorless to amber, hygroscopic, poisonous liquid, (C2H5)4P2O7, used as an insecticide and as a rodenticide. Also called TEPP * * * ▪ chemical compound       an ...
/te'treuh eth'euhl led"/, n. Chem. a colorless, oily, water-insoluble, poisonous liquid, (C2H5)4Pb, used as an antiknock agent in gasoline. Also, tetraethyl lead. Also called ...
tetraethyl pyrophosphate n. TEPP. * * *
/te'treuh floor"uyd, -flawr"-, -flohr"-/, n. Chem. a fluoride containing four fluorine atoms. [1905-10; TETRA- + FLUORIDE] * * *
/te'treuh floor'oh eth"euh leen', -flawr'-, -flohr'-/, n. Chem. a colorless, water-insoluble, flammable gas, C2F4, used in the synthesis of certain polymeric resins, as ...
/te'treuh fungk"sheuh nl/, adj. Chem. pertaining to molecules or groups that can bond at four sites. [TETRA- + FUNCTIONAL] * * *
/te"treuh gon'/, n. a polygon having four angles or sides; a quadrangle or quadrilateral. [1620-30; < Gk tetrágonon. See TETRA-, -GON] * * *
—tetragonally, adv. —tetragonalness, n. /te trag"euh nl/, adj. 1. pertaining to or having the form of a tetragon. 2. Crystall. noting or pertaining to a system of ...
tetragonal system
▪ crystallography       one of the structural categories to which crystalline solids can be assigned. Crystals in this system are referred to three mutually ...
tetragonal trisoctahedron
Geom. a trisoctahedron the faces of which are quadrilaterals; trapezohedron. * * *
See tetragonal. * * *
/te"treuh gram'/, n. a word of four letters. [1860-65; < Gk tetrágrammon, n. use of neut. of tetrágrammos having four letters, equiv. to tetra- TETRA- + grámm(a) letter (see ...
/te'treuh gram"euh ton'/, n. the Hebrew word for God, consisting of the four letters yod, he, vav, and he, transliterated consonantally usually as YHVH, now pronounced as Adonai ...
▪ graptolite genus       genus of extinct graptolites (colonial animals related to the chordates) that occur as fossils in marine rocks of the Early Ordovician Epoch ...
—tetrahedrally, adv. /te'treuh hee"dreuhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to or having the form of a tetrahedron. 2. having four lateral planes in addition to the top and ...
See tetrahedral. * * *
/te'treuh hee"druyt/, n. a steel-gray or blackish mineral with a brilliant metallic luster, essentially copper and antimony sulfide, (Cu, Fe, Zn, Ag,)12 Sb4S13, an end member of ...
/te'treuh hee"dreuhn/, n., pl. tetrahedrons, tetrahedra /-dreuh/. 1. Geom. a solid contained by four plane faces; a triangular pyramid. 2. any of various objects resembling a ...
—tetrahydrated, adj. /te'treuh huy"drayt/, n. Chem. a hydrate that contains four molecules of water, as potassium sodium tartrate, KNaC4H4O6·4H2O. [1885-90; TETRA- + ...
/te'treuh huy"drik/, adj. Chem. (esp. of alcohols and phenols) tetrahydroxy. [1885-90; TETRA- + -HYDRIC] * * *
/te'treuh huy'dreuh keuh nab"euh nawl', -nol'/, n. Pharm. a compound, C21H30O2, that is the physiologically active component in cannabis preparations (marijuana, hashish, etc.) ...
/te'treuh huy'dreuh fyoor"an/, n. Chem. a clear liquid, C4H8O, soluble in water and organic solvents, used as a solvent for resins, in polymerizations and as a chemical ...
/te'treuh huy drok"see/, adj. Chem. (of a molecule) containing four hydroxyl groups. [TETRA- + HYDROXY] * * *
/te'treuh huy droz"euh leen'/, n. Pharm. a compound, C13H16N2, used in the treatment of nasal congestion and certain conditions of eye irritation. [TETRA- + HYDRO-2 + (IMIDA)ZOL ...
