Webster's Dictionary, 1913
1. (Tenpins) A knocking down of all ten pins at one delivery of the ball. [ U. S.] 2. Any quick, decisive stroke or act. [ Colloq. U. S.]
Tensity noun The quality or state of being tense, or strained to stiffness; tension; tenseness.
[ Confer French tensif
. See Tense
] Giving the sensation of tension, stiffness, or contraction.
A tensive pain from distension of the parts. Floyer.
[ New Latin See Tension
.] 1. (Anat.) A muscle that stretches a part, or renders it tense. 2. (Geom.) The ratio of one vector to another in length, no regard being had to the direction of the two vectors; -- so called because considered as a stretching factor in changing one vector into another. See Versor .
[ Latin tensura
. See Tension
[ Obsolete] Bacon.
[ Spanish tinto
, properly, deep-colored, from Latin tinctus
, past participle of tingere
to dye. See Tinge
, and confer Tint
.] A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain; -- called also tent wine , and tinta .
[ Confer Attent
] 1. Attention; regard, care.
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Lydgate. 2. Intention; design.
[ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Tent transitive verb To attend to; to heed; hence, to guard; to hinder. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Halliwell.
Tent transitive verb
[ Old French tenter
. See Tempt
.] To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent; as, to tent a wound. Used also figuratively.
I'll tent him to the quick. Shak.
[ French tente
. See Tent
to probe.] (Surg.) (a) A roll of lint or linen, or a conical or cylindrical piece of sponge or other absorbent, used chiefly to dilate a natural canal, to keep open the orifice of a wound, or to absorb discharges. (b) A probe for searching a wound.
The tent that searches Shak.
To the bottom of the worst.
[ Middle English tente
, French tente
, Late Latin tenta
, from Latin tendere
, to stretch. See Tend
to move, and confer Tent
a roll of lint.] 1. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles, -- used for sheltering persons from the weather, especially soldiers in camp.
Within his tent , large as is a barn. Chaucer. 2. (Her.) The representation of a tent used as a bearing. Tent bed
, a high-post bedstead curtained with a tentlike canopy.
-- Tent caterpillar (Zoology)
, any one of several species of gregarious caterpillars which construct on trees large silken webs into which they retreat when at rest. Some of the species are very destructive to fruit trees. The most common American species is the larva of a bombycid moth ( Clisiocampa Americana ). Called also lackery caterpillar , and webworm .
Tent intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tented
; present participle & verbal noun Tenting
.] To lodge as a tent; to tabernacle. Shak.
We 're tenting to-night on the old camp ground. W. Kittredge.
[ New Latin tentaculum
, from Latin tentare
to handle, feel: confer French tentacule
. See Tempt
.] (Zoology) A more or less elongated process or organ, simple or branched, proceeding from the head or cephalic region of invertebrate animals, being either an organ of sense, prehension, or motion. Tentacle sheath (Zoology)
, a sheathlike structure around the base of the tentacles of many mollusks.
Tentacled adjective (Zoology) Having tentacles.
Tentacular adjective [ Confer French tentaculaire .] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to a tentacle or tentacles.
Tentaculata noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) A division of Ctenophora including those which have two long tentacles.
Tentaculate, Tentaculated adjective (Zoology) Having tentacles, or organs like tentacles; tentacled.
Tentaculifera noun plural
[ New Latin ] (Zoology) Same as Suctoria , 1.
Tentaculiferous adjective [ Tentaculum + -ferous .] (Zoology) Producing or bearing tentacles.
Tentaculiform adjective (Zoology) Shaped like a tentacle.
Tentaculite noun (Paleon.) Any one of numerous species of small, conical fossil shells found in Paleozoic rocks. They are supposed to be pteropods.
Tentaculocyst noun [ Tentaculum + cyst .] (Zoology) One of the auditory organs of certain medusæ; -- called also auditory tentacle .
; plural Tentacula
. [ New Latin See Tentacle
.] 1. (Zoology) A tentacle. 2. (Anat.) One of the stiff hairs situated about the mouth, or on the face, of many animals, and supposed to be tactile organs; a tactile hair.
[ From Tent
a pavilion.] A collection of tents; an encampment.
[ Obsolete] Drayton.
