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Tibetan Buddhism
Form of Mahayana Buddhism that evolved from the 7th century in Tibet. Based on Madhyamika and Yogacara philosophies, it incorporates the rituals of Vajrayana, the monastic ...
Tibetan calendar
▪ chronology       dating system based on a cycle of 60 Tibetan years, each of which usually has 354 days (12 cycles of the phases of the Moon). Adjustment to the solar ...
Tibetan carpet
      floor covering handwoven in Tibet and, more recently, by Tibetan refugees elsewhere. Before 1959, when thousands of refugees left the country after an abortive ...
Tibetan language
Sino-Tibetan language spoken by more than five million people in Tibet (Xizang), Qinghai, Sichuan, and Gansu provinces in China; Bhutan; northern Nepal; and the Kashmir region of ...
Tibetan literature
      body of largely religious and occult writings that has developed since the 7th century, when Tibetan became a written language. Until the 13th century most Tibetan ...
Tibetan spaniel
one of a breed of small alert dogs originally developed in Tibet, with a double coat of any color, well-feathered, pendent ears, and a plumed tail curled over the ...
Tibetan terrier
one of a breed of medium-sized dogs having a long, fine coat, in solid white, cream, gray, black, or parti-colored, with hair falling over the eyes and forming a beard on the ...
TibetanBuddhism
Tibetan Buddhism n. A form of Mahayana Buddhism with an admixture of indigenous animism that is practiced in Tibet, Mongolia, Bhutan, and neighboring areas. * * *
Tibetic Languages*, Table
▪ Table areas where spoken number of speakers** Bodish-Himalayish Bodish languages Tibetan (with ...
Tibeto-Burman
/ti bet"oh berr"meuhn/, n. a subfamily of Sino-Tibetan languages, including esp. Tibetan and Burmese. [TIBET + -O- + BURM(A) + -AN] * * *
Tibeto-Burman languages
Introduction       language group within the Sino-Tibetan family (Sino-Tibetan languages). At the end of the 20th century, Tibeto-Burman languages were spoken by ...
Tibi Dam
▪ dam, Spain       dam in the Valencia region of eastern Spain, across the Monnegre River. It was erected late in the 16th century and is still in use. Its builders ...
tibia
—tibial, adj. /tib"ee euh/, n., pl. tibiae /tib"ee ee'/, tibias. 1. Anat. the inner of the two bones of the leg, that extend from the knee to the ankle and articulate with the ...
tibial
See tibia. * * *
tibiofibular
tib·i·o·fib·u·lar (tĭb'ē-ō-fĭbʹyə-lər) adj. Of, relating to, or involving both the tibia and the fibula: tibiofibular articulation. * * *
tibiotarsus
—tibiotarsal, adj. /tib'ee oh tahr"seuhs/, n., pl. tibiotarsi /-suy/. Ornith. the main bone of the leg of a bird, between the femur and tarsometatarsus, formed by the fusion of ...
Tibullus
/ti bul"euhs/, n. Albius /al"bee euhs/, c54-c19 B.C., Roman poet. * * *
Tibullus, Albius
▪ Roman poet born c. 55 BC died c. 19 BC       Roman poet, the second in the classical sequence of great Latin writers of elegiacs that begins with Cornelius Gallus and ...
Tibur
/tuy"beuhr/, n. ancient name of Tivoli. * * *
tic
/tik/, n. 1. Pathol. a. a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face. b. See tic douloureux. 2. a persistent or recurrent behavioral trait; ...
tic douloureux
/tik" dooh'leuh rooh"/; Fr. /teek dooh looh rddue"/, Pathol. paroxysmal darting pain and muscular twitching in the face, evoked by rubbing certain points of the face. Also called ...
tic-tac
tic-tac (tĭkʹtăk') n. Variant of ticktack. * * * ➡ tic-tac man * * *
tic-tac man
n (pl men) (BrE) a bookmaker (= a man who takes bets) at a horse-racing course, who communicates betting information to other bookmakers there by means of tic-tac, a special ...
tic-tac-toe
/tik'tak toh"/, n. tick-tack-toe. * * *
tical
/ti kahl", -kawl", tee"keuhl/, n., pl. ticals, tical. 1. a former silver coin and monetary unit of Siam, equal to 100 satang: replaced in 1928 by the baht. 2. baht. [1655-65; < ...
ticdouloureux
tic dou·lou·reux (do͞o'lə-ro͞oʹ) n. See trigeminal neuralgia.   [French : tic, tic + douloureux, painful.] * * *
Tichatschek, Joseph
▪ German opera singer also spelled  Josef Ticháček   born July 11, 1807, Ober-Weckelsdorf, Bohemia, Austrian Empire [now in Czech Republic] died Jan. 18, 1886, Blasewitz, ...
Ticino
/ti chee"noh/; It. /tee chee"naw/, n. a canton in S Switzerland. 279,100; 1086 sq. mi. (2813 sq. km). Cap.: Bellinzona. French and German, Tessin. * * * ▪ canton, ...
