Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Tarweed noun (Botany) A name given to several resinous-glandular composite plants of California, esp. to the species of Grindelia , Hemizonia , and Madia .

Tas noun [ French] A heap. [ Obsolete] "The tas of bodies slain." Chaucer.

Tas transitive verb To tassel. [ Obsolete] "A purse of leather tassed with silk." Chaucer.

Tasco noun [ Confer Spanish tasconio .] A kind of clay for making melting pots. Percy Smith.

Tasimer (tȧ*sĭm"e*tẽr) noun [ Greek ta`sis stretching, extension (from tei`nein to stretch) + -meter .] (Physics) An instrument for detecting or measuring minute extensions or movements of solid bodies. It consists essentially of a small rod, disk, or button of carbon, forming part of an electrical circuit, the resistance of which, being varied by the changes of pressure produced by the movements of the object to be measured, causes variations in the strength of the current, which variations are indicated by a sensitive galvanometer. It is also used for measuring minute changes of temperature. T. A. Edison.

Task (tȧsk) noun [ Middle English taske , Old French tasque , French tâche , for tasche , Late Latin tasca , taxa , from Latin taxare to rate, appraise, estimate. See Tax , noun & v. ]
1. Labor or study imposed by another, often in a definite quantity or amount.

Ma task of servile toil.
Milton.

Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close.
Longfellow.

2. Business; employment; undertaking; labor.

His mental powers were equal to greater tasks .
Atterbury.

To take to task . See under Take .

Syn. -- Work; labor; employment; business; toil; drudgery; study; lesson; stint.

Task transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Tasked ; present participle & verbal noun Tasking .]
1. To impose a task upon; to assign a definite amount of business, labor, or duty to.

There task thy maids, and exercise the loom.
Dryden.

2. To oppress with severe or excessive burdens; to tax.

3. To charge; to tax, as with a fault.

Too impudent to task me with those errors.
Beau. & Fl.

Task wage (Polit. Econ.) A wage paid by the day, or some fixed period, on condition that a minimum task be performed. When the workman is paid in proportion for excess over the minimum, the wage is one for piece-work.

Tasker noun
1. One who imposes a task.

2. One who performs a task, as a day-laborer. [ R.]

3. A laborer who receives his wages in kind. [ Scot.]

Taskmaster noun One who imposes a task, or burdens another with labor; one whose duty is to assign tasks; an overseer. Ex. i. 11.

All is, if I have grace to use it so,
As ever in my great Taskmaster's eye.
Milton.

Taskwork noun Work done as a task; also, work done by the job; piecework.

Taslet noun [ See Tasse a piece of armor.] A piece of armor formerly worn to guard the thighs; a tasse.

Tasmanian (tăz*mā"nĭ* a n) adjective Of or pertaining to Tasmania, or Van Diemen's Land. -- noun A native or inhabitant of Tasmania; specifically (Ethnol.) , in the plural, the race of men that formerly inhabited Tasmania, but is now extinct.

Tasmanian cider tree . (Botany) See the Note under Eucalyptus . -- Tasmanian devil . (Zoology) See under Devil . -- Tasmanian wolf (Zoology) , a savage carnivorous marsupial; -- called also zebra wolf . See Zebra wolf , under Wolf .

Tasse noun [ Old French tassette .] A piece of armor for the thighs, forming an appendage to the ancient corselet.

» Usually the tasse was a plate of iron swinging from the cuirass, but the skirts of sliding splints were also called by this name.

Tassel noun (Falconry) A male hawk. See Tercel .

Tassel noun [ See Teasel .] A kind of bur used in dressing cloth; a teasel.

Tassel noun [ Middle English , a fastening of a mantle, Old French tassel a fastening, clasp, French tasseau a bracket, Fr. Latin taxillus a little die, dim. of talus a die of a longish shape, rounded on two sides and marked only on the other four, a knuckle bone.]
1. A pendent ornament, attached to the corners of cushions, to curtains, and the like, ending in a tuft of loose threads or cords.

2. The flower or head of some plants, esp. when pendent.

And the maize field grew and ripened, Till it stood in all the splendor
Of its garments green and yellow,
Of its tassels and its plumage.
Longfellow.

3. A narrow silk ribbon, or the like, sewed to a book to be put between the leaves.

4. (Architecture) A piece of board that is laid upon a wall as a sort of plate, to give a level surface to the ends of floor timbers; -- rarely used in the United States.

Tassel flower (Botany) , a name of several composite plants of the genus Cineraria , especially the C. sconchifolia , and of the blossoms which they bear.

