Dictionary: TIR'WIT – TITH'ING

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A grallatory bird, the Tringa Vanellus, as large as a pigeon, of a bronze-black, with a long and slender crest. It arrives in Europe in the spring, builds its nest in the fields and meadows, and departs in the autumn. Its eggs are esteemed a great delicacy. It is found also in Asia and Africa. N. B. The lapwing is called teewit in Scotland, (Ed. Encyc.) and is the same bird.

TIS, v. ['Tis.]

A contraction of it is.

TIS'IC, or TIS'IC-AL, a. [s as z; for phthisic, phthisical.]


TIS'IC, n. [s as z; supra.]

Consumption; morbid waste.

TIS'RI, n.

The first Hebrew month of the civil year, and the seventh of the ecclesiastical; answering to a part of our September and a part of October.

TIS-SUE, n. [tish'u; Fr. tissu, woven; tisser, to lay the ground-work of lace, to weave.]

  1. Cloth interwoven with gold or silver, or with figured colors. A robe of tissue, still with golden wire. Dryden.
  2. In anatomy, texture or organization of parts. The peculiar intimate structure of a part is called its tissue. A part of a fibrous structure is called a fibrous tissue. The organs of the body are made up of simpler elements, some generally diffused through the body, and others peculiar to particular organs. These simpler structures are called the tissues of the body; as, the cellular tissue; the mucous tissue, &c. The cellular tissue is the cellular membrane Bichat. Cyc.
  3. A connected series; as, the whole story is a tissue of forgeries or of falsehood.

TIS'SUE, v.t.

To form tissue; to interweave; to variegate. The chariot was covered with cloth of gold tissued upon blue. Bacon.

TIS'SU-ED, pp.

Interwoven formed with variegated work.

TIS'SU-ING, ppr.

Interweaving; forming with variegated work.

TIT, n.

A small horse, in contempt; a woman, in contempt; a small bird; a titmouse or tomtit.


Pertaining to titanium.

TI-TAN-IF'ER-OUS, a. [titan or titanium, and L. fero.]

Producing titanium; as, titaniferous pyrites. Cleaveland.


An ore and acid of titanium, commonly of a reddish brown color, when it is opake; it occurs in prismatic crystals terminated by pyramids of a blood red color, and is then translucent or transparent. Phillips.


In mineralogy, a metal discovered by Gregor in 1791, in Cornwall, England. It is of a deep blue color. It occurs in different states of oxydation or inter-mixture, in various parts of the world. The ores of this metal are called menachanite, from Menachan in Cornwall, where it was originally found; iserine, from the river Iser, in Silesia; nigrine, from its black color; sphene, rutile, and octahedrite.


A tender piece. [See Tidbit.]


Subject to the payment of tithes. Swift.

TITHE, n. [Sax. teotha, probably contracted from teogetha, as the verb is teighthian, to decimate. See Ten.]

The tenth part of any thing; but appropriately, the tenth part of the increase annually arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support. Tithes are personal, predial, or mixed; personal, when accruing from labor, art, trade and navigation; predial, when issuing from the earth, as, hay, wood and fruit; and mixed, when accruing from beasts, which are fed from the ground. Blackstone.

TITHE, v.i.

To pay tithes. Tusser.

TITHE, v.t.

To levy a tenth part on; to tax to the amount of a tenth. When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase. Deut. xxvi. Ye tithe mint and rue. Luke xi.

TITH-ED, pp.

Taxed a tenth.


Exempt from the payment of tithes.


Paying tithes; subjected to pay tithes. Franklin.


One who collects tithes.


A decennary; a numher or company of ten householders, who dwelling near each other, were sureties or free pledges to the king for the good behavior of each other. The institution of tithings in England is ascribed to Alfred. Blackstone.

TITH'ING, ppr.

Levying a tax on, to the amount of a tenth.