Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Tablement noun (Architecture) A table. [ Obsolete]

Tablements and chapters of pillars.

Tabler noun
1. One who boards. [ Obsolete]

2. One who boards others for hire. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

Tablespoon noun A spoon of the largest size commonly used at the table; -- distinguished from teaspoon , dessert spoon , etc.

Tablespoonful noun ; plural Tablespoonfuls As much as a tablespoon will hold; enough to fill a tablespoon. It is usually reckoned as one half of a fluid ounce, or four fluid drams.

Tablet noun [ French tablette , dim. of table . See Table .]
1. A small table or flat surface.

2. A flat piece of any material on which to write, paint, draw, or engrave; also, such a piece containing an inscription or a picture.

3. Hence, a small picture; a miniature. [ Obsolete]

4. plural A kind of pocket memorandum book.

5. A flattish cake or piece; as, tablets of arsenic were formerly worn as a preservative against the plague.

6. (Pharm.) A solid kind of electuary or confection, commonly made of dry ingredients with sugar, and usually formed into little flat squares; -- called also lozenge , and troche , especially when of a round or rounded form.

Tableware noun Ware, or articles collectively, for table use.

Tabling noun
1. A forming into tables; a setting down in order.

2. (Carp.) The letting of one timber into another by alternate scores or projections, as in shipbuilding.

3. (Nautical) A broad hem on the edge of a sail. Totten.

4. Board; support. [ Obsolete] Trence in English (1614).

5. Act of playing at tables. See Table , noun , 10. [ Obsolete]

Tabling house , a gambling house. [ Obsolete] Northbrooke.

Tabloid noun [ A table-mark.] A compressed portion of one or more drugs or chemicals, or of food, etc.

Tabloid adjective Compressed or condensed, as into a tabloid; administrated in or as in tabloids, or small condensed bits; as, a tabloid form of imparting information.

Taboo noun A total prohibition of intercourse with, use of, or approach to, a given person or thing under pain of death, -- an interdict of religious origin and authority, formerly common in the islands of Polynesia; interdiction. [ Written also tabu .]

Taboo transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Tabooed ; present participle & verbal noun Tabooing .] To put under taboo; to forbid, or to forbid the use of; to interdict approach to, or use of; as, to taboo the ground set apart as a sanctuary for criminals. [ Written also tabu .]

Taboo adjective [ Written also tapu .] [ Polynesian tabu , tapu , sacred, under restriction, a prohibition.] Set apart or sacred by religious custom among certain races of Polynesia, New Zealand, etc., and forbidden to certain persons or uses; hence, prohibited under severe penalties; interdicted; as, food, places, words, customs, etc., may be taboo .

Tabor noun [ Old French tabor , tabour , French tambour ; confer Pr. tabor , tanbor , Spanish & Portuguese tambor , atambor , Italian tamburo ; all from Arabic & Persian tamb...r a kind of lute, or giutar, or Persian tabīr a drum. Confer Tabouret , Tambour .] (Mus.) A small drum used as an accompaniment to a pipe or fife, both being played by the same person. [ Written also tabour , and taber .]

Tabor intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Tabored ; present participle & verbal noun Taboring .] [ Confer Old French taborer .] [ Written also tabour .]
1. To play on a tabor, or little drum.

2. To strike lightly and frequently.

Tabor transitive verb To make (a sound) with a tabor.

Taborer noun One who plays on the tabor. Shak.

Taboret noun [ Dim. of tabor . Confer Tabret .] (Mus.) A small tabor. [ Written also tabouret .]

Taborine noun [ Old French tabourin , French tambourin . See Tabor , and confer Tambourine .] (Mus.) A small, shallow drum; a tabor.

Taborite noun (Eccl. Hist.) One of certain Bohemian reformers who suffered persecution in the fifteenth century; -- so called from Tabor , a hill or fortress where they encamped during a part of their struggles.

Tabour noun & v. See Tabor .

Tabouret noun [ French, dim. of Old French tabor , tabour , drum. See Tabor .]
1. Same as Taboret .

2. A seat without arms or back, cushioned and stuffed: a high stool; -- so called from its resemblance to a drum.

3. An embroidery frame. Knight.

Right of the tabouret , the privilege of sitting on a tabouret in the presence of the severeign, formerly granted to certain ladies of high rank at the French court.

Tabrere noun A taborer. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Tabret noun A taboret. Young.

Tabu noun & v. See Taboo .

Tabula noun ; plural Tabulæ . [ Latin ]
1. A table; a tablet.

2. (Zoology) One of the transverse plants found in the calicles of certain corals and hydroids.

Tabula rasa [ Latin ], a smoothed tablet; hence, figuratively, the mind in its earliest state, before receiving impressions from without; -- a term used by Hobbes, Locke, and others, in maintaining a theory opposed to the doctrine of innate ideas .

Tabular adjective [ Latin tabularis , from tabula a board, table. See Table .] Having the form of, or pertaining to, a table (in any of the uses of the word). Specifically: --

(a) Having a flat surface; as, a tabular rock.