/te'treuh huy"meuh neuh/, n. Biol. any ciliated protozoan of the genus Tetrahymena, a relative of the paramecium: often used in genetics research. [ < NL (1940); see TETRA-, ...
/te"treuh luyt'/, n. Chem. tetryl. [TETRA- + -LITE] * * *
/te tral"euh jee, -trah"leuh-/, n., pl. tetralogies. 1. a series of four related dramas, operas, novels, etc. 2. a group of four dramas, three tragedies and one satyr play, ...
tetralogy of Fallot
/fa loh"/, Pathol. a congenital malformation of the heart characterized by an abnormal opening in the septum dividing the ventricles, misplacement of the aorta so that it ...
tetralogyof Fallot
tetralogy of Fal·lot (fă-lōʹ) n. A congenital malformation of the heart characterized by a defect in the ventricular septum, misplacement of the origin of the aorta, ...
▪ plant family       small family of the squash order (Cucurbitales) of flowering plants containing two genera, each with one species. Octomeles sumatrana is among the ...
/te"treuh meuhr/, n. 1. a molecule composed of four identical, simpler molecules. 2. a polymer derived from four identical monomers. Cf. oligomer. [1905-10; TETRA- + -MER] * * *
See tetramer. * * *
See tetramerous. * * *
—tetramerism, n. /te tram"euhr euhs/, adj. 1. consisting of or divided into four parts. 2. Bot. (of flowers) having the parts of a whorl arranged in fours or multiples of ...
/te tram"i teuhr/, n. 1. Pros. a verse of four feet. 2. Class Pros. a line consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter. adj. 3. Pros. consisting of four ...
/te'treuh meth'euhl led"/, n. Chem. a colorless liquid, (CH3)4Pb, insoluble in water, slightly soluble in alcohol and benzene, used as an antiknock agent in gasoline. Also called ...
/te tran"dreuhs/, adj. Bot. having four stamens. [1800-10; TETR- + -ANDROUS] * * *
/te'treuh nuy"trayt/, n. Chem. a compound containing four nitrate groups. [TETRA- + NITRATE] * * *
▪ fish order Introduction       any member of the order Tetraodontiformes, a group of primarily tropical marine fishes that evolved from the Perciformes (the typical ...
      the grouse family, a bird family (order Galliformes) that includes the grouse and the ptarmigan (qq.v.). * * *
/te'treuh pet"l euhs/, adj. Bot. having four petals. [1690-1700; TETRA- + PETALOUS] * * *
/te'treuh plee"jee euh, -jeuh/, n. Pathol. quadriplegia. [1910-15; TETRA- + -PLEGIA] * * *
—tetraploidy, n. /te"treuh ployd'/, adj. Biol. 1. having a chromosome number that is four times the basic or haploid number. n. 2. a tetraploid cell or organism. [1925-30; ...
See tetraploid. * * *
/te"treuh pod'/, n. 1. any vertebrate having four limbs or, as in the snake and whale, having had four-limbed ancestors. 2. an object, as a caltrop, having four projections ...
—tetrapodic /te'treuh pod"ik/, adj. /te trap"euh dee/, n., pl. tetrapodies. Pros. a measure consisting of four feet. [1840-50; < Gk tetrapodía. See TETRA-, -POD, -Y3] * * *
—tetrapteran, adj., n. /te trap"teuhr euhs/, adj. 1. Zool. having four wings or winglike appendages. 2. Bot. having four winglike appendages. [1820-30; < Gk tetrápteros. See ...
/te'treuh puy"lon/, n., pl. tetrapyla /-leuh/. a structure having four gateways as features of an architectural composition. [1900-05; < Gk, tetrápylon, n. use of neut. of ...
—tetrarchy, tetrarchate /te"trahr kayt', -kit, tee"-/, n. —tetrarchic /te trahr"kik, ti-/, tetrarchical, adj. /te"trahrk, tee"-/, n. 1. any ruler of a fourth part, division, ...
See tetrarch. * * *
tetrarchy [te′trär kāt΄, tē′trär kit; te′trär΄kit, tē′truar΄kitte′trär΄kē, tē′trär΄kē] n. pl. tetrarchies 〚L tetrarchia < Gr〛 1. the rule or ...
