Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Talapoin (tăl"ȧ*poin) noun (Zoology) A small African monkey ( Cercopithecus, or Miopithecus, talapoin ) -- called also melarhine .
Talapoin (tăl"ȧ*poin) noun [ Portuguese talapoi , talapoin , name for Buddhist priest, from Siamese t‘ama p‘ră ; t‘ama , honorific title + p‘ră priest.] A Buddhist monk or priest. [ Ceylon & Indo- China]
Talaria noun plural [ Latin , from talaris pertaining to the ankles, from talus ankle.] (Class. Myth.) Small wings or winged shoes represented as fastened to the ankles, -- chiefly used as an attribute of Mercury.
Talbot noun A sort of dog, noted for quick scent and eager pursuit of game. [ Obsolete] Wase (1654). » The figure of a dog is borne in the arms of the Talbot family, whence, perhaps, the name.
Talbotype noun (Photog.) Same as Calotype .
Talc noun [ French talc ; confer Spanish & Italian talco , Late Latin talcus ; all from Arabic talq .] (Min.) A soft mineral of a soapy feel and a greenish, whitish, or grayish color, usually occurring in foliated masses. It is hydrous silicate of magnesia. Steatite , or soapstone , is a compact granular variety. Indurated talc , an impure, slaty talc, with a nearly compact texture, and greater hardness than common talc; -- called also talc slate .
Talcose, Talcous adjective [ Confer French talqueux .] (Min.) Of or pertaining to talc; composed of, or resembling, talc.
[ New Latin ] (Min.) Same as Talc .
[ Anglo-Saxon talu
number, speech, narrative; akin to Dutch taal
speech, language, German zahl
number, Old High German zala
, Icelandic tal
, number, speech, Swedish tal
, Danish tal
speech, Goth. talzjan
to instruct. Confer Tell
, transitive verb
a tax, also Talk
, intransitive verb
] 1. That which is told; an oral relation or recital; any rehearsal of what has occured; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story.
of Troy divine." Milton.
"In such manner rime is Dante's tale
We spend our years as a tale that is told. Ps. xc. 9. 2. A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration; a count, in distinction from measure or weight; a number reckoned or stated.
The ignorant, . . . who measure by tale , and not by weight. Hooker.
And every shepherd tells his tale , Milton.
Under the hawthornn in the dale.
In packing, they keep a just tale of the number. Carew. 3. (Law) A count or declaration.
[ Obsolete] To tell tale of
, to make account of.
Therefore little tale hath he told Chaucer. Syn.
Of any dream, so holy was his heart.
-- Anecdote; story; fable; incident; memoir; relation; account; legend; narrative.
Tale intransitive verb To tell stories. [ Obsolete] Chaucer. Gower.
Talebearer noun One who officiously tells tales; one who impertinently or maliciously communicates intelligence, scandal, etc., and makes mischief.
Spies and talebearers , encouraged by her father, did their best to inflame her resentment. Macaulay.
Talebearing adjective Telling tales officiously.
Talebearing noun The act of informing officiously; communication of sectrts, scandal, etc., maliciously.
Taled noun (Jewish Antiq.) A kind of quadrangular piece of cloth put on by the Jews when repeating prayers in the synagogues. Crabb.
Taleful adjective Full of stories. [ R.] Thomson.
[ New Latin ] (Zoology) A genus of Australian birds which includes the brush turkey. See Brush turkey .
[ French, from Latin talentum
a talent (in sense 1), Greek ... a balance, anything weighed, a definite weight, a talent; akin to ... to bear, endure, ..., Latin tolerare
, to lift up, sustain, endure. See Thole
, transitive verb
.] 1. Among the ancient Greeks, a weight and a denomination of money equal to 60 minæ or 6,000 drachmæ. The Attic talent, as a weight, was about 57 lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver money, its value was £243 15s. sterling, or about $1,180.
Rowing vessel whose burden does not exceed five hundred talents . Jowett (Thucid.). 2. Among the Hebrews, a weight and denomination of money. For silver it was equivalent to 3,000 shekels, and in weight was equal to about 93... lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver, it has been variously estimated at from £340 to £396 sterling, or about $1,645 to $1,916. For gold it was equal to 10,000 gold shekels. 3. Inclination; will; disposition; desire.
They rather counseled you to your talent than to your profit. Chaucer. 4. Intellectual ability, natural or acquired; mental endowment or capacity; skill in accomplishing; a special gift, particularly in business, art, or the like; faculty; a use of the word probably originating in the Scripture parable of the talents ( Matt. xxv. 14-30 ).
He is chiefly to be considered in his three different talents , as a critic, a satirist, and a writer of odes. Dryden.
His talents , his accomplishments, his graceful manners, made him generally popular. Macaulay. Syn.
