Telethermometer Tel`e·ther·mom"e·ter noun [ Greek ... far off + English thermometer .] (Physics) An apparatus for determining the temperature of a distant point, as by a thermoelectric circuit or otherwise.
Teleutospore Te·leu"to·spore noun [ Greek ... completion + English spore .] (Botany) The thick-celled winter or resting spore of the rusts (order Uredinales ), produced in late summer. See Illust. of Uredospore .
Telford Tel"ford adjective [ After Thomas Telford , a Scotch road engineer.] Designating, or pert. to, a road pavement having a surface of small stone rolled hard and smooth, distinguished from macadam road by its firm foundation of large stones with fragments of stone wedged tightly, in the interstices; as, telford pavement, road, etc.
Telfordize Tel"ford·ize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Telfordized ; present participle & verbal noun Telfordizing .] To furnish (a road) with a telford pavement.
Telharmonic Tel`har·mon"ic adjective Of or pertaining to telharmonium.
Telharmonium Tel`har·mo"ni·um noun [ Greek th^le far + harmolium .] An instrument for producing music ( Tel*har"mo*ny [ ...]), at a distant point or points by means of alternating currents of electricity controlled by an operator who plays on a keyboard. The music is produced by a receiving instrument similar or analogous to the telephone, but not held to the ear. The pitch corresponds with frequency of alternation of current.
Telic Tel"ic adjective [ Greek ..., from ... the end.] (Gram.) Denoting the final end or purpose, as distinguished from ecbatic . See Ecbatic . Gibbs.
Tell Tell transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Told
; present participle & verbal noun Telling
.] [ Anglo-Saxon tellan
, from talu
tale, number, speech; akin to Dutch tellen
to count, German zählen
, Old High German zellen
to count, tell, say, Icelandic telja
, Danish tale
to speak, tælle
to count. See Tale
that which is told.] 1. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money.
"An heap of coin he told
He telleth the number of the stars. Ps. cxlvii. 4.
Tell the joints of the body. Jer. Taylor. 2. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.
Of which I shall tell all the array. Chaucer.
And not a man appears to tell their fate. Pope. 3. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.
Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? Gen. xii. 18. 4. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.
A secret pilgrimage, Shak. 5. To order; to request; to command.
That you to-day promised to tell me of?
He told her not to be frightened. Dickens. 6. To discern so as to report; to ascertain by observing; to find out; to discover; as, I can not tell where one color ends and the other begins. 7. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate.
I ne told no dainity of her love. Chaucer.
, though equivalent in some respect to speak
, has not always the same application. We say, to tell
truth or falsehood, to tell
a number, to tell
the reasons, to tell
something or nothing; but we never say, to tell
a speech, discourse, or oration, or to tell
an argument or a lesson. It is much used in commands; as, tell
me the whole story; tell
me all you know. To tell off
, to count; to divide. Sir W. Scott. Syn.
-- To communicate; impart; reveal; disclose; inform; acquaint; report; repeat; rehearse; recite.
Tell Tell intransitive verb 1. To give an account; to make report.
That I may publish with the voice of thankgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Ps. xxvi. 7. 2. To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells ; every expression tells . To tell of
. (a) To speak of; to mention; to narrate or describe. (b) To inform against; to disclose some fault of.
-- To tell on
, to inform against.
[ Archaic & Colloq.]
Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David. 1 Sam. xxvii. 11.
Tell Tell noun That which is told; tale; account.
I am at the end of my tell . Walpole.
Tell Tell noun [ Arabic ] A hill or mound. W. M. Thomson.
Tellable Tell"a·ble adjective Capable of being told.
Tellen Tel"len noun (Zoology) Any species of Tellina.
Teller Tell"er noun 1. One who tells, relates, or communicates; an informer, narrator, or describer. 2. One of four officers of the English Exchequer, formerly appointed to receive moneys due to the king and to pay moneys payable by the king. Cowell. 3. An officer of a bank who receives and counts over money paid in, and pays money out on checks. 4. One who is appointed to count the votes given in a legislative body, public meeting, assembly, etc.
Tellership Tell"er·ship noun The office or employment of a teller.
Tellina Tel·li"na noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... a kind of shellfish.] (Zoology) A genus of marine bivalve mollusks having thin, delicate, and often handsomely colored shells.