Tassel intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Tasseled or Tasselled ; present participle & verbal noun Tasseling or Tasselling .] To put forth a tassel or flower; as, maize tassels .

Tassel transitive verb To adorn with tassels. Chaucer.

Tasset noun [ See Tasse .] A defense for the front of the thigh, consisting of one or more iron plates hanging from the belt on the lower edge of the corselet.

Tastable (tāst"ȧ*b'l) adjective Capable of worthy of being tasted; savory; relishing.

Taste (tāst) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Tasted ; present participle & verbal noun Tasting .] [ Middle English tasten to feel, to taste, Old French taster , French tater to feel, to try by the touch, to try, to taste, (assumed) Late Latin taxitare , from Latin taxare to touch sharply, to estimate. See Tax , transitive verb ]
1. To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow. [ Obsolete] Chapman.

Taste it well and stone thou shalt it find.
Chaucer.

2. To try by the touch of the tongue; to perceive the relish or flavor of (anything) by taking a small quantity into a mouth. Also used figuratively.

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine.
John ii. 9.

When Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became incapable of pity or remorse.
Gibbon.

3. To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of.

I tasted a little of this honey.
1 Sam. xiv. 29.

4. To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience; to undergo.

He . . . should taste death for every man.
Hebrew ii. 9.

5. To partake of; to participate in; -- usually with an implied sense of relish or pleasure.

Thou . . . wilt taste
No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary.
Milton.

Taste intransitive verb
1. To try food with the mouth; to eat or drink a little only; to try the flavor of anything; as, to taste of each kind of wine.

2. To have a smack; to excite a particular sensation, by which the specific quality or flavor is distinguished; to have a particular quality or character; as, this water tastes brackish; the milk tastes of garlic.

Yea, every idle, nice, and wanton reason
Shall to the king taste of this action.
Shak.

3. To take sparingly.

For age but tastes of pleasures, youth devours.
Dryden.

4. To have perception, experience, or enjoyment; to partake; as, to taste of nature's bounty. Waller.

The valiant never taste of death but once.
Shak.

Taste noun
1. The act of tasting; gustation.

2. A particular sensation excited by the application of a substance to the tongue; the quality or savor of any substance as perceived by means of the tongue; flavor; as, the taste of an orange or an apple; a bitter taste ; an acid taste ; a sweet taste .

3. (Physiol.) The one of the five senses by which certain properties of bodies (called their taste , savor , flavor ) are ascertained by contact with the organs of taste.

» Taste depends mainly on the contact of soluble matter with the terminal organs (connected with branches of the glossopharyngeal and other nerves) in the papillæ on the surface of the tongue. The base of the tongue is considered most sensitive to bitter substances, the point to sweet and acid substances.

4. Intellectual relish; liking; fondness; -- formerly with of , now with for ; as, he had no taste for study.

I have no taste
Of popular applause.
Dryden.

5. The power of perceiving and relishing excellence in human performances; the faculty of discerning beauty, order, congruity, proportion, symmetry, or whatever constitutes excellence, particularly in the fine arts and belles-letters; critical judgment; discernment.

6. Manner, with respect to what is pleasing, refined, or in accordance with good usage; style; as, music composed in good taste ; an epitaph in bad taste .

7. Essay; trial; experience; experiment. Shak.

8. A small portion given as a specimen; a little piece tasted or eaten; a bit. Bacon.

9. A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon.

Syn. -- Savor; relish; flavor; sensibility; gout. -- Taste , Sensibility , Judgment . Some consider taste as a mere sensibility , and others as a simple exercise of judgment ; but a union of both is requisite to the existence of anything which deserves the name. An original sense of the beautiful is just as necessary to æsthetic judgments, as a sense of right and wrong to the formation of any just conclusions on moral subjects. But this "sense of the beautiful" is not an arbitrary principle. It is under the guidance of reason; it grows in delicacy and correctness with the progress of the individual and of society at large; it has its laws, which are seated in the nature of man; and it is in the development of these laws that we find the true "standard of taste."

What, then, is taste , but those internal powers,
Active and strong, and feelingly alive
To each fine impulse? a discerning sense
Of decent and sublime, with quick disgust
From things deformed, or disarranged, or gross
In species? This, nor gems, nor stores of gold,
Nor purple state, nor culture, can bestow,
But God alone, when first his active hand
Imprints the secret bias of the soul.
Akenside.

Taste of buds , or Taste of goblets (Anat.) , the flask-shaped end organs of taste in the epithelium of the tongue. They are made up of modified epithelial cells arranged somewhat like leaves in a bud.

