Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Tablement noun (Architecture) A table.
Tablements and chapters of pillars. Holland.
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.
; 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.
[ 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 .
[ Old French tabor
, French tambour
; confer Pr. tabor
, Spanish & Portuguese tambor
, Italian tamburo
; all from Arabic & Persian tamb...r
a kind of lute, or giutar, or Persian tabīr
a drum. Confer Tabouret
.] (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.
[ Dim. of tabor
. Confer Tabret
.] (Mus.) A small tabor.
[ Written also tabouret
[ 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 .
[ French, dim. of Old French tabor
, 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 .
; 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 .
[ 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. Woodward. (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.)
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.
[ Confer Tack
, 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 ).
[ 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.
[ See Tack
a kind of nail.] Something used for taking hold or holding; a catch; a loop; a button.
[ Obsolete] Ex. xxvi. 6.
[ 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.
; 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.