/te'treuh spaw ran"jee euhm, -spoh-/, n., pl. tetrasporangia /-jee euh/. Bot. a sporangium containing four asexual spores. [1885-90; TETRA- + SPORANGIUM] * * *
—tetrasporic /te'treuh spawr"ik, -spor"-/, tetrasporous /te'treuh spawr"euhs, -spohr"-, ti tras"peuhr-/, adj. /te"treuh spawr', -spohr'/, n. Bot. one of the four asexual spores ...
See tetraspore. * * *
—tetrastichic /te'treuh stik"ik/, tetrastichal /ti tras"ti keuhl/, adj. /te"treuh stik, te tras"tik/, n. Pros. a strophe, stanza, or poem consisting of four lines. [1570-80; < ...
/ti tras"ti keuhs/, adj. Bot. 1. arranged in a spike of four vertical rows, as flowers. 2. having four such rows of flowers, as a spike. [1865-70; < NL tetrastichus < Gk ...
/te"treuh stuyl'/, adj. Archit. having four columns. [1695-1705; < L tetrastylon < Gk tetrástylon, n. use of neut. of tetrástylos having four pillars; see TETRA-, -STYLE2] * * *
—tetrasyllabic /te'treuh si lab"ik/, tetrasyllabical, adj. /te"treuh sil'euh beuhl, te'treuh sil"-/, n. a word or line of verse of four syllables. [1580-90; TETRA- + ...
tetratomic [te΄trə täm′ik] adj. 1. designating or of a molecule consisting of four atoms 2. having four replaceable atoms or groups * * * tet·ra·tom·ic ...
—tetravalence, tetravalency, n. /te'treuh vay"leuhnt, te trav"euh-/, adj. Chem. 1. having a valence of four, as Pt+4. 2. quadrivalent. [1865-70; TETRA- + -VALENT] * * *
/te"treuh zeen'/, n. Chem. 1. either of two isomeric compounds with the formula N4H4, known only in the form of their derivatives. 2. naphthacene. [TETR- + AZ- + -ENE] * * *
/te'treuh zee"nee/; It. /te'trddaht tsee"nee/, n. Luisa /looh ee"zah/ 1. 1874-1940, Italian operatic soprano. adj. 2. (often l.c.) served over pasta with a cream sauce, often ...
Tetrazzini, Luisa
▪ Italian singer born June 29, 1871, Florence, Italy died April 28, 1940, Milan       Italian coloratura soprano, one of the finest of her time.       In ...
tet·ri (tĕtʹrē) n. pl. tetri See table at currency.   [Georgian.] * * *
Tetricus, Gaius Pius Esuvius
▪ Roman emperor flourished 3rd century       rival Roman emperor in Gaul from 271 to 274.       Tetricus was a Gallic noble related to the usurping ruler of ...
▪ video game       video game created by Russian designer Alexey Pajitnov in 1985 that allows players to rotate falling blocks strategically to clear levels. Pajitnov ...
/te"trohd/, n. Electronics. a vacuum tube containing four electrodes, usually a plate, two grids, and a cathode. [1900-05; TETR- + -ODE1] * * * ▪ ...
/te troh'deuh tok"sin/, n. Pharm. a neurotoxin, C11H17N3O3, occurring in a species of puffer fish: ingestion of the toxin is usually rapidly fatal due to heart failure or ...
tet·rose (tĕtʹrōs') n. A monosaccharide containing no more than four carbon atoms in its primary chain. * * *
/te trok"suyd, -sid/, n. Chem. an oxide whose molecule contains four atoms of oxygen. [1865-70; TETR- + OXIDE] * * *
/te"tril/, n. Chem. a yellow, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C7H5N5O8, used as a chemical indicator and as a detonator and bursting charge in small-caliber shells. Also, ...
/te"tri tawl', -tol'/, n. an explosive consisting of tetryl and TNT. [TETRY(L) + TOL(UENE)] * * *
/tet"euhr/, n. (not in technical use) any of various eruptive skin diseases, as herpes, eczema, and impetigo. [bef. 900; ME; OE teter; c. Skt dadru kind of skin disease] * * *
tet·ter·bush (tĕtʹər-bo͝osh') n. An evergreen shrub (Lyonia lucida) of the southeast United States, having sharply angled branches, leathery dark green leaves, and white ...
