The Phrontistery

Books by Stephen Chrisomalis
Numerical Notation: A Comparative History Human Expeditions: Inspired by Bruce Trigger



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Word Definition
tabacosistobacco poisoning
tabanidblood-sucking insect; gad-fly
tabardshort-sleeved garment worn over armour
tabaretstriped watered silk and satin fabric
tabatièresnuff-box
tabbyplain-woven silk taffeta fabric
tabefactionwasting away; emaciation
tabellaryauditor; carrier of letters
tabellionscrivener
tabernacleornamental container for storing Communion bread and wine
tabernacularof, like or pertaining to a tabernacle
tabescentwasting; shrivelling
tabificwasting; consumptive; producing tabes
tabinetsilk and wool watered fabric
tablaturemental image or picture; plate-like surface or object
tablierapron; part of dress resembling an apron
tabloideselanguage typical of tabloid journalism
taborlight medieval drum buckled onto the player's chest
tabouretlow stool; embroidery frame
tacendathings not to be mentioned
tacentsilent
tachlink
tacheometerinstrument for rapidly measuring survey points on a map
tachismpainting by smearing or splattering
tachistoscopeinstrument for rapidly showing images on a screen to test perception
tachographinstrument for recording speed of rotation
tachometerinstrument for measuring speed of rotation
tachygraphyshorthand
tachymetrymeasurement of speed
tachyphrasiaabnormally rapid or voluble speech
tachyscopeearly cinematograph
tachytelicof evolution, at a rate faster than normal for a group of plants or animals
tactioncontact; touch
tactometerinstrument measuring sense of touch
tactualof, like or pertaining to or derived from the sense of touch
taeniaband; tapeworm; fillet
taeniacidekilling of tapeworms
taeniatelike a ribbon or tapeworm
taenioidof a ribbon-like shape
taffetathin glossy silk
taffrailrail round the stern of a ship
taghairmancient divination method of Scottish Highlands
tagmemeanalysis of arrangement of spoken elements
tahrwild Asian goat with shaggy reddish coat
taintin foil used as backing for mirror; thin tin plate
tajcrown or head-dress
takinheavily built Himalayan goatlike ruminant
talalgiapain in heel or ankle
talarankle-length robe
talaricof, like or pertaining to or reaching the ankles
taligradewalking on the outer side of the foot
talionicretributive; like for like
talipedone with a club-foot
tallagefeudal tax of a lord on tenants; any tax or toll
talliateto impose a tax
talpamole or similar mark on the body
talusrock detritus or debris at the base of a slope
tamanduaarboreal New World anteater with hairless tail
tamarawwater buffalo
tamboursloping buttress or fortification
tamburitzaguitar or mandolin of the Balkan region
taminthin glazed worsted
tamisthin wool
tampionprotective plug placed in mouth of gun or cannon
tanaclespincer-like instruments of torture
tandemtwo-seated carriage with horses harnessed in series
tandemone behind the other
tangoreceptorsensory receptor responding to touch
tanistrysuccession by previously elected relative
tanquama person fit for college education
tantaluslocked case used to hold wine bottles
tantiworthwhile
tantièmeshare of profits or royalties
tantivyat full gallop; headlong
tapererone who bears a taper during a religious procession
taphephobiafear of being buried alive
taphrogenesisvertical movement of the earth's crust
tapinosisuse of degrading or diminutive diction regarding a topic
tapotementuse of light taps in massage
tappitcrested
tapulcentral ridge of the breastplate of armour
taradiddlesenseless talk; deception; nonsense
tarantasfour-wheeled carriage mounted on poles
tarantellafast violent Italian folk dance
tarantismirresistible urge to dance
tarassishysteria suffered by a man
tardigradeslow-paced
tardiloquentspeaking slowly
tarlatanthin sheer stiff cotton
tarpansmall wild horse of southern Russia
tarradiddlelie; falsehood; nonsense; fib
tarrianceact of tarrying or delaying; procrastination
tarrishof the quality or consistency of tar
tartarologybeliefs about hell or the underworld
taseometerinstrument for measuring stress in a structure
tasimeterinstrument for measuring changes in pressure
tasseone of a series of armour plates that go around the hips like a skirt
tastevinwine taster
tatonnementexperimentation; trial and error
tatouarmadillo
