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tent stitch a short, slanting embroidery stitch that forms a series of close and even parallel rows.
tenuous having little substance, support, or significance; flimsy; weak. [3 definitions]
tenure the fact, right, or condition of holding or possessing something, such as property or a position. [3 definitions]
Tenure of Office Act a law forbidding the U.S. President to remove a federal officeholder from office without the approval of the Senate. The act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1867, overriding the veto of President Andrew Johnson.
tenuto to be held for the full value; sustained (used as a musical direction). [2 definitions]
Tenzin Gyatso the fourteenth Dalai Lama and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, born Lhamo Dhondrub (b.1935).
tepee a cone-shaped tent made with skins or bark, formerly used by some North American Indian tribes, esp. in the midwestern plains. [2 definitions]
tephra volcanic materials such as dust, ashes, and pumice ejected during an eruption.
tepid somewhat warm; lukewarm. [2 definitions]
tequila a strong Mexican liquor made from the fermented juice of the agave.
ter- three.
teratism a malformed fetus.
terato- monster.
teratogen an agent, such as radiation or certain diseases or chemicals, that causes fetal deformities.
teratology the scientific study of biological deformities or monstrosities.
terbium a rare-earth chemical element that has sixty-five protons in each nucleus and that occurs in pure form as a soft silvery metal. (symbol: Tb)
terce the third of the seven canonical hours; tierce.
tercel in falconry, a male hawk, esp. a peregrine or gyrfalcon.
tercentenary of or relating to a period of three hundred years or to a three hundredth anniversary. [2 definitions]
tercet a group of three lines in poetry that rhyme, or that are connected by rhyme with an adjacent triplet of lines. [2 definitions]
terebinth a small tree common to the Mediterranean region that produces a turpentine resin.