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tablet
n. slab or panel with words cut or written on it, esp one fixed to a wall as a memorial ,
tacit
adj. understoodwithout being put into words; implied
taciturn
adj. saying very little; uncommunicative ;
tact
n. skill at not offending people or at gaining goodwill by saying or doing the right thing
tactful
adj. having or showing tact
tactile
adj. of or using the sense of touch
taint
n. trace of some bad quality or decay or infection
takeoff
talisman
n. object that is thought to bring good luck, eg a ring or locket
talon
n. claw, esp of a bird of prey
tan
v. convert (animal skin) into leather by treating it with tannic acid, etc
tangential
peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing
tangible
adj. that can be perceived by touch
tanner
n. person who tans skins to make leather
tantalize
to tease or torment by or as if by presenting something desirable to the view but continually keeping it out of reach
tantamount
adj. ~ to sth equal in effect to sth; as good as sth
tantrum
n. outburst of bad temper, esp in a child
taper
n. length of wax-covered thread like a very thin candle burned to give light or to light other candles, etc
tarantula
n. any of several types of large spider, many of them hairy and some of them poisonous ,
tardy
adj. (fml ) slow to act, move or happen
tarnish
v. lose its brightness by being exposed to air or damp
tarry
v. (arch or rhet ) delay in coming to or going from a place; linger
tart
adj. sharp-tasting; acid
tatter
to make or become ragged or worn to shreds
taunt
v. ~ sb try to provoke sb with scornful or critical remarks; jeer at sb
taut
adj. tightly stretched; not slack
tautological
tautologous / tR
tawdry
adj. showy or gaudy but without real value
tawny
adj. brownish-yellow
taxonomist
one who study the general principles of scientific classification
tedium
n. tediousness; boredom
teetotalism
the principle or practice of complete abstinence from alcoholic drinks
temerity
n. audacity; rashness
temper
n. state of the mind as regards anger or calmness
temperament
n. person's nature as it affects the way he thinks, feels and behaves
temperate
adj. behaving with temperance(1); showing self-control
tempestuous
adj. stormy; violently agitated; turbulent
tempo
n. speed or rhythm of a piece of music
temporal
adj. of worldly affairs, ie not spiritual; secular
temporize
avoid committing oneself; gain time
tenacious
adj. sticking or clinging firmly together or to an object
tenacity
firmness; persistency; adhesiveness
tenancy
use of land or buildings as a tenant(1)
tenant
n. person who pays rent to a landlord for the use of a room, a building, land, etc
tend
v. take care of or look after
tendentious
adj. (of a speech, a piece of writing, etc) aimed at helping a cause; not impartial
tender
adj. easily damaged or hurt; delicate
tenet
n. principle; belief; doctrine
tensile
adj. of tension
tension
n. state or degree of stretching or being stretched
tentative
adj. done, said, etc to test sth; hesitant or exploratory; not definite or decisive
tenuous
adj. thin; slender
tenure
n. holding of office or land or other property, etc ,
tepid
adj. lukewarm
terminal
adj. of the last stage in a fatal disease
terminate
v. come to an end or bring (sth) to an end
termination
n. point at which or way in which sth ends
terminology
n. technical terms of a particular subject
terminus
n. station at the end of a railway line
terrestrial
adj. of or living on land
terse
adj. using few words; concise; curt
tertiary
adj. third in order, rank, importance, etc; next after secondary
tessellated
adj. made from small flat pieces of stone of various colours arranged in a pattern
testator
n. person who has made a will4(4)
testy
adj. easily annoyed; irritable
tether
n. rope or chain by which an animal is fastened while it is grazing
thematic
adj. of or related to a theme
theocracy
n. system of government by priests or a priestly class in which the laws of the State are believed to be the laws of God
theoretical
adj. concerned with the theory of a subject
therapeutic
adj. of the art of healing or the curing of disease
thermal
adj. ofheat
thesis
n. statement or theory put forward and supported by arguments
thespian
adj. of acting or the theatre
thrall
slave; bondage
thrash
v. beat with a stick or whip, esp as a punishment
threadbare
adj. worn thin; shabby
threat
n. expression of one's intention to punish or harm sb, esp if he does not obey
thresh
v. beat out or separate from husks of wheat, etc using a machine or (esp formerly) an implement held in the hand
thrifty
adj. showing thrift; economical ;
thrive
v. ~ (on sth) grow or develop well and vigorously; prosper
throb
v. ~ (with sth) (of the heart, pulse, etc) beat, esp faster or stronger thanusual
throes
n. severe pains
throng
n. crowded mass of people or things
throttle
v. seize by the throat and stop him breathing; choke; strangle
thwart
v. prevent doing what he intends; oppose (a plan, etc) successfully
tickle
v. touch or stroke lightly, esp at sensitive parts, so as to cause a slight tingling sensation, often with twitching movements and laughter
tightwad
excessively frugal person; miser
tiller
n. person who tills
tiltable
timbre
n. characteristicquality of sound produced by a particular voice or instrument
timid
adj. easily frightened; shy
timidity
timidness ns
timorous
adj. timid
tinge
v. ~ sth colour sth slightly
tint
n. shade or variety of a colour
tipple
v. be in the habit of drinking alcoholic drinks, esp too often or too much
tirade
n. long angry speech of criticism or accusation
titanic
adj. gigantic; immense
tithe
n. one tenth of the annual produce of a farm, etc formerly paid as a tax to support the clergy and the church
titillate
v. stimulate or excite (sb), esp sexually
title
n. name of a book, poem, picture, etc ,
titter
n. short nervous laugh
titular
adj. having a certain title(
toady
n. person who flatters another or treats him with excessive respect in the hope of gain or advantage