tatterdemaliontattered; ragged; scarecrow-like
tattersallfabric with a small checked pattern
taupebrownish-grey
taureanof, like or pertaining to a bull
tauricidekilling or killer of a bull
tauricornoushaving horns like a bull's
tauriformhaving the form of a bull
taurineof, like or pertaining to bulls; bull-like
tauromachybullfighting
tauromorphousbull-shaped
tautochronouslasting the same amount of time
tautologicalrepetition of an idea implied in a statement
tautomerismpossession of more than one structure by a substance
tautonymtaxonomic name in which genus and species are the same
tautophonyrepetition of the same sound
tawto prepare skins by soaking, salting, stretching and paring
tawsthong used for punishment
taxaceousof, like or pertaining to yew trees
taxemea basic unit of systems of classification
taximeterinstrument for measuring fee for hired vehicle
taxismovement of a whole organism
tayrasmall South American weasel-like carnivore
tazzacup with saucer-shaped bowl on a pedestal
teaselbrush with hooked bits used in napping cloth
technocracygovernment by technical experts
technographydescription of arts and crafts
technolithicof, like or pertaining to stone tools
technomaniacraze for technology
technonomylaws of industrial arts
technophileone who is fond of technology
technophobiafear of technology
technopoleplace where high-technology industries located
tecnologyteaching of children
tectiformshaped like a roof
tectonicof, like or pertaining to building; structural
tectonicsscience of structure of objects, buildings and landforms
tectorialcovering
tectospherepart of the earth that moves during plate tectonic activity
tectrixsmall feather of a bird's wing
tedto spread grass for drying
tediferousbearing a torch
teeninjury; grief
tega sheep in its second year; the fleece of such a sheep
tegestologystudy and collecting of beer mats
tegmencovering or shell
tegmentalof, like or pertaining to coverings or outer shells
tegminalcovering; protecting
tegulatile
tegularof, like or overlapping like tiles or slates
tegulatedcomposed of plates overlapping like tiles
tegumentnatural covering of an animal or plant body
teichopsiavisual blurring and colours associated with migraines
teichoscopyobservation from the perspective of a wall
teinoscopeprism telescope
tejEthiopian honey-mead
teknonymythe naming of the parent from the child
telaesthesiaperception of events or objects not actually present or near
telamona column carved in the shape of a human male
telariancreature that spins a web
telaryweb-spinning
telautographtelegraph that reproduces writing done with a pen or pencil
telegafour-wheeled springless wagon
telegnosisknowledge of events taking place far away; clairvoyance
telegonyinfluence of previous mate on offspring of current one
telematicstransmission of computerized data over long distances
telemeterinstrument for measuring strain or distance from observer
telenergyapplication of spirit energy at a distance
teleologystudy of final causes; analysis in terms of purpose
teleonomycharacteristic of being governed by an overall purpose
teleorganicvital
telergyphysical force at work in telepathy
teleseismtremor due to a very distant earthquake
telesismaking use of natural or social processes for a goal
telespectroscopeinstrument for analysing radiation omitted by distant bodies
telestereoscopeinstrument for viewing distant objects stereoscopically
telesthesiaabnormal impression of objects beyond the senses
telesticof, like or pertaining to the mysteries
telestichpoem where final letters of each line spell a word
teletactorinstrument that allows deaf people to feel sound vibrations
telicexpressing purpose; purposive; signifying intention
tellographsignalling apparatus like a semaphore system
telluralof, like or pertaining to the earth
tellurianterrestrial
tellurometerinstrument using microwaves to measure distance
telmatologystudy of swamps
telodynamicof, like or pertaining to transmission of power to a distance
telosaim; purpose; ultimate end
teloteropathytelepathy between living persons
telpheragesystem of cargo conveyance using electric motor and cable
telsonlast segment of a crustacean
temenosplace dedicated to a god; sacred precinct
temerariousrashly or presumptuously daring
temperapainting using white of egg instead of oil
temperativehaving a moderating influence
