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tablature Tweet Definition of tablature Like Definition of tablature on Facebook
noun
  1. A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments
  2. An engraved tablet etc.
table Tweet Definition of table Like Definition of table on Facebook
noun
  1. An item of furniture with a flat top surface raised above the ground, usually on one or more legs.
  2. A flat tray which can be used as a table.
  3. A matrix or grid of data arranged in rows and columns.
  4. A collection of arithmetic calculations arranged in a table, such as multiplications in a multiplication table.
The children were practising multiplication tables.
Don"t you know your tables?
Here is a of natural logarithms.
  1. (computing) A lookup table, most often a vector.
  2. (musical instruments) The top of a stringed instrument, particularly a member of the violin family: the side of the instrument against which the strings vibrate.
verb (tabl, ing)
  1. To put on a table.
  2. (context, UK, Canadian English) To propose for discussion (from to put on the table)
The legislature tabled the amendment, so we will start discussing it now.
  1. To delay, or permanently postpone a motion before a meeting.
The motion was tabled ensuring that it would not be taken until a later date.
  1. To hold back to a later time; to postpone.
The legislature tabled the amendment, so we will not be discussing it until later.
  1. To tabulate; to put into a table.
tabor Tweet Definition of tabor Like Definition of tabor on Facebook
noun
  1. a small drum
taboret Tweet Definition of taboret Like Definition of taboret on Facebook
noun
  1. a low stool in the form of a drum
  2. a low stand or embroidery frame in the same shape
tacet Tweet Definition of tacet Like Definition of tacet on Facebook
verb
  1. (music) instruction indicating silence on the part of the performers of a piece
tailgate Tweet Definition of tailgate Like Definition of tailgate on Facebook
noun
  1. a hinged board or hatch at the rear of a vehicle that can be lowered for loading and unloading; a tailboard
  2. either of the downstream gates in a canal lock
verb (tailgat, ing)
  1. To drive dangerously close behind another vehicle
  • That idiot has been tailgating me for the last five minutes.
tambourine Tweet Definition of tambourine Like Definition of tambourine on Facebook
noun
  1. a percussion musical instrument, instrument consisting of a small usu. wooden hoop closed on one side with a drum frame and featuring jingle, jingling metal disks on the tread; it is usu. held in the hand and shaken rhythmically.
tam-tam Tweet Definition of tam-tam Like Definition of tam-tam on Facebook
noun
  1. a flat gong (without knob) that is struck with a felt-covered hammer
tango Tweet Definition of tango Like Definition of tango on Facebook
noun
  1. A Latin American ballroom dance in 2/4 or 4/4 time.
  2. The letter T in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  3. The letter T in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  4. (slang) terrorist, used amongst special police forces, derived from the NATO phonetic alphabet.
tarantella Tweet Definition of tarantella Like Definition of tarantella on Facebook
noun
  1. A rapid dance in 6/8 time, originating in Italy, or a piece of music for such a dance.
te Tweet Definition of te Like Definition of te on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) In solfège, the seventh note of a major scale (the note B in the fixed-do system): si.
techno Tweet Definition of techno Like Definition of techno on Facebook
noun
  1. A style of music characterised by electronic sounds and fast, energetic, very repetitive rhythms. There are numerous subgenres; however, contrary to popular belief, Neither Trance or House are subgenres of techno. Techno is, itself, a subgenre of electronic dance music (or EDM)
See w:Techno music, techno, w:Trance music, trance and w:House music, house.      
telltale Tweet Definition of telltale Like Definition of telltale on Facebook
noun
  1. one who divulges private information with intent to hurt others
  2. tattletale; squealer (U.S. slang)
  3. something that serves to reveal something else
The was the lipstick on her shirt collar.
  1. (nautical) a length of yarn or ribbon attached to a sail or shroud etc to indicate the direction of the flow of the air relative to the boat
adjective
  1. revealing something not intended to be known
His eye was blinking, a signal that he was lying.
He blushed when he approached, a sign that he was happy to see him.
temper Tweet Definition of temper Like Definition of temper on Facebook
noun
  1. A tendency to anger or lose patience easily.
He has quite a when dealing with salespeople.
  1. The heat treatment to which a metal or other material has been subjected; a material that has undergone a particular heat treatment.
verb
  1. To moderate or control.
Temper your language around children.
  1. To heat-treat a material, particularly a metal.
Next, the steel by dropping the white hot metal into cold water.