Ticino River
River, Switzerland and Italy. It rises on the slopes of the St. Gotthard range, winds south through Ticino canton, traverses Lake Maggiore, and continues south to the Po River, ...
tick
tick1 /tik/, n. 1. a slight, sharp, recurring click, tap, or beat, as of a clock. 2. Chiefly Brit. Informal. a moment or instant. 3. a small dot, mark, check, or electronic ...
tick bird
any of various birds that feed on ticks, as an oxpecker. [1860-65] * * *
tick fever
any fever transmitted by ticks, as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which attacks humans, or Texas fever, which is confined to some animals, as cattle. [1895-1900] * * *
tick trefoil
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Desmodium, of the legume family, having trifoliolate leaves and jointed pods with hooked hairs by which they adhere to ...
tick-borne
/tik"bawrn', -bohrn'/, adj. carried or transmitted by ticks: tick-borne disease. [1935-40] * * *
tick-tack-toe
/tik'tak toh"/, n. 1. a simple game in which one player marks down only X's and another only O's, each alternating in filling in any of the nine compartments of a figure formed ...
tickbird
tick·bird (tĭkʹbûrd') n. See oxpecker. * * *
ticked
/tikt/, adj. Slang. angry; miffed. [1935-40; TICK1 + -ED2] * * *
Tickell
/tik"euhl/, n. Thomas, 1686-1740, English poet and translator. * * *
Tickell, Thomas
▪ English writer born 1686, Bridekirk, near Carlisle, Eng. died April 23, 1740, Bath, Somerset       English verse writer and man of letters who is, however, best ...
ticker
/tik"euhr/, n. 1. a telegraphic receiving instrument that automatically prints stock prices, market reports, etc., on a paper tape. 2. a person or thing that ticks. 3. Slang. a ...
ticker tape
the ribbon of paper on which a ticker prints quotations or news. Also called tape. [1900-05, Amer.] * * *
ticker-tape parade
/tik"euhr tayp'/ a parade honoring a visiting dignitary, hero, or the like in which confetti, shredded newspapers, or the like are showered into the streets from buildings along ...
tickertape
ticker tape n. The paper strip on which a telegraphic ticker prints. * * *
ticket
—ticketless, adj. /tik"it/, n. 1. a slip, usually of paper or cardboard, serving as evidence that the holder has paid a fare or admission or is entitled to some service, right, ...
ticket agency
an agency dealing in the sale of tickets, esp. theater tickets. [1930-35] * * *
ticket agent
a person who sells tickets, as for theater seats, train accommodations, etc. [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
ticket of leave
pl. tickets of leave. Brit. (formerly) a permit allowing a convict to leave prison, under certain restrictions, and go to work before having served a full term, somewhat similar ...
ticket scalper
an unauthorized ticket speculator who buys tickets to a performance or sports event and resells them at inflated prices. [1875-80] * * *
ticket-of-leave man
ticket-of-leave man [tik΄it əv lēv′] n. Brit. a convicted person whose sentence had not expired, set conditionally at liberty by issuance of a revocable permit (ticket of ...
ticketpuncher
ticket puncher n. Slang A career military officer or businessperson whose primary concern is personal advancement. * * *
tickets
➡ lotteries * * *
tickety-boo
/tik"i tee booh"/, adj. Chiefly Brit. Informal. fine; OK. [1935-40; perh. expressive alter. of the phrase that's the ticket] * * *
tickfever
tick fever n. Any of various febrile diseases transmitted by ticks, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Texas fever. * * *
ticking
/tik"ing/, n. 1. a strong cotton fabric, usually twilled, used esp. in making cloth ticks. 2. a similar cloth in satin weave or Jacquard, used esp. for mattress covers. [1635-45; ...
tickle
/tik"euhl/, v., tickled, tickling, n. v.t. 1. to touch or stroke lightly with the fingers, a feather, etc., so as to excite a tingling or itching sensation in; titillate. 2. to ...
tickler
/tik"leuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that tickles. 2. See tickler file. 3. Accounting. a single-entry account arranged according to the due dates of obligations. 4. Electronics, ...
tickler coil
Electronics, Radio. the coil by which the plate circuit of a vacuum tube is inductively coupled with the grid circuit in the process of regeneration. [1920-25] * * *
tickler file
a file consisting of memoranda, notices, electronic signals, or the like that serves to remind the user of matters that must be attended to. [1795-1805, Amer.] * * *
ticklish
—ticklishly, adv. —ticklishness, n. /tik"lish/, adj. 1. sensitive to tickling. 2. requiring careful or delicate handling or action; difficult or risky; dicey: a ticklish ...
ticklishly
See ticklish. * * *
ticklishness
See ticklishly. * * *
tickly
/tik"lee/, adj., ticklier, tickliest. ticklish. [1520-30; TICKLE + -Y1] * * *
Ticknor
/tik"neuhr, -nawr/, n. George, 1791-1871, U.S. literary historian and educator. * * *
Ticknor, George
▪ American author and educator born August 1, 1791, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. died January 26, 1871, Boston       American author and educator who helped modernize ...
tickseed
/tik"seed'/, n. 1. any of various plants having seeds resembling ticks, as a coreopsis or the bugseed. 2. See tick trefoil. [1555-65; TICK2 + SEED] * * * ▪ ...
