Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Te-hee noun & interj. A tittering laugh; a titter. "' Te-hee ,' quoth she." Chaucer.
Te-hee intransitive verb To titter; to laugh derisively.
She cried, "Come, come; you must not look grave upon me." Upon this, I te-heed . Madame D'Arblay.
[ Confer Teetotaler
.] A workingmen's resort conducted under religious influences as a counteractant to the drinking saloon.
[ Colloq. or Cant]
Teetotaler noun One pledged to entire abstinence from all intoxicating drinks.
Teetotalism noun The principle or practice of entire abstinence, esp. from intoxicating drinks.
Teetotally adverb Entirely; totally. [ Colloq.]
[ For T- totum
. It was used for playing games of chance, and was four-sided, one side having the letter T
on it, standing for Latin totum
all, meaning, take all that is staked, whence the name. The other three sides each had a letter indicating an English or Latin word; as P
meaning put down, N
nothing or Latin nil
half. See Total
.] A child's toy, somewhat resembling a top, and twirled by the fingers.
The staggerings of the gentleman . . . were like those of a teetotum nearly spent. Dickens.
Teetuck noun The rock pipit. [ Prov. Eng.]
Teeuck noun The lapwing. [ Prov. Eng.]
Teewit noun (Zoology) The pewit. [ Prov. Eng.]
Teg noun A sheep in its second year; also, a doe in its second year. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
; plural Tegmina
. [ Latin , from tegere
, to cover.] 1. A tegument or covering. 2. (Botany) The inner layer of the coating of a seed, usually thin and delicate; the endopleura. 3. (Zoology) One of the elytra of an insect, especially of certain Orthoptera. 4. plural (Zoology) Same as Tectrices .
Tegmental adjective (Biol.) Of or pertaining to a tegument or tegmentum; as, the tegmental layer of the epiblast; the tegmental cells of the taste buds.
; plural Tegmenta
. [ Latin , a covering.] (Anat.) A covering; -- applied especially to the bundles of longitudinal fibers in the upper part of the crura of the cerebrum.
Teguexin noun (Zoology) A large South American lizard ( Tejus teguexin ). It becomes three or four feet long, and is blackish above, marked with yellowish spots of various sizes. It feeds upon fruits, insects, reptiles, young birds, and birds' eggs. The closely allied species Tejus rufescens is called red teguexin .
; plural Tegulæ
. [ Latin , a tile, dim. from tegere
to cover.] (Zoology) A small appendage situated above the base of the wings of Hymenoptera and attached to the mesonotum.
[ Late Latin tegularis
, from Latin tegula
a tile. See Tile
.] Of or pertaining to a tile; resembling a tile, or arranged like tiles; consisting of tiles; as, a tegular pavement.
Tegulated adjective Composed of small plates, as of horn or metal, overlapping like tiles; -- said of a kind of ancient armor. Fairholt.
[ Latin tegumentum
, from tegere
to cover. See Thatch
, and confer Detect
.] 1. A cover or covering; an integument. 2. Especially, the covering of a living body, or of some part or organ of such a body; skin; hide.
Tegumentary adjective [ Confer French tégumentaire .] Of or pertaining to a tegument or teguments; consisting of teguments; serving as a tegument or covering.
Teil noun [ Old French teil , til , Latin tilia .] (Botany) The lime tree, or linden; -- called also teil tree .
[ Confer Icelandic tīund
. See Tithe
.] A tithe.
[ Scot.] Jamieson.
Teine noun See Teyne .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Teinland noun (O. Eng. Law) Land granted by the crown to a thane or lord. Burrill.
Teinoscope noun [ Greek ... to extend + -scope .] (Physics) An instrument formed by combining prisms so as to correct the chromatic aberration of the light while linear dimensions of objects seen through the prisms are increased or diminished; -- called also prism telescope . Sir D. Brewster.
[ French teint
. See Tint
.] Tint; color; tinge, See Tint .
Time shall . . . embrown the teint . Dryden.
[ French See Tincture
.] Color; tinge; tincture.
[ Obsolete] Holland.
Tek noun (Zoology) A Siberian ibex.
Telamones noun plural
[ Latin , plural of telamo
, Greek ... a bearer, from ... to bear.] (Architecture) Same as Atlantes .
Telangiectasis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... end + ... vessel + ... extension.] (Medicine) Dilatation of the capillary vessels.
Telangiectasy noun (Medicine) Telangiectasis.
Telarly adverb In a weblike manner. [ Obsolete] " Telarly interwoven." Sir T. Browne.
[ Late Latin telaris
, from Latin tela
a web. See Toil
a snare.] Of or pertaining to a web; hence, spinning webs; retiary.
"Pictures of telary
spiders." Sir T. Browne.
Telautogram noun A message transmitted and recorded by a teleautograph.
Telautograph noun [ Greek th^le far + autograph .] A facsimile telegraph for reproducing writing, pictures, maps, etc. In the transmitter the motions of the pencil are communicated by levers to two rotary shafts, by which variations in current are produced in two separate circuits. In the receiver these variations are utilized by electromagnetic devices and levers to move a pen as the pencil moves. -- Tel`au*tog"ra*phist noun
Telechirograph noun [ Greek th^le far + chei`r , cheiro`s , hand + -graph .] An instrument for telegraphically transmitting and receiving handwritten messages, as photographically by a beam of light from a mirror.
