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tango Tweet Definition of tango Like Definition of tango on Facebook
noun 
  1. A Latin American ballroom dance in 2/4 or 4/4 time.
  2. The letter T in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  3. The letter T in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  4. (slang) terrorist, used amongst special police forces, derived from the NATO phonetic alphabet.
     
tap Tweet Definition of tap Like Definition of tap on Facebook
noun 
  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
noun 
  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.
     
tapping Tweet Definition of tapping Like Definition of tapping on Facebook
verb 
  1. (present participle of, tap)
     
tare Tweet Definition of tare Like Definition of tare on Facebook
noun 
  1. (rare) A vetch, or the seed of a vetch.
  2. (rare) A damaging weed growing in fields of grain (with reference to Matthew 13:25: "But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way." The King James Version (Authorized))
  • 1985, I saw as I thought an uncle and guardian who has led a sober, industrious and Christian life and finds himself obliged to look on the tares of folly in his own close kin. " John Fowles, A Maggot
verb (tar, ing)
  1. To allow for the tare; to set a counter or meter to a valid zero (usually weight) value, discounting the weight of the empty container.
     
telecommunications Tweet Definition of telecommunications Like Definition of telecommunications on Facebook
noun 
  1. the science and technology of communication at a distance, especially the electronic transmission of signals; telecommunication
  2. the systems used in transmitting such signals
  3. (plural of, telecommunication)
     
telegram Tweet Definition of telegram Like Definition of telegram on Facebook
noun 
  1. a message transmitted by telegraph; a wire.
verb to
  1. to send a telegram
     
telegraph Tweet Definition of telegraph Like Definition of telegraph on Facebook
noun 
  1. (historical) An apparatus, or a process, for communicating intelligence rapidly between distant points, especially by means of preconcerted visible or audible signals representing words or ideas, or by means of words and signs, transmitted by electrical action.
verb 
  1. To give nonverbal signals to another, as with gestures, or a change in attitude.
Her frown telegraphed her displeasure.
     
telegraphy Tweet Definition of telegraphy Like Definition of telegraphy on Facebook
noun 
  1. communication at a distance by means of the telegraph, either over wires or by wireless telegraphy, usually using Morse code
  2. the apparatus and techniques used in such a system
     
telemeter Tweet Definition of telemeter Like Definition of telemeter on Facebook
noun 
  1. any device used in telemetry
     
telephone Tweet Definition of telephone Like Definition of telephone on Facebook
noun 
  1. An electronic device used for calling people (often shortened to phone).
verb (telephon, ing)
  1. to call someone; to make someone's telephone ring using one's own telephone
     
telephone book Tweet Definition of telephone book Like Definition of telephone book on Facebook
noun 
  1. A printed telephone directory.
Because they are generally quite thick, old telephone books are sometimes used in informal tests of a weapon's cutting ability.
     
telephone booth Tweet Definition of telephone booth Like Definition of telephone booth on Facebook
noun 
  1. a small enclosure housing a public telephone
     
telephone exchange Tweet Definition of telephone exchange Like Definition of telephone exchange on Facebook
noun 
  1. any equipment that establishes connections between telephones
  2. the building housing such equipment
     
telephony Tweet Definition of telephony Like Definition of telephony on Facebook
noun 
  1. the act of sound transmission via the electromagnetic spectrum Full definition from Telephony's Dictionary by Graham langley: 1."The engineering science of converting sound and data into electrical
    or electro-magnetic signals which can be transmitted by wire, fiber
    or radio and reconverted at the receiving end." 2. "Telephony": A weekly publication for engineers and scientists
    in the telecommunications industry.
     
telex Tweet Definition of telex Like Definition of telex on Facebook
noun 
  1. A communications system consisting of a network of teletypewriters.
     
ticker Tweet Definition of ticker Like Definition of ticker on Facebook
noun 
  1. A measuring or reporting device, particularly one which makes a ticking sound as the measured events occur.
The ticker was showing an increased rate of flow.
  1. A stock ticker.
I checked the prices on the ticker one last time before placing the trade.
  1. A news ticker.
To my surprise, the ticker showed that the deal had already gone through.
  1. (context, Colloquial) The heart.
My ticker gave out and I had to go to the hospital for surgery.
     
touch-tone Tweet Definition of touch-tone Like Definition of touch-tone on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Relating to a type of telephone with buttons, each of which produces a tone which corresponds to the relevant digit.
     
transponder Tweet Definition of transponder Like Definition of transponder on Facebook
noun 
  1. a radio or radar transceiver that transmits some signal in response to receive, receiving a predetermined signal
     
tympanum Tweet Definition of tympanum Like Definition of tympanum on Facebook
noun 
  1. in classical architecture, a pediment
     

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