tickseedsunflower
tickseed sunflower n. Any of several weeds of the genus Bidens of the composite family, having yellow ray flowers and barbed achenes that cling to clothing and fur. * * *
ticktack
/tik"tak'/, n. 1. a repetitive sound, as of ticking, tapping, knocking, or clicking: the ticktack of high heels in the corridor. 2. a device for making a tapping sound, as ...
ticktacktoe
tick·tack·toe also tick-tack-toe or tic-tac-toe (tĭk'tăk'tōʹ) n. A game played by two people, each trying to make a line of three X's or three O's in a boxlike figure with ...
ticktock
/tik"tok'/, n. 1. an alternating ticking sound, as that made by a clock. v.i. 2. to emit or produce a ticking sound, like that of a clock. Also, tictoc. [1840-50; imit.] * * *
ticktrefoil
tick trefoil n. Any of various plants of the genus Desmodium, usually having trifoliolate compound leaves, racemes of small purplish or white flowers, and jointed seedpods with ...
ticky tacky
☆ ticky tacky [tik′ē tak′ē ] n. 〚redupl. of TACKY2〛 dull, unimaginative, often shoddy uniformity, like that of houses in some less expensive real-estate ...
ticky-tacky
/tik"ee tak'ee/, Informal. adj. 1. shoddy and unimaginatively designed; flimsy and dull: a row of new, ticky-tacky bungalows. 2. tacky2. n. 3. ticky-tacky material or something ...
Ticlio
▪ mountain pass, Peru also called  Anticona        mountain pass of the Cordillera Central of the Peruvian Andes, about 60 mi (100 km) northeast of Lima, through the ...
Tico
/tee"koh/; Sp. /tee"kaw/, n., pl. Ticos /-kohz/; Sp. /-kaws/, adj. Slang. (in Central America) n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Costa Rica. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or ...
Ticonderoga
/tuy'kon deuh roh"geuh/, n. a village in NE New York, on Lake Champlain: site of French fort captured by the English 1759 and by Americans under Ethan Allen 1775. 2938. * * ...
Ticonderoga, Battle of
(1775) Engagement in the American Revolution. Held by the British since 1759, Fort Ticonderoga (in New York) was overrun on the morning of May 10, 1775, in a surprise attack by ...
ticqueur
tic·queur (tĭ-kûrʹ) n. A person affected with a tic.   [French tiqueur, from tic, tic.] * * *
tictac
/tik"tak'/, n., v.i., tictacked, tictacking. tick-tack. * * *
tictoc
/tik"tok'/, n., v.i., tictocked, tictocking. ticktock. * * *
tidal
—tidally, adv. /tuyd"l/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or subject to tides: a tidal current. 2. dependent on the state of the tide as to time of departure: a ...
tidal basin
an artificial body of water open to a river, stream, etc., subject to tidal action. [1855-60] * * *
tidal benchmark
a benchmark used as a reference for tidal observations. * * *
tidal bore
bore3. * * *
tidal datum
(in a hydrographic survey) a curved surface representing one phase of a tide, usually mean low water, taken as a datum level. * * *
tidal flat
tideland that is flat or nearly flat and often muddy or marshy. * * * Level muddy surface bordering an estuary, alternately submerged and exposed to the air by changing tidal ...
tidal friction
▪ astronomy       in astronomy, strain produced in a celestial body (such as the Earth or Moon) that undergoes cyclic variations in gravitational attraction as it ...
tidal light
a light placed at the entrance of a harbor to indicate the depth of the water and the direction of tidal flow. * * *
tidal pool
a pool of water remaining on a reef, shore platform, or beach after the tide has receded. Also called tide pool, tidepool. * * *
tidal power
Electricity produced by turbines operated by tide flow. Large amounts of power are potentially available from the tides in certain locations, such as Canada's Bay of Fundy, ...
tidal wave
1. (not in technical use) a large, destructive ocean wave, produced by a seaquake, hurricane, or strong wind. Cf. tsunami. 2. either of the two great wavelike swellings of the ...
tidalair
tidal air n. Tidal volume. * * *
tidalbasin
tidal basin n. A body of water in an area subject to tides whose water level is maintained at a desired level by artificial means. * * *
tidalflat
tidal flat n. A nearly flat coastal area, alternately covered and exposed by the tides, and consisting of unconsolidated sediments. * * *
tidalforce
tidal force n. Any of various small gravitational forces acting on an extended body as a result of the varying distance between the source of the gravitational force, such as the ...
tidally
See tidal. * * *
tidalpool
tidal pool n. A pool of water remaining after a tide has retreated. Also called tide pool. * * *
tidalvolume
tidal volume n. The volume of air inhaled and exhaled at each breath. * * *
tidalwave
tidal wave n. 1. The swell or crest of surface ocean water created by the tides. 2. a. An unusual, often destructive rise of water along the seashore, as from a storm or a ...
tidbit
/tid"bit'/, n. 1. a delicate bit or morsel of food. 2. a choice or pleasing bit of anything, as news or gossip. Also, esp. Brit., titbit. [1630-40; TIDE1 (in sense "feast day") + ...
tiddler
tiddler [tid′lər] n. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] Chiefly Brit. Informal 1. a very small fish 2. a small, minor, or unimportant thing or person * * *
tiddly
/tid"lee/, adj. Chiefly Brit. Slang. slightly drunk; tipsy. [1885-90; orig. uncert.] * * *
tiddlywinks
/tid"lee wingks'/, n. (used with a sing. v.) a game played on a flat surface, in which players attempt to snap small plastic disks into a cup by pressing the edges of the disks ...
