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tabby Tweet Definition of tabby Like Definition of tabby on Facebook
noun (-, tabbies)
  1. (uncountable) A kind of waved silk, usually called watered silk, manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and stronger. The watering is given to it by calendering.
  2. (uncountable) A mixture of lime with shells, gravel, or stones, in equal proportions, with an equal proportion of water. When dry, this becomes as hard as rock.
  3. (countable) A brindled cat
  4. (countable)An old maid or gossip.
  1. Having a wavy or watered appearance; as, a tabby waistcoat.
  2. Brindled; diversified in color; as, a tabby cat.
table Tweet Definition of table Like Definition of table on Facebook
  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.
tack Tweet Definition of tack Like Definition of tack on Facebook
  1. small nail with a flat head
  2. loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth
  3. (nautical) part of a sail (w:tack, Wikipedia) specifically the lower corner on the leading edge of the sail relative to the direction of the wind.
  4. (nautical) direction, hence approach try a different tack. Specifically a course or direction that enables the vessel to head upwind. See also reach, gybe.
  5. part of the harnessing for a draft animal or riding animal, e.g. a horse pulling a wagon, or a riding horse. Includes bit, bridle and reins.
  1. to nail with a tack (small nail with a flat head)
  2. to sew/stich with a tack (loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth)
  3. (nautical) to manoeuver a sailing vessel upwind by alternating the course of the vessel in relation to the wind (w:tack, Wikipedia); antonym to wear, changing tack (direction), also figuratively
  4. expression, "tack (something) onto (something)", something added as an extra item (implied as with
    1. 1 or
    2. 2)
    3. to place riding tack on a horse
tackle Tweet Definition of tackle Like Definition of tackle on Facebook
  1. (sports, countable) A play where a player attempts to take control over the ball from an opponent, as in rugby or football.
  2. (fb, countable) A play where a defender brings the ball carrier to the ground.
  3. (countable) Any instance in which one person forces another to the ground.
  4. (slang) penis, Penis.
  5. (context, fishing, uncountable) Equipment (rod, reel, line, lure, etc.) used when angling.
  6. (uncountable, informal) By extension, any piece of equipment, particularly gadgetry.
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      1. (fb, uncountable) The offensive positions between each guard and end, offensive tackle.
      2. (fb, countable) A person playing that position.
      3. (fb, uncountable) The defensive positions between two ends, defensive tackle.
      4. (fb, countable) A person playing that position.
      5. (nautical) A system of ropes and blocks used to increase the force applied to the free end of the rope.
      6. (context, pokemon) A pokemon attack.
verbto tackle
  1. to face or deal with attempting to overcome or fight down
The government's measures to crime were insufficient.
  1. (sports) to attempt to take away a ball
  2. to bring a ball carrier to the ground
tail Tweet Definition of tail Like Definition of tail on Facebook
  1. (anatomy) The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.
  2. The tail-end of a creature (buttocks, even if tailless) or object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.
When a grumpy client of the frat's annual carwash complained the of his menure-soiled tractor wasn't completely cleaned, the poor pledges had to drop trou and bend over to get their own tails paddled in public
  1. An object or part thereof resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails or other multi-tail whip.
  2. Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
  3. The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
  4. (statistics) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
  5. One who surreptitiously follows another.
  6. (Cricket) The last four or five batsman, batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
  7. (Typography) The lower loop of the letters g, q, and y in the roman alphabet.
  8. (especially, in plural) The side of a coin not bearing the head; the reverse.
  9. (slang) male member of a person animal.
''After the burly macho nudists' polar bear dip, their tails were spectacularly shrunk, so they looked like an immature kid's innocent
  1. (slang) sexual intercourse, Sexual intercourse.
  1. (transitive) To surreptitiously follow and observe.
tailing Tweet Definition of tailing Like Definition of tailing on Facebook
  1. the act of following someone
  1. (present participle of, tail)
takeoff Tweet Definition of takeoff Like Definition of takeoff on Facebook
  1. The rising or ascent aircraft or rocket into flight.
The flight was smooth, but the was a little rough.
  1. A parody or lampoon of someone or something.
w:Weird Al Yankovic, Weird Al's song "Lasagna" is a takeoff on the popular song "La Bamba".