[ Latin tentatio
: confer French tentation
. See Temptation
.] 1. Trial; temptation.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne. 2. (Mech.) A mode of adjusting or operating by repeated trials or experiments. Knight.
[ Latin tentare
to try: confer French tentatif
. See Tempt
.] Of or pertaining to a trial or trials; essaying; experimental.
"A slow, tentative
Tentative noun [ Confer French tentative .] An essay; a trial; an experiment. Berkley.
Tented adjective Covered with tents.
1. One who takes care of, or tends, machines in a factory; a kind of assistant foreman. 2. (Machinery) A kind of governor.
[ Middle English tenture
, Old French tenture
a stretching, spreading, French tenture
hangings, tapestry, from Latin tendere
, to stretch. See Tend
to move.] A machine or frame for stretching cloth by means of hooks, called tenter-hooks , so that it may dry even and square. Tenter ground
, a place where tenters are erected.
, a sharp, hooked nail used for fastening cloth on a tenter.
-- To be on the tenters
, or on the tenter-hooks
, to be on the stretch; to be in distress, uneasiness, or suspense. Hudibras.
Tenter intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tentered
; present participle & verbal noun Tentering
.] To admit extension.
Woolen cloth will tenter , linen scarcely. Bacon.
Tenter transitive verb To hang or stretch on, or as on, tenters.
; plural Tentfuls As much, or as many, as a tent will hold.
[ From Ten
: confer Middle English tethe
, Anglo-Saxon teó...a
. See Ten
, and confer Tithe
.] 1. Next in order after the ninth; coming after nine others. 2. Constituting or being one of ten equal parts into which anything is divided.
1. The next in order after the ninth; one coming after nine others. 2. The quotient of a unit divided by ten; one of ten equal parts into which anything is divided. 3. The tenth part of annual produce, income, increase, or the like; a tithe. Shak. 4. (Mus.) The interval between any tone and the tone represented on the tenth degree of the staff above it, as between one of the scale and three of the octave above; the octave of the third. 5. plural (Eng. Law) (a) A temporary aid issuing out of personal property, and granted to the king by Parliament; formerly, the real tenth part of all the movables belonging to the subject. (b) (Eccl. Law) The tenth part of the annual profit of every living in the kingdom, formerly paid to the pope, but afterward transferred to the crown. It now forms a part of the fund called Queen Anne's Bounty . Burrill.
Tenthly adverb In a tenth manner.
Tenthmeter, Tenthmetre noun (Physics) A unit for the measurement of many small lengths, such that 10 10 of these units make one meter; the ten millionth part of a millimeter.
Tenthredinides noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... a kind of wasp.] (Zoology) A group of Hymneoptera comprising the sawflies.
Tentif adjective Attentive. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Tentifly adverb Attentively. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Tentiginous adjective [ Latin tentigo , -inis , a tension, lecherousness, from tendere , tentum , to stretch.]
1. Stiff; stretched; strained. [ Obsolete] Johnson. 2. Lustful, or pertaining to lust. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Tentmaker noun One whose occupation it is to make tents. Acts xviii. 3.
Tentorium noun [ Latin , a tent.] (Anat.) A fold of the dura mater which separates the cerebellum from the cerebrum and often incloses a process or plate of the skull called the bony tentorium .
Tentory noun [ Latin tentorium a tent.] The awning or covering of a tent. [ Obsolete] Evelyn.
Tentwort noun (Botany) A kind of small fern, the wall rue. See under Wall .
Tenuate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tenuated
; present participle & verbal noun Tenuating
.] [ Latin tenuatus
, past participle of tenuare
to make thin, from tenuis
thin. See Tenuous
.] To make thin; to attenuate.
Tenuifolious adjective [ Latin tenuis thin + folium a leaf.] (Botany) Having thin or narrow leaves.
[ See Tenuous
.] Rare or subtile; tenuous; -- opposed to dense .
[ Obsolete] Glanvill.
; plural Tenuirosters
. [ New Latin , from Latin tenuis
thin + rostrum
a beak.] (Zoology) One of the Tenuirostres.
Tenuirostral adjective (Zoology) Thin-billed; -- applied to birds with a slender bill, as the humming birds.