tide
tide1 —tideful, adj. —tideless, adj. —tidelessness, n. —tidelike, adj. /tuyd/, n., v., tided, tiding. n. 1. the periodic rise and fall of the waters of the ocean and its ...
tide gage
a gauge for measuring the level of the tide: usually equipped with a marigraph. Also, tide gauge. [1830-40] * * *
tide gate
1. a gate through which water flows when the tide is in one direction and that closes automatically when the tide is in the opposite direction. 2. a restricted passage, as a ...
tide lock
a lock at the entrance to a tidal basin. [1885-90] * * *
tide mill
a mill operated by the tidal movement of water. [1630-40] * * *
tide pool.
See tidal pool. Also tidepool. * * *
tide rip
tide rip a rip current associated with a tidal current * * *
tide table
a table listing the predicted times and heights of the tides for specific dates and places. [1585-95] * * *
tide-bound
/tuyd"bownd'/, adj. Naut. (of a vessel) grounded or otherwise confined at low tide. [1905-10] * * *
tidechart
tide chart n. A chart listing the predicted times and heights of the high and low tides for a given location, throughout one year. * * *
tidehead
/tuyd"hed'/, n. the inland limit of the tide. [TIDE1 + HEAD] * * *
tideland
/tuyd"land'/, n. 1. land alternately exposed and covered by the ordinary ebb and flow of the tide. 2. Often, tidelands. submerged offshore land within the territorial waters of a ...
tidemark
/tuyd"mahrk'/, n. 1. the point that something or someone has reached, receded below, or risen above: He has reached the tidemark of his prosperity. 2. a mark left by the highest ...
tidepool
tide pool n. See tidal pool. * * *
tiderip
/tuyd"rip'/, n. a rip caused by conflicting tidal currents or by a tidal current crossing a rough bottom. [1820-30; TIDE1 + RIP2] * * *
tidewaiter
tidewaiter [tīdwāt΄ər] n. Historical a customs official who boarded incoming ships to prevent customs evasion * * * tide·wait·er (tīdʹwā'tər) n. A customs officer who ...
tidewater
/tuyd"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, n. 1. water affected by the flow and ebb of the tide. 2. the water covering tideland at flood tide. 3. seacoast. [1765-75; TIDE1 + WATER] * * * ▪ ...
tideway
/tuyd"way'/, n. a channel in which a tidal current runs. Also, tide way. [1620-30; TIDE1 + WAY1] * * *
tidily
See tidy. * * *
tidiness
See tidily. * * *
tiding
tid·ing (tīʹdĭng) n. A piece of information or news. Often used in the plural: tidings of great joy; sad tidings. See Synonyms at news.   [Middle English tiding, perhaps ...
tidings
/tuy"dingz/, n. (sometimes used with a sing. v.) news, information, or intelligence: sad tidings. [bef. 1100; ME; OE tidung; c. D tijding, G Zeitung news; akin to ON tithindi. ...
Tidore Island
▪ island, Indonesia also spelled  Tidor , Indonesian  Pulau Tidore        one of the Moluccas (Maluku) islands, east-central Indonesia. With an area of 45 square ...
tidy
—tidily, adv. —tidiness, n. /tuy"dee/, adj., tidier, tidiest, v., tidied, tidying, n., pl. tidies. adj. 1. neat, orderly, or trim, as in appearance or dress: a tidy room; a ...
tidytips
/tuy"dee tips'/, n., pl. tidytips. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a composite plant, Layia platyglossa, of California, having flower heads with bright yellow, white-tipped ...
tie
/tuy/, v., tied, tying, n. v.t. 1. to bind, fasten, or attach with a cord, string, or the like, drawn together and knotted: to tie a tin can on a dog's tail. 2. to draw together ...
tie bar
a bar-shaped tie clasp. * * *
tie beam
a horizontal timber or the like for connecting two structural members to keep them from spreading apart, as a beam connecting the feet of two principal rafters in a roof truss. ...
tie clasp
an ornamental metal clasp for securing the two ends of a necktie to a shirt front. Also called tie clip. * * *
tie line
Telecommunications. 1. a line that connects two or more extensions in a PBX telephone system. 2. a private telephone channel, leased from a telephone company, that connects two ...
tie plate
Railroads. a plate set between the base of a rail and a crosstie to distribute the rail load over a greater area of the tie and thus reduce wear and damage to it. [1870-75] * * *
tie plug
Railroads. a wooden plug driven into the hole left in a tie when a spike has been withdrawn. * * *
tie rod
1. an iron or steel rod serving as a structural tie, esp. one keeping the lower ends of a roof truss, arch, etc., from spreading. 2. Auto. a rod that serves as part of the ...
tie rubbing
▪ art Wade-Giles romanization  t'ieh         imprint taken from calligraphy engraved on stone or wood. The practice emerged in the Tang dynasty (618–907) as a ...
