Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Tazza noun [ Italian ] An ornamental cup or vase with a large, flat, shallow bowl, resting on a pedestal and often having handles.
Tchawytcha noun (Zoology) The quinnat salmon. [ Local, U. S.]
Tchick noun [ Imitative.] A slight sound such as that made by pressing the tongue against the roof of the mouth and explosively sucking out the air at one side, as in urging on a horse. -- intransitive verb To make a tchick.
[ Latin , from te
(accus. of tu
thou) + Deum
, accus. of Deus
God. See Thou
, and Deity
.] 1. An ancient and celebrated Christian hymn, of uncertain authorship, but often ascribed to St. Ambrose; -- so called from the first words " Te Deum laudamus ." It forms part of the daily matins of the Roman Catholic breviary, and is sung on all occasions of thanksgiving. In its English form, commencing with words, "We praise thee, O God," it forms a part of the regular morning service of the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church in America. 2. A religious service in which the singing of the hymn forms a principal part.
Te Deum A musical setting of the Te Deum.
[ Chin. tshā
, Prov. Chin. te
: confer French thé
.] 1. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree ( Thea, or Camellia, Chinensis ). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries.
are classed as green
, according to their color or appearance, the kinds being distinguished also by various other characteristic differences, as of taste, odor, and the like. The color, flavor, and quality are dependent upon the treatment which the leaves receive after being gathered. The leaves for green tea are heated, or roasted slightly, in shallow pans over a wood fire, almost immediately after being gathered, after which they are rolled with the hands upon a table, to free them from a portion of their moisture, and to twist them, and are then quickly dried. Those intended for black tea are spread out in the air for some time after being gathered, and then tossed about with the hands until they become soft and flaccid, when they are roasted for a few minutes, and rolled, and having then been exposed to the air for a few hours in a soft and moist state, are finally dried slowly over a charcoal fire. The operation of roasting and rolling is sometimes repeated several times, until the leaves have become of the proper color. The principal sorts of green tea are Twankay, the poorest kind; Hyson skin, the refuse of Hyson; Hyson, Imperial, and Gunpowder, fine varieties; and Young Hyson, a choice kind made from young leaves gathered early in the spring. Those of black tea are Bohea, the poorest kind; Congou; Oolong; Souchong, one of the finest varieties; and Pekoe, a fine-flavored kind, made chiefly from young spring buds. See Bohea
, Gunpowder tea
, under Gunpowder
, and Souchong
. K. Johnson. Tomlinson.
» "No knowledge of . . . [ tea] appears to have reached Europe till after the establishment of intercourse between Portugal and China in 1517. The Portuguese, however, did little towards the introduction of the herb into Europe, and it was not till the Dutch established themselves at Bantam early in 17th century, that these adventurers learned from the Chinese the habit of tea drinking, and brought it to Europe." Encyc. Brit. 2. A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage. 3. Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea ; chamomile tea ; catnip tea . 4. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper. Arabian tea
, the leaves of Catha edulis ; also (Botany) , the plant itself. See Kat .
-- Assam tea
, tea grown in Assam, in India, originally brought there from China about the year 1850.
, or Botany Bay
, tea (Botany)
, a woody clambing plant ( Smilax glycyphylla ).
-- Brazilian tea
. (a) The dried leaves of Lantana pseodothea , used in Brazil as a substitute for tea. (b) The dried leaves of Stachytarpheta mutabilis , used for adulterating tea, and also, in Austria, for preparing a beverage.
-- Labrador tea
. (Botany) See under Labrador .
-- New Jersey tea (Botany)
, an American shrub, the leaves of which were formerly used as a substitute for tea; redroot. See Redroot .
-- New Zealand tea
. (Botany) See under New Zealand .
-- Oswego tea
. (Botany) See Oswego tea .
-- Paraguay tea
, mate. See 1st Mate .
-- Tea board
, a board or tray for holding a tea set.
-- Tea bug (Zoology)
, an hemipterous insect which injures the tea plant by sucking the juice of the tender leaves.
-- Tea caddy
, a small box for holding tea.
-- Tea chest
, a small, square wooden case, usually lined with sheet lead or tin, in which tea is imported from China.
-- Tea clam (Zoology)
, a small quahaug.
[ Local, U. S.] -- Tea garden
, a public garden where tea and other refreshments are served.
