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tantalizing arousing desire or interest, but usu. unavailable or beyond reach.
tantalum a chemical element that has seventy-three protons in each nucleus and that occurs, usu. together with niobium, as a hard, corrosion-resistant gray solid metal with a very high melting point, used esp. in various instruments and equipment. (symbol: Ta)
Tantalus in Greek mythology, a king who deceived the gods and was condemned in Hades to stand in water that receded when he tried to drink it and was tempted with unreachable fruit hanging over his head.
tantamount equal to or the same as; equivalent.
tantrum a violent, noisy display of temper, esp. by a young child.
Tanzania an East African country on the Indian Ocean between Kenya and Mozambique.
Tanzanian of or pertaining to Tanzania or its people, culture, or the like. [2 definitions]
Taoism a Chinese philosophy and religious system, based on the teachings of Lao Tzu, that advocates a life of simplicity, acceptance of the course of nature, and the like.
Taoist of or pertaining to a Chinese philosophy and religious system, based on the teachings of Lao Tzu, that advocates a life of simplicity, acceptance of the course of nature, and the like. [2 definitions]
tap1 to strike or cause to strike lightly, and often several times. [7 definitions]
tap2 a device to control the flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or container, or a plug to prevent such a flow; spigot; faucet. [9 definitions]
tapa the inner bark of the paper mulberry. [2 definitions]
tap dance a dance in which the performer, wearing shoes with special hard soles, uses the foot, heel, or toe to tap out a rhythm.
tap-dance to perform a tap dance.
tape a long narrow strip of material, usu. of plastic, cloth, or paper, sometimes having adhesive on one side. [5 definitions]
tape deck a tape recorder and player without its own amplifier or speaker, usu. part of a larger sound system.
tape measure a long strip of cloth or flexible metal having units such as inches, feet, centimeters, or meters marked on it, used for measuring.
taper to narrow, as toward a point. [7 definitions]
tape-record to record (sound) onto magnetic tape.
tape recorder a machine used to record sound onto magnetic tape or to play back the sound recorded.
tapestry a piece of heavy fabric on which a design or representation has been woven with colored threads, usu. by hand, used as a wall hanging or for other decorative purposes. [3 definitions]