tempestivetimely; seasonable
temporalindicating time when
temporaneouslasting only a short while
temporein the time of
temporicidekilling time
temporiseto delay; to procrastinate
temulenceintoxication
tenaculumpincers
tenailleoutwork in main ditch of a fortification
tendentiousdesigned to advance a cause
tenderometerinstrument for measuring tenderness of fruits and vegetables
tenebrificproducing darkness
tenebrosedark; gloomy
tenendumclause in a deed defining land tenure
tenneheraldic designation for orange-brown colour
tenonprojecting part of joint for inserting into mortise
tenrecspiny insectivorous mammal of Madagascar
tensimeterinstrument for measuring vapour pressure
tensiometerinstrument for measuring tension
tentamenexperiment; attempt
tentationexperiment by trial and error
tentiginouslust-provoking
tentigopriapism; morbid lasciviousness
tenuebearing; carriage; manner of dress
tepefactionmaking or becoming tepid
tephraash and debris ejected by volcano
tephrochronologydating of volcanic eruptions by studying layers of ash
tephromancydivination by ashes
tephrosisincineration
teporstate of being tepid or lukewarm
teramorphousof abnormal or monstrous form
teratismmonster, malformed person or animal
teratogenicproducing monsters or abnormal growth
teratoidmonstrous
teratologystudy of monsters, freaks, abnormal growths or malformations
terceprayer service held at 9 a.m.
tercelmale hawk
tercetgroup of three rhyming lines
terdiurnalthree times per day
terebrateto bore into; to pierce
teretesmooth and cylindrical or tapering
tergalof, like or pertaining to the back
tergiversationequivocation
termagantan overbearing or nagging woman
terminativeindicating motion up to or time until
terminismdoctrine that there is a time limit for repentance
ternaryin threes; having three components; having three as a base
terotechnologyuse of various skills to extend life of equipment
terpodionpiano-like instrument whose sound is made from wooden blocks
terpsichoreanof, like or pertaining to dancing
terraceousearthen
terracottareddish-brown
terramarakind of earthy fertiliser
terraneousof, like or pertaining to the earth
terraqueousamphibious; consisting of land and water
terrazzoflooring of chips of marble
terrellamagnetic model of the earth
terremotiveseismic
terreneof the earth; earthly; worldly; mundane
terrepleintop of a rampart where guns are mounted
terretswivel-ring; ring for fastening chain to
terricolousliving in or on the soil
terrierregister or roll of rents from an estate
terrigenousproduced on land; produced by the land
terriginousearth-born; derived from the land
terrineearthenware jar or dish
terrisonanthaving a terrible sound
terrypiled fabric consisting of uncut loops
tersivecleansing; detersive
terzainstanza of three lines
teslaunit of magnetic flux density equal to one weber per square meter
tessaraglotspeaking four languages
tessellateto form into or adorn with mosaic
tessellationfitting together exactly; leaving no spaces
tesserasmall token or ticket; block of stone used in mosaic; password
tesseractfigure of a cube within a cube
tesserarianof, like or pertaining to dice games
tesseratomydivision into four parts
testaceousof or having a hard shell; brick-red
testamurcertificate of having passed an examination
testercanopy over a bed, pulpit or altar
testerpiece of armour for the head; headgear for a horse
testicondhaving the testes concealed within the body
testudinalof, like or pertaining to tortoises or tortoise-shell
testudowheeled shelter used for protection from above attacks
tetanigenouscausing tetanus
tetchyirritable
tetrachotomousdivided into fours
tetrachromaticconcerning theory that there are four primary colours
tetradarchygovernment by four people; tetrarchy
tetragrammatonsacred word or acronym of four letters
tetrakishexahedroncube with pyramid erected on each face
tetralemmaquandary with four alternatives
tetrameroushaving four parts
tetramorphartistic representation of the four evangelists in one figure
tetrapodquadruped
tetrapolisgroup of four cities
tetrapteranhaving four wings
tetraptychhinged painting in four parts
tetrarchygovernment by four people
teuthologystudy of cephalopods
Teutomaniaobsession with Teutonic or German things
tewela chimney; the rectum or anus of a horse
textologystudy of the production of texts
textorialof, like or pertaining to weaving