-- Tea plant (Botany)
, any plant, the leaves of which are used in making a beverage by infusion; specifically, Thea Chinensis , from which the tea of commerce is obtained.
-- Tea rose (Botany)
, a delicate and graceful variety of the rose ( Rosa Indica , var. odorata ), introduced from China, and so named from its scent. Many varieties are now cultivated.
-- Tea service
, the appurtenances or utensils required for a tea table, -- when of silver, usually comprising only the teapot, milk pitcher, and sugar dish.
-- Tea set
, a tea service.
-- Tea table
, a table on which tea furniture is set, or at which tea is drunk.
-- Tea taster
, one who tests or ascertains the quality of tea by tasting.
-- Tea tree (Botany)
, the tea plant of China. See Tea plant , above.
-- Tea urn
, a vessel generally in the form of an urn or vase, for supplying hot water for steeping, or infusing, tea.
Tea intransitive verb To take or drink tea. [ Colloq.]
Tea-saucer noun A small saucer in which a teacup is set.
Teaberry noun (Botany) The checkerberry.
Teach transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Taught
; present participle & verbal noun Teaching
.] [ Middle English techen
, imperfect taughte
, Anglo-Saxon t...cean
, imperfect t...hte
, to show, teach, akin to tācn
token. See Token
.] 1. To impart the knowledge of; to give intelligence concerning; to impart, as knowledge before unknown, or rules for practice; to inculcate as true or important; to exhibit impressively; as, to teach arithmetic, dancing, music, or the like; to teach morals.
If some men teach wicked things, it must be that others should practice them. South. 2. To direct, as an instructor; to manage, as a preceptor; to guide the studies of; to instruct; to inform; to conduct through a course of studies; as, to teach a child or a class.
his disciples." Mark ix. 31.
The village master taught his little school. Goldsmith. 3. To accustom; to guide; to show; to admonish.
I shall myself to herbs teach you. Chaucer.
They have taught their tongue to speak lies. Jer. ix. 5.
» This verb is often used with two objects, one of the person, the other of the thing; as, he taught
me Latin grammar. In the passive construction, either of these objects may be retained in the objective case, while the other becomes the subject; as, I was taught
Latin grammar by him; Latin grammar was taught
me by him. Syn.
-- To instruct; inform; inculcate; tell; guide; counsel; admonish. See the Note under Learn
Teach intransitive verb To give instruction; to follow the business, or to perform the duties, of a preceptor.
And gladly would he learn, and gladly teach . Chaucer.
The priests thereof teach for hire. Micah iii. 11.
Teachable adjective Capable of being taught; apt to learn; also, willing to receive instruction; docile.
We ought to bring our minds free, unbiased, and teachable , to learn our religion from the Word of God. I. Watts.
Teachableness noun Willingness to be taught.
Teache noun [ Confer Ir. teaghaim , Gael. teasaich , to heat.] (Sugar Works) One of the series of boilers in which the cane juice is treated in making sugar; especially, the last boiler of the series. Ure.
Teache noun [ Confer Amer. Spanish tacha , tacho .] (Sugar Manuf.) Any, esp. the last, of the series of boilers or evaporating pans.
Teacher noun 1. One who teaches or instructs; one whose business or occupation is to instruct others; an instructor; a tutor. 2. One who instructs others in religion; a preacher; a minister of the gospel; sometimes, one who preaches without regular ordination.
The teachers in all the churches assembled. Sir W. Raleigh.
Teaching noun The act or business of instructing; also, that which is taught; instruction. Syn.
-- Education; instruction; breeding. See Education
Teachless adjective Not teachable. [ R.] Shelley.
Teacup noun A small cup from which to drink tea.
; plural Teacupfuls As much as a teacup can hold; enough to fill a teacup.
Tead, Teade noun [ Latin taeda , teda .] A torch. [ Obsolete] "A burning teade ." Spenser.
[ Confer Tackle
.] A hoisting apparatus; an elevator; a crane; a lift.
[ Prov. Eng.]
Teague noun [ Confer W. taeog , taeawg , adj., rustic, rude, noun , a vassal, villain, pleasant, clown, Ir. th...atach rural, boorish.] An Irishman; -- a term used in contempt. Johnson.