Telling Tell"ing adjective Operating with great effect; effective; as, a telling speech. -- Tell"ing*ly , adverb
Telltale Tell"tale` adjective Telling tales; babbling. "The telltale heart." Poe.
Telltale Tell"tale` noun 1. One who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of others; one who tells that which prudence should suppress. 2. (Mus.) A movable piece of ivory, lead, or other material, connected with the bellows of an organ, that gives notice, by its position, when the wind is exhausted. 3. (Nautical) (a) A mechanical attachment to the steering wheel, which, in the absence of a tiller, shows the position of the helm. (b) A compass in the cabin of a vessel, usually placed where the captain can see it at all hours, and thus inform himself of the vessel's course. 4. (Machinery) A machine or contrivance for indicating or recording something, particularly for keeping a check upon employees, as factory hands, watchmen, drivers, check takers, and the like, by revealing to their employers what they have done or omitted. 5. (Zoology) The tattler. See Tattler .
Telltale Tell"tale` noun 1. A thing that serves to disclose something or give information; a hint or indication.
It supplies many useful links and telltales . Saintsbury. 2. (Railroads) An arrangement consisting of long strips, as of rope, wire, or leather, hanging from a bar over railroad tracks, in such a position as to warn freight brakemen of their approach to a low overhead bridge.
Tellural Tel·lu"ral adjective [ Latin tellus , - uris , the earth.] Of or pertaining to the earth. [ R.]
Tellurate Tel"lu·rate noun [ Confer French tellurate . See Tellurium .] (Chemistry) A salt of telluric acid.
Telluret Tel"lu·ret noun (Chemistry) A telluride. [ Obsoles.]
Tellureted Tel"lu·ret`ed noun (Chemistry) Combined or impregnated with tellurium; tellurized. [ Written also telluretted .] [ Obsoles.] Tellureted hydrogen (Chemistry) , hydrogen telluride, H 2 Te, a gaseous substance analogous to hydrogen sulphide; -- called also tellurhydric acid .
Tellurhydric Tel`lur·hy"dric adjective (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or designating, hydrogen telluride, which is regarded as an acid, especially when in solution.
Tellurian Tel·lu"ri·an adjective [ Latin tellus , - uris , the earth.] Of or pertaining to the earth. De Quincey.
Tellurian Tel·lu"ri·an noun 1. A dweller on the earth. De Quincey. 2. An instrument for showing the operation of the causes which produce the succession of day and night, and the changes of the seasons. [ Written also tellurion .]
Telluric Tel·lu"ric adjective
[ Latin tellus
, - uris
, the earth: confer French tellurique
.] 1. Of or pertaining to the earth; proceeding from the earth.
Amid these hot, telluric flames. Carlyle. 2. (Chemistry) Of or pertaining to tellurium; derived from, or resembling, tellurium; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with tellurous compounds; as, telluric acid , which is analogous to sulphuric acid. Telluric bismuth (Min.)
-- Telluric silver (Min.)
Telluride Tel"lu·ride noun (Chemistry) A compound of tellurium with a more positive element or radical; -- formerly called telluret .
Tellurism Tel"lu·rism noun An hypothesis of animal magnetism propounded by Dr. Keiser, in Germany, in which the phenomena are ascribed to the agency of a telluric spirit or influence. [ R.] S. Thompson.
Tellurite Tel"lu·rite noun 1. (Chemistry) A salt of tellurous acid. 2. (Min.) Oxide of tellurium. It occurs sparingly in tufts of white or yellowish crystals.
Tellurium Tel·lu"ri·um noun [ New Latin , from Latin tellus , -uris , the earth.] (Chemistry) A rare nonmetallic element, analogous to sulphur and selenium, occasionally found native as a substance of a silver-white metallic luster, but usually combined with metals, as with gold and silver in the mineral sylvanite, with mercury in Coloradoite, etc. Symbol Te. Atomic weight 125.2. Graphic tellurium . (Min.) See Sylvanite . -- Tellurium glance (Min.) , nagyagite; -- called also black tellurium .
Tellurize Tel"lu·rize transitive verb (Chemistry) To impregnate with, or to subject to the action of, tellurium; -- chiefly used adjectively in the past participle; as, tellurized ores.
