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tactic Tweet Definition of tactic Like Definition of tactic on Facebook
  1. A manoeuvre, or action calculated to achieve some end.
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tampion Tweet Definition of tampion Like Definition of tampion on Facebook
  1. A wooden plug, or a metal or canvas cover for the muzzle of a gun, a cannon or other piece of ordnance when not in use; a stopper; a bung.
  2. (music) A plug for the upper end of an organ pipe.
tank Tweet Definition of tank Like Definition of tank on Facebook
  1. A container for liquids or gases, typically with a volume of several cubic metres.
  2. A armoured fighting vehicle, armed with a gun and moving on caterpillar tracks. For details see the w:tank, Wikipedia article on "tank".
  3. (Australian and Indian English), a reservoir or dam.
  4. (American SouthWest? English, esp Texas), a large metal container, usually placed near a wind-driven water pump, in an animal pen or field. By extension a small pond for the same purpose.
  5. (slang) a very muscular and physically intense person
  6. In USA scuba divers' usage, a compressed air or gas cylinder.
  7. In online and offline role-playing games, a character designed primarily around damage absorption with offensive power as a close secondary consideration.
  8. For uses as a name, see w:Tank, tank in Wikipedia.
  1. To fail or fall (often used in describing the economy or the stockmarket); to degenerate or decline rapidly; to plummet.
  2. (Online RPG) To attract the attacks of a monster, so that the other people in the group can defeat the monster in question more efficiently.
  3. To put fuel into a tank
taps Tweet Definition of taps Like Definition of taps on Facebook
  1. A song played at the end of the day, and at military funerals.
    1. (plural of, tap)
  1. (third-person singular of, tap)
task force Tweet Definition of task force Like Definition of task force on Facebook
  1. (idiom) A group of people working towards a particular task, project, or activity, especially assigned in a particular capacity.
The CEO's developed a thoroughgoing marketing strategy for the new product line.
tattoo Tweet Definition of tattoo Like Definition of tattoo on Facebook
  1. An image made in the skin with ink and a needle
  2. A method of decorating the skin by inserting colored substances under the surface. The skin is punctured with a sharp instrument, which now is usually a solenoid-driven needle, that carries the inks to lower layers of the skin.
verb (tattoos, tattooing, tattooed, tattoed)
  1. To apply a tattoo to (someone or something)
  2. (baseball) To hit the ball hard, as if to figuratively leave a tattoo on the ball of the reverse image of the label of the bat
Jones tattoos one into the gap in left; that will clear the bases.
terrier Tweet Definition of terrier Like Definition of terrier on Facebook
  1. A dog from a group of small, lively breeds, originally bred for the hunt on furred prey or vermin which digs a layer or burrow in the ground, such as rabbit, fox and various mice.
territorial Tweet Definition of territorial Like Definition of territorial on Facebook
noun (often Territorial)
  1. a non-professional member of a Territorial Army
adjective (sometimes Territorial)
  1. of, relating to, or restricted to a specific geographic area, or territory
  1. (often capitalized) organized for home defence - such as the Territorial Army
  2. (biology) displaying territoriality
Thompson submachine gun Tweet Definition of Thompson submachine gun Like Definition of Thompson submachine gun on Facebook
  1. a .45-caliber American submachine gun, having a wooden stock and a drum or box magazine
Thor Tweet Definition of Thor Like Definition of Thor on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (norse mythology) The god of thunder in Norse mythology.
  2. (given name, male) occasionally borrowed from Scandinavia.
time Tweet Definition of time Like Definition of time on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) The inevitable passing of events from future to present then past.
Time stops for nobody.
the ebb and flow of
  1. (uncountable) A quantity of availability in time.
More is needed to complete the project.
You had plenty of , but you waited until the last minute.
Are you finished yet? Time"s up!
Our instructor didn't give us enough to complete the test.
The two of us can never find to see each other any more.
  1. (countable) A measurement of a quantity of time; a numerical indication of a length of time.
Record the individual times for the processes in each batch.
Only your best is compared with the other competitors.
  1. (uncountable, slang) The serving of a prison sentence.
The judge leniently granted a sentence with no hard .
  1. (uncountable) The time of day; the moment in time, as indicated by a clock or similar device.
Excuse me, have you got the ?
What is it, do you guess? Ten o"clock?
A computer keeps using a clock battery.