-- Ability; faculty; gift; endowment. See Genius
Talented adjective Furnished with talents; possessing skill or talent; mentally gifted. Abp. Abbot (1663). » This word has been strongly objected to by Coleridge and some other critics, but, as it would seem, upon not very good grounds, as the use of talent or talents to signify mental ability, although at first merely metaphorical, is now fully established, and talented , as a formative, is just as analogical and legitimate as gifted , bigoted , moneyed , landed , lilied , honeyed , and numerous other adjectives having a participal form, but derived directly from nouns and not from verbs.
Tales noun [ Latin , plural of talis such (persons).] (Law) (a) plural Persons added to a jury, commonly from those in or about the courthouse, to make up any deficiency in the number of jurors regularly summoned, being like, or such as, the latter. Blount. Blackstone. (b) syntactically sing. The writ by which such persons are summoned. Tales book , a book containing the names of such as are admitted of the tales. Blount. Craig. --
; plural Talesmen (Law) A person called to make up a deficiency in the number of jurors when a tales is awarded. Wharton.
Taleteller noun One who tells tales or stories, especially in a mischievous or officious manner; a talebearer; a telltale; a tattler.
Talewise adverb In a way of a tale or story.
Taliation noun Retaliation.
Just heav'n this taliation did decree. Beaumont.
[ French, from Latin talio
, perhaps from talis
such. Confer Retaliation
[ R.] Holinshed.
[ New Latin , from Latin talus
an ankle + pes
, a foot; confer Latin talipedare
to be weak in the feet, properly, to walk on the ankles.] (Surg.) The deformity called clubfoot . See Clubfoot .
» Several varieties are distinguished; as, Talipes varus
, in which the foot is drawn up and bent inward; T. valgus
, in which the foot is bent outward; T. equinus
, in which the sole faces backward and the patient walks upon the balls of the toes; and T. calcaneus
(called also talus
), in which the sole faces forward and the patient walks upon the heel.
Talipot noun [ Hind. tālpāt the leaf of the tree.] (Botany) A beautiful tropical palm tree ( Corypha umbraculifera ), a native of Ceylon and the Malabar coast. It has a trunk sixty or seventy feet high, bearing a crown of gigantic fan-shaped leaves which are used as umbrellas and as fans in ceremonial processions, and, when cut into strips, as a substitute for writing paper.
; plural Talismans
. [ Spanish , from Arabic tilism
, a magical image, plural tilsamān
, from Greek ... tribute, tax, LGr., an initiation, incantation, from ... to complete, perform, to play taxes, to make perfect, to initiate, especially in the mysteries, from ... completion, end.] 1. A magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens, to which wonderful effects are ascribed; the seal, figure, character, or image, of a heavenly sign, constellation, or planet, engraved on a sympathetic stone, or on a metal corresponding to the star, in order to receive its influence. 2. Hence, something that produces extraordinary effects, esp. in averting or repelling evil; an amulet; a charm; as, a talisman to avert diseases. Swift.
Talismanic, Talismanical adjective [ Confer French talismanique .] Of or pertaining to a talisman; having the properties of a talisman, or preservative against evils by occult influence; magical.
Talk intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Talked
; present participle & verbal noun Talking
.] [ Confer LG. talk
talk, gabble, Prov. German talken
to speak indistinctly; or OD. tolken
to interpret, Middle High German tolkan
to interpret, to tell, to speak indistinctly, Danish tolke
to interpret, Swedish tolka
, Icelandic t...lka
to interpret, t...lkr
an interpreter, Lithuanian tulkas
an interpreter, tulkanti
, to interpret, Russian tolkovate
to interpret, to talk about; or perhaps from Middle English talien
to speak (see Tale
, intransitive verb
).] 1. To utter words; esp., to converse familiarly; to speak, as in familiar discourse, when two or more persons interchange thoughts.
I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat with you. Shak. 2. To confer; to reason; to consult.
Let me talk with thee of thy judgments. Jer. xii. 1. 3. To prate; to speak impertinently.
[ Colloq.] To talk of
, to relate; to tell; to give an account of; as, authors talk of the wonderful remains of Palmyra.
"The natural histories of Switzerland talk
the fall of these rocks, and the great damage done." Addison.
-- To talk to
, to advise or exhort, or to reprove gently; as, I will talk to my son respecting his conduct.
Talk transitive verb To talk over . (a) To talk about; to have conference respecting; to deliberate upon; to discuss; as, to talk over a matter or plan. (b) To change the mind or opinion of by talking; to convince; as, to talk over an opponent.
1. To speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating; as, to talk French. 2. To deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a subject of conversation; as, to talk nonsense; to talk politics. 3. To consume or spend in talking; -- often followed by away ; as, to talk away an evening. 4. To cause to be or become by talking. "They would talk themselves mad." Shak.
Talk noun 1. The act of talking; especially, familiar converse; mutual discourse; that which is uttered, especially in familiar conversation, or the mutual converse of two or more.
In various talk the instructive hours they passed. Pope.
Their talk , when it was not made up of nautical phrases, was too commonly made up of oaths and curses. Macaulay. 2. Report; rumor; as, to hear talk of war.
