Dictionary: TUR'RET – TU'TOR-ESS

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TUR'RET, n. [L. turris.]

  1. A little tower; a small eminence or spire attached to a building and rising above it. And lift her turrets nearer to the sky. Pope.
  2. In the art of war, movable turrets, used formerly by the Romans, were buildings of a square form, consisting of ten or even twenty stories, and sometimes one hundred and twenty cubits high, moved on wheels. They were employed in approaches to a fortified place, for carrying soldiers, engines, ladders, casting-bridges and other necessaries. Cyc.


  1. Formed like a tower; as, a turreted lamp. Bacon.
  2. Furnished with turrets.


The fossil remains of a spiral multilocular shell. Ed. Encyc.

TUR'TLE, n. [Sax. id; Fr. tourterelle; L. turtur; Gaelic, turtuir; It. tortora, tortola, tortorella.]

  1. A gallinaceous fowl, the Columba Turtur; called also the turtle dove, and turtle pigeon. It is a wild species, frequenting the thickest parts of the woods, and its note is plaintive and tender. Ed. Encyc.
  2. The name sometimes given to the common tortoise.
  3. The name given to the large sea-tortoise. Cyc.


A species of the genus Columba. [See Turtle.]

TUR'TLE-SHELL, n. [turtle and shell.]

A shell, a beautiful species of Murex; also, tortoise-shell.


Pertaining to Tuscany in Italy; an epithet given to one of the orders of columns, the most ancient and simple.


An order of columns.

TUSH, exclam.

Indicating check, rebuke or contempt. Tush, tush, never tell me such a story as that.

TUSH, n. [Sax. tux.]

A tooth.

TUSK, n. [Sax. tux.]

The long pointed tooth of certain rapacious, carnivorous or fighting animals; as, the tusks of the boar.

TUSK, v.i.

To gnash the teeth, as a boar. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

TUSK'ED, or TUSK'Y, a.

Furnished with tusks; as, the tusky boar. Dryden.


A struggle; a conflict. [Vulgar.] [See Touse.]


A tuft of grass or twigs. [Obs.] Grew.

TUT, exclam.

Used for checking or rebuking.

TUT, n.

An imperial ensign of a golden globe with a cross on it. Tut bargain, among miners, a bargain by the lump. [Qu. L. totus.] Cyc.

TU'TEL-AGE, n. [from L. tutela, protection, from tueor, to defend.]

  1. Guardianship; protection; applied to the person protecting; as, the king's right of seignory and tutelage. Bacon.
  2. State of being under a guardian.

TU'TE-LAR, or TU'TE-LA-RY, a. [L. tutelaris, supra.]

Having the guardianship or charge of protecting a person or a thing; guardian; protecting; as, tutelary genii; tutelary goddesses. Temple. Dryden.


The Chinese name of zink. Sometimes the word is used to denote a metallic compound brought from China, called Chinese copper or white copper, consisting of copper, zink, nickel and iron. Cyc. Fourcroy.

TU'TOR, n. [L. from tueor, to defend; Fr. tuteur.]

  1. In the civil law, a guardian; one who has the charge of a child or pupil and his estate.
  2. One who has the care of instructing another in various branches or in any branch of human learning. Some gentlemen employ a tutor to teach in their families, others to attend a son in his travels.
  3. In universities and colleges, an officer or member of some hall, who has the charge of instructing the students in the sciences and other branches of learning. In the American colleges, tutors are graduates selected by the trustees, for the instruction of undergraduates of the three first years. They are usually officers of the institution, who have a share, with the president and professors, in the government of the students.

TU'TOR, v.t.

  1. To teach; to instruct. Shak.
  2. To treat with authority or severity. Addison.
  3. To correct.


  1. In the civil law, guardianship; the charge of a pupil and his estate. In France, tutorage does not expire till the pupil is twenty-five years of age.
  2. The authority or solemnity of a tutor. [Little used.]

TU'TOR-ED, pp.

Instructed; corrected; disciplined.


A female tutor; an instructress; a governess. More.