Tasteful adjective
1. Having a high relish; savory. " Tasteful herbs." Pope.

2. Having or exhibiting good taste; in accordance with good taste; tasty; as, a tasteful drapery.

-- Taste"ful*ly , adverb -- Taste"ful*ness , noun

Tasteless adjective
1. Having no taste; insipid; flat; as, tasteless fruit.

2. Destitute of the sense of taste; or of good taste; as, a tasteless age. Orrery.

3. Not in accordance with good taste; as, a tasteless arrangement of drapery.

-- Taste"less*ly , adverb -- Taste"less*ness , noun

Taster noun
1. One who tastes; especially, one who first tastes food or drink to ascertain its quality.

Thy tutor be thy taster , ere thou eat.
Dryden.

2. That in which, or by which, anything is tasted, as, a dram cup, a cheese taster, or the like.

3. (Zoology) One of a peculiar kind of zooids situated on the polyp-stem of certain Siphonophora. They somewhat resemble the feeding zooids, but are destitute of mouths. See Siphonophora .

Tastily adverb In a tasty manner.

Tasting noun The act of perceiving or tasting by the organs of taste; the faculty or sense by which we perceive or distinguish savors.

Tasto noun [ Italian ] (Mus.) A key or thing touched to produce a tone.

Tasty adjective [ Compar. Tastier ; superl. Tastiest .]
1. Having a good taste; -- applied to persons; as, a tasty woman. See Taste , noun , 5.

2. Being in conformity to the principles of good taste; elegant; as, tasty furniture; a tasty dress.

Tat noun [ Hind. tāt .] Gunny cloth made from the fiber of the Corchorus olitorius , or jute. [ India]

Tat noun [ Hind. tatt... .] (Zoology) A pony. [ India]

Tataupa noun [ From the native name.] (Zoology) A South American tinamou ( Crypturus tataupa ).

Tatch noun [ French tache spot. See Techy .] A spot or stain; also, a trick. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Elyot.

Tath obsolete 3d pers. sing. present of Ta , to take.

Tath noun [ Prov. E.; of Scand. origin; confer Icelandic ta... dung, ta...a the grass of a manured pasture, te...ja to manure. √58. Confer Ted .]
1. Dung, or droppings of cattle. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

2. The luxuriant grass growing about the droppings of cattle in a pasture. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Tath transitive verb To manure (land) by pasturing cattle on it, or causing them to lie upon it. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Tatou noun [ Confer Tatouay .] (Zoology) The giant armadillo ( Priodontes gigas ) of tropical South America. It becomes nearly five feet long including the tail. It is noted for its burrowing powers, feeds largely upon dead animals, and sometimes invades human graves.

Tatouay noun [ Of Brazilian origin; confer Portuguese tatu , French tatou .] (Zoology) An armadillo ( Xenurus unicinctus ), native of the tropical parts of South America. It has about thirteen movable bands composed of small, nearly square, scales. The head is long; the tail is round and tapered, and nearly destitute of scales; the claws of the fore feet are very large. Called also tatouary , and broad-banded armadillo .

Tatouhou noun [ Confer Tatouay .] (Zoology) The peba.

Tatt transitive verb & i. To make (anything) by tatting; to work at tatting; as, tatted edging.

Tatta noun [ Hind. ...a......ī , tātī .] A bamboo frame or trellis hung at a door or window of a house, over which water is suffered to trickle, in order to moisten and cool the air as it enters. [ India]

Tatter noun One who makes tatting. Caulfield & S. (Doct. of Needlework).

Tatter noun [ Icelandic tötur , töttur , plural tötrar , ...öttrar ; confer Norw. totra , plural totror , LG. taltern tatters. √240.] A rag, or a part torn and hanging; -- chiefly used in the plural.

Tear a passion to tatters , to very rags.
Shak.

Tatter transitive verb [ past participle Tattered .] To rend or tear into rags; -- used chiefly in the past participle as an adjective.

Where waved the tattered ensigns of Ragfair.
Pope.

Tatterdemalion noun [ Tatter + Old French desmaillier to break the meshes of, to tear: confer Old French maillon long clothes, swadding clothes, French maillot. See Tatter , and Mail armor.] A ragged fellow; a ragamuffin. L'Estrange.

Tattersall's noun A famous horse market in London, established in 1766 by Richard Tattersall, also used as the headquarters of credit betting on English horse races; hence, a large horse market elsewhere.

Tatting noun A kind of lace made from common sewing thread, with a peculiar stitch.

Tatting shuttle , the shuttle on which the thread used in tatting is wound.