/tet'i goh"nee id/, n. See long-horned grasshopper. [1920-25; < NL Tettigoniidae family name, equiv. to Tettigoni(a) genus name (formed on Gk tettig-, s. of téttix cicada) + ...
/te twahn"/, n. a seaport in N Morocco, on the Mediterranean: former capital of the Spanish zone of Morocco. 844,000. Also, Tétouan. * * *
▪ people also spelled  Tetun, or Tettum,         people indigenous to the narrow central section of Timor, easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia. The ...
/tet"seuhl/, n. Johann /yoh"hahn/, 1465?-1519, German monk: antagonist of Martin Luther. Also, Tezel. * * *
Tetzel, Johann
▪ Dominican friar Tetzel also spelled  Tezel   born c. 1465, Pirna, Saxony [Germany] died Aug. 11, 1519, Leipzig  German Dominican friar whose preaching on indulgences, ...
See teuə-. * * *
/tooh"kree euhn, tyooh"-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the ancient Trojans. n. 2. one of the ancient Trojans. [ < Gk Teûkr(os) Teucer, first king of Troy] * * *
Teut abbrev. 1. Teuton 2. Teutonic * * *
1. Teuton. 2. Teutonic. * * *
Tribe. 1. a. Dutch, from Middle Dutch duutsch, German, of the Germans or Teutons; b. Plattdeutsch, from Old High German diutisc, of the people. Both a and b from Germanic ...
or Toutates Celtic god, one of the three mentioned by the Roman poet Lucan in the 1st century AD, the other two being Esus and Taranis. Victims sacrificed to Teutates are ...
Teutoburg Forest
Teutoburg Forest [toi΄tō̂ boor΄gər vält′to͞ot′ə bʉrg΄, tyo͞ot′ə bʉrg΄] region of low, forested mountains, mostly in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany: highest ...
Teutoburg Forest, Battle of the
▪ Roman history       (AD 9), battle fought in late summer in which three Roman legions and auxiliary troops under Publius Quinctilius Varus were ambushed and ...
Teutoburger Wald
/toy"toh boordd'geuhrdd vahlt"/ a chain of wooded hills in Germany, in Westphalia: Romans defeated by German tribes A.D. 9. * * *
Teu·to·bur·ger Wald (to͞oʹtə-bûr'gər wôldʹ, toiʹtō-bo͝or'gər vältʹ) A range of wooded hills in northwest Germany between the upper Ems and the Weser rivers. It ...
/tooht"n, tyooht"n/, n. 1. a member of a Germanic people or tribe first mentioned in the 4th century B.C. and supposed to have dwelt in Jutland. 2. a native of Germany or a ...
Teutones [to͞ot′'n ēz΄, tyo͞ot′'n ēz΄] pl.n. 〚L < IE * teutonos, ruler < * teutā, people, crowd: see DEUTSCHLAND〛 the members of an ancient people, variously ...
—Teutonically, adv. /tooh ton"ik, tyooh-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the ancient Teutons. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Teutons or Germans; German. 3. noting ...
Teutonic Order
a religious military order founded c1190 in the Holy Land by German crusaders that originally did charitable work among the sick and later fought against the Slavic and Baltic ...
Teutonic Order n. An order of German knights, priests, and lay brothers founded in the late 12th century that sought to expand Christendom through missions and conquest and built ...
—Teutonist, n. /tooht"n iz'euhm, tyooht"-/, n. 1. the character, spirit, or culture of the Teutons, esp. the Germans. 2. a Teutonic or German characteristic. 3. ...
See Teutonism. * * *
See Teutonize. * * *
—Teutonization, n. /tooht"n uyz', tyooht"-/, v.t., v.i., Teutonized, Teutonizing. to make or become Teutonic or German; Germanize. Also, esp. Brit., Teutonise. [1835-45; TEUTON ...