  1. A quantification, esp. of building materials.
I'll give you an estimate after I do the quantity takeoffs for the trusses and structural steel.
talon Tweet Definition of talon Like Definition of talon on Facebook
  1. the sharp, hooked claw of a bird of prey or other predatory animal
tang Tweet Definition of tang Like Definition of tang on Facebook
  1. (rare) A coarse blackish seaweed (Fuscus nodosus).
  2. A strong or offensive taste; especially, a taste of something extraneous to the thing itself; as, wine or cider has a tang of the cask.
  3. (figurative) A sharp, specific flavor or tinge.
  4. A projecting part of an object by means of which it is secured to a handle, or to some other part; anything resembling a tongue in form or position.
  5. The part of a knife, fork, file, or other small instrument, which is inserted into the handle.
  6. The projecting part of the breech of a musket barrel, by which the barrel is secured to the stock.
  7. The part of a sword blade to which the handle is fastened.
  8. The tongue of a buckle.
  9. A sharp, twanging sound; an unpleasant tone; a twang.
  10. A group of saltwater fish from the Zebrasoma genre, also known as the surgeon fish, see w:Tang (fish), Wikipedia
tap Tweet Definition of tap Like Definition of tap on Facebook
  1. A device used to dispense liquids.
We don't have bottled water, you'll have to get it from the .
  1. A device used to cut an internal screw thread. (External screw threads are cut with a die.)
We drilled a hole and then cut the threads with the proper to match the valve's thread.
  1. A connection made to an electrical or fluid conductor without breaking it.
The system was barely keeping pressure due to all of the ill advised taps along its length.
verb (tapp, ing)
  1. To furnish with taps.
  2. on tap: To have something available; to open (a keg) with a .
We have draft beer on tap.
  1. To access a resource or object.
When he ran out of money, he decided to into his trust fund.
  1. To draw off liquid from a vessel
He tapped a new barrel of beer.
  1. To place a listening or recording device on a telephone or wired connection
They can't the phone without a warrant.
  1. To intercept a communication without authority.
He was known to Cable TV and satellite dishes.
  1. (context, mechanical) To cut an internal screw thread.
Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole.
  1. (slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
I would tap that hot girl over there. or, more informally, I'd tap that
tape Tweet Definition of tape Like Definition of tape on Facebook
  1. flexible material in a roll with a sticky surface on one or both sides, adhesive tape.
Hand me some tape. I need to fix a tear in this paper.
  1. Magnetic or optical recording media in a roll, video tape or audio tape.
Did you get that on tape?
  1. Unthinking, patterned response triggered by a particular stimulus
Old couples sometimes will play tapes at each other during a fight.
  1. Thin and flat paper, plastic or similar flexible material, usually produced in the form of a roll.
After the party there was tape all over the place.
  1. (trading, from ticker tape) The series of prices at which a financial instrument trades.
Don"t fight the tape.
  1. (icehockey) The wrapping of the primary puck-handling surface of hockey stick
His pass was right on the .
verb (tapes, taping, taped)
  1. To bind with adhesive tape.
Can you tape that together, please?
  1. To record, particularly onto magnetic tape.
You shouldn"t have said that. The microphone was on and we were taping.
tarpaper Tweet Definition of tarpaper Like Definition of tarpaper on Facebook
  1. A heavy paper, coated with tar, used to waterproof walls and roofs.
tarpaulin Tweet Definition of tarpaulin Like Definition of tarpaulin on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) Canvas waterproofed with tar, used as a cover.
  2. (uncountable) Any heavy, waterproof material used as a cover.
  3. (countable) A heavy, waterproof sheet of material, often cloth, used as a cover.
Throw a over that woodpile before it gets wet.
  1. (context, slang, archaic) A sailor. Often abbreviated to tar.
tee Tweet Definition of tee Like Definition of tee on Facebook
  1. (golf) A flat area of ground from which players hit their first shots on a golf hole
  2. (golf) Golf: a wooden or plastic peg from which a golf ball is hit on the first shot on a golf hole
  3. (curling) sports Curling: The target area of a curling rink
  4. Something shaped like the letter T
tenon Tweet Definition of tenon Like Definition of tenon on Facebook
  1. A projecting member left by cutting away the wood around it, and made to insert into a mortise, and in this way secure together the parts of a frame.
terrace Tweet Definition of terrace Like Definition of terrace on Facebook
  1. A platform that extends outwards from a building.
  2. A raised, flat-topped bank of earth with sloping sides, especially one of a series for farming or leisure; a similar natural area of ground, often next to a river.