I hear a talk up and down of raising our money. Locke. 3. Subject of discourse; as, his achievment is the talk of the town. Syn.
-- Conversation; colloquy; discourse; chat; dialogue; conference; communication. See Conversation
Talkative adjective Given to much talking. Syn.
-- Garrulous; loquacious. See Garrulous
. -- Talk"a*tive*ly
Talker noun 1. One who talks; especially, one who is noted for his power of conversing readily or agreeably; a conversationist.
There probably were never four talkers more admirable in four different ways than Johnson, Burke, Beauclerk, and Garrick. Macaulay. 2. A loquacious person, male or female; a prattler; a babbler; also, a boaster; a braggart; -- used in contempt or reproach. Jer. Taylor.
Talking adjective 1. That talks; able to utter words; as, a talking parrot. 2. Given to talk; loquacious.
The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade, Goldsmith.
For talking age and whispering lovers made.
[ Compar. Taller
; superl. Tallest
.] [ Middle English tal
seemly, elegant, docile; of uncertain origin; confer Anglo-Saxon un- tala
, un- tale
, bad, Goth. un tals
indocile, disobedient, uninstructed, or W. & Corn. tal
high, Ir. talla
meet, fit, proper, just.] 1. High in stature; having a considerable, or an unusual, extension upward; long and comparatively slender; having the diameter or lateral extent small in proportion to the height; as, a tall person, tree, or mast.
Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall . Milton. 2. Brave; bold; courageous.
As tall a trencherman Massinger.
As e'er demolished a pye fortification.
His companions, being almost in despair of victory, were suddenly recomforted by Sir William Stanley, which came to succors with three thousand tall men. Grafton. 3. Fine; splendid; excellent; also, extravagant; excessive.
[ Obsolete or Slang] B. Jonson. Syn.
-- High; lofty. -- Tall
is the generic term, and is applied to anything which is elevated or raised above another thing. Tall
specifically describes that which has a small diameter in proportion to its height; hence, we speak of a tall
man, a tall
steeple, a tall
mast, etc., but not of a tall
has a special reference to the expanse above us, and denotes an imposing height; as, a lofty
mountain; a lofty
is now properly applied only to physical objects; high
have a moral acceptation; as, high
thought, purpose, etc.; lofty
aspirations; a lofty
is the stronger word, and is usually coupled with the grand or admirable.
Tallage transitive verb To lay an impost upon; to cause to pay tallage.
Tallage, Talliage noun
[ French taillage
. See Taille
, and confer Tailage
.] (O. Eng. Law) A certain rate or tax paid by barons, knights, and inferior tenants, toward the public expenses.
[ Written also tailage
.] » When paid out of knight's fees, it was called scutage
; when by cities and burghs, tallage
; when upon lands not held by military tenure, hidage
1. A kind of long-stemmed wineglass or cup. 2. A piece of household furniture common in the eighteenth century, usually in two separate parts, with larger drawers above and smaller ones below and raised on legs fifteen inches or more in height; -- called also highboy . 3. A long sheet-metal pipe for a chimney top.
Tallier noun One who keeps tally.
Tallith noun [ NHeb. tallīth .] (Jewish Costume) (a) An undergarment worn by orthodox Jews, covering the chest and the upper part of the back. It has an opening for the head, and has tassels, called zizith, on its four corners. (b) A tasseled shawl or scarf worn over the head or thrown round the shoulders while at prayer.
Tallness noun The quality or state of being tall; height of stature.
[ Middle English taluh
; akin to OD. talgh
, Dutch talk
, G., Dan. and Swedish talg
, Icelandic tōlgr
; and perhaps to Goth. tulgus
firm.] 1. The suet or fat of animals of the sheep and ox kinds, separated from membranous and fibrous matter by melting.
» The solid consistency of tallow is due to the large amount of stearin it contains. See Fat
. 2. The fat of some other animals, or the fat obtained from certain plants, or from other sources, resembling the fat of animals of the sheep and ox kinds. Tallow candle
, a candle made of tallow.
-- Tallow catch
, a keech.
. [ Obsolete] -- Tallow chandler
, one whose occupation is to make, or to sell, tallow candles.
-- Tallow chandlery
, the trade of a tallow chandler; also, the place where his business is carried on.
-- Tallow tree (Botany)
, a tree ( Stillingia sebifera ) growing in China, the seeds of which are covered with a substance which resembles tallow and is applied to the same purposes.
Tallow transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tallowed
; present participle & verbal noun Tallowing
.] 1. To grease or smear with tallow. 2. To cause to have a large quantity of tallow; to fatten; as, tallow sheep.
Tallow-face noun One who has a sickly, pale complexion. Shak.
Tallow-faced adjective Having a sickly complexion; pale. Burton.
Tallower noun An animal which produces tallow.
Tallowing noun The act, or art, of causing animals to produce tallow; also, the property in animals of producing tallow.
Tallowish adjective Having the qualities of tallow.