Dictionary: TEL-E-SCOP'IC-AL-LY – TEM'IN

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By the telescope.


Sapphire. Ure.

TEL'ESM, n. [Ar.]

A kind of amulet or magical charm. Gregory.


Pertaining to telesms; magical. Gregory.

TE-LES'TICH, n. [Gr. τελος, end, and στιχος, a verse.]

A poem in which the final letters of the lines make a name. Paus. Trans. B. Jonson.

TELL, v.i.

  1. To give an account; to make report. That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of thy wondrous works. Ps. xxvi.
  2. To take effect; as, every shot tells.
  3. To produce some effect; as, every expression tells. To tell of, to tell on, to inform. You must not disobey; I will tell of you if you do. This is a common popular use of the word. To tell on is quite vulgar as well as improper.

TELL, v.t. [pret. and pp. told. Sax. tellan; G. zahlen; D. tellen, to count, number or tell; Dan. tæler, to count; taler, to talk, speak, reason; Sw. tala, to speak, to talk; tal, talk, discourse, speech, number; Dan. tale, Ice. tala, id. The primary sense is to throw or drive, L. telum, Ar. دَلً dalla. Class Dl, No. 6. So L. appello and peal, L. pello, Gr. βαλλω.]

  1. To utter; to express in words; to communicate to others. I will not eat till I have told my errand. Gen. xxiv.
  2. To relate; to narrate; to rehearse particulars; as, to tell a story. Gen. xxxvii. And not a man appears to tell their fate. Pope.
  3. To teach; to inform; to make known; to show by words. Tell us the way. Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? Gen. xii.
  4. To discover; to disclose; to betray. They will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. Numb. xiv.
  5. To count; to number. Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars. Gen. xv.
  6. To relate in confession; to confess or acknowledge. Tell me now what thou hast done. Josh. vii.
  7. To publish. Tell it not in Gath. 2 Sam. i.
  8. To unfold; to interpret; to explain. Ezek. xxiv.
  9. To make excuses. Tush, never tell me. [Not elegant.] Shak.
  10. To make known. Our feelings tell us how long they ought to have submitted. Junius.
  11. To discover; to find; to discern. The colors are so blended that I can not tell where one ends and the other begins. Tell, though equivalent in some respects to speak and say, has not always the same application. We say, to tell this, that or what, to tell a story, to tell a word, to tell truth or falsehood, to tell a number, to tell the reasons, to tell something or nothing; but we never say, to tell a speech, discourse or oration, or to tell an argument or a lesson. It it much used in commands. Tell me the whole story; tell me all you know, or all that was said. Tell has frequently the sense of narrate; which speak and say have not.


  1. One that tells, relates or communicates the knowledge of something.
  2. One who numbers.
  3. In the exchequer of England, there are four officers called tellers, whose business is to receive all moneys due to the crown, and throw down a bill through a pipe into the tally-court, where it is received by the auditor's clerks, who write the words of the bill on a tally, and deliver it to be entered by the clerk of the pell. The tally is then split by the two deputy chamberlains, who have their seals, and while the senior deputy reads the one part, the junior examines the other with the other two clerks. Cyc. [This word is supposed to be from tally, being in ancient records written tallier.]
  4. An officer of a bank who receives and pays money on checks.

TELL'ING, ppr.

Uttering; relating; disclosing; counting

TEL'LI-NITE, n. [from tellina, a genus of testaceous animals.]

Petrified or fossil shells of the genus Tellina. Kirwan.


Telling tales; babbling. Shak.

TELL'-TALE, n. [tell and tale.]

  1. One who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of individuals; one who tells that which prudence should suppress, and which if told, often does mischief among neighbors. Milton. Shak.
  2. A movable piece of ivory or lead on a chamber organ, that gives notice when the wind is exhausted. Busby.
  3. In seamanship, a small piece of wood, traversing in a groove across the front of the poop deck, and which, by communicating with a small barrel on the axis of the steering wheel, indicates the situation of the helm. Mar. Dict.

TEL'LU-RAL, a. [L. tellus.]

Pertaining to the earth.


A compound of telluric acid and a base.


Tellureted hydrogen is hydrogen combined with tellurium in a gaseous form. Ure. Tellureted hydrogen is an old name for an acid, composed of hydrogen and tellurium, in which the former is the base and the latter the acidifying principle.

TEL'LU-RIC, a. [L. tellus, the earth.]

Pertaining to the earth or proceeding from the earth; as, a disease of telluric origin.


An acid composed of one equivalent of tellurium, and three of oxygen.


A compound of tellurous acid and a base.


A metal discovered by Müller in 1782, combined with gold and silver in the ores, and received from the Bannat of Temeswar. The ores are denominated native, graphic, yellow, and black. The native tellurium is of a color between tin and silver, and sometimes inclines to a steel gray. The graphic tellurium is steel gray; but sometimes white, yellow or lead gray. These ores are found massive or crystalized. Cyc.


An acid composed of one tellurium and three oxygen.

TEM'A-CHIS, n. [Gr. τεμαχη, a piece.]

A genus of fossils of the class of gypsums, softer than others, and of a bright glittering hue. [Obs.] Cyc.

TEM-E-RA'RI-OUS, a. [Fr. temeraire; L. temerarius; from the root of time, tempest, – which see. The sense is rushing or advancing forward.]

  1. Rash; headstrong; unreasonably adventurous; despising danger; as, temerarious folly. L'Estrange.
  2. Careless; heedless; done at random; as, the temerarious dash of an unguided pen. Ray. [This word is not much used.]


Rashly; with excess of boldness. Swift.

TE-MER'I-TY, n. [L. temeritas; properly a rushing forward. See Time.]

  1. Rashness; unreasonable contempt of danger; as, the temerity of a commander in war.
  2. Extreme boldness. The figures are bold even to temerity. Cowley.

TEM'IN, n.

A money of account in Algiers, equivalent to 2 carubes, or 29 aspers, about 34 cents, or 17d. sterling. Cyc.