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tabby Tweet Definition of tabby Like Definition of tabby on Facebook
noun (-, tabbies)
  1. (uncountable) A kind of waved silk, usually called watered silk, manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and stronger. The watering is given to it by calendering.
  2. (uncountable) A mixture of lime with shells, gravel, or stones, in equal proportions, with an equal proportion of water. When dry, this becomes as hard as rock.
  3. (countable) A brindled cat
  4. (countable)An old maid or gossip.
adjective
  1. Having a wavy or watered appearance; as, a tabby waistcoat.
  2. Brindled; diversified in color; as, a tabby cat.
taffeta Tweet Definition of taffeta Like Definition of taffeta on Facebook
noun
  1. a crisp, smooth woven fabric made from silk or synthetic fibers
take-up Tweet Definition of take-up Like Definition of take-up on Facebook
noun
  1. the act of taking something up, by tightening, absorption, or reeling in
  2. (context, machinery) That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine or loom for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch.
Tammy Tweet Definition of Tammy Like Definition of Tammy on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female), pet form of Tamara.
tapestry Tweet Definition of tapestry Like Definition of tapestry on Facebook
noun (tapestries)
  1. a heavy woven cloth, often with decorative pictorial designs, normally hung on walls
  2. (context, by extension) anything with variagated or complex details
verb category:English verbs that lack inflection header (transitive, intransitive)
  1. to weave (something in) a tapestry
  2. to decorate (a room) with tapestry
tapis Tweet Definition of tapis Like Definition of tapis on Facebook
noun
  1. Tapestry; formerly, the cover of a council table. To be upon the topis
    • Slovak: byť predmetom rokovania, prsť na re
Tartan Tweet Definition of Tartan Like Definition of Tartan on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The commander-in-chief of ancient Assyria.
    • 1611, And the king of Assyria sent and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem. " 2 Kings 18:17 (Authorised Version)
    • 1611, In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it " Isaiah 20:1 (Authorised Version)
teasel Tweet Definition of teasel Like Definition of teasel on Facebook
noun
  1. A plant, of the genus Dipsacus, of which one species (Dipsacus fullonum, D. fullonum) bears a large flower head covered with stiff, prickly, hooked bracts.
  2. The dried flower head, used for teasing cloth
verbto tease
  1. To raise the nap on cloth; to tease
temple Tweet Definition of temple Like Definition of temple on Facebook
noun
  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
tenter Tweet Definition of tenter Like Definition of tenter on Facebook
noun
  1. a framework upon which cloth is stretched and dried
verb
  1. To stretch cloth on such a framework
tenterhook Tweet Definition of tenterhook Like Definition of tenterhook on Facebook
noun
  1. one of a series of hooks used to stretch cloth on a tenter
Terry Tweet Definition of Terry Like Definition of Terry on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A surname from the medieval Norman given name Thierry, cognate of Derek.
  1. (given name, male, ), from the surname, or a diminutive of Terence or of any of its alternative forms.
  2. (given name, female, from Greek, ), diminutive of Teresa or any of its alternative forms.
textile Tweet Definition of textile Like Definition of textile on Facebook
noun
  1. Usually in plural: Cloth produced from a fabric.
  2. Naturist usage: a non-naturist
adjective
  1. Naturist usage: clothing compulsive.
A beach
texture Tweet Definition of texture Like Definition of texture on Facebook
noun
  1. The feel or shape of a surface or substance; the smoothness, roughness, softness, etc. of something
The beans had a grainy, gritty in her mouth.
  1. (music) The number of layers or instruments heard in a sound.
The piece of music had a mainly smooth .
  1. (computer graphics) an image applied to a polygon to create the appearance of a surface
verb (textur, ing)
  1. to create or apply a texture
''Drag the trowel through the plaster to the wall.
thread Tweet Definition of thread Like Definition of thread on Facebook
noun
  1. A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weave, weaving or in the construction of string.
  2. A theme or idea.
All of these essays have a common thread.
I"ve lost the thread of what you"re saying.
  1. (internet) A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.
  2. (computing) A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
  3. A helical ridge or groove, as on a screw.
verb (threads, threading, threaded, (archaic) thrid, threaded, (archaic) thridden)
  1. (transitive) To put thread through.
thread a needle
  1. (transitive) To pass (through a narrow constriction or around a series of obstacles).
I think I can thread my way through here, but it"s going to be tight.
throw Tweet Definition of throw Like Definition of throw on Facebook
noun
  1. The flight of a thrown object; as, a fast throw.
  2. A distance travelled; displacement; as, the throw of the piston.
  3. A piece of fabric used to cover a bed, sofa or other soft furnishing.
  4. A single instance, occurrence, venture, or chance.
Football tickets are expensive at fifty bucks a .
verb (throws, throwing, threw, thrown)
  1. (transitive) To cause an object to move rapidly through the air.
  2. (transitive) To eject or cause to fall off.
    a shoe
    a rod
    the horse threw its rider
  3. (transitive) To move to another position; to displace.
    the switch
  4. (context, ceramics) To make (a pot) by shaping clay as it turns on a wheel.
  5. (context, transitive, cricket) Of a bowler, to deliver (the ball) illegally by straightening the bowling arm during delivery.
