Dictionary: TAR'IF – TAR-SEL

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TAR'IF, n. [Fr. tarif; It. tariffa; Sp. tarifa, a book of prices or rates.]

  1. Properly, a list or table of goods with the duties or customs to be paid for the same, either on importation or exportation, whether such duties are imposed by the government of a country, or agreed on by the princes or governments of two countries holding commerce with each other.
  2. A list or table of duties or customs to be paid on goods imported or exported.

TAR'IF, v.t.

To make a list of duties on goods.

TAR'IN, n.

A bird of the genus Fringilla, kept in cages for its beauty and fine notes; the citrinella. Cyc.

TAR-ING, ppr.

Ascertaining or marking the amount of tare.

TARN, n. [Ice. tiorn.]

A bog; a marsh; a fen.

TARN-ISH, v.i.

To lose luster; to become dull; as, polished substances or gilding will tarnish in the course of time. Metals tarnish by oxydation.

TARN-ISH, v.t. [Fr. ternir, ternissant.]

  1. To sully; to soil by an alteration induced by the air, or by dust and the like; to diminish or destroy luster; as, to tarnish a metal; to tarnish gilding; to tarnish the brightness or beauty of color.
  2. To diminish or destroy the purity of; as, to tarnish reputation or honor.


Sullied; having lost its brightness by oxydation, or by some alteration induced by exposure to air, dust and the like. Gold and silver, when tarnished, resume their brightness by setting them over certain lyes. Copper and pewter, &c. tarnished, recover their luster with tripoli and potashes. Cyc.


Sullying; losing brightness.

TAR-PAU'LIN, n. [from tar.]

  1. A piece of canvas well daubed with tar, and used to cover the hatchways of a ship to prevent rain or water from entering the hold.
  2. A sailor; in contempt. Dennis.


Like Tarquin, a king of Rome; proud; haughty. Quart. Rev.


A volcanic earth resembling puzzolana, used as a cement; or a coarse sort of plaster or mortar, durable in water, and used to line cisterns and other reservoirs of water. The Dutch tarrass is made of a soft rock stone found near Collen, on the lower part of the Rhine. It is burnt like lime, and reduced to powder in mills. It is of a grayish color. Cyc.


A plant of the genus Artemisia, (A. dracunculus,) celebrated for perfuming vinegar in France. Ed. Encyc. Mease.

TAR-RED, pp.

Smeared with tar.

TAR'RI-ANCE, n. [from tarry.]

A tarrying; delay; lateness. [Not in use.]

TAR'RI-ED, pp.

Waited for; staid; delayed.


  1. A dog. [See Terrier.]
  2. [from tarry.] One who tarries or delays. [“Tarrier, in a poet contemporary with Shakspeare, appears with a marginal explanation, as being an unusual word.” Westm. Rev. No. 27, p. 86. – E. H. B.]

TAR'RING, ppr.

Smearing with tar. Shak.


A sea fowl of the genus Larus or gull kind, the L. tridactylus. It is of the size of the common pigeon, and is remarkable for having no hind toe, but in lieu of it a small protuberance. Cyc.

TAR'RY, a. [from tar.]

Consisting of tar, or like tar. More.

TAR'RY, v.i. [W. tariaw, to strike against any thing, to stop, to stay, to tarry; Ir. and Gaelic, tairisim. It is of the same family as tardy and target. The primary sense is to thrust or drive, hence to strike against, to stop; W. tarw, L. taurus, a bull, is from the same root.]

  1. To stay; to abide; to continue; to lodge. Tarry all night and wash your feet. Gen. xix.
  2. To stay behind. Exod. xii.
  3. To stay in expectation; to wait. Tarry ye here for us, till we come again to you. Exod. xxiv.
  4. To delay; to put off going or coining; to defer. Come down to me, tarry not. Gen. xiv.
  5. To remain; to stay. He that telleth lies, shall not tarry in my sight. Ps. ci.

TAR'RY, v.t.

To wait for. I can not tarry dinner. [Not in use.] Shak.


Delay. Ps. xl. [This word is in respectable use.]

TAR'RY-ING, ppr.

Staying; delaying.


A kind of hawk. Shak.