textrineof, like or pertaining to weaving
textuarya person having extensive biblical knowledge
thalassianmarine; type of sea turtle
thalassiarchysovereignty of the seas; thalassocracy
thalassicmarine; of seas; of inland seas
thalassocracysovereignty of the seas
thalassographyscience of the sea
thalassometerinstrument for measuring tides
thalassophilousliving in or fond of the sea
thalassophobiafear of the sea
thalassotherapymedical treatment using baths in sea water
thalerophagousfeeding on fresh vegetable matter
thalposissensation of warmth
thalwegmiddle of navigable waterway used as boundary line
thaminsmall deer with curved horns, native to southeast Asia
thanatismbelief that the soul dies with the body
thanatognomonicindicating or characteristic of death
thanatographynarrative of a death
thanatoidapparently dead; deathly; deadly
thanatologystudy of death and its customs
thanatomaniabelief that one has been affected by death magic, and resulting illness
thanatophobiafear of death
thanatopsisview of or reflection upon death
thanatosisgangrene; necrosis; state imitating death
thanatousiafuneral rites
thaumatogenydoctrine of the miraculous origin of life
thaumatographydescription of natural wonders
thaumatolatryworship of miracles or wonders
thaumatologystudy of miracles
thaumatropegadged showing persistence of visual impressions using spinning disk
thaumaturgyperforming of miracles
theandricdivine and human at the same time
theanthropicsimultaneously human and divine
theanthroposophysystem of belief concerning Christ as god and man
thearchyrule by a god or gods; body of divine rulers
theatrocracygoverment by gathered assemblies of citizens
theatromaniacraze for going to plays
thecasheath; capsule
thecatehaving a sheath
theftuousthievish
thegosistooth-grinding in order to sharpen teeth
theiformof the form of tea
theismbelief in the existence of God without special revelation
thelematicof, like or pertaining to will or volition; voluntary
thelemicallowing people to do as they wish
thelemitelibertine
thelitisinflammation of the nipple
thelytokyparthenogenetic production of females only
theocentrismbelief that God is central fact of existence
theocracygovernment by priests or by religious law
theocrasymixture of religions; fitting other religions into own
theodicydefense of goodness in view of the existence of evil
theodidactstudent of God; one who is taught by God
theodolitesurveying instrument for measuring angles
theodyhymn in praise of God
theogamymarriage of gods
theogonicaccounting for the origin or presence of gods
theolepsyseizure or possession by a god
theologasterpetty or shallow theologian
theologoumenontheological statement as opposed to divine one
theomachywar amongst or against the gods
theomancydivination by means of oracles
theomaniabelief that one is a god
theomastixpunisher of mortals sent by God; such a punishment
theometrymeasurement or estimation of God
theomicristone who belittles God
theonomygovernment or rule by God
theopantismbelief that God is the only reality
theopathyemotional experience brought on by religious belief
theophagysacramental consumption of a god
theophanymanifestation or appearance of a god to people
theophilanthropismlove of both God and humanity
theophileone who loves or is loved by God
theophobiafear of God
theophoroushaving the name of a god; derived from a god's name
theopneusticdivinely inspired
theopsychismbelief that the soul is of a divine nature
theorbolarge double-necked lute
theosophyimmediate divine illumination or wisdom
theotechnyuse of the gods as primary moving force in a poem or play
theotherapyfaith healing
theotokostitle given to the Virgin Mary as bearer of God
therbligunit of work for quantifying industrial operations
thereintointo that or it
thereminelectronic instrument with tones created by placing hands near oscillators
thereoidbestial; savage
thereologytherapeutics
thereonthereupon
therewiththereupon; forthwith
therewithalbesides
theriacantidote to venomous bites
theriacalof, like or pertaining to antidotes
therianthropiccombining human and animal forms
theriatricsveterinary medicine
theriodicmalignant
theriogenologystudy of animals' reproductive systems
theriolatryanimal-worship
theriomorphanimal form in art
theriomorphosistransformation into a beast