  1. To mix clay, plaster or mortar with water to obtain the proper consistency
tempered Tweet Definition of tempered Like Definition of tempered on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, temper)
adjective
  1. Of one's disposition.
The Pyncheon Elm, throughout its great circumference, was all alive, and full of the morning sun and a sweet- little breeze, which lingered within this verdant sphere, and set a thousand leafy tongues a-whispering all at once. This aged tree appeared to have suffered nothing from the gale. " Edgar Allen Poe, The House of the Seven Gables, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=346264183&tag=Hawthorne,+Nathaniel,+1804-1864:+The+House+of+the+Seven+Gables,+1851&query=tempered&id=Haw3Gab Chapter 19.
  1. Pertaining to the metallurgical process for finishing metals.
1851"Not forged!" and snatching Perth's levelled iron from the crotch, Ahab held it out, exclaiming -- "Look ye, Nantucketer; here in this hand I hold his death! Tempered in blood, and by lightning are these barbs; and I swear to temper them triply in that hot place behind the fin, where the white whale most feels his accursed life!" " Herman Melville, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=text&offset=475125179&textreg=1&query=tempered&id=Mel2Mob Moby Dick.
  1. Of something moderated or balanced by other considerations.
1792The downcast eye, the rosy blush, the retiring grace, are all proper in their season; but modesty, being the child of reason, cannot long exist with the sensibility that is not by reflection " Mary Wollstonecraft, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=748286979&tag=Wollstonecraft,+Mary,+1759-1797:+A+vindication+of+the+rights+of+woman,+1892&query=tempered&id=WolVind A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
  1. (music) Pertaining to the well-tempered scale, where the twelve notes per octave of the standard keyboard are tuned in such a way that it is possible to play music in any major or minor key and it will not sound perceptibly out of tune.
tempi Tweet Definition of tempi Like Definition of tempi on Facebook
noun
  1. (plural of, tempo)
tempo Tweet Definition of tempo Like Definition of tempo on Facebook
noun (pl=tempos, pl2=tempi)
  1. (plural: tempos) a frequency or rate
  2. (plural: tempos) (chess) a move which is part of one's own plan or strategy and forces, e.g. by means of a check or attacking a piece, the opponent to make a move which is not bad but of no use for him.
  3. (plural: tempi) (Music) The number of beats per minute in a piece of music; also, an indicative term denoting approximate rate of speed in written music (examples: allegro, andante)
tenor Tweet Definition of tenor Like Definition of tenor on Facebook
noun
  1. (archaic) musical part or section that holds or performs the main melody, as opposed to the contratenor bassus and contratenor altus, who perform countermelodies.
    1. musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto. Also a person, instrument, or group that performs in that range.
    2. tone, as in "I don't like the of this conversation."
    3. (linguistics) The subject in a metaphor to which attributes are ascribed.
adjective
  1. of or pertaining to the tenor part or range
He has a voice.
tenuto Tweet Definition of tenuto Like Definition of tenuto on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) A tempo mark directing that a note or passage is to be held for the full time
  2. (music) A passage having this mark
adjectiveagitato
  1. (music) describing a passage having this mark
adverb
  1. (music) In a sustained manner
Terpsichore Tweet Definition of Terpsichore Like Definition of Terpsichore on Facebook
proper noun
  1. w:Greek mythology, Terpsichore ("delight of dancing") was one of the nine Muses, ruling over dance and the dramatic chorus. She is usually depicted sitting down, holding a lyre.
tessitura Tweet Definition of tessitura Like Definition of tessitura on Facebook
noun (tessitur, e)
  1. the vocal range of a singer
  • 1995: Byrne shrugged. He started writing a bravura / Opera based on Cleopatra"s death, / Exploiting all Maria"s , / With a high F before her final breath. " Anthony Burgess, Byrne
tetrachord Tweet Definition of tetrachord Like Definition of tetrachord on Facebook
noun
  1. In music a is any set of four different pitch classes.
theorbo Tweet Definition of theorbo Like Definition of theorbo on Facebook
noun
  1. a baroque lute having an extra set of open base strings.
theremin Tweet Definition of theremin Like Definition of theremin on Facebook
noun
  1. An electronic musical instrument that generates sound of varying pitch and volume depending on the proximity of the musician's hands to two antennae mounted on the instrument.
thesis Tweet Definition of thesis Like Definition of thesis on Facebook
noun (theses)
  1. A statement supported by arguments.
  2. A written essay submitted for a university degree.
TI Tweet Definition of TI Like Definition of TI on Facebook
initialism
  1. (italbrac, company) Texas instrument, Instruments.
