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Tabernacle Tweet Definition of Tabernacle Like Definition of Tabernacle on Facebook
  1. a case on the altar of a church that contains the consecrated host and wine for the Eucharist
  2. the portable place of worship in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant in the book of Exodus
Talmudic Tweet Definition of Talmudic Like Definition of Talmudic on Facebook
  1. of, or relating to the Talmud
temple Tweet Definition of temple Like Definition of temple on Facebook
  1. The region of the skull on either side of the forehead.
  2. A building for worship.
"A temple of Zeus."
  1. (often capitalized) The Jewish temple of Jerusalem, first built by Solomon.
  2. (French), Sometimes used to describe a protestant church in French-speaking nations.
  3. Something regarded as holding religious presence.
  4. Something of importance; something attended to.
My body is my temple.
  1. (Ophthalmology) Either of the sidepieces on a set of spectacles, extending backwards from the hinge toward the ears and, usually, turning down around them.
  2. (obsolete) a body
Tertiary Tweet Definition of Tertiary Like Definition of Tertiary on Facebook
  1. (geology) The first part of the Cenozoic era when modern flora and mammals appeared
  1. (geology) Of or pertaining to the first part of the Cenozoic era when modern flora and mammals appeared
testimony Tweet Definition of testimony Like Definition of testimony on Facebook
noun (plural: testimonies)
  1. Statements made by a witness in court.
  2. An account of first-hand experience.
  3. In a church service, a personal account, such as of one's conversion.
text Tweet Definition of text Like Definition of text on Facebook
  1. A written passage consisting of multiple glyphs, characters, symbols or sentences.
  2. A book, tome or other set of writings.
  3. A brief written message transmitted between mobile phones.
  4. (computing) data, Data which can be interpreted as human-readable text (often contrasted with binary data).
  5. (slang) A text message.
  1. To send a text message using the Short Message Service (SMS), or a similar service, between communications devices, particularly mobile phones.
textual Tweet Definition of textual Like Definition of textual on Facebook
  1. of, or relating to text
textualism Tweet Definition of textualism Like Definition of textualism on Facebook
  1. strict adherence to some text, especially to the Bible
  2. textual criticism, especially that of the Bible
textualist Tweet Definition of textualist Like Definition of textualist on Facebook
  1. a practitioner or adherent of textualism
theologian Tweet Definition of theologian Like Definition of theologian on Facebook
  1. One who studies theology.
theological Tweet Definition of theological Like Definition of theological on Facebook
  1. Of or related to theology.
theology Tweet Definition of theology Like Definition of theology on Facebook
noun (theologies)
  1. The study of God and the truthfulness of religion in general.
  2. An organized method of interpreting spiritual works and beliefs into practical form.
theosophy Tweet Definition of theosophy Like Definition of theosophy on Facebook
  1. a philosophy that holds that all religions have a portion of the truth
Thomism Tweet Definition of Thomism Like Definition of Thomism on Facebook
  1. (philosophy, theology) The philosophy and theology of w:Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Aquinas.
throne Tweet Definition of throne Like Definition of throne on Facebook
  1. The ornate seat a King or Queen sits on for formal occasions, usually placed on a raised dais in the throne room.
    • He approached the reverently.
      1. (colloquial) The lavatory or toilet.
    • She"s on the .
      1. (context, Biblical tradition) The third highest order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above minions and below cherubim.
      2. (context, music) A type of stool used by drummers.
tiara Tweet Definition of tiara Like Definition of tiara on Facebook
  1. the papal crown
tide Tweet Definition of tide Like Definition of tide on Facebook
  1. The periodic change of the sea level, particularly when caused by the gravitational influence of the sun and the moon
  2. A stream, current or flood.
Let in the of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide. — Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, III-iv
  1. (obsolete) Time, period or season.