Also teu-. To swell. Oldest form *teuə₂-. Derivatives include thigh, thousand, thimble, tumor, butter, and tomb. 1. Extended form *teuk-. thigh, from Old English thēoh, ...
trillion electron-volts. Also, Tev, tev. * * *
/tev"euh tron'/, n. an accelerator in which protons or antiprotons are raised to energies of a few trillion electron-volts. [1980-85; TEV + -atron, as in BETATRON, BEVATRON] * * *
/te"ve rdde/, n. Italian name of the Tiber. * * *
/te vet", tay-, tay"vays/, n. the fourth month of the Jewish calendar. Also, Tebet. Cf. Jewish calendar. [ < Heb tebheth] * * *
Tevfik Fikret
▪ Turkish poet pseudonym of  Mehmed Tevfik,  also called  Tevfik Nazmi  born Dec. 24, 1867, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire [now Istanbul, Tur.] died Aug. 18, 1915, ...
Tevfik Paşa, Ahmed
▪ Ottoman vizier born Feb. 11, 1845, Üsqüdar, near Constantinople, Ottoman Empire [now Istanbul, Tur.] died 1936, Istanbul       last Ottoman grand vizier (chief ...
Teviot, River
▪ river, Scotland, United Kingdom       tributary of the River Tweed (Tweed, River), southern Scotland. Its valley, Teviotdale, constitutes a large part of the historic ...
/tay"weuh, tee"-/, n., pl. Tewas, (esp. collectively) Tewa for 1. 1. a member of a cluster of pueblo-dwelling North American Indian peoples of New Mexico and Arizona. 2. the ...
/toohks"ber'ee, -beuh ree, -bree, tyoohks"-/, n. a town in N Gloucestershire, in W England: final defeat of the Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses 1471. 79,500. * * * ▪ ...
Tewkesbury, Battle of
▪ English history  (May 4, 1471), in the English Wars of the Roses, the Yorkist king Edward IV's (Edward IV) final victory over his Lancastrian opponents. Edward, who had ...
/toohks"beuh ree, -bree, tyoohks"-/, n. a city in NE Massachusetts. 24,635. * * * ▪ Massachusetts, United States       town (township), Middlesex county, northeastern ...
Tewksbury, John Walter
▪ American athlete in full  John Walter Beardsley Tewksbury   born March 21, 1878, Ashley, Pa., U.S. died April 24, 1968, Tunkhannock, Pa.       American sprinter who ...
Tewodros II
or Theodore II born с 1818 died April 13, 1868, Magela, Eth. Emperor of Ethiopia (1855–68). Often called Ethiopia's first modern ruler, he came to the throne through the ...
Tewson, Sir Vincent
▪ British labour leader in full  Sir Harold Vincent Tewson   born Feb. 4, 1898, Bradford, Yorkshire, Eng. died May 1, 1981, Letchworth, Hertfordshire       English ...
Tex abbrev. Texas * * *
Tex Avery
➡ Avery * * *
/teks"meks"/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to aspects of culture that combine Mexican and Texan or southwestern U.S. features, esp. aspects of culture developed in southern Texas ...
1. Texan. 2. Texas. * * *
a large US oil company that owns petrol/gasoline stations in many countries of the world. It was established in 1902 in Beaumont, Texas, as The Texas Company. * * *
Texaco Inc.
▪ American corporation original name (1901–59)  Texas Fuel Company        former U.S.-based oil and petrochemical corporation. Founded in 1901, by the late 20th ...
Texan [tek′sən] adj. of Texas n. a person born or living in Texas * * * See Texas. * * *
/tek'sahr kan"euh/, n. 1. a city in NE Texas. 31,271. 2. a city in SW Arkansas: contiguous with but politically independent of Texarkana, Texas. 21,459. 3. Texarkana, Arkansas, ...
/tek"seuhs/, n. U.S. Naut. 1. a deckhouse on a texas deck for the accommodation of officers. 2. See texas deck. [1855-60; after TEXAS, from the fact that the officers' ...
—Texan, Texian /tek"see euhn/, adj., n. /tek"seuhs/, n. a state in the S United States. 14,228,383; 267,339 sq. mi. (692,410 sq. km). Cap.: Austin. Abbr.: Tex., TX (for use ...
