Dictionary: TAUR'I-FORM – TAW'ING

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TAUR'I-FORM, a. [L. taurus, a bull, and form.]

Having the form of a bull. Faber.

TAU'RINE, a. [L. taurus, a bull.]

  1. Relating to a bull.
  2. Relating to the Taurus Urus, the species to which the common bull or ox and cow belong; and for which there is no peculiar name in English.

TAUR'US, n. [L.; W. tarw.]

  1. The bull; one of the twelve signs of the zodiac, and the second in order, or that next to Aries. This constellation, according to the British catalogue, contains 141 stars.
  2. The Linnean name of the species, to which the common bull or ox and cow belong; and for which there is no peculiar name in English.


A velvet-black mineral occurring in volcanic feldspathic rocks.

TAU-TO-LOG'IC, or TAU-TO-LOG'IC-AL, a. [See Tautology.]

Repeating the same thing; having the same signification; as, a tautological expression or phrase. Tautological echo, an echo that repeats the same sound or syllable many times.


One who uses different words or phrases in succession to express the same sense.


To repeat the same thing in different words.


Tautological. Dwight.

TAU-TOL'O-GY, n. [Gr. ταυτολογια; ταυτος, the same, and λογος, word or expression.]

A repetition of the same meaning in different words; needless repetition of a thing in different words or phrases; or a representation of any thing as the cause, condition or consequence of itself, as in the following lines. Cyc. The dawn is overcast, the morning low'rs, / And heavily in clouds brings on the day. Addison.


Repeating the same sound.

TAU-TOPH'O-NY, n. [Gr. ταυτος, the same, and φωνη, voice.]

Repetition of the same sound.

TAV'ERN, n. [Fr. taverne; W. tavarn; L. taberna; tab, the root of table, a board, and Sax. ærn, place.]

A house licensed to sell liquors in small quantities, to be drank on the spot. In some of the United States, tavern is synonymous with inn or hotel, and denotes a house for the entertainment of travelers, as well as for the sale of liquors, licensed for that purpose.


One who keeps a tavern. In the United States, one who is licensed to sell liquors to be drank in his house, and to entertain travelers and lodgers, together with the horses or oxen composing their teams. Taverners are by law to be provided with suitable beds for their guests, and with fodder for horses and cattle. Laws of Conn.

TAV'ERN-HAUNT-ER, n. [tavern and haunt.]

One who frequents taverns; one who spends his time and substance in tippling in taverns.


A feasting at taverns. Hall.

TAV'ERN-MAN, n. [tavern and man.]

  1. The keeper of a tavern. [Not in use.]
  2. A tippler.

TAW, n.

A marble to be played with. Swift.

TAW, v.t. [Sax. tawian; D. touwen. In Sax. teagan has the like signification. In Persic, تَاوِبَدنْ tauidan, is to scrape and curry hides.]

To dress white leather or alum leather; to dress and prepare skins in white, as the skins of sheep, lambs, goats and kids, for gloves and the like. Cyc.

TAW'DRI-LY, adv.

In a tawdry manner.

TAW'DRI-NESS, n. [from tawdry.]

Tinsel in dress; excessive finery; ostentatious finery without elegance. A clumsy person makes his ungracefulness more ungraceful by tawdriness of dress. Richardson.


Very fine and showy in colors without taste or elegance; having an excess of showy ornaments without grace; as, a tawdry dress; tawdry feathers; tawdry colors. He rails from morning to night at essenced fops and tawdry courtiers. Spectator.


A slight ornament. Drayton.

TAW'ED, pp.

Dressed and made white, as leather.

TAW'ER, n.

A dresser of white leather.


The art and operation of preparing skins and forming them into white leather.