tie tack
a pin having an ornamental head, pinned through the ends of a necktie to hold it against a shirt. Also, tie tac. [1950-55] * * *
tie-and-dye
/tuy"euhn duy"/, n. See tie dyeing. [1925-30] * * *
tie-down
/tuy"down'/, n. 1. a device for tying something down. 2. the act of tying something down. [n. use of v. phrase tie down] * * *
tie-dye
/tuy"duy'/, v., dyed, tie-dyeing, n. v.t. 1. to dye (fabric) by tie-dyeing. n. 2. tie-dyeing. 3. Informal. a fabric or garment dyed by tie-dyeing. [1935-40] * * *
tie-dyeing
/tuy"duy'ing/, n. a process of hand-dyeing fabric, in which sections of the fabric are tightly bound, as with thread, to resist the dye solution, thereby producing a variegated ...
tie-in
/tuy"in'/, adj. 1. pertaining to or designating a sale in which the buyer in order to get the item desired must also purchase one or more other, usually undesired, items. 2. of ...
tie-off rail
/tuy"awf', -of'/. See trim rail. * * *
tie-up
/tuy"up'/, n. 1. a temporary stoppage or slowing of business, traffic, telephone service, etc., as due to a strike, storm, or accident. 2. the act or state of tying up or the ...
tieback
/tuy"bak'/, n. 1. a strip or loop of material, heavy braid, or the like, used for holding a curtain back to one side. 2. a curtain having such a device. [1875-80; n. use of v. ...
tiebeam
tie beam n. A horizontal beam forming the base of a triangular truss for a pitched roof, connecting the two side walls and supporting a pair of principals. * * *
tiebreak
tie·break (tīʹbrāk') n. See tiebreaker. * * *
tiebreaker
/tuy"bray'keuhr/, n. a system for breaking a tie score at the end of regulation play by establishing a winner through special additional play, usually of a fairly short duration, ...
tiebreaking
See tiebreaker. * * *
Tieck
/teek/, n. Ludwig /looht"vikh, loohd"-/, 1773-1853, German writer. * * *
Tieck, (Johann) Ludwig
born May 31, 1773, Berlin, Prussia died April 28, 1853, Berlin German writer and critic. He was educated at the universities of Halle, Göttingen, and Erlangen. His first works ...
Tieck, Ludwig
▪ German writer born May 31, 1773, Berlin, Prussia [Germany] died April 28, 1853, Berlin  versatile and prolific writer and critic of the early Romantic movement in Germany. ...
tieclasp
tie clasp n. An ornamental clasp that holds the ends of a necktie to the shirt front. Also called tie clip. * * *
tied cottage
➡ tied house * * *
tied house
Brit. 1. a public house or tavern owned by or under contract to a brewery whose brands of beer, ale, etc., it sells exclusively. 2. Also called tied cottage. a house owned by an ...
Tied houses
➡ pub * * *
Tiel
▪ The Netherlands formerly  Thiel,         gemeente (municipality), central Netherlands, on the Waal River, west-southwest of Arnhem. Chartered in 1200, Tiel ...
Tiele, Cornelis Petrus
▪ Dutch theologian born Dec. 16, 1830, Leiden, Neth. died Jan. 11, 1902, Leiden       Dutch theologian and scholar, whose influence on the comparative study of ...
tieline
tie line n. 1. A communications link between extensions of a private telephone system. 2. A connection between systems, such as electrical power or communications systems. * * *
tiemannite
/tee"meuh nuyt'/, n. a mineral, mercuric selenide, HgSe, occurring in the form of a compact mass of gray crystals. [ < G Tiemannit (1855), after W. Tiemann, German scientist who ...
tien
(as used in expressions) Chou k'ou tien Tien Ch'ih Tien Shan * * *
Tien Shan
/tyen" shahn"/ a mountain range in central Asia, in China and Kirghizia. Highest peak, Pobeda Peak, 24,406 ft. (7439 m). Also, Tian Shan. * * * Chinese Tian Shan or T'ien Shan ...
Tienanmen Square
/tyen"ahn"men"/. See Tiananmen Square. * * *
tier
tier1 /tear/, n. 1. one of a series of rows or ranks rising one behind or above another, as of seats in an amphitheater, boxes in a theater, guns in a man-of-war, or oars in an ...
tier table
a stand having a number of round shelves, one on top of the other. * * *
tierce
/tears/, n. 1. an old measure of capacity equivalent to one third of a pipe, or 42 wine gallons. 2. a cask or vessel holding this quantity. 3. Also, terce. Eccles. the third of ...
tierced
/tearst/, adj. Heraldry. (of an escutcheon) divided vertically or horizontally into three equal parts. [1795-1805; TIERCE + -ED3; cf. F tiercé] * * *
tiercel
/tear"seuhl/, n. Falconry. tercel. * * *
tierceron
/tear"seuhr euhn/, n. (in a ribbed vault) a diagonal rib, other than an ogive, springing from a point of support. See illus. under vault1. [1835-45; < F, equiv. to tierce TIERCE ...
tiered
/teard/, adj. being or arranged in tiers or layers (usually used in combination): a two-tiered box of chocolates. [1800-10; TIER1 + -ED3] * * *
Tiergarten
▪ area, Berlin, Germany       area of Berlin, Germany, on the Spree River. Before World War II it was Berlin's diplomatic quarter and the site of the War Ministry. It ...