Texas A&M University
▪ university system, Texas, United States       state university system based in College Station, Texas, U.S., formed in 1948 as an outgrowth of the Agricultural and ...
Texas and Pacific Railway Company
▪ American railway       Texas railroad merged into the Missouri Pacific in 1976. Chartered in 1871, it absorbed several other Texas railroads and extended service to El ...
Texas armadillo.
See nine-banded armadillo. * * *
Texas Christian University
▪ university, Fort Worth, Texas, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher education in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. It is affiliated with the ...
Texas City
a city in SE Texas, on Galveston Bay. 41,403. * * * ▪ Texas, United States       city, Galveston county, Texas, U.S. It is part of the Galveston–Texas City complex ...
Texas City explosion of 1947
▪ United States history       industrial disaster sparked by the fire and explosion of the S.S. Grandcamp on April 16–17, 1947, in Texas City, Texas. The blast set ...
texas deck
U.S. Naut. the uppermost deck of an inland or western river steamer. [1850-55, Amer.; see TEXAS] * * *
Texas fever
babesiosis of cattle. [1815-25, Amer.] * * *
Texas Independence Day
March 2, observed in Texas as the anniversary of the declaration in 1836 of the independence of Texas from Mexico and also as the birthday of Sam Houston. * * *
Texas Instruments Incorporated
▪ American company Introduction       American manufacturer of calculators (calculator), microprocessors (microprocessor), and digital signal processors with its ...
Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI)
U.S. manufacturer of calculators, microprocessors, and digital signal processors. The direct antecedent to the company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, was founded by John ...
Texas leaguer
Baseball. a pop fly that falls safely between converging infielders and outfielders. [1900-05] * * *
Texas longhorn
one of a breed of long-horned beef cattle of the southwestern U.S., developed from cattle introduced into North America from Spain and valued for disease resistance, fecundity, ...
Texas longhorns
➡ longhorn * * *
Texas Ranger
1. a member of the Texas state police force or, esp. formerly, of the mounted state police. 2. a member of a semiofficial group of settlers organized to fight Indians and ...
Texas Rangers
a division of the Texas state police. They were originally formed in 1823 as a small group of men who offered to protect communities from attacks by Native Americans and Mexican ...
Texas Revolution
U.S. Hist. a revolutionary movement, 1832-36, in which U.S. settlers asserted their independence from Mexico and established the republic of Texas. * * *
Texas sage
a slightly woody, hairy plant, Salvia coccinea, of the mint family, native to the southeastern U.S. and tropical America, having elongated clusters of scarlet flowers. * * *
Texas Southern University
▪ university, Houston, Texas, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Houston, Texas, U.S. A historically black university, it ...
Texas Tech University
▪ university, Lubbock, Texas, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Lubbock, Texas, U.S. In addition to programs leading to ...
Texas tower
an offshore radar-equipped platform supported by foundations sunk into the floor of the ocean, formerly used as part of a system for warning against air attacks. * * *
Texas v. Johnson
▪ law case       case in which the U.S. Supreme Court (Supreme Court of the United States) ruled on June 21, 1989, that the burning of the U.S. flag was a ...
Texas v. White
▪ law case       (1869), U.S. Supreme Court case in which it was held that the United States is “an indestructible union” from which no state can secede. In 1850 the ...
Texas Woman's University
▪ school, Denton, Texas, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Denton, Texas, U.S. It focuses on liberal arts and professional ...
Texas, flag of
▪ Flag History also called  Lone Star Flag         U.S. state flag consisting of a vertical blue stripe at the hoist bearing a large white star; the fly end is ...
Texas, University of
U.S. state university system with 13 campuses throughout the state. It was founded in 1883. The main campus, at Austin, is the second most populous campus in the U.S. It is a ...
Texas bluebonnet n. See bluebonnet. * * *
Texas City A city of southeast Texas, an industrial suburb of Galveston on Galveston Bay. Population: 40,822. * * *
Texas fever n. An infectious disease of cattle first identified in Texas, characterized by high fever, anemia, and emaciation and caused by a parasitic protozoan (Babesia ...