  2. (electronics) time, Time interval, Interval.
  3. (italbrac, organization) w:Transparency International, Transparency International.
  4. (italbrac, company) w:Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.
tie Tweet Definition of tie Like Definition of tie on Facebook
noun
  1. An item of clothing consisting of a strip of cloth tied around the neck, often under the collar of a shirt. See also bow tie, black tie.
  2. The situation in which one or more participants in a competition are placed equally. (Synonym: draw).
  3. (cricket) The situation at the end of all four innings of a match where both sides have the same total of runs (different to a draw).
  4. (statistics) One or more equal values or sets of equal values in the data set.
  5. (surveying) A bearing and distance between a lot corner or point and a benchmark or iron off site.
  6. A piece of wire embedded in paper, strip of plastic with ratchets, or similar object which is wound around something and tightened.
  7. (context, rail transport, US) A horizontal wooden or concrete structural member that supports and ties together railway lines.
verb (ties, tying, tied)
  1. (transitive) To twist (a string, rope, or the like) around itself securely.
Tie this rope in a knot for me, please.
Tie the rope to this tree.
  1. (transitive) To form (a knot or the like) by tying a string or the like.
Tie a knot in this rope for me, please.
  1. (transitive) To attach or fasten (one thing to another) by tying a string or the like.
Tie him to the tree.
  1. (transitive) To secure (something) by tying a string or the like.
''Tie your shoes.
  1. (intransitive) To have the same score or position as another in a competition or ordering.
They tied for third place.
  1. (transitive) To have the same score or position as (another) in a competition or ordering.
He tied me for third place.
timbal Tweet Definition of timbal Like Definition of timbal on Facebook
noun
  1. a kettledrum
timbre Tweet Definition of timbre Like Definition of timbre on Facebook
noun
  1. The quality of a sound independent of its pitch and volume.
time signature Tweet Definition of time signature Like Definition of time signature on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) a numerical sign placed on a stave to indicate the meter; the numerator is the number of beats per bar, the denominator represents the value of each beat
timpani Tweet Definition of timpani Like Definition of timpani on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, pluralia tantum, musici) The set of precision kettledrums in an orchestra.
trio Tweet Definition of trio Like Definition of trio on Facebook
noun
  1. A group of three people or things, especially musicians.
  2. (context, music) A piece of music written for three musicians.
  3. (context, music) A passage in the middle of a minuet, frequently in a different key.
triplet Tweet Definition of triplet Like Definition of triplet on Facebook
noun
  1. A group of three or one of a group of three.
  2. One of a group of three siblings born at the same time to the same mother.
  3. (music) A group of three notes played or written where two notes would ordinarily be; a form of tuplet
trombone Tweet Definition of trombone Like Definition of trombone on Facebook
noun
  1. A musical instrument in the brass family, having a cylindrical bore, and usually a sliding tube (but sometimes piston valves, and rarely both). Most often refers to the tenor trombone, which is the most common type of trombone and has a fundamental tone of B♭ˌ (contra B♭).
truck Tweet Definition of truck Like Definition of truck on Facebook
noun
  1. A small wheel or roller, specifically the wheel of a gun-carriage.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To drive a truck.
  2. (transitive) To convey by truck.
  3. (intransitive) To travel contentedly.
Keep on trucking!
  1. (film production) To move a camera parallel to the movement of the subject.
adjective
  1. Pertaining to a garden patch or truck garden.
November 4, 1792 As the home house people (the industrious part of them at least) might want ground for their patches, they might, for this purpose, cultivate what would be cleared. But I would have the ground from the cross fence by the Spring, quite round by the Wharf, first grubbed, before the (above mentioned) is attempted. " George Washington, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=700376730&tag=Washington,+George,+1732-1799:+The+writings+of+George+Washington+from+the+original+manuscript+sources:+Volume+32,+1745-1799&query=truck&id=WasFi32 The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 32, 1745-1799.
1903 "Wid dat, Brer Rabbit 'low dat Mr. Man done been had 'im hired fer ter take keer er his patch, an' keep out de minks, de mush-rats an' de weasels. " Joel Chandler Harris, "Brother Rabbit's Cradle", New Stories of the Old Plantation, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=338797731&tag=Harris,+Joel+Chandler,+1848-1908:+Brother+Rabbit`s+Cradle,+1903&query=truck&id=HarBrot Chapter 11
tuning fork Tweet Definition of tuning fork Like Definition of tuning fork on Facebook
noun
  1. a fork-shaped object which emits a tone of a specific frequency when struck
turn Tweet Definition of turn Like Definition of turn on Facebook
noun
  1. A change of direction or orientation.
Give the handle a , then pull it.
