Dictionary: TUES-DAY – TUM'BLE

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TUES-DAY, n. [s as z. Sw. Tisdag; Dan. Tirsdag; D. Dingsdog; G. Dingstag; Sax. Tiwæsdæg or Tuesdæg, from Tig, Tiig, or Tuisco, the Mars of our ancestors, the deity that presided over combats, strife and litigation. Hence, Tuesday is court day, assize day; the day for combat or commencing litigation. See Thing.]

The third day of the week.

TU'FA, or TUFF, n. [It. tufo, porous ground; Fr. tuf, soft gravel-stone or sand-stone; G. tof.]

A stone or porous substance formed by depositions from springs or rivulets, containing much earthy matter in solution. Tufa is also formed by the concretion of loose volcanic dust or cinders, cemented by water, or by the consolidation of mud thrown out of volcanoes. The disintegration and subsequent consolidation of basaltic rocks forms a kind of tufa, called by the German geologists, trap-tuff. Cyc.


Pertaining to tufa; consisting of tufa, or resembling it.

TUFF, n.

A bed of scoriae and ashes from a volcano agglutinated. Mantell.

TUF-FOON', n. [a corruption of typhon.]

A violent tempest or tornado with thunder and lightning, frequent in the Chinese sea and the gulf of Tonquin.

TUFT, n. [W. twf; Fr. touffe, toupet; Sw. tofs; Sp. tupe, a tuft; tupir, to press together; tupa, satiety.]

  1. A collection of small things in a knot or bunch; as, a tuft of flowers; a tuft of feathers; a tuft of grass or hair. A tuft of feathers forms the crest of a bird. Dryden. Addison.
  2. A cluster; a clump; as, a tuft of trees; a tuft of olives. Shak.
  3. In botany, a head of flowers, each elevated on a partial stalk, and all forming together a dense roundish mass. The word is sometimes applied to other collections, as little bundles of leaves, hairs and the like. Cyc.

TUFT, v.t.

  1. To separate into tufts.
  2. To adorn with tufts or with a tuft. Thomson.


A villous kind of silk. [Not in use.]

TUFT'ED, pp. [or adj.]

Adorned with a tuft; as, the tufted duck; growing in a tuft or clusters, as a tufted grove. Milton. Pope.

TUFT'ING, ppr.

Separating into tufts; adorning with tufts.

TUFT'Y, a.

Abounding with tufts; growing in clusters; bushy. Thomson.

TUG, n. [G. zug.]

  1. A pull with the utmost effort. At the tug he falls – / Vast ruins come along. Dryden.
  2. A sort of carriage, used in some parts of England for conveying bavins or faggots and other things. Cyc.
  3. In some parts of New England, the traces of a harness are called tugs.

TUG, v.i.

  1. To pull with great effort; as, to tug at the oar; to tug against the stream.
  2. To labor; to strive; to struggle. They long wrestled and strenuously tugged for their liberty. [This is not elegant.] Howe.

TUG, v.t. [Sax. teogan, teon; G. ziehen, to draw; zug, a tug; Fr. touer; L. duco. See Tow, to drag.]

  1. To pull or draw with great effort; to drag along with continued exertion; to haul along. There sweat, there strain, tug the laborious oar. Roscommon.
  2. To pull; to pluck. To ease the pain, / His tugg'd ears suffer'd with a strain. Hudibras.

TUG'GED, pp.

Pulled with great effort.


One who tugs or pulls with great effort.

TUG'GING, ppr.

Pulling or dragging with great exertion; hauling.


With laborious pulling. Bailey.

TU-I'TION, n. [L. tuitio, from tueor, to see, behold, protect, &c. This verb is probably contracted from tugo, Ir. tuighim. If so, it coincides with the Dan. tugt, education, tugter, to chastise, D. tugt, G. zucht. In this case, it coincides nearly with L. duco, to lead.]

  1. Guardianship; superintending care over a young person; the particular watch and care of a tutor or guardian over his pupil or ward.
  2. More especially, instruction; the act or business of teaching the various branches of learning. We place our children under the preceptors of academies for tuition. [This is now the common acceptation of the word.]
  3. The money paid for instruction. In our colleges, the tuition is from thirty to forty dollars a year.


Pertaining to tuition.

TU-LIP, n. [Fr. tulipe; L. tulipa; It. tulipano; Sp. tulipan; D. tulp; G. tulpe; Sw. tulpan; Dan. tulipan.]

A plant and a flower of the genus Tulipa, of a great variety of colors, and much cultivated for its beauty.


A strong passion for the cultivation of tulips.


An American tree bearing flowers resembling the tulip, the Liriodendron Tulipifera. Also, a tree of the genus Magnolia. Lee.


Belonging to Tully or Cicero.


A fall. L'Estrange.