Tierney, Lawrence
▪ 2003       American actor (b. March 15, 1919, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. Feb. 26, 2002, Los Angeles, Calif.), appeared in dozens of B movies and generally played the tough ...
Tierney, Myles
▪ 2000       American journalist who served as a news agency television journalist in Africa; he was killed while covering civil wars in West Africa (b. Nov. 25, 1964, ...
tierod
tie rod n. 1. A metal rod that joins and reinforces parts in a structure. 2. Either of two metal rods or arms that transmit motion to the front axle in certain vehicular steering ...
Tierra Blanca
▪ Mexico       city, southern Veracruz estado (state), south central Mexico, in the Gulf of Mexico lowland, in the Río Papaloapan Valley, near the border of Oaxaca ...
Tierra del Fuego
/tee er"euh del fway"goh/; Sp. /tyerdd"rddah dhel fwe"gaw/ a group of islands at the S tip of South America, separated from the mainland by the Strait of Magellan: jointly owned ...
Tierradel Fuego
Ti·er·ra del Fue·go (tē-ĕrʹə dĕl fwāʹgō, tyĕrʹrä dĕl fwĕʹgō) An archipelago off southern South America separated from the mainland by the Strait of Magellan. ...
tiers état
/tyerdd zay tann"/, French. See third estate. * * *
tiertable
tier table (tîr) n. A table having several shelflike tops, one above the other. * * *
tietack
tie tack n. A short pin with a decorative head, used to attach a tie to a shirt front by means of a snap or chain. * * *
tietäjä
▪ Scandinavian shaman       the principal religious specialist of the Baltic Finns, functioning in the tradition of the Finno-Ugric shaman. Operating in a more complex, ...
Tietê
Tie·tê (tyə-tāʹ, tyĭ-tĕʹ) A river, about 805 km (500 mi) long, of southeast Brazil flowing generally northwest to the Paraná River. * * *
Tietê River
River, southeastern Brazil. Rising in the mountains near the Atlantic Ocean coast, it flows northwest about 700 mi (1,130 km) through central São Paulo state to join the ...
Tietjens, Eunice
▪ poet, novelist, and editor in full  Eunice Strong Hammond Tietjens  born July 29, 1884, Chicago died Sept. 6, 1944, Chicago       poet, novelist, and editor, whose ...
Tietze'ssyndrome
Tie·tze's syndrome (tēʹtsēz) n. Inflammation of the cartilage of the rib cage, causing pain in the chest similar to angina pectoris.   [After AlexanderTietze (1864-1927), ...
tievine
tie vine n. Lower Southern U.S. The wild morning glory. * * *
tiff
/tif/, n. 1. a slight or petty quarrel. 2. a slight fit of annoyance, bad mood, or the like. v.i. 3. to have a petty quarrel. 4. to be in a tiff. [1720-30; orig. uncert.] Syn. 1. ...
tiffany
/tif"euh nee/, n., pl. tiffanies. a sheer, mesh fabric constructed in plain weave, originally made of silk but now often made of cotton or synthetic fibers. [1250-1300; 1595-1605 ...
Tiffany
/tif"euh nee/, n. 1. Charles Lewis, 1812-1902, U.S. jeweler. 2. his son Louis Comfort /kum"feuhrt/, 1848-1933, U.S. painter and decorator, esp. of glass. 3. a female given ...
Tiffany glass.
See Favrile glass. [named after L. C. TIFFANY] * * *
Tiffany setting
Jewelry. a setting, as in a ring, in which the stone is held with prongs. [named after C. L. TIFFANY] * * *
Tiffany, Charles Lewis
▪ American jeweler born Feb. 15, 1812, Killingly, Conn., U.S. died Feb. 18, 1902, New York, N.Y.       American jeweler who made a specialty of importing historic gems, ...
Tiffany, Louis Comfort
born Feb. 18, 1848, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 17, 1933, New York City U.S. painter, craftsman, philanthropist, decorator, and designer. The son of the famous jeweler ...
Tiffany,Louis Comfort
Tif·fa·ny (tĭfʹə-nē), Louis Comfort. 1848-1933. American artist who developed an opalescent colored glass that he used in stained-glass windows, lamps, and other ...
Tiffanyglass
Tiffany glass n. Stained or iridescent glass of a kind popular in the early 1900s for vases and lampshades.   [After Tiffany, Louis Comfort.] * * *
Tiffany’s
a well-known jewellery shop on Fifth Avenue in New York. It was established in 1839 by Charles Tiffany (1812–1902), and the shop now has branches in London, Paris and other ...
tiffin
/tif"in/, Brit. Informal. n. 1. lunch. v.i. 2. to eat lunch. v.t. 3. to provide lunch for; serve lunch to. [1775-85; var. of *tiffing, equiv. to tiff (obs.) to sip, drink + ...
Tiffin
/tif"in/, n. a city in N Ohio. 19,549. * * * ▪ Ohio, United States       city, seat (1824) of Seneca county, north-central Ohio, U.S., on the Sandusky River, about 45 ...