thermunit of quantity of heat equal to 100,000 British thermal units
thermaesthesiasensitivity to heat or cold
thermantidoteapparatus for cooling air
thermicof, like or pertaining to heat
thermogenesisproduction of heat
thermographinstrument for recording changes in temperature
thermographywriting or drawing using the influence of heat
thermokinematicsstudy of motion of heat
thermolabileeasily decomposed by heat
thermologystudy of heat
thermolysisdecomposition caused by heat
thermometrographinstrument for recording changes in temperature
thermonousof, like or pertaining to stimulation by heat
thermophilouspreferring or thriving in high temperatures
thermopileinstrument measuring minute changes in temperature
thermoplagiasunstroke
thermoscopeinstrument indicating change in temperature
thermotaxismovement influenced or controlled by heat
thermotropismgrowth of organism influenced by heat
theroidof, like or pertaining to a beast or wild animal
therologystudy of wild mammals
thersiticalscurrilous; violent in manner of speech
thesialof, like or pertaining to a thesis
thesmothetelaw-giver
theticpositively asserting; bearing the thesis; prescribed
theurgymagic or miracles by the agency of good spirits
thewepillory for women that keeps the legs together
thiasusgroup of worshippers gathered to dance in praise of gods
thigmotaxismovement of plant towards or away from an object
thigmotropismturning of an object in response to touch
thionicof, like or pertaining to or containing sulphur
thirdboroughpetty constable of a township
thirdendealold liquid measure of three pints; one-third of anything
thitherto that place
thixotropytemporary reduction in viscosity when shaken or stirred
thlipsisconstriction; compression
thnetopsychismbelief that the soul dies with the body, to be reborn on day of judgement
tholepin in the side of a boat to keep oar in place
tholeto endure; to suffer
tholobatecircular substructure on which a dome rests
tholoiddome-shaped lava extrusion plugging the vent of a volcano
tholusround building; dome; cupola
thooidlike a wolf
thoracoscopeinstrument for viewing the thorax and chest wall
thornletter in Old and Middle English representing unvoiced 'th' sound
thoughtographysupposed technique for transferring mental images onto photographs
thrasonicboastful; bragging
thremmatologyscience of breeding domestic animals and plants
threneticmournful
threnodicmournful
threnodyode or song of lamentation; lament; dirge
threpsologyscience of nutrition
threpticof, like or pertaining to the rearing of young
thriobolydivination using pebbles
throthrough
throat-pitdepression between collarbones where they meet the breastbone
thrombusblood clot
thronalof, like or pertaining to a throne
thropplethroat or windpipe of an animal
throstlemachine for drawing, twisting and winding fibres
throttlebottomharmless incompetent holding public office
thrumloose thread or fringe of a garment or cloth
thumomancydivination by means of one's own soul
thuriblecenser
thuriferaltar boy who bears censer
thuriferousincense-bearing
thurlcow's hip-joint
thyesteancannibalistic
thylacineextinct doglike marsupial of Tasmania
thymiatechnyuse of perfumes for medicinal purposes
thymiaterionancient Greek censer
thymogenicdue to emotion
thymolepticpsychologically energizing
thymopathymental disorder
thyrsusstaff wreathed with ivy
tiarathree-tiered crown worn by or carried in front of the pope
tibiaancient Roman flute
tibicinateto play on a pipe
tichorrhinewoolly rhinoceros
tickcover of a mattress or pillow
tickingstrong linen or cotton fabric used for mattress and pillow cases
tidologystudy of tides
tiffanytransparent silk-like gauzy fabric
tigerismswagger
tigrineof, like or pertaining to tigers
tilburylight open two-wheeled carriage
tildemark indicating approximation or, over a letter, nasalization or palatalization
tillerhandle or lever for turning a ship's rudder
tilleulpale yellowish-green
tilthagricultural work
tiltmeterinstrument for measuring tilting of earth's surface
timarchygovernment by the propertied class; timocracy
timbalkettle drum
timberheadtop end of ship's timber used above the gunwale
timbreltambourine-like percussion instrument
timbrologystudy of postage stamps
timbromaniacraze for stamp collecting
timbrophilylove or fondness for stamps; stamp-collecting
timbrousresonant; sonorous
