Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Tip-up noun (Zoology) The spotted sandpiper; -- called also teeter-tail . See under Sandpiper .
Tipcart noun A cart so constructed that the body can be easily tipped, in order to dump the load.
Tipcat noun A game in which a small piece of wood pointed at both ends, called a cat , is tipped, or struck with a stick or bat, so as to fly into the air.
In the middle of a game at tipcat , he paused, and stood staring wildly upward with his stick in his hand. Macaulay.
Tipper noun A kind of ale brewed with brackish water obtained from a particular well; -- so called from the first brewer of it, one Thomas Tipper . [ Eng.]
[ Middle English tipet
, Anglo-Saxon tæppet
, probably from Latin tapete
tapestry, hangings. Confer Tape
.] 1. A cape, or scarflike garment for covering the neck, or the neck and shoulders, -- usually made of fur, cloth, or other warm material. Chaucer. Bacon. 2. A length of twisted hair or gut in a fish line.
[ Scot.] 3. A handful of straw bound together at one end, and used for thatching.
[ Scot.] Jamieson. Tippet grebe (Zoology)
, the great crested grebe, or one of several similar species.
-- Tippet grouse (Zoology)
, the ruffed grouse.
-- To turn tippet
, to change.
[ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Tipping noun (Mus.) A distinct articulation given in playing quick notes on the flute, by striking the tongue against the roof of the mouth; double- tonguing.
Tipple intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tippled
; present participle & verbal noun Tippling
.] [ From tip
a small end, or a word akin to it; confer Norw. tipla
to tipple, to drip, Prov. English tip
, a draught of liquor, dial. German zipfeln
to eat and drink in small parts. See Tip
a point, and confer Tipsy
.] To drink spirituous or strong liquors habitually; to indulge in the frequent and improper used of spirituous liquors; especially, to drink frequently in small quantities, but without absolute drunkeness.
Few of those who were summoned left their homes, and those few generally found it more agreeable to tipple in alehouses than to pace the streets. Macaulay.
Tipple transitive verb 1. To drink, as strong liquors, frequently or in excess.
Himself, for saving charges, Dryden. 2. To put up in bundles in order to dry, as hay.
A peeled, sliced onions eats, and tipples verjuice.
Tipple noun Liquor taken in tippling; drink.
Pulque, the national tipple of Mexico. S. B. Griffin.
[ Confer 3d Tip
.] An apparatus by which loaded cars are emptied by tipping; also, the place where such tipping is done.
Tippled adjective Intoxicated; inebriated; tipsy; drunk. [ R.] Dryden.
1. One who keeps a tippling-house. [ Obsolete] Latimer. 2. One who habitually indulges in the excessive use of spirituous liquors, whether he becomes intoxicated or not.
Tippling-house noun A house in which liquors are sold in drams or small quantities, to be drunk on the premises.
Tipsify transitive verb [ Tipsy + - fy .] To make tipsy. [ Colloq.] Thackeray.
Tipsily adverb In a tipsy manner; like one tipsy.
Tipsiness noun The state of being tipsy.
; plural Tipstaff 1. A staff tipped with metal. Bacon. 2. An officer who bears a staff tipped with metal; a constable. Macaulay.
Tipster noun [ Tip a hint + -ster .] One who makes a practice of giving or selling tips, or private hints or information, esp. for use in gambling upon the probable outcome of events, as horse races.
Tipstock noun The detachable or movable fore part of a gunstock, lying beneath the barrel or barrels, and forming a hold for the left hand.
[ Compar. Tipsier
; superl. Tipsiest
.] [ Akin to tipple
; confer Prov. German tips
drunkenness, be tipst
drunk, tipsy. See Tipple
.] 1. Being under the influence of strong drink; rendered weak or foolish by liquor, but not absolutely or completely drunk; fuddled; intoxicated. 2. Staggering, as if from intoxication; reeling.
Midnight shout and revelry, Milton.
Tipsy dance and jollity.
; plural Tiptoes The end, or tip, of the toe.
He must . . . stand on his typtoon [ tiptoes]. Chaucer.
Upon his tiptoes stalketh stately by. Spenser. To be
, or To stand
, a tiptoe
or on tiptoe
, to be awake or alive to anything; to be roused; to be eager or alert; as, to be a tiptoe with expectation.
Tiptoe adjective 1. Being on tiptoe, or as on tiptoe; hence, raised as high as possible; lifted up; exalted; also, alert.
Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day Shak.
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
Above the tiptoe pinnacle of glory. Byron. 2. Noiseless; stealthy.
step." Cowper. Tiptoe mirth
, the highest degree of mirth. Sir W. Scott.
Tiptoe intransitive verb To step or walk on tiptoe.
Tiptop noun [ Tip end + top .] The highest or utmost degree; the best of anything. [ Colloq.]
Tiptop adjective Very excellent; most excellent; perfect. [ Colloq.] "Four tiptop voices." Gray. "Sung in a tiptop manner." Goldsmith.
, English Tipulas
. [ Latin , the water spider, or water spinner.] (Zoology) Any one of many species of long-legged dipterous insects belonging to Tipula and allied genera. They have long and slender bodies. See Crane fly , under Crane .