This lusty summer's — Geoffrey Chaucer
And rest their weary limbs a — Edmund Spenser
Which, at the appointed , Each one did make his bride — Edmund Spenser
At the tide of Christ his birth " Fuller?
  1. Something which changes like the tides of the sea.
  2. Tendency or direction of causes, influences, or events; course; current.
There is a in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. — Shakespeare. Julius Caesar, IV-iii
  1. (obsolete) Violent confluence — Francis Bacon
  2. (context, mining) The period of twelve hours.
verb (tid, ing)
  1. (transitive) To cause to float with the tide; to drive or carry with the tide or stream.
They are tided down the stream. — Feltham?
  1. (context, intransitive, obsolete) To betide; to happen.
What should us tide of this new law? — Geoffrey Chaucer
  1. (intransitive) To pour a tide or flood.
  2. (context, nautical) To work into or out of a river or harbor by drifting with the tide and anchoring when it becomes adverse.
tierce Tweet Definition of tierce Like Definition of tierce on Facebook
  1. A cask whose content is one third of a pipe; that is, forty-two wine gallons; also, a liquid measure of forty-two wine, or thirty-five imperial, gallons.
  • 1882, Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
    1. A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are packed for shipment.
    2. (music) The third tone of the scale. See mediant.
    3. A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce of ace, king, queen, is called tierce-major.
    4. (fencing) The third defensive position, with the sword hand held at waist height, and the tip of the sword at head height.
    5. (heraldiccharge) An ordinary that covers the left or right third of the field of a shield or flag.
    6. (R. C. Ch.) The third hour of the day, or nine a. m,; one of the canonical hours; also, the service appointed for that hour.
tippet Tweet Definition of tippet Like Definition of tippet on Facebook
  1. a shoulder covering, typically the fur of a fox, with long ends that dangle in front
  2. a stole worn by Anglican ministers
titular Tweet Definition of titular Like Definition of titular on Facebook
  1. One who holds a title
  1. Of, relating to, being, derived from, or having a title
  2. Existing in name only; nominal
trine Tweet Definition of trine Like Definition of trine on Facebook
  1. A group of three things
  2. An aspect of two astrological bodies when 120° apart
  1. triple, threefold
  2. (context, of two celestial or astrological bodies) 120° apart
trinitarian Tweet Definition of trinitarian Like Definition of trinitarian on Facebook
  1. Someone who believes in the Trinity.
  1. Believing in the Trinity.
Trinity Tweet Definition of Trinity Like Definition of Trinity on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female) used since the 1970s, from the religious term Holy Trinity, or translated from its long-established Spanish equivalent.
trope Tweet Definition of trope Like Definition of trope on Facebook
  1. A figure of speech, such as a metaphor, in which a word or phrase is used other than in a literal manner
  2. (music) A short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music
  3. (music) A phrase or verse added to the mass when sung by a choir
  4. (Judaism) A cantillation
  5. (literature) Something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the 'mad scientist' of horror or 'once upon a time' introduction to fairytales. Similar to a Clich, but is not necessarily pejorative.
verb (trop, ed)
  1. To use, or embellish something with a trope
tunic Tweet Definition of tunic Like Definition of tunic on Facebook
  1. A garment worn over the torso.
tunicle Tweet Definition of tunicle Like Definition of tunicle on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) a small tunic
  2. a vestment worn by an archdeacon
  • 1845: In illustrating his views on the Popish tendency of these rubrics, the rev. gentleman particularly referred to the use of the alb, and cope, and , by the clergy in the discharge of their official duties. " The Times, 11 Jan 1845, p.5 col. D
    1. (anatomy) a tunica; a membrane or membranous sheath of skin
  • 1974: Bruno counted on his fingers the four times he had come and looking down bared from its the bullace of his glans collared with suds. " Guy Davenport, Tatlin!
  • twelve Tweet Definition of twelve Like Definition of twelve on Facebook
    1. Describing a set or group with twelve components. There are twelve months in a year.

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