timenoguyrope stretched from place to place in a ship
timeousin good time; seasonable
timocracygovernment by the propertied class
timoneerhelmsman
timwhiskylight carriage for one or two people, pulled by one or two horses
tinamouground-dwelling South American bird
tinchelcircle of men who encircle a deer
tinctionact of dyeing
tinctorialof, like or pertaining to dyeing; giving colour
tinctumutationchange of colour
tincturea heraldic colour or metal
tingentadding colour; having the ability to tinge
tinnientringing; resonant
tinnitusringing sound in the head
tintinnabulateto ring; to tinkle
tintinnabulumpercussion instrument of many bells in succession
tippetlong black scarf worn by Anglican clergy
tiqueurone who suffers from tics
tirailleurskirmisher; sharpshooter
tirassepedal-coupler in an organ
tiretainewool cloth mixed with cotton or linen
tirorecruit; novice; beginner
tirociniumearly training; first experience; group of recruits
tiromancydivination using cheese
tisaneinfusion of herbs or flowers
tisickywheezy; asthmatic
titaniferousbearing titanium
titanismspirit of revolt or defiance against social conventions
titanomachywar of the Titans against the gods
titismall South American arboreal monkey
titianred-gold or reddish-brown
titivatedress up; spruce up
titrimetrymeasuring by titration
tittledot over the letter i or j
tittupto prance mincingly; to walk in an affected manner
titubateto stagger; to stumble
titulusinscription on or over something
tmemasegment or section
tmesisseparation of word into parts by an intervening word
toadstonestone thought to grow inside a toad and have magic powers
tobaccophileone who loves tobacco
tocodynamometerinstrument for measuring uterine contractions during childbirth
tocologyobstetrics; midwifery
tocophobiafear of pregnancy or childbirth
tocsinalarm bell; sounding of an alarm bell
todold unit of weight of wool equal to 28 pounds
toforepreviously; beforehand
tofta small hill
togunit of measurement for insulation properties of fabric
togatedwearing a toga; dignified
toileplain or simple twilled fabric
toisonlamb's wool
tolerationismdoctrine of toleration of religious differences
tolsesterduty of ale due to one's lord for the privilege of brewing
tolutationact of pacing or ambling
tolutiloquencesmooth or flowing speech
tolypeutineof, like or pertaining to armadillos
tomanmyriad; ten thousand
tombaccheap gold-coloured alloy of zinc and copper
tombicholding that the Egyptian pyramids were intended as tombs
tombolalottery in which each entrant must win a prize
tomentosebearing thickly matted hair or fur
tomiparousof organic matter, multiplying by division
tomiumcutting edge of a bird's bill
tomographinstrument for viewing section of an object using X-rays
tomographyscan to obtain detailed image of solid structure
tomomaniairrational predilection for performing surgery
tonunit of cooling power equal to 12,000 BTU per hour
tonantthundering
tondocircular painting or relief carving
toneticof, like or pertaining to tonal pronunciation or languages
toneticsstudy of pronunciation
tongalight two-wheeled carriage
tonishmodish; fashionable
tonitrophobiafear of thunder
tonitruonemusical instrument that imitates sound of thunder
tonitruousthundering
tonletset of overlapping strips on armour skirt
tonneaurear extension of body of car
tonometerinstrument measuring pitch of musical tones
tonometerinstrument for measuring intraocular pressure
tonsorialof, like or pertaining to a barber or a barber's work
tonsureshaving of small area on the crown of head of a priest or monk
tontineannuity scheme where benefits increase as members die
tonusnormal elasticity of healthy muscle at rest
tootlenonsensical writing or speech
topaesthesiadetermining place by sense of touch
toparchruler of a district
topazdark yellow
topgallantmast or sail above the topmast and below the royal mast
tophaceousgritty
topireddish-brown antelope of sub-Saharan Africa
topiaryclipping of trees into imitative or fantastic shapes
toploftyhigh and mighty; haughty
topmastship's mast above the lower mast
topographydescription of the features of a region
topologystudy of places and their natural features
topomancydivination using landforms
toponomasticof, like or pertaining to place names
toponymplace name derived from geographical feature
toponymicsstudy of place-names