Texas leaguer n. Baseball A fly ball that drops between an infielder and an outfielder for a hit.   [After the Texas League, a baseball minor league.] * * *
Texas Ranger n. 1. A member of a division of the Texas state highway patrol. 2. A member of a former mounted force of Texans organized in 1835 and active in maintaining order on ...
Texas tower n. An offshore radar tower.   [After Texas(from its resemblance to an offshore oil rig along the coast of Texas).] * * *
▪ ancient city, Mexico       city built in the present-day Valley of Mexico by the Acolhuas, a pre-Columbian people of the Nahuatl-speaking group of tribes, which gained ...
Texcoco, Lake
Lake, central Mexico. Originally one of the five lakes of the Valley of Mexico, Texcoco has been drained by channels and a tunnel to the Pánuco River since the early 17th ...
Tex·el (tĕkʹsəl, tĕsʹəl) An island of northwest Netherlands in the North Sea in the southwest Frisian Islands. It is the largest of the West Frisian Islands and a ...
—textless, adj. /tekst/, n. 1. the main body of matter in a manuscript, book, newspaper, etc., as distinguished from notes, appendixes, headings, illustrations, etc. 2. the ...
text edition
a special edition of a book for distribution to schools or colleges, subject to a special rate of discount, sometimes without a dust jacket (distinguished from trade edition). ...
text editor
—text-editing, adj. Computers. a program for editing stored documents, performing such functions as adding, deleting, or moving text. [1970-75] * * *
text hand
handwriting characterized by large neat letters. [1535-45] * * *
text messaging
▪ telecommunication also called  texting   act of sending short messages with cellular telephones (mobile telephone) using the Short Messaging Service (SMS), which has a ...
Text messaging acronyms
▪ Table Text messaging acronyms 2G2BT Too good to be true 2MORO Tomorrow AFAIK As far as I know ATB All the best BFF Best friends forever BRB Be right back BTW By the ...
Text Messaging: WAN2TLK?
▪ 2006  In 2005 some 45 billion text messages were expected to be sent by cellular phone users in the United States. The sending of messages to and from mobile phones via ...
/tekst"book'/, n. 1. a book used by students as a standard work for a particular branch of study. adj. 2. pertaining to, characteristic of, or seemingly suitable for inclusion in ...
/tekst"book'ish/, adj. suggesting a textbook, esp. in literary style or composition. [1925-30; TEXTBOOK + -ISH1] * * *
text edition n. An edition of a book designed especially for use in schools or colleges. * * *
/teks"tuyl, -til/, n. 1. any cloth or goods produced by weaving, knitting, or felting. 2. a material, as a fiber or yarn, used in or suitable for weaving: Glass can be used as a ...
Textron Inc.
▪ American company  American multi-industry company that pioneered the conglomerate concept. Its present-day core organization includes aircraft, automotive, and industrial ...
—textually, adv. /teks"chooh euhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a text: textual errors. 2. based on or conforming to the text, as of the Scriptures: a textual interpretation of ...
textual criticism
textual criticism n. the scholarly study of the text of a written work, often, specif., in an effort to determine the original or most authoritative form of that work * * ...
textual criticism.
—textual critic. See lower criticism. [1870-75] * * *
textual criticism n. 1. The study of manuscripts or printings to determine the original or most authoritative form of a text, especially of a piece of literature. 2. Literary ...
/teks"chooh euh liz'euhm/, n. strict adherence to a text, esp. of the Scriptures. [1860-65; TEXTUAL + -ISM] * * *
/teks"chooh euh list/, n. 1. a person who adheres closely to a text, esp. of the Scriptures. 2. a person who is well versed in the text of the Scriptures. [1620-30; TEXTUAL + ...
See textual. * * *
/teks"chooh er'ee/, adj., n., pl. textuaries. adj. 1. of or pertaining to a text; textual. n. 2. a textualist. [1600-10; < ML textu(s) (see TEXT) + -ARY] * * *
See texture. * * *
See textural. * * *
—textural, adj. —texturally, adv. —textureless, adj. /teks"cheuhr/, n., v., textured, texturing. n. 1. the visual and esp. tactile quality of a surface: rough texture. 2. ...
texture paint
a finish paint having an insoluble additive, as sand, for giving a slightly rough textural effect. * * *
textured [teks′chərd] adj. having a particular kind of texture, esp. one that is uneven, not smooth, easily perceived by touching, etc. [textured wallpaper] * * * See ...