Teledu noun (Zoology) An East Indian carnivore ( Mydaus meliceps ) allied to the badger, and noted for the very offensive odor that it emits, somewhat resembling that of a skunk. It is a native of the high mountains of Java and Sumatra, and has long, silky fur. Called also stinking badger , and stinkard .
Telega noun [ Russian telyega .] A rude four-wheeled, springless wagon, used among the Russians.
Telegony noun [ Greek th^le far + root of Greek ... to be born.] (Biol.) The supposed influence of a father upon offspring subsequent to his own, begotten of the same mother by another father. -- Te*leg"o*nous adjective
Telegram noun [ Greek ... far + - gram .] A message sent by telegraph; a telegraphic dispatch. » "A friend desires us to give notice that he will ask leave, at some convenient time, to introduce a new word into the vocabulary. It is telegram , instead of telegraphic dispatch , or telegraphic communication ." Albany [ N. Y.] Evening Journal (April 6, 1852).
Telegrammic adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, a telegram; laconic; concise; brief. [ R.]
[ Greek ... far, far off (cf. Lithuanian toli
) + -graph
: confer French télégraphe
. See Graphic
.] An apparatus, or a process, for communicating intelligence rapidly between distant points, especially by means of preconcerted visible or audible signals representing words or ideas, or by means of words and signs, transmitted by electrical action.
» The instruments used are classed as indicator
, type- printing
, or chemical-printing telegraphs
, according as the intelligence is given by the movements of a pointer or indicator, as in Cooke & Wheatstone's (the form commonly used in England), or by impressing, on a fillet of paper, letters from types, as in House's and Hughe's, or dots and marks from a sharp point moved by a magnet, as in Morse's, or symbols produced by electro-chemical action, as in Bain's. In the offices in the United States the recording instrument is now little used, the receiving operator reading by ear the combinations of long and short intervals of sound produced by the armature of an electro- magnet as it is put in motion by the opening and breaking of the circuit, which motion, in registering instruments, traces upon a ribbon of paper the lines and dots used to represent the letters of the alphabet. See Illustration
in Appendix. Acoustic telegraph
. See under Acoustic .
-- Dial telegraph
, a telegraph in which letters of the alphabet and numbers or other symbols are placed upon the border of a circular dial plate at each station, the apparatus being so arranged that the needle or index of the dial at the receiving station accurately copies the movements of that at the sending station.
-- Electric telegraph
, or Electro- magnetic telegraph
, a telegraph in which an operator at one station causes words or signs to be made at another by means of a current of electricity, generated by a battery and transmitted over an intervening wire.
-- Facsimile telegraph
. See under Facsimile .
-- Indicator telegraph
. See under Indicator .
, an electric telegraph by means of which a drawing or writing, as an autographic message, may be exactly reproduced at a distant station.
- - Printing telegraph
, an electric telegraph which automatically prints the message as it is received at a distant station, in letters, not signs.
-- Signal telegraph
, a telegraph in which preconcerted signals, made by a machine, or otherwise, at one station, are seen or heard and interpreted at another; a semaphore.
-- Submarine telegraph cable
, a telegraph cable laid under water to connect stations separated by a body of water.
-- Telegraph cable
, a telegraphic cable consisting of several conducting wires, inclosed by an insulating and protecting material, so as to bring the wires into compact compass for use on poles, or to form a strong cable impervious to water, to be laid under ground, as in a town or city, or under water, as in the ocean.
-- Telegraph plant (Botany)
, a leguminous plant ( Desmodium gyrans ) native of the East Indies. The leaflets move up and down like the signals of a semaphore.
Telegraph transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Telegraphed
; present participle & verbal noun Telegraphing
.] [ French télégraphier
.] To convey or announce by telegraph.
Telegraph plant An East Indian tick trefoil (Meibomia gyrans) , whose lateral leaflets jerk up and down like the arms of a semaphore, and also rotate on their axes.
Telegrapher noun One who sends telegraphic messages; a telegraphic operator; a telegraphist.
Telegraphic adjective [ Confer French télégraphique .] Of or pertaining to the telegraph; made or communicated by a telegraph; as, telegraphic signals; telegraphic art; telegraphic intelligence.
Telegraphical adjective Telegraphic. -- Tel`e*graph"ic*al*ly , adverb
Telegraphist noun One skilled in telegraphy; a telegrapher.
Telegraphone noun [ Greek th^le far + -graph + ... sound.] An instrument for recording and reproducing sound by local magnetization of a steel wire, disk, or ribbon, moved against the pole of a magnet connected electrically with a telephone receiver, or the like.
Telegraphoscope noun [ Greek th^le far + -graph + -scope .] An instrument for telegraphically transmitting a picture and reproducing its image as a positive or negative. The transmitter includes a camera obscura and a row of minute selenium cells. The receiver includes an oscillograph, ralay, equilibrator, and an induction coil the sparks from which perforate a paper with tiny holes that form the image.