Teak noun [ Malayalm tekku .] (Botany) A tree of East Indies ( Tectona grandis ) which furnishes an extremely strong and durable timber highly valued for shipbuilding and other purposes; also, the timber of the tree. [ Written also teek .] African teak , a tree ( Oldfieldia Africana ) of Sierra Leone; also, its very heavy and durable wood; -- called also African oak . -- New Zeland teak , a large tree ( Vitex littoralis ) of New Zeland; also, its hard, durable timber.
Teakettle noun A kettle in which water is boiled for making tea, coffee, etc.
[ Middle English tele
; akin to Dutch teling
a generation, production, teal, telen
to breed, produce, and English till
to cultivate. The English word probably once meant, a brood or flock. See Till
to cultivate.] (Zoology) Any one of several species of small fresh-water ducks of the genus Anas and the subgenera Querquedula and Nettion . The male is handsomely colored, and has a bright green or blue speculum on the wings.
» The common European teal ( Anas crecca
) and the European blue-winged teal, or garganey ( A. querquedula
or A. circia
), are well-known species. In America the blue-winged teal ( A. discors
), the green-winged teal ( A. Carolinensis
), and the cinnamon teal ( A. cynaoptera
) are common species, valued as game birds. See Garganey
. Goose teal
, a goslet. See Goslet .
-- Teal duck
, the common European teal.
[ Middle English tem
, Anglo-Saxon teám
, offspring, progeny, race of descendants, family; akin to Dutch toom
a bridle, LG. toom
progeny, team, bridle, German zaum
a bridle, zeugen
to beget, Icelandic taumr
to rein, bridle, Danish tömme
, Swedish töm
, and also to English tow
to drag, tug
to draw. √64. See Tug
, and confer Teem
to bear.] 1. A group of young animals, especially of young ducks; a brood; a litter.
A team of ducklings about her. Holland. 2. Hence, a number of animals moving together.
A long team of snowy swans on high. Dryden. 3. Two or more horses, oxen, or other beasts harnessed to the same vehicle for drawing, as to a coach, wagon, sled, or the like.
of dolphins." Spenser.
To take his team and till the earth. Piers Plowman.
It happened almost every day that coaches stuck fast, until a team of cattle could be procured from some neighboring farm to tug them out of the slough. Macaulay. 4. A number of persons associated together in any work; a gang; especially, a number of persons selected to contend on one side in a match, or a series of matches, in a cricket, football, rowing, etc. 5. (Zoology) A flock of wild ducks. 6. (O. Eng. Law) A royalty or privilege granted by royal charter to a lord of a manor, of having, keeping, and judging in his court, his bondmen, neifes, and villains, and their offspring, or suit, that is, goods and chattels, and appurtenances thereto. Burrill.
Team intransitive verb To engage in the occupation of driving a team of horses, cattle, or the like, as in conveying or hauling lumber, goods, etc.; to be a teamster.
Team transitive verb To convey or haul with a team; as, to team lumber. [ R.] Thoreau.
Teamed adjective Yoked in, or as in, a team.
Let their teamed fishes softly swim. Spenser.
1. The act or occupation of driving a team, or of hauling or carrying, as logs, goods, or the like, with a team. 2. (Manuf.) Contract work. [ R.] Knight.
Teamster noun One who drives a team.
Teamwork noun Work done by a team, as distinguished from that done by personal labor.
Teapot noun A vessel with a spout, in which tea is made, and from which it is poured into teacups.
Teapoy noun [ Hind. tipāi ; Hind. tin there + Persian pāe foot.] An ornamental stand, usually with three legs, having caddies for holding tea.
[ Anglo-Saxon teár
; akin to German zärhe
, Old High German zahar
, OFries. & Icelandic tār
, Swedish tår
, Danish taare
, Goth. tagr
, OIr. dēr
, W. dagr
, OW. dacr
, Latin lacrima
, for older dacruma
, Greek da`kry
. √59. Confer Lachrymose
.] 1. (Physiol.) A drop of the limpid, saline fluid secreted, normally in small amount, by the lachrymal gland, and diffused between the eye and the eyelids to moisten the parts and facilitate their motion. Ordinarily the secretion passes through the lachrymal duct into the nose, but when it is increased by emotion or other causes, it overflows the lids.
And yet for thee ne wept she never a tear . Chaucer. 2. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
Let Araby extol her happy coast, Dryden. 3. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
Her fragrant flowers, her trees with precious tears .
[ R.] "Some melodous tear
is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, tear
- filled, tear
-stained, and the like.