  6. (context, transitive, computing) To send (an error) to an exception-handling mechanism in order to interrupt normal processing.
    If the file is readonly, the method throws an invalid operation exception.
    <!--this is C++ or some other programming language; it's not English!
    <code>if(this.IsReadonly?)</code>
    :<code> new System.InvalidOperationException?("Cannot write to readonly file.");</code>-->
  7. (sports) to intentionally lose a game
    ''The tennis player was accused of taking bribes to the match.
ticking Tweet Definition of ticking Like Definition of ticking on Facebook
noun
  1. a strong cotton or linen fabric used to cover pillows and mattresses
  2. a sound of something ticking
Tiffany Tweet Definition of Tiffany Like Definition of Tiffany on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A northern English surname.
  1. (given name, female, from Greek, ),of modern usage, associated with Tiffany jewelry store.
tinsel Tweet Definition of tinsel Like Definition of tinsel on Facebook
noun
  1. A shine, shining material used for ornamental purposes; especially, a very thin, gauzelike cloth with much gold or silver woven into it; also, very thin metal overlaid with a thin coating of gold or silver, brass foil, or the like.
    • w:John Dryden, John Dryden:
    • : Who can discern the from the gold?
      1. Very thin strips of a glittering, metallic material used as a decoration, and traditionally, draped at Christmas time over streamers, paper chains and the branches of Christmas trees.
      2. Anything shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more gay than valuable.
    • w:William Cowper, William Cowper:
    • : O happy peasant! O unhappy bard! His the mere , hers the rich reward.
verb (tinsels, tinselling (UK) or tinseling (US), tinselled (UK) or tinseled (US))
  1. (transitive) To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy.
    • w:Alexander Pope, Alexander Pope:
    • : She, tinseled o'er in robes of varying hues.
      1. (context, metaphorical, transitive) To give something a false sparkle.
adjective
  1. Showy to excess; gaudy; specious; superficial.
    • w:John Milton, John Milton:
    • : Tinsel trappings.
tissue Tweet Definition of tissue Like Definition of tissue on Facebook
noun
  1. Thin, woven, gauze-like fabric.
  2. A sheet of absorbent paper, especially one that is made to be used as tissue paper, toilet paper or a handkerchief.
  3. Absorbent paper as material.
Irish S
  • is one of world's largest producers.
    1. (biology) An aggregation of morphologically similar cells.
  1. 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <http://www.classicallibrary.org/aristotle/metaphysics/>. Book 1, Part 10.
  2. : But it is similarly necessary that flesh and each of the other tissues should be the ratio of its elements, or that not one of them should;
tricot Tweet Definition of tricot Like Definition of tricot on Facebook
noun
  1. A soft, knit fabric.
trivet Tweet Definition of trivet Like Definition of trivet on Facebook
noun
  1. a stand with three short legs, especially for cooking over a fire
  • 1994: w:Cormac McCarthy?, Cormac McCarthy?, w:The Crossing (novel), The Crossing - They collected wood and built back the fire and they fetched rocks to make a and there they set the bucket to boil.
    1. a stand, sometimes with short, stumpy feet, used to support hot dishes and protect a table
tulle Tweet Definition of tulle Like Definition of tulle on Facebook
noun
  1. A kind of silk lace or light netting, used for veils, etc.
tum Tweet Definition of tum Like Definition of tum on Facebook
noun (plural:tums)
  1. shortened form for tummy
tweed Tweet Definition of tweed Like Definition of tweed on Facebook
noun (plural tweeds)
  1. a coarse woolen fabric used for clothing
twist Tweet Definition of twist Like Definition of twist on Facebook
noun
  1. a force (producing twisting).
  2. anything twisted, or the act of twisting; the degree of stress or strain when twisted.
  3. a type of thread or cotton traditionally used for buttonholes.
  4. a sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc.
  5. a sudden bend (or short series of bends) in a road, path, etc.
  6. a distortion to the meaning of a word or passage.
  7. an unexpected turn in a story, tale, etc.
  8. a type of dance characterised by rotating one"s hips.
  9. a rotation of the body when diving.
  10. a sprain, especially to the ankle.
verb
  1. to turn the ends of something, usually thread, rope etc., in opposite directions, often using force
  2. to join together by twining one part around another
  3. to turn a knob etc.
  4. to distort or change the truth or meaning of words when repeating
  5. to form a twist (in any of the above meanings)
twit Tweet Definition of twit Like Definition of twit on Facebook
noun
  1. A reproach, gibe or taunt.
  2. A foolish or annoying person.
verb (twit, t, ing)
  1. (transitive) To reproach, blame; to ridicule or tease.
    • 2007: H. R. Fox Bourne, secretary of the Aborigines' Protection Society " often twitted for being an "armchair critic" " wrote in a review of one of Stanley's books " Bernard Porter, "Did He Puff his Crimes to Please a Bloodthirsty Readership?", London Review of Books 29:7, p. 10
Tyrian purple Tweet Definition of Tyrian purple Like Definition of Tyrian purple on Facebook
noun
  1. a deep purple dyestuff obtained from the bodies of mollusks of the genus Murex
  2. (colour) a deep purple colour, tinted with red, like that of the dye.
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a deep purple colour, tinted with red, like that of the dye.

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