Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Middle English tesel
, Anglo-Saxon t...sel
, the fuller's herb. See Tease
.] [ Written also tassel
, and teazle
.] 1. (Botany) A plant of the genus Dipsacus , of which one species ( D. fullonum ) bears a large flower head covered with stiff, prickly, hooked bracts. This flower head, when dried, is used for raising a nap on woolen cloth.
» Small teasel is Dipsacus pilosus
, wild teasel is D. sylvestris
. 2. A bur of this plant. 3. Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in dressing cloth. Teasel frame
, a frame or set of iron bars in which teasel heads are fixed for raising the nap on woolen cloth.
Teasel transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Teaseled
; present participle & verbal noun Teaseling
.] To subject, as woolen cloth, to the action of teasels, or any substitute for them which has an effect to raise a nap.
Teaseler noun One who uses teasels for raising a nap on cloth. [ Written also teaseller , teasler .]
Teaseling noun The cutting and gathering of teasels; the use of teasels. [ Written also teaselling , teazling .]
1. One who teases or vexes. 2. (Zoology) A jager gull. [ Prov. Eng.]
Teaser noun (Electricity) A shunt winding on field magnets for maintaining their magnetism when the main circuit is open.
Teasle noun & transitive verb See Teasel .
Teaspoon (tē"spōn`) noun A small spoon used in stirring and sipping tea, coffee, etc., and for other purposes.
; plural Teaspoonfuls As much as teaspoon will hold; enough to fill a teaspoon; -- usually reckoned at a fluid dram or one quarter of a tablespoonful.
Teat noun [ Middle English tete , titte , Anglo-Saxon tit , titt ; akin to LG. & OD. titte , Dutch tet , German zitze : confer French tette , probably of Teutonic origin.]
1. The protuberance through which milk is drawn from the udder or breast of a mammal; a nipple; a pap; a mammilla; a dug; a tit. 2. (Machinery) A small protuberance or nozzle resembling the teat of an animal.
Teated adjective Having protuberances resembling the teat of an animal.
Teathe noun & v. See Tath .
[ Prov. Eng.]
Teatish adjective Peevish; tettish; fretful; -- said of a child. See Tettish .
[ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.
Teaze-hole noun [ Corrupted from French tisard fire door.] (Glass Works) The opening in the furnaces through which fuel is introduced.
Teazel noun & transitive verb See Teasel .
Teazer noun [ Corrupted from French tiser to feed a fire.] The stoker or fireman of a furnace, as in glass works. Tomlinson.
Teazle noun & transitive verb See Teasel .
Tebeth noun [ Hebrew ] The tenth month of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, answering to a part of December with a part of January. Esther ii. 16.
Techily adverb In a techy manner.
Techiness noun The quality or state of being techy.
Technic adjective Technical.
[ See Technical
] 1. The method of performance in any art; technical skill; artistic execution; technique.
They illustrate the method of nature, not the technic of a manlike Artificer. Tyndall. 2. plural Technical terms or objects; things pertaining to the practice of an art or science.
Technical adjective [ Greek ..., from ... an art, probably from the same root as ..., ..., to bring forth, produce, and perhaps akin to English text : confer French technique .] Of or pertaining to the useful or mechanic arts, or to any science, business, or the like; specially appropriate to any art, science, or business; as, the words of an indictment must be technical . Blackstone.
; plural Technicalities 1. The quality or state of being technical; technicalness. 2. That which is technical, or peculiar to any trade, profession, sect, or the like.
The technicalities of the sect. Palfrey.
Technically adverb In a technical manner; according to the signification of terms as used in any art, business, or profession.
Technicalness noun The quality or state of being technical; technicality.
Technicals noun plural Those things which pertain to the practical part of an art, science, or profession; technical terms; technics.
Technician noun A technicist; esp., one skilled particularly in the technical details of his work.
Technicist noun One skilled in technics or in one or more of the practical arts.
Technicological adjective Technological; technical. [ R.] Dr. J. Scott.
Technicology noun Technology. [ R.]
Technics noun The doctrine of arts in general; such branches of learning as respect the arts.
Techniphone noun [ Greek ... art + -phone .] (Music) A dumb gymnastic apparatus for training the hands of pianists and organists, as to a legato touch.
[ French] Same as Technic , noun
Technism noun Technicality.
Technography noun [ Greek ... art, skill, craft + graph .] Description of the arts and crafts of tribes and peoples. -- Tech`no*graph"ic , Tech`no*graph"ic*al adjective
Technologic adjective Technological.
Technological adjective [ Confer French technologique .] Of or pertaining to technology.
Technologist noun One skilled in technology; one who treats of arts, or of the terms of arts.
Technology noun [ Greek ... an art + - logy ; confer Greek ... systematic treatment: confer French technologie .] Industrial science; the science of systematic knowledge of the industrial arts, especially of the more important manufactures, as spinning, weaving, metallurgy, etc. » Technology is not an independent science, having a set of doctrines of its own, but consists of applications of the principles established in the various physical sciences (chemistry, mechanics, mineralogy, etc.) to manufacturing processes. Internat. Cyc.
[ From Middle English tecche
, a habit, bad habit, vice, Old French tache
, a spot, stain, blemish, habit, vice, French tache
a spot, blemish; probably akin to English tack
a small nail. See Tack
a small nail, and confer Touchy
.] Peevish; fretful; irritable.
Tectibranch noun (Zoology) One of the Tectibranchiata. Also used adjectively.
Tectibranchiata noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin tectus (past participle of tegere to cover) + Greek ... a gill.] (Zoology) An order, or suborder, of gastropod Mollusca in which the gills are usually situated on one side of the back, and protected by a fold of the mantle. When there is a shell, it is usually thin and delicate and often rudimentary. The aplysias and the bubble shells are examples.
Tectibranchiate adjective [ Latin tectus (past participle of tegere to cover) + English branchiate .] (Zoology) Having the gills covered by the mantle; of or pertaining to the Tectibranchiata. -- noun A tectibranchiate mollusk.
Tectly adverb [ Latin tectus covered, from tegere to cover.] Covertly; privately; secretly. [ Obsolete] Holinshed.
[ Greek ... a carpenter + -logy
.] (Biol.) A division of morphology created by Haeckel; the science of organic individuality constituting the purely structural portion of morphology, in which the organism is regarded as composed of organic individuals of different orders, each organ being considered an individual. See Promorphology , and Morphon .
Tectonic adjective [ Latin tectonicus , Greek ..., from ..., ..., a carpenter, builder.] Of or pertaining to building or construction; architectural.
1. (Biol.) Structural. 2. (Geol. & Physics Geology) Of, pert. to, or designating, the rock structures and external forms resulting from the deformation of the earth's crust; as, tectonic arches or valleys.