(târ) transitive verb
[ imperfect Tore
(tōr), ((Obsolete Tare
) (târ); past participle Torn
(tōrn); present participle & verbal noun Tearing
.] [ Middle English teren
, Anglo-Saxon teran
; akin to Old Saxon far terian
to destroy, Dutch teren
to consume, German zerren
to pull, to tear, zehren
to consume, Icelandic tæra
, Goth. gataíran
to destroy, Lithuanian dirti
to flay, Russian drate
to pull, to tear, Greek de`rein
to flay, Sanskrit dar
to burst. √63. Confer Darn
.] 1. To separate by violence; to pull apart by force; to rend; to lacerate; as, to tear cloth; to tear a garment; to tear the skin or flesh.
Tear him to pieces; he's a conspirator. Shak. 2. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions. 3. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home.
The hand of fate Addison. 4. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair. 5. To move violently; to agitate.
Hath torn thee from me.
"Once I loved torn
ocean's roar." Byron. To tear a cat
, to rant violently; to rave; -- especially applied to theatrical ranting.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
-- To tear down
, to demolish violently; to pull or pluck down.
-- To tear off
, to pull off by violence; to strip.
-- To tear out
, to pull or draw out by violence; as, to tear out the eyes.
-- To tear up
, to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the foundation of government or order.
Tear intransitive verb
1. To divide or separate on being pulled; to be rent; as, this cloth tears easily. 2. To move and act with turbulent violence; to rush with violence; hence, to rage; to rave.
Tear noun The act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a fissure. Macaulay. Wear and tear
. See under Wear , noun
Tear noun (Glass Manuf.) A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass. -- Tears of St. Lawrence , the Perseid shower of meteors, seen every year on or about the eve of St. Lawrence, August 9th. -- T. of wine , drops which form and roll down a glass above the surface of strong wine. The phenomenon is due to the evaporation of alcohol from the surface layer, which, becoming more watery, increases in surface tension and creeps up the sides until its weight causes it to break.
Tear-falling adjective Shedding tears; tender. [ Poetic] " Tear-falling pity." Shak.
Tear-thumb noun (Botany) A name given to several species of plants of the genus Polygonum, having angular stems beset with minute reflexed prickles.
Tearer noun One who tears or rends anything; also, one who rages or raves with violence.
Tearful adjective Abounding with tears; weeping; shedding tears; as, tearful eyes. -- Tear"ful*ly , adverb -- Tear"ful*ness , noun
Tearless adjective Shedding no tears; free from tears; unfeeling. -- Tear"less*ly , adverb -- Tear"less*ness , noun
Tearpit noun (Anat.) A cavity or pouch beneath the lower eyelid of most deer and antelope; the lachrymal sinus; larmier. It is capable of being opened at pleasure and secretes a waxy substance.
1. Wet with tears; tearful. 2. Consisting of tears, or drops like tears.
Tease transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Teased
; present participle & verbal noun Teasing
.] [ Anglo-Saxon t...san
to pluck, tease; akin to OD. teesen
, Middle High German zeisen
, Danish tæse
. √58. Confer Touse
.] 1. To comb or card, as wool or flax.
matted wool." Wordsworth. 2. To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel. 3. (Anat.) To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments. 4. To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and raillery; to plague. Cowper.
He . . . suffered them to tease him into acts directly opposed to his strongest inclinations. Macaulay. Syn.
-- To vex; harass: annoy; disturb; irritate; plague; torment; mortify; tantalize; chagrin. -- Tease
. To tease
is literally to pull or scratch, and implies a prolonged annoyance in respect to little things, which is often more irritating, and harder to bear, than severe pain. Vex
meant originally to seize and bear away hither and thither, and hence, to disturb; as, to vex
the ocean with storms. This sense of the term now rarely occurs; but vex
is still a stronger word than tease
, denoting the disturbance or anger created by minor provocations, losses, disappointments, etc. We are teased
by the buzzing of a fly in our eyes; we are vexed
by the carelessness or stupidity of our servants.
Not by the force of carnal reason, Hudibras.
But indefatigable teasing .
In disappointments, where the affections have been strongly placed, and the expectations sanguine, particularly where the agency of others is concerned, sorrow may degenerate into vexation and chagrin. Cogan. Tease tenon (Joinery)
, a long tenon at the top of a post to receive two beams crossing each other one above the other.
Tease noun One who teases or plagues. [ Colloq.]