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target Tweet Definition of target Like Definition of target on Facebook
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  1. (Armor) A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
  • 1598: These four came all afront, and mainly thrust at me. I made me no more ado but took all their seven points in my target, thus. — William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act II, Scene IV, line 200.
    1. (Armor) (Obsolete) A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.
  • 1786: The target or buckler was carried by the heavy armed foot, it answered to the scutum of the Romans; its form was sometimes that of a rectangular parallelogram, but more commonly had it's bottom rounded off; it was generally convex, being curved in it's breadth. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22.
    1. A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile.
    2. The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark; as, he made a good target.
    3. (surveying) The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
    4. (Railroad) A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
    5. (cricket) the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win
    6. (Language) The tenor of a metaphor.
    7. A goal or objective.
  • They have a to finish the project by November.
    1. To aim something (especially a weapon) at a target.
    telltale Tweet Definition of telltale Like Definition of telltale on Facebook
    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
    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.
    tender Tweet Definition of tender Like Definition of tender on Facebook
    1. A means of payment such as a check or cheque, cash or credit card.
    Your credit card has been declined. You need to provide some other such as cash.
    1. A formal offer of payment.
    We will submit our to you within the week.
    1. A railroad car towed behind a steam engine to carry fuel.
    2. (nautical) A naval ship that functions as a mobile base for other ships.
    submarine tender
    destroyer tender
    1. (nautical) A boat used for transportation between a ship and shore.
    1. (formal) To offer, to give.
    • one's resignation
    1. 1864 November 21, Abraham Lincoln (signed) or John Hay, letter to Mrs. Bixby in Boston
    2. : I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
      1. To offer a payment, as at sales or auctions
    adjective (tenderer, tenderest)
    1. Sensitive or pain, painful to be touched.
    Be careful, that area is . - Mike Meyers as the voice of the title character in the movie Shrek.
    1. Of food, soft and easily chewed.
    The matrix is telling my brain this steak is , succulent and juicy. - Joey Pantolino in the movie ''The Matrix'.'
    1. Fond, loving, gentle, sweet
    Suzanne was such a and sweet woman to her children.
    terminal Tweet Definition of terminal Like Definition of terminal on Facebook
    1. A building in an airport where passengers transfer from ground transportation to the facilities that allow them to board airplanes.
    2. A rail station where service begins and ends; the end of the line. For example: Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
    3. In electronics, the end of a line where signals are either transmitted or received, or a point along the length of a line where the signals are made available to apparatus.
    4. An electric contact on a battery.
    5. In telecommunications, the apparatus to send and/or receive signals on a line, such as a telephone or network device.
    6. In the context of computer hardware, a device for entering data into a computer or a communications system and/or displaying data received, especially a device equipped with a keyboard and some sort of textual display.
    7. A computer program that emulates a terminal (6).
    1. Fatal, resulting in death.
    2. Appearing at the end, top or apex of a physical object.
    3. Occurring at the end of a word, sentence, or period of time.
    terminus Tweet Definition of terminus Like Definition of terminus on Facebook
    noun (termini or terminuses)
    1. The end or final point of something.
    2. The end point of a transportation system, or the town or city in which it is located.
    3. A boundary or border, or a post or stone marking such a boundary.
    TGV Tweet Definition of TGV Like Definition of TGV on Facebook
    1. from the French train grande vitesse, for the French high-speed train
    third rail Tweet Definition of third rail Like Definition of third rail on Facebook
    1. The electrified rail that runs besides, or between train tracks to power electric trains.
    2. (context, by extension) anything that is dangerous to come into contact with, or is best avoided
    Social security is the of American politics: touch it and your political career dies.
    tie Tweet Definition of tie Like Definition of tie on Facebook
    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.
    tipple Tweet Definition of tipple Like Definition of tipple on Facebook
    1. (slang) Any alcoholic drink
    2. An apparatus for unloading railroad freight cars by tipping them; the place where this is done
    3. An area near the entrance of mines which is used to load and unload coal
    verb (tipples, tippling, tippled)
    1. To drink alcohol regularly, but not to excess.
    truck Tweet Definition of truck Like Definition of truck on Facebook
    1. A small wheel or roller, specifically the wheel of a gun-carriage.
    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.
    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,,+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,,+Joel+Chandler,+1848-1908:+Brother+Rabbit`s+Cradle,+1903&query=truck&id=HarBrot Chapter 11
    turnout Tweet Definition of turnout Like Definition of turnout on Facebook
    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
    turntable Tweet Definition of turntable Like Definition of turntable on Facebook
    1. the circular rotating platform of a record player or DJ console
    2. a similar device to be connected to the amplifier of a hi-fi system
    3. a circular rotating platform used for turning locomotives, cars or trucks
    (wikipedia, turntable (railroad))      

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