  3. A row of residential houses with no gaps between them; a group of row houses.
  4. (in plural, mostly, British) The standing area at a football ground.
verb (terrac, ing)
  1. To provide something with a terrace.
  2. To form something into a terrace.
terracing Tweet Definition of terracing Like Definition of terracing on Facebook
  1. The formation of terraces
  2. A terraced structure
  3. A series of terraces
  4. A stand with a series of tiers
  1. (present participle of, terrace)
thimble Tweet Definition of thimble Like Definition of thimble on Facebook
  1. A pitted, now usually metal, cap for the fingers, used in sewing to push the needle.
  2. A similarly shaped socket in machinery.
  3. A thimbleful.
  4. (nautical) A ring of metal or rope used in a ship's rigging
thread Tweet Definition of thread Like Definition of thread on Facebook
  1. A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weave, weaving or in the construction of string.
  2. A theme or idea.
All of these essays have a common thread.
I"ve lost the thread of what you"re saying.
  1. (internet) A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.
  2. (computing) A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
  3. A helical ridge or groove, as on a screw.
verb (threads, threading, threaded, (archaic) thrid, threaded, (archaic) thridden)
  1. (transitive) To put thread through.
thread a needle
  1. (transitive) To pass (through a narrow constriction or around a series of obstacles).
I think I can thread my way through here, but it"s going to be tight.
threshold Tweet Definition of threshold Like Definition of threshold on Facebook
  1. The bottom-most part of a doorway that one crosses to enter; a sill.
  2. (context, by extension) An entrance
  3. The start of the landing area of a runway
  4. (engineering) The quantitative point at which an action is triggered, especially a lower limit
  5. The wage or salary at which income tax becomes due
  6. The outset of an action or project
throw Tweet Definition of throw Like Definition of throw on Facebook
  1. The flight of a thrown object; as, a fast throw.
  2. A distance travelled; displacement; as, the throw of the piston.
  3. A piece of fabric used to cover a bed, sofa or other soft furnishing.
  4. A single instance, occurrence, venture, or chance.
Football tickets are expensive at fifty bucks a .
verb (throws, throwing, threw, thrown)
  1. (transitive) To cause an object to move rapidly through the air.
  2. (transitive) To eject or cause to fall off.
    a shoe
    a rod
    the horse threw its rider
  3. (transitive) To move to another position; to displace.
    the switch
  4. (context, ceramics) To make (a pot) by shaping clay as it turns on a wheel.
  5. (context, transitive, cricket) Of a bowler, to deliver (the ball) illegally by straightening the bowling arm during delivery.
  6. (context, transitive, computing) To send (an error) to an exception-handling mechanism in order to interrupt normal processing.
    If the file is readonly, the method throws an invalid operation exception.
    <!--this is C++ or some other programming language; it's not English!
    :<code> new System.InvalidOperationException?("Cannot write to readonly file.");</code>-->
  7. (sports) to intentionally lose a game
    ''The tennis player was accused of taking bribes to the match.
thumbtack Tweet Definition of thumbtack Like Definition of thumbtack on Facebook
  1. A small nail-like tack with a slightly rounded head that can be pressed into place with light pressure from the thumb; used for hanging light articles on a wall or noticeboard
  1. (transitive) To fix or attach something with a thumbtack.
tie rod Tweet Definition of tie rod Like Definition of tie rod on Facebook
  1. A slender metal rod used to support or reinforce part of a structure
  2. Either of a pair of rods that link the steering mechanism to the front wheel or axle of some vehicles
tile Tweet Definition of tile Like Definition of tile on Facebook
  1. A mostly rectangular shaped sheet of ceramic or fired clay to cover surfaces, as in a roof-tile, stove tile, etc.
verb (tiles, tiling, tiled)
  1. To cover with tiles.
toenail Tweet Definition of toenail Like Definition of toenail on Facebook
  1. The thin, horny, transparent plate covering the upper surface of the end of a toe
toggle Tweet Definition of toggle Like Definition of toggle on Facebook
  1. a switch that can assume either of two positions; an on/off switch.