(b) Formed into a succession of flakes; laminated.

Nodules . . . that are tabular and plated.

(c) Set in squares. [ R.]

(d) Arranged in a schedule; as, tabular statistics.

(e) Derived from, or computed by, the use of tables; as, tabular right ascension.

Tabular difference (Math.) , the difference between two consecutive numbers in a table, sometimes printed in its proper place in the table. -- Tabular spar (Min.) , wollastonite.

Tabularization noun The act of tabularizing, or the state of being tabularized; formation into tables; tabulation.

Tabularize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Tabularized ; present participle & verbal noun Tabularizing .] To tabulate.

Tabulata noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin tabulatus floored.] (Zoology) An artificial group of stony corals including those which have transverse septa in the calicles. The genera Pocillopora and Favosites are examples.

Tabulate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Tabulated ; present participle & verbal noun Tabulating .] [ Latin tabula a table. See Tabular .]
1. To form into a table or tables; to reduce to tables or synopses.

A philosophy is not worth the having, unless its results may be tabulated , and put in figures.
I. Taylor.

2. To shape with a flat surface.

Tabulation noun The act of forming into a table or tables; as, the tabulation of statistics.

Tac noun [ Confer Tack , noun , 4.] (O. Eng. Law) A kind of customary payment by a tenant; -- a word used in old records. Cowell. Burrill.

Tac-au-tac noun [ French, from riposter du tac au tac to parry (where tac imitates the sound made by the steel).] (Fencing) The parry which is connected with a riposte; also, a series of quick attacks and parries in which neither fencer gains a point.

Tacamahac, Tacamahaca noun
1. A bitter balsamic resin obtained from tropical American trees of the genus Elaphrium ( E. tomentosum and E. Tacamahaca ), and also from East Indian trees of the genus Calophyllum ; also, the resinous exhudation of the balsam poplar.

2. (Botany) Any tree yielding tacamahac resin, especially, in North America, the balsam poplar, or balm of Gilead ( Populus balsamifera ).

Tacaud noun [ Confer French tacaud . See Tomcod .] (Zoology) The bib, or whiting pout. [ Prov. Eng.]

Tace noun The cross, or church, of St. Antony. See Illust. (6), under Cross , noun Mollett.

Tace noun See Tasse . Fairholt.

Tacet v. impers. [ Latin , it is silent, 3d pers.pr. of tacere to be silent.] (Mus.) It is silent; -- a direction for a vocal or instrumental part to be silent during a whole movement.

Tache noun [ See Tack a kind of nail.] Something used for taking hold or holding; a catch; a loop; a button. [ Obsolete] Ex. xxvi. 6.

Tache noun [ French tache spot. See Techy .] A spot, stain, or blemish. [ Obsolete] Warner.

Tachhydrite noun [ Greek tachy`s quick + "y`dwr water. So named from its ready deliquescence.] (Min.) A hydrous chloride of calcium and magnesium occurring in yellowish masses which rapidly deliquesce upon exposure. It is found in the salt mines at Stassfurt.

Tachina noun ; plural Tachinæ . [ New Latin , from Greek ..., for ... swift.] (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of Diptera belonging to Tachina and allied genera. Their larvæ are external parasites of other insects.

Tachistoscope noun [ Greek ..., superl. of ... swift + -scope .] (Physiol.) An apparatus for exposing briefly to view a screen bearing letters or figures. It is used in studying the range of attention, or the power of distinguishing separate objects in a single impression.

Tachograph noun [ Greek ... speed + -graph .] A recording or registering tachometer; also, its autographic record.

Tachometer noun [ Greek ... swiftness, speed (fr. tachy`s quick) + -meter : confer French tachomètre .] An instrument for measuring the velocity, or indicating changes in the velocity, of a moving body or substance. Specifically: --

(a) An instrument for measuring the velocity of running water in a river or canal, consisting of a wheel with inclined vanes, which is turned by the current. The rotations of the wheel are recorded by clockwork.

(b) An instrument for showing at any moment the speed of a revolving shaft, consisting of a delicate revolving conical pendulum which is driven by the shaft, and the action of which by change of speed moves a pointer which indicates the speed on a graduated dial.

(c) (Physiol.) An instrument for measuring the velocity of the blood; a hæmatachometer.

Tachometry noun Measurement by a tachometer; the science or use of tachometers.

Tachydidaxy noun [ Greek tachy`s quick + ... teaching.] A short or rapid method of instructing. [ R.]

Tachyglossa noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek tachy`s quick + ... tongue.] (Zoology) A division of monotremes which comprises the spiny ant-eaters of Australia and New Guinea. See Illust. under Echidna .

Tachygraph noun An example of tachygraphy; esp., an ancient Greek or Roman tachygraphic manuscript.

Tachygrapher noun [ Greek ... a fast writer.] One who writes shorthand; a stenographer; esp., an ancient Greek or Roman notary.