Tellurous Tel"lu·rous adjective (Chemistry) Of or pertaining to tellurium; derived from, or containing, tellurium; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a lower valence as contrasted with telluric compounds; as, tellurous acid , which is analogous to sulphurous acid.
Telodynamic Tel`o·dy·nam"ic adjective [ Greek ... far + English dynamic .] Relating to a system for transmitting power to a distance by means of swiftly moving ropes or cables driving grooved pulleys of large diameter.
Teloogoo Tel`oo·goo" noun See Telugu . D. O. Allen.
Telotrocha Te·lot"ro·cha noun
; plural Telotrochæ
. [ New Latin See Telotrochal
.] (Zoology) An annelid larva having telotrochal bands of cilia.
Telotrochal, Telotrochous Te·lot"ro·chal, Te·lot"ro·chous adjective [ Greek ... complete + ... wheel, hoop.] (Zoology) Having both a preoral and a posterior band of cilla; -- applied to the larvæ of certain annelids.
Telotype Tel"o·type noun [ Greek ... far off + - type .] An electric telegraph which prints the messages in letters and not in signs.
Telpher Tel"pher noun [ Greek ... far, far off + ... to bear.] (Electricity) A contrivance for the conveyance of vehicles or loads by means of electricity. Fleeming Jenkin. Telpher line , or Telpher road , an electric line or road over which vehicles for carrying loads are moved by electric engines actuated by a current conveyed by the line.
Telpher Tel"pher noun (Electricity) Specif., the equipment or apparatus used in a system of electric transportation by means of carriages which are suspended on an overhead conductor, as of wire.
Telpherage Tel"pher·age noun The conveyance of vehicles or loads by means of electricity. Fleeming Jenkin.
Telpherage Tel"pher·age noun (Electricity) Specif., electric transportation of goods by means of carriages suspended on overhead conductors, as of wire, the power being conveyed to the motor carriage by the wires on which it runs. Telpherage and telpher are sometimes applied to such systems in which the motive power is not electricity.
Telson Tel"son noun
; plural Telsons
. [ New Latin , from Greek ... a boundary, limit.] (Zoology) The terminal joint or movable piece at the end of the abdomen of Crustacea and other articulates. See Thoracostraca .
Telugu Tel`u·gu" noun 1. A Darvidian language spoken in the northern parts of the Madras presidency. In extent of use it is the next language after Hindustani (in its various forms) and Bengali. [ Spelt also Teloogoo .] 2. One of the people speaking the Telugu language.
Telugu Tel`u·gu" adjective Of or pertaining to the Telugu language, or the Telugus.
Temblor Tem·blor" noun [ Spanish ] An earthquake. [ Western U. S.]
Temerarious Tem`er·a"ri·ous adjective
[ Latin temerarius
. See Temerity
.] Unreasonably adventurous; despising danger; rash; headstrong; audacious; reckless; heedless.
I spake against temerarious judgment. Latimer.
Temeration Tem`er·a"tion noun [ Latin temerare to defile.] Temerity. [ Obsolete] Jer. Taylor.
Temerity Te·mer"i·ty noun
[ Latin temeritas
, from temere
by chance, rashly; perhaps akin to Sanskrit tamas
darkness: confer French témérité
.] Unreasonable contempt of danger; extreme venturesomeness; rashness; as, the temerity of a commander in war. Syn.
-- Rashness; precipitancy; heedlessness; venturesomeness. - - Temerity
. These words are closely allied in sense, but have a slight difference in their use and application. Temerity
is Latin, and rashness
is Anglo-Saxon. As in many such cases, the Latin term is more select and dignified; the Anglo-Saxon more familiar and energetic. We show temerity
in hasty decisions, and the conduct to which they lead. We show rashness
in particular actions, as dictated by sudden impulse. It is an exhibition of temerity
to approach the verge of a precipice; it is an act of rashness
to jump into a river without being able to swim. Temerity
, then, is an unreasonable contempt of danger; rashness
is a rushing into danger from thoughtlessness or excited feeling.
It is notorious temerity to pass sentence upon grounds uncapable of evidence. Barrow.
Her rush hand in evil hour Milton.
Forth reaching to the fruit, she plucked, she eat.