Dictionary: TOSE – TOT'TER-ING-LY

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TOSE, v.t. [s as z.]

To tease wool. [Not in use or local.]

TOSS, n.

  1. A throwing upward or with a jerk; the act of tossing; as, the toss of a ball.
  2. A throwing up of the head; a particular manner of raising the head with a jerk. It is much applied to horses, and may be applied to an affected manner of raising the head in men.

TOSS, v.i.

  1. To fling; to roll and tumble; to writhe; to be in violent commotion. To toss and fling, and to be restless, only frets and enrages our pain. Tillotson.
  2. To be tossed. Shak. To toss up, is to throw a coin into the air and wager on what side it will fall. Brampston.

TOSS, v.t. [pret. and pp. tossed or tost. W. tosiaw, to toss, to jerk. Qu. G. stossen, to thrust.]

  1. To throw with the hand; particularly, to throw with the palm of the hand upward, or to throw upward; as, to toss a ball.
  2. To throw with violence. Shak.
  3. To lift or throw up with a sudden or violent motion; as, to toss the head; or to toss up the head. He toss'd his arm aloft. Addison.
  4. To cause to rise and fall; as, to be tossed on the waves. We being exceedingly tossed with a tempest. Acts xxvii.
  5. To move one way and the other. Prov. xxi.
  6. To agitate; to make restless. Calm region once, / And fall of peace, now fast and turbulent. Milton.
  7. To keep in play; to tumble over; as, to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar. Ascham.

TOSS'ED, pp.

Thrown upward suddenly or with a jerk; made to rise and fall suddenly.



One who tosses.


The act of throwing upward; a rising and falling suddenly; a rolling and tumbling. Dire was the tossing, deep the groans. Milton.

TOSS'ING, ppr.

Throwing upward with a jerk; raising suddenly; as the head.

TOSS'-POT, n. [toss and pot.]

A toper; one habitually given to strong drink.

TOST, v. [pret. and pp. of Toss.]

In a troubled sea of passion tost. Milton.

TO'TAL, a. [Fr.; L. totalis, totus; W. twt.]

  1. Whole; full; complete; as, total darkness; a total departure from the evidence; a total loss; the total sum or amount.
  2. Whole; not divided. Myself the total crime. Milton.

TO'TAL, n.

The whole; the whole sum or amount. These sums added, make the grand total of five millions.

TO-TAL'I-TY, n. [Fr. totalité.]

The whole sum; whole quantity or amount.

TO'TAL-LY, adv.

Wholly; entirely; fully; completely; as, to be totally exhausted; all hope totally failed; he was totally absorbed in thought.



TOTE, v.t.

To carry or bear. [A word used slaveholding countries; said to have been introduced by the blacks. This word is said also to be the same as tolt, which see, the l being omitted. It is most used in the southern and middle United States, is occasionally heard in New England, and is said also to be used in England.]

TOT-ED, pp.

Carried or borne.


A vulgar pronunciation of the other.

TOTIDEM-VERBIS, adv. [Totidem verbis; L.]

In so many words; in the very words.

TOTIES-QUOTIES, adv. [Toties quoties; L.]

As often as one, so often the other.

TOTO-CAELO, adv. [Toto cælo; L.]

By the whole hemisphere; as opposite as possible.

TOT'TER, v.i. [This may be allied to titter.]

  1. To shake so as to threaten a fall; to vacillate; as, an old man totters with age; a child totters when he begins to walk.
  2. To shake; to reel; to lean. As a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. Ps. lxii. Troy nods from high, and totters to her fall. Dryden.


Shaking, as threatening a fall; vacillating; reeling; inclining.


In a tottering manner.