topophiliagreat love or affection for a particular place
topophobiastage fright; fear of performing; fear of certain places
topophoneinstrument to determine direction and distance of a fog-horn
topotypespecimen collected in the same locality as an original
topsailship's sail above the lowermost sail
toranarched gateway or garland of flowers
torchierfloor lamp with bowl for reflecting light upwards
torchonduster or dishcloth; coarse lace or paper
torculawine press
torculartourniquet
tordionRenaissance dance similar to but slower than a galliard
toresurface described by rotation of conic section about a line
toreumatographydescription of ancient metal sculpture
toreuticsartistic work in metal by chasing and embossing
torfaceousgrowing in mosses or bogs
tormentumancient siege engine
tornotehaving blunt extremities
toroidshaped like a doughnut or anchor-ring
toroseswelling; bulging; knobby; muscular
torpedinousnumbing; having the quality of a torpedo
torpefyto make numb or torpid; to paralyze
torpescencebecoming numb or torpid
torpidnumb; lethargic; having lost the power to act
torpillageelectric shock therapy
torpornumbness; inactivity; dullness
torporificcausing dullness or numbness
torquatedwearing a collar or chain; formed like a torque
torrunit of pressure equal to 1/760 of standard atmospheric pressure
torrefyto scorch or parch; to dry or roast with heat
torrentineof, like or pertaining to a torrent; having the character of a torrent
torsadeornament on a hat like a twisted cord; any twisted cord
torselplate in a brick wall to support the end of a beam
torsibilitycapability of being twisted
torsiographinstrument for recording torsional vibrations on an object
torsivetwisted spirally
torticollisstiff neck
tortilewreathed; twisted; coiled
tortiouscommitting a wrongful deed
torulosewith small swellings at intervals
torusrounded swelling; lowest moulding of a column
torvitygrimness; fierceness
torvousstern
toshrubbish; drivel; nonsense
tosticatedfuddled; perplexed
totbone or other object retrieved from garbage pile
totemismbelief that a group has a special kinship with an object or animal
totherthe other
totidem verbisin so many words
totientnumber of numbers less than and prime to a given number
totipotentcapable of differentiation
totitivenumber less than and prime to another
tourbillonswirl; vortex; whirlwind
tournurecontour; characteristic turn of line; grace or poise
tovarishcomrade
towbundle of untwisted natural fibres
toxicogenicproducing or produced by poisons
toxicomaniamorbid craving for poisons
toxicophagouseating poison
toxicophobiafear of poisoning
toxiferousproducing or bearing poison
toxiphagouspoison-eating
toxiphobiafear of poison or being poisoned
toxophilitelover of archery; an archer; of, like or pertaining to archery
toxophilylove of archery; archery; study of archery
tozeto tease out; card; comb; draw out; elicit
trabeatebuilt of horizontal beams rather than arches
trabeculasmall bar or rod
trabeculatedtransversely barred
tracasserieturmoil
trachelatehaving a neck
trachyphoniaroughness of voice
tractatetreatise; tract
tractileductile; able to be drawn out
traditivetraditional
traduceto defame; to slander
traductivetransmitted
tragedianwriter or actor of tragedy
tragelaphmythical crossbreed of a goat and stag
tragomaschaliasmelly armpits
tragusprominent bump in front of opening of the ear
trahisontreachery; treason
trajectcrossing; ferry; transference
tralatitionmetaphor
tralatitioustraditional; transmitted; handed on; metaphorical
tralineateto deviate
trambleto wash tin-ore by agitation in a trough
trammeldevice used to hold pots and pans over a fire
trammelnet used to catch fish or birds
trammelto hamper or restrain
trammeltool used for drawing ellipses
tramontanebeyond the mountains; foreign; uncivilized
tranationact of swimming over or across
tranceycreating a trance-like effect; hypnotic
trancheslice or block of money or shares
tranchetNeolithic flint chisel
tranectferry
trangamshowy or worthless article
tranqtranquilizer
transcalentpervious to or allowing the passage of heat
transcendentalismtheory that emphasizes that which transcends perception
transennascreen enclosing a shrine
transeptpart of a church off to one side of main structure
transfluentflowing across
transhipto transfer from one ship to another
transhumantpassing from winter to summer pastures