  2. (nautical) A wooden or metal pin, short rod, crosspiece or similar used for securing a loop in a rope or chain, etc. (often temporarily) to another, e.g. a sea painter to a lifeboat. (FM 55-501)
verbto toggle
  1. to alternate between two positions using a single switch or lever.
Clicking a button will alternately its light on OR off.
  1. to switch between alternate states.
to lower/upper case
You can quickly the case of selected text by pressing Shift+C
Tou can between available languages using this drop-down list.
trough Tweet Definition of trough Like Definition of trough on Facebook
  1. A long, narrow container, open on top, for feeding or watering animals.
One of Hank's chores was to slop the pigs' each morning and evening.
  1. Any similarly shaped container.
Ernest threw his paint brushes into a kind of he had fashioned from sheet metal that he kept in the sink.
  1. (Canadian) A gutter under the eaves of a building; eaves trough.
The troughs were filled with leaves and needed cleaning.
  1. A short, narrow canal designed to hold water until it drains or evaporates.
There was a small that the sump pump emptied into; it was filled with mosquito larvae.
  1. A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges.
The buoy bobbed between the crests and troughs of the waves moving across the bay.
The neurologist pointed to a troubling in the patter of his brain-waves.
  1. (meteorology) A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front.
  2. In Australia and New Zealand, a trough may refer to a rectangular container used for washing clothing, clothes, a channel for conveying water or other farm liquids (such as milk) from place to place by gravity, or any general 'U' or 'V' shaped channel conveying water for irrigation purposes.
trunk Tweet Definition of trunk Like Definition of trunk on Facebook
  1. The (usually single) upright part of a tree, between the roots and the branches.
  2. A large suitcase, usually requiring two persons to lift and with a hinged lid.
  3. torso, Torso.
  4. The extended and articulated nose or nasal organ of an elephant.
  5. (context, US, automotive) The luggage storage compartment of a sedan/saloon style car.
  6. (context, US, telecommunications) A circuit between telephone switchboards or other switching equipment.
truss Tweet Definition of truss Like Definition of truss on Facebook
noun (trusses)
  1. A bandage and belt used to hold a hernia in place.
  2. A framework of beams forming a rigid structure.
  3. A triangular bracket in architecture.
  4. An old English farming measurement. One truss of straw equalled 36 pounds, a truss of old hay equalled 56 pounds, a truss of new hay equalled 60 pounds, and 36 trusses equalled one load.
tubing Tweet Definition of tubing Like Definition of tubing on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, tubing (material))
  1. tubes, considered as a group
  2. a length of tube, or a system of tubes
  3. the recreation of riding down a river on an inner tube
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tumbler Tweet Definition of tumbler Like Definition of tumbler on Facebook
  1. One who tumbles; one who plays tricks by various motions of the body; an acrobat.
  2. A movable obstruction in a lock, consisting of a lever, latch, wheel, slide, or the like, which must be adjusted to a particular position by a key or other means before the bolt can be thrown in locking or unlocking.
  1. A piece attached to, or forming part of, the hammer of a gunlock, upon which the mainspring acts and in which are the notches for sear point to enter.
    1. A drinking glass, without a foot or stem; " so called because originally it had a pointed or convex base, and could not be set down with any liquor in it, thus compelling the drinker to finish his measure.
    2. A variety of the domestic pigeon remarkable for its habit of tumbling, or turning somersaults, during its flight.
turn Tweet Definition of turn Like Definition of turn on Facebook
  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.
  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.
Turner Tweet Definition of Turner Like Definition of Turner on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English and Scottish occupational surname
tusk Tweet Definition of tusk Like Definition of tusk on Facebook
  1. One of a pair of elongated pointed tooth, teeth that extend outside the mouth of an animal such as walrus, elephant or wild boar.
Until the CITES sales ban, elephant tusks were the 'backbone' of the legal ivory trade.
  1. A small projection on a (tusk) tenon.
  1. To dig up using a tusk, as boars do.
two-by-four Tweet Definition of two-by-four Like Definition of two-by-four on Facebook
  1. A length of timber having this cross section. (Note: often this is dimensional lumber that was this size BEFORE being planed to finished form, which removes a quarter inch from each side.)
  1. measuring two inches by four inches
  2. (context, by extension) small or cramped

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