—texturizer, n. /teks"cheuh ruyz'/, v.t., texturized, texturizing. to give texture or a particular texture to: texturized yarn. Also, esp. Brit., texturise. [1945-50; TEXTURE + ...
texturized [teks′chər īzd΄] adj. that has been given a particular texture; specif., designating a synthetic fabric, as polyester, whose filaments have been processed to give ...
See texturize. * * *
textus receptus
/tek"steuhs ri sep"teuhs/ a text of a work that is generally accepted as being genuine or original. [1855-60; < NL: received text] * * *
tex·tus re·cep·tus (tĕk'təs rĭ-sĕpʹtəs) n. 1. Textus Receptus The Greek text of the New Testament that became standard in printed editions from the 16th to the end of ...
Tey, Josephine
▪ Scottish author pseudonym of  Elizabeth Mackintosh   born 1897, Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scot. died Feb. 13, 1952, London, Eng.  Scottish playwright and author of ...
▪ Lesotho       village, northwestern Lesotho, 19 miles (31 km) northeast of Maseru, on the country's main north-south road. Named after the Teja-Tejane ...
Sp. /tay"dhe/, n. Pico de /pee"kaw dhe/. See Teide, Pico de. * * *
Teyte, Dame Maggie
▪ English singer original name  Margaret Tate   born April 17, 1888, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Eng. died May 26, 1976, London       English soprano, a well-known ...
/tes kaht'li poh"kah/, n. an Aztec god. [ < Nahuatl Tezcatlepoca, perh. equiv. to tezca(tl) mirror + tle(tl) fire + (po)poca smokes (3d sing. v.)] * * * Omnipotent god of the ...
/tet"seuhl/, n. Johann. See Tetzel, Johann. * * *
▪ India also called  Tizpur        town, north-central Assam state, northeastern India. Situated along the Brahmaputra River, it is a trade centre for tea, rice, ...
➡ Transport for London. * * *
T formation n. Football An offensive formation in which the fullback lines up directly behind the center and the quarterback with a halfback on either side or in which two ...
transfer. * * *
Mil. (in designations of fighter aircraft) tactical fighter experimental. * * *
1. transformational-generative (grammar). 2. transformational grammar. * * *
Trigonom. tangent. * * *
transformational-generative grammar. * * *
Informal. thank God it's Friday. Also, T.G.I.F. * * *
Trigonom. tangent. * * *
a high-speed French passenger train that runs on a separate track and is capable of a top speed of over 200 mph (320 km/h). [ < F t(rain à) g(rande) v(itesse) high-speed ...
(in full the Transport and General Workers’ Union) one of Britain’s most important trade unions, both in size and influence. It represents several different groups of ...
Symbol, Chem. thorium. * * * (as used in expressions) Aberdeen George Hamilton Gordon 4th earl of Byron George Gordon Byron 6th Baron Cardigan James Thomas Brudenell 7th earl ...
Th 227
Symbol, Chem. radioactinium. Also, Th-227. * * *
Thursday. * * *
Bachelor of Theology. [ < NL Theologicae Baccalaureus] * * *
Doctor of Theology. [ < NL Theologicae Doctor] * * *
Master of Theology. * * *
/thah/, n. the fourth letter of the Arabic alphabet. [ < Ar] * * *
Tha River
▪ river, Laos       river in northwestern Laos, one of the 12 principal tributaries of the Mekong River. The Tha River rises on the Chinese frontier and flows generally ...
Thaba Bosiu
▪ plateau, Lesotho also spelled  Thaba Bosigo        site and sandstone plateau (elevation 5,919 feet [1,804 m]) in the foothills of the southern African state of ...
Thabana Ntlenyana
▪ mountain, Lesotho also called  Thadentsonyane,  Thabantshonyana , or  Mount Ntlenyana        mountain peak (11,424 feet [3,482 m]) in the Drakensberg and the ...

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