Tiflis
/tif"lis/; Russ. /tyi flyees"/, n. former name of Tbilisi. * * *
Tifton
/tif"teuhn/, n. a town in central Georgia. 13,749. * * *
Tigard
/tuy"geuhrd/, n. a city in NW Oregon, near Portland. 14,286. * * *
Tigellinus, Ofonius
▪ Roman official died AD 69       the Roman emperor Nero's chief adviser from 62 to 68, notorious for the influence his cruelty and debauched behaviour had upon the ...
tiger
—tigerlike, adj. /tuy"geuhr/, n., pl. tigers, (esp. collectively for 1, 2, 5) tiger. 1. a large, carnivorous, tawny-colored and black-striped feline, Panthera tigris, of Asia, ...
tiger beetle
any of numerous active, usually brightly colored beetles, of the family Cicindelidae, that prey on other insects. [1820-30] * * * Any of some 2,000 species (family Cicindelidae) ...
tiger cat
1. any of several felines, as the ocelot or margay, that resemble the tiger in coloration or ferocity but are smaller. 2. a spotted marsupial cat, Dasyurus (Dasyurops) ...
tiger lily
1. a lily, Lilium lancifolium (or tigrinum), having dull-orange flowers spotted with black and small bulbs or bulbils in the axils of the leaves. 2. any lily, esp. L. pardalinum, ...
tiger lizard
either of two lacertid lizards, Nucras intertexta and N. tessellata, of southern Africa, having a gray or brown body marked with black spots and bars. * * *
tiger mosquito
a large Asian mosquito, Aedes albopictus, introduced into the southern U.S., that is a vector of dengue and other infectious diseases. [1825-35] * * *
tiger moth
any of numerous moths of the family Arctiidae, many of which have conspicuously striped or spotted wings. [1810-20] * * * Any of more than 3,500 species (family Arctiidae) of ...
tiger salamander
a salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum, common in North America, having a dark body marked with yellowish spots or bars. See illus. under salamander. [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
tiger shark
a large shark, Galeocerdo cuvieri, inhabiting warm seas, noted for its voracious habits. [1775-85] * * * Potentially dangerous shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri, family Carcharhinidae), ...
tiger snake
either of two highly venomous snakes, Notechis scutatus and N. ater, of Australia and Tasmania, that grow to a length of 5 ft. (1.5 m). [1870-75] * * * ▪ ...
tiger swallowtail
a yellow swallowtail butterfly, Papilio glaucus, of eastern North America, having the forewings striped with black. See illus. under swallowtail. [1885-90] * * * Any of several ...
Tiger Woods
➡ Woods * * *
tiger's-eye
/tuy"geuhrz uy'/, n. 1. a golden-brown chatoyant stone used for ornament, formed by the alteration of crocidolite, and consisting essentially of quartz colored by iron oxide. 2. ...
Tiger, Dick
▪ Nigerian boxer original name  Richard Ihetu  born Aug. 14, 1929, Amaigbo, Orlu, Nigeria died Dec. 14, 1971, Nigeria       Nigerian professional boxer, world ...
tiger-eye
ti·ger-eye (tīʹgər-ī') also ti·ger's-eye (tīʹgərz-) n. A yellow-brown, semiprecious chatoyant gemstone consisting of quartz with parallel veins of silicified altered ...
tiger-flower
▪ plant also called  Aztec city , or  shell flower        any of about 12 species of the genus Tigridia, plants native from Mexico to Chile and once prized by the ...
tigerbeetle
tiger beetle n. Any of numerous active, brightly colored, predatory beetles of the family Cicindelidae, chiefly of warm, sandy regions, having large jaws and sluggish larvae that ...
tigercat
tiger cat n. 1. Any of various small wild felines, such as the ocelot, margay, or jaguarundi, that resemble the tiger in appearance or behavior. 2. A domestic cat, especially a ...
tigereye
/tuy"geuhr uy'/, n. tiger's-eye. * * * or tiger's-eye Semiprecious quartz gem displaying chatoyancy, a vertical luminescent band like that of a cat's eye. Bands of parallel, ...
tigerfish
/tuy"geuhr fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) tigerfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) tigerfishes. a large, voracious, freshwater game fish, Hydrocyenus ...
tigerish
—tigerishly, adv. —tigerishness, n. /tuy"geuhr ish/, adj. 1. tigerlike, as in strength, fierceness, courage, or coloration. 2. fiercely cruel; bloodthirsty; relentless. Also, ...
tigerlily
tiger lily n. An eastern Asian perennial (Lilium lancifolium) having large black-spotted reddish-orange flowers with reflexed petals and purplish bulbils in the leaf axils. * * *
Tigerman, Stanley
▪ American architect born September 20, 1930, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.       prominent American architect and activist best known for his work in ...
tigermoth
tiger moth n. Any of numerous, often brightly colored moths of the family Arctiidae, characteristically having wings marked with spots or stripes. * * *
tigersalamander
tiger salamander n. A large terrestrial salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) found in most parts of North America and having distinctive light olive bars or spots. * * *
tigershark
tiger shark n. A large voracious shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri) of tropical waters, having a grayish-brown color with vertical bars along the sides. * * *
tigerswallowtail
tiger swallowtail n. A large swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) of eastern North America, mostly yellow with narrow black bands across the wings. * * *
tigerware
▪ pottery also spelled  Tygerware,         16th- and 17th-century German stoneware having a brown, mottled glaze, and made in the Rhenish centres of Cologne and ...
