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tailwind Tweet Definition of tailwind Like Definition of tailwind on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) a wind that blows in the same direction as the course of an aircraft or ship
temperate Tweet Definition of temperate Like Definition of temperate on Facebook
verb
  1. (obsolete) To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.
  • It inflames temperance, and temperates wrath. Marston.
adjective
  1. Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate.
  2. Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language.
    • She is not hot, but as the morn. Shakespeare
    • That sober freedom out of which there springs Our loyal passion for our kings. Tennyson.
      1. Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, in eating and drinking.
    • Be sober and , and you will be healthy. Franklin.
      1. Proceeding from temperance.
    • The sleeps, and spirits light as air. Pope.
tempest Tweet Definition of tempest Like Definition of tempest on Facebook
noun
  1. A storm, especially one with severe winds.
    • 1847, w:Herman_Melville, Herman Melville, Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas, ch. 16,
    • :As every sailor knows, a spicy gale in the tropic latitudes of the Pacific is far different from a in the howling North Atlantic.
      1. Any violent tumult or commotion.
    • 1914, w:Ambrose Bierce, Ambrose Bierce, "One Officer, One Man,"
    • :They awaited the word "forward""awaited, too, with beating hearts and set teeth the gusts of lead and iron that were to smite them at their first movement in obedience to that word. The word was not given; the did not break out.
verb
  1. (context, intransitive, rare) To storm.
  2. (context, transitive, chiefly, poetic) To disturb, as by a tempest.
    • 1811, w:Percy_Bysshe_Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Drowned Lover," in Poems from St. Irvyne,
    • :Oh! dark lowered the clouds on that horrible eve,
    • :And the moon dimly gleamed through the tempested air.
thaw Tweet Definition of thaw Like Definition of thaw on Facebook
noun
  1. The melting of ice, snow, or other congealed matter; the resolution of ice, or the like, into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat of anything congealed by frost
  2. a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is congealed. "w:Dryden.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; " said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws. Specifically by gradual warming
  2. (intransitive) To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; " said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
  3. (context, intransitive, figuratively) To grow gentle or genial.
  4. (transitive) To cause (frozen things, as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve. Specifically by gradual warming.
thermal Tweet Definition of thermal Like Definition of thermal on Facebook
noun (plural:thermals)
  1. A rise, rising column of air.
adjective
  1. pertaining to heat or temperature.
  2. (of fabric) providing efficient insulation so as to keep the body warm.
thermosphere Tweet Definition of thermosphere Like Definition of thermosphere on Facebook
noun
  1. layer of the Earth's atmosphere directly above the mesosphere and directly below the exosphere
thunder Tweet Definition of thunder Like Definition of thunder on Facebook
noun
  1. The sound caused by the discharge of atmospheric electrical charge.
Thunder is preceded by lightning.''
  1. A sound resembling thunder.
  2. A deep, rumble, rumbling noise.
Off in the distance, he heard the of hoofbeats, signalling a stampede.
verb
  1. (context, intransitive) To make a noise like thunder.
  2. (context, intransitive) To talk with a loud, threatening voice.
  3. (context, transitive) To say (something) with a loud, threatening voice.
thunderbolt Tweet Definition of thunderbolt Like Definition of thunderbolt on Facebook
noun
  1. A flash of lightning accompanied by a crash of thunder.
  2. Metaphorically, an event that is terrible, horrific or unexpected.
thunderclap Tweet Definition of thunderclap Like Definition of thunderclap on Facebook
noun
  1. sudden thunder; a shock of thunder, as opposed to reverberate, reverberating rumble
thundercloud Tweet Definition of thundercloud Like Definition of thundercloud on Facebook
noun
  1. a large, dark cloud, usually a cumulonimbus, charged with electricity and producing thunder and lightning; a stormcloud
  2. (context, by extension) something menacing and brooding
As the ominous thunderclouds of war gather over the Middle East, countries like France and Russia have threatened to use their veto in the United Nations to thwart immediate U.S. military force against Iraq. - http://www.faluninfo.net/displayAnArticle.asp?ID=7103
thunderhead Tweet Definition of thunderhead Like Definition of thunderhead on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Cumulonimbus cloud)
  1. The top portion of a cumulonimbus cloud, which tend to be flattened or fibery in appearence, and which may be indiciative of thunderstorm activity. category:Meteorology
thundering Tweet Definition of thundering Like Definition of thundering on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, thunder)
thunderous Tweet Definition of thunderous Like Definition of thunderous on Facebook
adjective
  1. Very loud; suggestive of thunder
thundershower Tweet Definition of thundershower Like Definition of thundershower on Facebook
noun
  1. A thunderstorm accompanied by rain, often heavy.
thunderstorm Tweet Definition of thunderstorm Like Definition of thunderstorm on Facebook
noun
  1. A storm consisting of thunder and lightning produced by a cumulonimbus, usually accompanied with rain or hail. A more severe thunderstorm can cause mesocyclones.
tropical cyclone Tweet Definition of tropical cyclone Like Definition of tropical cyclone on Facebook
noun
  1. A cyclonic storm that has winds of at least 17 m/s (39 mph) but not greater than 33 m/s (74 mph).
tropopause Tweet Definition of tropopause Like Definition of tropopause on Facebook
noun
  1. The zone of transition between the troposphere and the stratosphere (approximately 13 kilometers). The tropopause normally occurs at an altitude of between 25,000 and 45,000 feet in polar and temperate zones. It occurs at 55,000 feet in the tropics.
troposphere Tweet Definition of troposphere Like Definition of troposphere on Facebook
noun
  1. The lower levels of the atmosphere extending from the earth's surface up to the tropopause. It is characterized by convection, convective air movements and a large vertical temperature change.
trough Tweet Definition of trough Like Definition of trough on Facebook
noun
  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.
tuba Tweet Definition of tuba Like Definition of tuba on Facebook
noun
  1. A large brass musical instrument played through a vibration of the lips upon the mouthpiece and fingering of the keys.
twilight Tweet Definition of twilight Like Definition of twilight on Facebook
noun
  1. The soft light in the sky seen before the rising and (especially) after the setting of the sun, occasioned by the illumination of the earth"s atmosphere by the direct rays of the sun and their reflection on the earth.
I could just make out her face in the .
  1. The time when this light is visible; the period between daylight and darkness.
It was by the time I got back home.
  1. Any faint light through which something is seen; an in-between or fading condition.
The twilight of probability. "Locke.
adjective
  1. Pertaining to or resembling twilight
O"er the twilight groves and dusky caves. "Pope.
typhoon Tweet Definition of typhoon Like Definition of typhoon on Facebook
noun
  1. A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane, which results in wind speeds of 118km/h or above. Equivalent to a cyclone in the Indian Ocean and Indonesia/Australia.

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