  1. A movement of an object about its own axis in one direction that continues until the object returns to its initial orientation.
  2. A single loop of a coil.
  3. A chance to use (something) shared in sequence with others.
They took turns playing with the new toy.
  1. One's chance to make a move in a game having two or more players.
  2. A figure in music, often denoted ~, consisting of the note above the one indicated, the note itself, the note below the one indicated, and the note itself again.
  3. (also turnaround) The time required to complete a project.
They quote a three-day on parts like those.
  1. A fit or a period of giddiness.
I've had a funny turn.
  1. A change in temperament or circumstance.
She took a for the worse.
  1. (cricket) A sideways movement of the ball when it bounces (caused by rotation in flight)
  2. (poker) The fourth communal card in Texas hold 'em.
  3. (context, poker, obsolete) The flop (the first three community cards) in Texas hold 'em
  4. (context, electricity) the basic coil element that forms a single conducting loop comprised of one insulated conductor.
verb
  1. (intransitive) Of a body, person, etc, to move around an axis through itself.
the Earth turns
on the spot
  1. (transitive) To change the direction or orientation of.
Turn the knob clockwise.
  1. (intransitive) To change one's direction of travel.
Turn right here.
  1. (transitive) To position (something) by folding it.
Turn the bed covers.
  1. (transitive) To become.
The leaves brown in autumn.
When I asked him for the money, he turned nasty.
  1. To rebel; to go against something formerly tolerated.
The prisoners turned on the warden.
  1. (transitive) To shape (something) symmetrically by rotating it against a stationary cutting tool, as on a lathe.
She turned the table legs with care and precision.
  1. (intransitive) To sour or spoil; to go bad.
This milk has turned; it smells awful.
  1. (italbrac, usually with over) To complete.
They say they can the parts in two days.
  1. (context, transitive, cricket) Of a bowler, to make (the ball) move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.
  2. (context, intransitive, cricket) Of a ball, to move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.
  3. (context, professional wrestling, intransitive) To change personalities, such as from being a face (good guy) to heel (bad guy) or vice versa.
turnout Tweet Definition of turnout Like Definition of turnout on Facebook
noun
  1. attendance; crowd
This restaurant had a pretty good turnout for a Wednesday night.
  1. a place to pull off a road
When towing a trailer, use the turnouts to let faster traffic pass.
  1. (context, rail transport, chiefly, US) a place where moveable rails allow a train to switch tracks; a set of points
tutti Tweet Definition of tutti Like Definition of tutti on Facebook
noun
  1. baby's pacifier
adverb
  1. (music) All together. Indicates that the remainder of a group should join in playing after a solo or other passage with a reduced number of voices.
twelve-tone technique Tweet Definition of twelve-tone technique Like Definition of twelve-tone technique on Facebook
noun
  1. A system of musical composition devised by w:Arnold Schoenberg, Arnold Schoenberg, as a method of composing with twelve notes which are related solely to each other.
twist Tweet Definition of twist Like Definition of twist on Facebook
noun
  1. a force (producing twisting).
  2. anything twisted, or the act of twisting; the degree of stress or strain when twisted.
  3. a type of thread or cotton traditionally used for buttonholes.
  4. a sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc.
  5. a sudden bend (or short series of bends) in a road, path, etc.
  6. a distortion to the meaning of a word or passage.
  7. an unexpected turn in a story, tale, etc.
  8. a type of dance characterised by rotating one"s hips.
  9. a rotation of the body when diving.
  10. a sprain, especially to the ankle.
verb
  1. to turn the ends of something, usually thread, rope etc., in opposite directions, often using force
  2. to join together by twining one part around another
  3. to turn a knob etc.
  4. to distort or change the truth or meaning of words when repeating
  5. to form a twist (in any of the above meanings)
two-step Tweet Definition of two-step Like Definition of two-step on Facebook
noun
  1. A ballroom dance in duple time, having long, sliding steps
  2. A piece of music for this dance
tympani Tweet Definition of tympani Like Definition of tympani on Facebook
noun
  1. alternative spelling of timpani
tympanist Tweet Definition of tympanist Like Definition of tympanist on Facebook
noun
  1. alternative spelling of timpanist
tympanum Tweet Definition of tympanum Like Definition of tympanum on Facebook
noun
  1. in classical architecture, a pediment

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