  1. (countable) The measurement under some system of the time of day or moment in time.
Let's synchronize our watches so we're not on different .
Coordinated Universal Time avoids the complications of Daylight Saving Time.
  1. (countable) A numerical indication of a particular moment in time.
At what times do the trains arrive?
These times were erroneously converted between zones.
  1. (countable) An instance or occurrence.
When was the last we went out? I don"t remember.
See you another .
That"s three times he"s made the same mistake.
Okay, but this is the last . No more after that!
  1. (uncountable) A particular occasion.
It"s for bed. It"s to sleep.
Ready for our performance? It"s ! Here we go! (seeCites)
verb (times, timing, timed)
  1. To measure time, especially using a clock of some kind.
  2. To choose the time for.
The President timed his speech badly, coinciding with the Superbowl.
The bomb was timed to explode at 9:20 p.m.
tin can Tweet Definition of tin can Like Definition of tin can on Facebook
  1. a container, usually cylindrical, made out of sheet metal coated with tin, or aluminum
  2. (nautical) a destroyer
tornado Tweet Definition of tornado Like Definition of tornado on Facebook
noun (tornadoes)
  1. A violently rotating column of air, pendant from a cumulonimbus cloud, and nearly always observable as a funnel cloud or tuba. On a local scale, it is the most destructive of all atmospheric phenomena. Its vortex, commonly several hundred yards in diameter, whirls usually counterclockwise with wind speeds of 100 to more than 300 miles per hour (161 to 483 kmph). Its general direction of travel is governed by the motion of its parent cloud.
  1. A rolled pork roast.
tow Tweet Definition of tow Like Definition of tow on Facebook
  1. the act of towing and the condition of being towed
  2. something, such as a tugboat, that tows
  3. something, such as a barge, that is towed
  4. a rope or cable used in towing
  5. an untwisted bundle of fibers such as wikipedia:cellulose acetate, cellulose acetate, flax, hemp or jute
  1. (transitive) to pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul
triad Tweet Definition of triad Like Definition of triad on Facebook
noun (triads)
  1. A grouping of three
  2. A chord in music consisting of a root tone, the tone two degrees higher, and the tone four degrees higher in a given scale.
trident Tweet Definition of trident Like Definition of trident on Facebook
  1. A three-pronged spear somewhat resembling a pitchfork.
troop Tweet Definition of troop Like Definition of troop on Facebook
  1. A collection of people; a company; a number; a multitude.
  2. (military) a group of soldiers; collectively, an army; now generally used in the plural.
  3. Specifically, a small body of cavalry, light horse, or dragoons, consisting usually of about sixty men, commanded by a captain; the unit of formation of cavalry, corresponding to the company in infantry.
  4. (archaic) a company of horse artillery; a battery.
  5. A company of stageplayers; a troupe.
  6. A particular roll of the drum
  7. a unit of girl or boy scouts
  8. an orderly crowd
  1. To move in numbers; to come or gather in crowds or troops.
  2. To march on; to go forward in haste.
  3. to move or march as if in a crowd; "The children trooped into the room".
trooper Tweet Definition of trooper Like Definition of trooper on Facebook
  1. A soldier.
  2. A cavalryman.
  3. A troophorse; charger
  4. A troopship.
  5. One who endures adversity or hardship with an attitude of stoicism and persistence.
tub Tweet Definition of tub Like Definition of tub on Facebook
  1. A broad, open, flat-bottomed vessel used for storing or packing things, or for washing things in.
  2. The contents or capacity of such a vessel.
  3. A bathtub.
  4. (context, nautical, informal) A slow-moving craft.
verb (tub, b, ed)
  1. To pack or store something in a tub.
  2. To bathe.
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.
turret Tweet Definition of turret Like Definition of turret on Facebook
  1. (archaic) A little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the angles of a larger structure.
  2. (Ancient Military) A movable building, of a square form, consisting of ten or even twenty stories and sometimes one hundred and twenty cubits high, usually moved on wheels, and employed in approaching a fortified place, for carrying soldiers, engines, ladders, casting bridges, and other necessaries.
  3. (military) A revolving tower constructed of thick iron plates, within which cannon are mounted. Turrets are used on vessels of war and on land.
  4. (Railroads) The elevated central portion of the roof of a passenger car. Its sides are pierced for light and ventilation.

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