Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Tattle intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tattled
; present participle & verbal noun Tattling
.] [ Akin to Middle English tateren
, LG. tateln
, Dutch tateren
to stammer, and perhaps to English titter
.] 1. To prate; to talk idly; to use many words with little meaning; to chat.
The tattling quality of age, which is always narrative. Dryden. 2. To tell tales; to communicate secrets; to be a talebearer; as, a tattling girl.
Tattle noun Idle talk or chat; trifling talk; prate.
[ They] told the tattle of the day. Swift.
1. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales. Jer. Taylor. 2. (Zoology) Any one of several species of large, long-legged sandpipers belonging to the genus Totanus . » The common American species are the greater tattler, or telltale ( T. melanoleucus ), the smaller tattler, or lesser yellowlegs ( T. flavipes ), the solitary tattler ( T. solitarius ), and the semipalmated tattler, or willet. The first two are called also telltale , telltale spine , telltale tattler , yellowlegs , yellowshanks , and yelper.
Tattlery noun Idle talk or chat; tittle-tattle.
Tattling adjective Given to idle talk; apt to tell tales. -- Tat"tling*ly , adverb
[ Earlier taptoo
, Dutch taptoe
a tap, faucet + toe
to, shut ( i. e.
, the taps, or drinking houses, shut from the soldiers).] (Mil.) A beat of drum, or sound of a trumpet or bugle, at night, giving notice to soldiers to retreat, or to repair to their quarters in garrison, or to their tents in camp. The Devil's tattoo
. See under Devil .
Tattoo transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tattooed
; present participle & verbal noun Tattooing
.] [ Of Polynesian origin; confer New Zealand ta
to tattoo, tatu
puncturation (in Otaheite).] To color, as the flesh, by pricking in coloring matter, so as to form marks or figures which can not be washed out.
; plural Tattoos An indelible mark or figure made by puncturing the skin and introducing some pigment into the punctures; -- a mode of ornamentation practiced by various barbarous races, both in ancient and modern times, and also by some among civilized nations, especially by sailors.
; plural Tatties
. [ Hind. tattī
.] A mat or screen of fibers, as of the kuskus grass, hung at a door or window and kept wet to moisten and cool the air as it enters.
Tatu noun (Zoology) Same as Tatou .
Tatusiid noun (Zoology) Any armadillo of the family Tatusiidæ , of which the peba and mule armadillo are examples. Also used adjectively.
[ Greek tay^
the letter τ (English T
).] (Zoology) The common American toadfish; -- so called from a marking resembling the Greek letter tau (τ). Tau cross
. See Illust. 6, of Cross .
Tau (tou) noun [ Greek tay^ .] The nineteenth letter (&TAU;, τ) of the Greek alphabet, equivalent to English t .
Taught adjective See Taut . Totten.
Taught imperfect & past participle of Teach .
[ Anglo-Saxon imperfect tǣhte
, past participle getǣht
.] See Teach
Taunt adjective [ Confer Old French tant so great, French tant so much, Latin tantus of such size, so great, so much.] (Nautical) Very high or tall; as, a ship with taunt masts. Totten.
Taunt transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Taunted
; present participle & verbal noun Taunting
.] [ Earlier, to tease; probably from Old French tanter
to tempt, to try, for tenter
. See Tempt
.] To reproach with severe or insulting words; to revile; to upbraid; to jeer at; to flout.
When I had at my pleasure taunted her. Shak. Syn.
-- To deride; ridicule; mock; jeer; flout; revile. See Deride
Taunt noun Upbraiding language; bitter or sarcastic reproach; insulting invective.
With scoffs, and scorns, and contemelious taunts . Shak.
With sacrilegious taunt and impious jest. Prior.
Taunter noun One who taunts.
Taunting adjective & noun from Taunt , v.
Every kind of insolent and taunting reflection. Burke.
Tauntingly adverb In a taunting manner.
Tauntress noun A woman who taunts.
Taupie, Tawpie noun [ Confer Icelandic tōpi fool, Danish taabe , Swedish tåp .] A foolish or thoughtless young person, esp. a slothful or slovenly woman. [ Scot.] Burns.
Taur noun [ Latin Taurus .] The constellation Taurus. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Tauricornous adjective [ Latin tauricornis ; taurus a bull + cornu a horn.] (Zoology) Having horns like those of a bull. Sir T. Browne.
Taurid noun [ Taurus + 1st -id .] (Astron.) Any of a group of meteors appearing November 20-23; -- so called because they appear to radiate from a point in Taurus.
[ See Toreador
.] A bullfighter; a toreador. Sir W. Scott.
Tauriform adjective [ Latin tauriformis ; taurus a bull + -form : confer French tauriforme .] Having the form of a bull.
[ Latin taurinus
, from taurus
a bull. See Taurus
.] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the genus Taurus, or cattle.
