Tipsify Tip"si·fy transitive verb [ Tipsy + - fy .] To make tipsy. [ Colloq.] Thackeray.
Tipsily Tip"si·ly adverb In a tipsy manner; like one tipsy.
Tipsiness Tip"si·ness noun The state of being tipsy.
Tipstaff Tip"staff` noun
; plural Tipstaff 1. A staff tipped with metal. Bacon. 2. An officer who bears a staff tipped with metal; a constable. Macaulay.
Tipster Tip"ster 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 Tip"stock` noun The detachable or movable fore part of a gunstock, lying beneath the barrel or barrels, and forming a hold for the left hand.
Tipsy Tip"sy adjective
[ 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.
Tiptoe Tip"toe` noun
; 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 Tip"toe` 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 Tip"toe` intransitive verb To step or walk on tiptoe.
Tiptop Tip"top` noun [ Tip end + top .] The highest or utmost degree; the best of anything. [ Colloq.]
Tiptop Tip"top` adjective Very excellent; most excellent; perfect. [ Colloq.] "Four tiptop voices." Gray. "Sung in a tiptop manner." Goldsmith.
Tipula Tip"u·la noun
, 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 Tip"u·la·ry adjective [ Confer French tipulaire .] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the tipulas.
Tirade Ti·rade" noun
[ 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 Ti`rail`leur" 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 Tire noun A tier, row, or rank. See Tier .
In posture to displode their second tire Milton.
Tire Tire noun
[ 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 Tire transitive verb To adorn; to attire; to dress.
[ Jezebel] painted her face, and tired her head. 2 Kings ix. 30.
Tire 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 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 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
Tire-woman Tire"-wom`an noun
; 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 Tired adjective Weary; fatigued; exhausted.
Tiredness Tired"ness noun The state of being tired, or weary.
Tireless Tire"less adjective Untiring.
Tireling Tire"ling adjective Tired; fatigued. [ Obsolete]
Tiresome Tire"some 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 Tir"ing-house` noun [ For attiring house .] A tiring-room. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Tiring-room Tir"ing-room` noun [ For attiring room .] The room or place where players dress for the stage.
Tirl Tirl intransitive verb [ Confer Twirl , Thirl .] [ 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 Tir"ma noun The oyster catcher. [ Prov. Eng.]
Tiro Ti"ro noun [ Latin ] Same as Tyro .
Tironian Ti·ro"ni·an 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 Tir"ra·lir`ra 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 Tir"rit noun A word from the vocabulary of Mrs. Quickly, the hostess in Shakespeare's Henry IV., probably meaning terror .
Tirwit Tir"wit noun [ Confer Pewit .] (Zoology) The lapwing. [ Prov. Eng.]
Tisane Ti·sane" noun [ French] (Medicine) See Ptisan .
Tisar Ti"sar noun [ French tisard .] (Glass Manuf.) The fireplace at the side of an annealing oven. Knight.
Tisic Tis"ic noun Consumption; phthisis. See Phthisis .
Tisic, Tisical Tis"ic, Tis"ic·al adjective [ For phthisic , phthisical .] Consumptive, phthisical.
Tisicky Tis"ick·y adjective Consumptive, phthisical.
Tisri Tis"ri noun [ Hebrew tishrī , from Chald. sherā' to open, to begin.] The seventh month of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, answering to a part of September with a part of October.
Tissue Tis"sue noun
[ French tissu
, from tissu
, past participle of tisser
, to weave, from Latin texere
. See Text
.] 1. A woven fabric. 2. A fine transparent silk stuff, used for veils, etc.; specifically, cloth interwoven with gold or silver threads, or embossed with figures.
A robe of tissue , stiff with golden wire. Dryden.
In their glittering tissues bear emblazed Milton. 3. (Biol.) One of the elementary materials or fibres, having a uniform structure and a specialized function, of which ordinary animals and plants are composed; a texture; as, epithelial tissue ; connective tissue .
» The term tissue
is also often applied in a wider sense to all the materials or elementary tissues, differing in structure and function, which go to make up an organ; as, vascular tissue
, tegumentary tissue
, etc. 4. Fig.: Web; texture; complicated fabrication; connected series; as, a tissue of forgeries, or of falsehood.
Unwilling to leave the dry bones of Agnosticism wholly unclothed with any living tissue of religious emotion. A. J. Balfour. Tissue paper
, very thin, gauzelike paper, used for protecting engravings in books, for wrapping up delicate articles, etc.
Tissue Tis"sue transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tissued
; present participle & verbal noun Tissuing
.] To form tissue of; to interweave.
Covered with cloth of gold tissued upon blue. Bacon.
Tissued Tis"sued adjective Clothed in, or adorned with, tissue; also, variegated; as, tissued flowers. Cowper.
And crested chiefs and tissued dames T. Warton.
Assembled at the clarion's call.
Tit Tit noun 1. A small horse. Tusser. 2. A woman; -- used in contempt. Burton. 3. A morsel; a bit. Halliwell. 4. [ Middle English ; confer Icelandic titter a tit or small bird. The word probably meant originally, something small, and is perhaps the same as teat . Confer Titmouse , Tittle .] (Zoology) (a) Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to the families Paridæ and Leiotrichidæ ; a titmouse. (b) The European meadow pipit; a titlark. Ground tit . (Zoology) See Wren tit , under Wren . -- Hill tit (Zoology) , any one of numerous species of Asiatic singing birds belonging to Siva , Milna , and allied genera. -- Tit babbler (Zoology) , any one of several species of small East Indian and Asiatic timaline birds of the genus Trichastoma . -- Tit for tat . [ Probably for tip for tap . See Tip a slight blow.] An equivalent; retaliation. -- Tit thrush (Zoology) , any one of numerous species of Asiatic and East Indian birds belonging to Suthora and allied genera. In some respects they are intermediate between the thrushes and titmice.
Titan Ti"tan adjective Titanic.
The Titan physical difficulties of his enterprise. I. Taylor.
Titan crane Ti"tan crane (Machinery) A massive crane with an overhanging counterbalanced arm carrying a traveler and lifting crab, the whole supported by a carriage mounted on track rails. It is used esp. for setting heavy masonry blocks for piers, breakwaters, etc.
Titanate Ti"tan·ate noun (Chemistry) A salt of titanic acid.
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