Tighina
Ti·ghi·na (tĭ-gēʹnə) or Ben·de·ry (bĕn-dĕrʹē, bĭn-dyĕʹrē) or Ben·der (bĕn-dĕrʹ) A city of southern Moldova on the Dniester River northwest of Odessa, ...
tight
—tightly, adv. —tightness, n. /tuyt/, adj. tighter, tightest, adv., tighter, tightest. adj. 1. firmly or closely fixed in place; not easily moved; secure: a tight knot. 2. ...
tight end
Football. an offensive player positioned at one extremity of the line directly beside a tackle, used as both a blocker and a pass receiver. Cf. split end. [1960-65, Amer.] * * *
tight ship
☆ tight ship n. Informal an institution, business, etc. that is highly organized and efficiently run, like a naval vessel on which discipline is strictly enforced * * *
tight shot
Cinematog. a shot in which the camera appears to be very close to the subject, as in an extreme closeup. * * *
tight-ass
☆ tight-ass [tīt′as ] n. Slang a strait-laced, inhibited person: term objected to by some * * *
tight-assed
/tuyt"ast'/, adj. Slang (vulgar). rigidly self-controlled, inhibited, or conservative in attitude. [1965-70] * * *
tight-fisted
/tuyt"fis"tid/, adj. parsimonious; stingy; tight. [1835-45] * * *
tight-knit
/tuyt"nit"/, adj. well-organized and integrated. * * *
tight-lipped
/tuyt"lipt"/, adj. 1. speaking very little; taciturn; close-mouthed. 2. having the lips drawn tight. [1875-80] * * *
tight-mouthed
/tuyt"mowdhd", -mowtht"/, adj. tight-lipped. [1925-30] * * *
tighten
—tightener, n. /tuyt"n/, v.t., v.i. to make or become tight or tighter. [1720-30; TIGHT + -EN1] Syn. secure, anchor, fasten. * * *
tightend
tight end n. Football An offensive end who lines up close to a tackle. * * *
tightener
See tighten. * * *
tightfisted
tightfisted [tīt′fis΄tid] adj. stingy; closefisted * * * tight·fist·ed (tītʹfĭsʹtĭd) adj. Close-fisted; stingy.   tightʹfistʹed·ness n. * * *
tightfistedness
See tightfisted. * * *
tightfitting
/tuyt"fit"ing/, adj. (of a garment) fitting closely to the contours of the body: tightfitting pants. [1840-50; TIGHT + FIT1 + -ING2] * * *
tightknit
tightknit [tīt′nit΄] adj. 1. tightly knit 2. well organized, esp. in a concise or unified way [tightknit prose, a tightknit family] * * *
tightlipped
tight·lipped also tight-lipped (tītʹlĭptʹ) adj. 1. Having the lips pressed together. 2. Loath to speak; close-mouthed. See Synonyms at silent.   tightʹlippedʹness n. * * ...
tightlippedness
See tightlipped. * * *
tightly
See tight. * * *
tightness
See tightly. * * *
tightrope
/tuyt"rohp'/, n., v., tightroped, tightroping. n. 1. a rope or wire cable, stretched tight, on which acrobats perform feats of balancing. v.i. 2. to walk, move, or proceed on or ...
tights
/tuyts/, n. (used with a pl. v.) 1. a skin-tight, one-piece garment for the lower part of the body and the legs, now often made of stretch fabric, originally worn by dancers, ...
tightwad
/tuyt"wod'/, n. Informal. a close-fisted or stingy person. [1895-1900, Amer.; TIGHT + WAD1] * * *
tightwire
/tuyt"wuyeur'/, n. tightrope (def. 1). [1925-30; TIGHT + WIRE] * * *
Tiglath-pileser I
/tig"lath pi lee"zeuhr, -puy-/ died 1102? B.C., king of Assyria c1115-1102?. * * * ▪ king of Assyria flourished 11th century BC       one of the greatest of the early ...
Tiglath-pileser II
▪ king of Assyria flourished 10th century BC       king of Assyria (c. 965–c. 932 BC). He apparently ruled effectively, as a successor addressed him by a title ...
Tiglath-pileser III
died 727 B.C., king of Assyria 745-727. * * * flourished 8th century BC King of Assyria (r. 745–727 BC) who led the last and greatest phase of Assyrian expansion. On taking ...
tiglic
/tig"lik/, adj. Chem. of or derived from tiglic acid. Also, tiglinic /ti glin"ik/. [1870-75; < NL tigl(ium) croton-oil plant (said to be < Gk tîl(os) watery excrement + NL -ium ...
tiglic acid
Chem. a slightly water-soluble, poisonous compound, C5H8O2, derived from croton oil and occurring as a thick, syrupy liquid or in colorless crystals. [1870-75] * * *
tiglicacid
tig·lic acid (tĭgʹlĭk) n. A thick, syrupy poisonous liquid, C5H8O2, derived from croton oil, having a spicy odor and used in making perfumes and flavoring agents.   [From ...
tiglon
/tuy"gleuhn/, n. the offspring of a male tiger and a female lion. Also, tigon /tuy"geuhn/. Cf. liger. [1940-45; TIG(ER) + L(I)ON] * * *


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