[ So named because it was discovered in the bile of the ox. See Taurus
.] (Physiol. Chem.) A body occurring in small quantity in the juices of muscle, in the lungs, and elsewhere, but especially in the bile, where it is found as a component part of taurocholic acid, from which it can be prepared by decomposition of the acid. It crystallizes in colorless, regular six-sided prisms, and is especially characterized by containing both nitrogen and sulphur, being chemically amido-isethionic acid, C 2 H 7 NSO 3 .
Taurocholate noun (Physiol. Chem.) A salt of taurocholic acid; as, sodium taurocholate , which occurs in human bile.
Taurocholic adjective [ Taur ine + cholic .] (Physiol. Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a conjugate acid (called taurocholic acid ) composed of taurine and cholic acid, present abundantly in human bile and in that of carnivora. It is exceedingly deliquescent, and hence appears generally as a thick, gummy mass, easily soluble in water and alcohol. It has a bitter taste.
Taurocol, Taurocolla noun [ New Latin taurocolla , from Greek tayro`kolla ; tay^ros a bull + ko`lla glue: confer French taurocolle .] Glue made from a bull's hide.
[ See Tauromachy
.] Of or pertaining to bullfights.
-- noun A bullfighter.
Tauromachy noun [ Greek tayromachi`a ; tay^ros bull + ma`chh fight.] Bullfighting.
[ Latin , akin to Greek tay^ros
, and English steer
. See Steer
a young ox.] 1. (Astron.) (a) The Bull; the second in order of the twelve signs of the zodiac, which the sun enters about the 20th of April; -- marked thus [ &taurus;] in almanacs. (b) A zodiacal constellation, containing the well- known clusters called the Pleiades and the Hyades, in the latter of which is situated the remarkably bright Aldebaran. 2. (Zoology) A genus of ruminants comprising the common domestic cattle.
Taurylic adjective [ Latin taurus a bull + E. phen ylic .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid found of a urine of neat cattle, and probably identical with cresol .
[ Danish tæt
; akin to English tight
. See Tight
.] 1. (Nautical) Tight; stretched; not slack; -- said esp. of a rope that is tightly strained. 2. Snug; close; firm; secure. Taut hand (Nautical)
, a sailor's term for an officer who is severe in discipline.
Tautaug noun (Zoology) Same as Tautog .
[ Greek ..., for ... ... the same + ... to speak. Confer Allegory
.] Expressing the same thing with different words; -- opposed to allegorical .
[ R.] Coleridge.
Tautochrone noun [ Greek ..., for ... ... the same + ... time: confer French tautochrone .] (Math.) A curved line, such that a heavy body, descending along it by the action of gravity, will always arrive at the lowest point in the same time, wherever in the curve it may begin to fall; as, an inverted cycloid with its base horizontal is a tautochrone .
Tautochronous adjective (Math.) Occupying the same time; pertaining to, or having the properties of, a tautochrone.
Tautog noun [ The plural of taut , the American Indian name, translated by Roger Williams sheep's heads , and written by him tautaúog .] (Zoology) An edible labroid fish ( Haitula onitis , or Tautoga onitis ) of the Atlantic coast of the United States. When adult it is nearly black, more or less irregularly barred, with greenish gray. Called also blackfish , oyster fish , salt-water chub , and moll . [ Written also tautaug .]
Tautologic adjective Tautological.
Tautological adjective [ Confer French tautologique .] Involving tautology; having the same signification; as, tautological expression. -- Tau`to*log"ic*al*ly , adverb Tautological echo , an echo that repeats the same sound or syllable many times.
Tautologist noun One who uses tautological words or phrases.
Tautologize intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tautologized
; present participle & verbal noun Tautologizing
.] To repeat the same thing in different words.
Tautologous adjective [ Greek ...; ..., for ... ... the same + ... to speak.] Repeating the same thing in different words; tautological. [ R.] Tooke.
[ Latin tautologia
, Greek ...: confer French tautologie
.] (Rhet.) A repetition of the same meaning in different words; needless repetition of an idea in different words or phrases; a representation of anything as the cause, condition, or consequence of itself, as in the following lines: --
The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, Addison. Syn.
And heavily in clouds brings on the day.
-- Repetition. -- Tautology
. There may be frequent repetitions
(as in legal instruments) which are warranted either by necessity or convenience; but tautology
is always a fault, being a sameness of expression which adds nothing to the sense or the sound.
Tautomeric adjective (Chemistry) Relating to, or characterized by, tautomerism.
Tautomerism noun [ Greek ...; ..., for ... ... the same + ... part.] (Chemistry) The condition, quality, or relation of metameric substances, or their respective derivatives, which are more or less interchangeable, according as one form or the other is the more stable. It is a special case of metamerism; thus, the lactam and the lactim compounds exhibit tautomerism .