toga
n. loose outer garment worn by men in ancient Rome
toil
v. ~ away (at/over sth) work long or hard
token
n. sign, symbol or evidence of sth
toll
n. money paid for the use of a road, bridge, harbour, etc ,
tome
n. large heavy book, esp a scholarly or serious one ,
tonic
n. medicine that gives strength or energy, taken after illness or when tired
tonsure
n. shaving the top or all of the head of a person about to become a priest ormonk
topography
n. features of a place or district, esp the position of its rivers, mountains, roads, buildings, etc
topple
v. ~ (over) be unsteady and fall
torpedo
n. tube-shaped explosive underwater missile launched against ships by submarines, aircraft or surface ships
torpor
n. torpid condition
torque
n. twisting force causing rotation in machinery
torrent
n. violently rushing stream of water, lava, etc
torrid
adj. very hot and dry
torso
n. main part of the human body, not including the head, arms and legs; trunk
tortuous
adj. full of twists and turns
toss
v. ~ sth (to sb) throw sth lightly or carelessly or easily
totem
n. natural object, esp an animal, considered by N American Indians as the emblem of a clan or family
totter
v. walk or move unsteadily; stagger
touching
adj. arousing pity or sympathy
touchstone
stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion
touchy
adj. easily offended
tout
v. ~ try to get people to buy (one's goods or services), esp in an annoyingly insistent way
toxic
adj. poisonous
tract
n. large stretch or area of land
tractable
adj. easily guided, handled or controlled; docile ;
traduce
v. saydamaging untrue things about (sb/sth); slander or defame;
trajectory
n. curved path of sth that has been fired, hit or thrown into the air, eg a missile
tramp
v. walk with heavy or noisy steps
trample
v. ~ sth/sb (down) tread heavily on sth/sb so as to cause damage or destruction
trance
n. sleep-like state, caused eg by being hypnotized
tranquillity
n. tranquil condition
transcend
v. be or go beyond the range of (human experience, belief, powers of description, etc)
transcendent
adj. extremely great; supreme
transcendental
adjgoing beyond the limits of humanknowledge, experience or reason, esp in a mystical or religious way
transcribe
v. ~ sth copy sth in writing
transgression
n. transgressing
transient
adj. lasting for only a short time; brief; fleeting
transition
n. ~ (to sth) (instance of) changing from one state or condition to another
transitory
adj. lasting for only a short time; transient
translucent
adj. allowinglight to pass through but not transparent
transmute
v. ~sth change sth (into sth completely different)
transparent
adj. allowinglight to pass through so that objects behind can be seen clearly
transpire
v. (of an event, a secret, etc) become known
transport
v. ~ sth/sb (to...) take sth/sb from one place to another in a vehicle
transpose
v. cause to change places
trappings
n. outward signs of prestige, wealth, etc
traumatic
adj. of or causing trauma
travail
n. painful effort
traverse
v. travel, lie or extendacross
travesty
n. ~ absurd imitation of or inferior substitute for sth
tread
v. ~ (on, etc sth/sb) set one's foot down; walk or step
treasure
n. gold, silver, jewels, etc
treatise
n. ~ long written work dealing systematically with one subject
trek
n. long hard journey, esp on foot
tremor
n. slight shaking or trembling
tremulous
adj. tremblingfrom nervousness or weakness
trenchant
adj. strongly and effectively expressed; penetrating
trepidation
n. great worry or fear about sth unpleasant that may happen
tribulation
n. (sad event, accident, illness, etc that causes) great trouble or suffering
tribunal
n. group of officials with the authority to settle certain types of dispute
tribune
Any champion of the rights and liberties of the people: often used as the name for a newspaper.
tribute
n. action, statement or gift that is meant to show one's respect or admiration
trickle
v. flow in a thin stream
trickster
n. person who tricks or cheats people; swindler ;
trident
n. spear with three points
trifle
n. thing, question or activity that has little value or importance
trifling
adj. unimportant; trivial
trigger
n. lever that releases a spring, esp so as to fire a gun
trilogy
n. group of three related works, esp three novels or operas
trim
v. make (sth) neat or smooth by cutting away irregular parts
trinket
n. small ornament, piece of jewellery, etc of little value
trite
adj. not new or original, because often used; hackneyed; commonplace ,
trivia
n. unimportant things, details or pieces of information
troth
n. (idm ) plight one's troth
trough
n. long narrow open box for animals to feed or drink from
truculence
agressiveness; ferocity
truism
n. statement that is obviouslytrue, esp one that does not say anything important, eg Nothing lasts for ever ,
truncate
v. shorten by cutting off the top or end
trunk
n. main stem of a tree, from which the branches grow .
tryst
meeting
tumid
adj. (of parts of the body) swollen
tumult
n. disturbance or confusion, esp of a large mass of people
tundra
n. vast flat treeless Arctic regions of Europe, Asia and N America where the subsoil is permanently frozen
turbid
adj. (of liquids) opaque or muddy; not clear
turbulence
n. unrest or disturbance
tureen
n. deep dish with a lid from which soup, vegetables, etc are served at table
turgid
adj. (of language, style, etc) pompous and difficult to follow; boring
turmoil
n. great disturbance, agitation or confusion
turncoat
n. person who changes from one side, party, etc to another
turpitude
n. state or quality of being wicked; depravity ;
tutelage
n. protection of and authority over a person, country, etc; guardianship
tutelary
adj. acting as a guardian or protector
tycoon
n. wealthy and powerful businessman or industrialist; magnate
typhoon
n. violent tropical hurricane that occurs in the western Pacific
tyranny
n. cruel, unjust or oppressive use of power or authority
tyro
beginner; novice