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tentacle any of various long thin flexible appendages that protrude usu. around the head or mouth of some animals, such as the octopus and the squid, and serve esp. for feeling or grasping. [3 definitions]
tentative not yet fully developed or definitely decided; provisional. [2 definitions]
tent caterpillar the larva of any of several North American moths which lives collectively in tentlike webs built in leafy trees.
tenter a frame upon which cloth is stretched in order to dry evenly and without shrinkage. [2 definitions]
tenterhook a hook or bent nail that holds cloth stretched on a framework.
tenth indicating rank or position between ninth and eleventh. [4 definitions]
tentless combined form of tent.
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.