Tipulary adjective [ Confer French tipulaire .] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the tipulas.
[ French, from Italian tirada
, properly, a pulling; hence, a lengthening out, a long speech, a tirade, from tirare
to draw; of Teutonic origin, and akin to English tear
to redn. See Tear
to rend, and confer Tire
to tear.] A declamatory strain or flight of censure or abuse; a rambling invective; an oration or harangue abounding in censorious and bitter language.
Here he delivers a violent tirade against persons who profess to know anything about angels. Quarterly Review.
Tirailleur noun [ French, from tirailler to skirmish, wrest, from tirer to draw.] (Mil.) Formerly, a member of an independent body of marksmen in the French army. They were used sometimes in front of the army to annoy the enemy, sometimes in the rear to check his pursuit. The term is now applied to all troops acting as skirmishers.
Tire noun A tier, row, or rank. See Tier .
In posture to displode their second tire Milton.
[ Aphetic form of attire
; Middle English tir
, a tir
. See Attire
.] 1. Attire; apparel.
[ Archaic] "Having rich tire
about you." Shak. 2. A covering for the head; a headdress.
On her head she wore a tire of gold. Spenser. 3. A child's apron, covering the breast and having no sleeves; a pinafore; a tier. 4. Furniture; apparatus; equipment.
[ Obsolete] "The tire
of war." Philips. 5.
[ Probably the same word, and so called as being an attire or covering for the wheel.] A hoop or band, as of metal, on the circumference of the wheel of a vehicle, to impart strength and receive the wear.
» The iron tire
of a wagon wheel or cart wheel binds the fellies together. The tire
of a locomotive or railroad-car wheel is a heavy hoop of iron or steel shrunk tightly upon an iron central part. The wheel of a bicycle has a tire
of India rubber.
Tire transitive verb To adorn; to attire; to dress.
[ Jezebel] painted her face, and tired her head. 2 Kings ix. 30.
Tire intransitive verb
[ French tirer
to draw or pull; of Teutonic origin, and akin to English tear
to rend. See Tirade
.] 1. To seize, pull, and tear prey, as a hawk does.
Even as an empty eagle, sharp by fast, Shak.
Tires with her beak on feathers, flesh, and bone.
Ye dregs of baseness, vultures among men, B. Jonson. 2. To seize, rend, or tear something as prey; to be fixed upon, or engaged with, anything.
That tire upon the hearts of generous spirits.
Thus made she her remove, Chapman.
And left wrath tiring on her son.
Upon that were my thoughts tiring . Shak.
Tire intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tired
; present participle & verbal noun Tiring
.] [ Middle English teorien
to become weary, to fail, Anglo-Saxon teorian
to be tired, be weary, to tire, exhaust; perhaps akin to English tear
to rend, the intermediate sense being, perhaps, to wear out; or confer English tarry
.] To become weary; to be fatigued; to have the strength fail; to have the patience exhausted; as, a feeble person soon tires .
Tire transitive verb To exhaust the strength of, as by toil or labor; to exhaust the patience of; to wear out (one's interest, attention, or the like); to weary; to fatigue; to jade. Shak.
Tired with toil, all hopes of safety past. Dryden. To tire out
, to weary or fatigue to exhaustion; to harass. Syn.
-- To jade; weary; exhaust; harass. See Jade
; plural Tire-women
. [ See Tire
.] 1. A lady's maid.
Fashionableness of the tire-woman's making. Locke. 2. A dresser in a theater. Simmonds.
Tired adjective Weary; fatigued; exhausted.
Tiredness noun The state of being tired, or weary.
Tireless adjective Untiring.
Tireling adjective Tired; fatigued. [ Obsolete]
Tiresome adjective Fitted or tending to tire; exhausted; wearisome; fatiguing; tedious; as, a tiresome journey; a tiresome discourse. -- Tire"some*ly , adverb -- Tire"some*ness , noun
Tiring-house noun [ For attiring house .] A tiring-room. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Tiring-room noun [ For attiring room .] The room or place where players dress for the stage.
Tirl intransitive verb
[ Confer Twirl
.] [ Scot. & Prov. Eng.] 1. To quiver; to vibrate; to veer about. 2. To make a ratting or clattering sound by twirling or shaking; as, to tirl at the pin, or latch, of a door.
Tirma noun The oyster catcher. [ Prov. Eng.]
[ Latin ] Same as Tyro .
Tironian adjective [ Latin Tironianus , from Tiro , the learned freedman and amanuensis of Cicero.] Of or pertaining to Tiro, or a system of shorthand said to have been introduced by him into ancient Rome.
Tirralirra noun A verbal imitation of a musical sound, as of the note of a lark or a horn.
The lark, that tirra lyra chants. Shak.
" Tirralira , " by the river, Tennyson.
Sang Sir Lancelot.
Tirrit noun A word from the vocabulary of Mrs. Quickly, the hostess in Shakespeare's Henry IV., probably meaning terror .
[ Confer Pewit
.] (Zoology) The lapwing.
[ Prov. Eng.]