transilientleaping or passing across
transireship's customs warrant for clearing goods
translativeindicating process of change or movement through
translunarybeyond the moon; spiritual
transmarineacross or beyond the sea
transmigrationismbelief that soul passes into other body at death
transmissometerinstrument for measuring transmission of light through a fluid
transomstructure dividing a window horizontally; horizontal bar
transomtransverse timbers attached to ship's sternpost
transpicuoustransparent; easily seen through or understood
transpontinefrom the other side of the river; melodramatic
transubstantiationmiraculous changing of bread and wine into body and blood of Christ
transudeto ooze out; to exude through the pores
transumptiontranscription; transference; translation
transuranicdenoting heavy radioactive artificial chemical elements
transverberateto pierce
transvolationflying higher than normal
traplight one-horse carriage with springs
trapeziumquadrilateral having only one pair of parallel sides
trapuntokind of quilting in which only the design is padded
traulismstammering
traumatologystudy of wounds and their effects
traumatropismalteration in direction of growth of a plant due to a wound
trautoniumelectronic musical instrument like a theramin
travecrossbeam or space between crossbeams
travelatormoving footpath for pedestrians
traverseacross; crosswise
treacledark; syrupy molasses
trebuchetmedieval siege engine for launching stones
trechometerinstrument for determining distance travelled; odometer
treenaillong wooden pin used to fix planks of ship to the timbers
trefoilthree-lobed architectural ornament
tregetourjuggler; trickster; deceiver
treillagetrellis-work; a trellis
trellisstructure of cross-barred or lattice-work
tremaan orifice; a dieresis
tremallosegelatinous
tremendumfeeling of overwhelming awe associated with religious experience
tremissislate Roman and early Byzantine gold coin
tremogramirregularity in a person's handwriting
tremographinstrument for recording involuntary muscular motion
tremolistone who employs tremolo
tremolovibrating effect of certain musical instruments or the singing voice
tremuloustrembling; quivering
trenchantincisive; terse; vigorous
trencheredible plate and platter made of bread
trendleflat rounded baker's vessel
trentalcommemoratory service held thirty days after burial
trepanobsolete instrument for cutting open the skull
trepanationcutting open the skull
tresaylegreat-great grandfather
tressilateto quiver
tressurenarrow band around a heraldic shield
trewsclose-fitting trousers with tartan pattern
triageselection for patients most likely to survive
trialismdoctrine that humans have three separate essences (body, soul, spirit)
triarchygovernment by three people
triaticrope joining adjacent mastheads
tribadefemale homosexual; lesbian
tribadismlesbian intercourse in the missionary position
tribblehorizontal frame with wires for drying paper
tribologystudy of friction and wear between surfaces
triboluminescenceemission of light caused by friction
tribometerinstrument measuring friction
tribuloidyielding prickly fruit
tribunitialof, like or pertaining to a tribune
tributorianof, like or pertaining to tribute or payment
triceto haul in and lash secure a sail with a small rope
tricephaloushaving three heads
trichoclasisbrittleness of hair
trichogenousproducing hair
trichoichaving or exhibiting three colours
trichoidhair-like
trichologystudy of hair and its disorders
trichoschisissplitting of hair
trichosisarrangement, distribution or disorder of hair
trichotillomanianeurosis where patient pulls out own hair
trichotomydivision into three parts or categories
tricoastercombination of three-speed gear and coaster brake on a cycle
tricolettesilk or rayon knitted fabric
tricornthree-horned; three-cornered
tricotplain knitted silk or woollen fabric
tricoteelively old dance
tricotinedouble-twilled worsted fabric
tridominiumthreefold rule
triduanlasting three days
triduumperiod of three days of prayer preceding Roman Catholic feasts
trierarchyobligation of fitting out ships
trietericoccurring in alternate years
trifariousfacing three ways
triforiumgallery or arcade over an aisle; gallery over nave and choir
trifurcateto divide into three forks
trigstone placed under a wheel to keep it from rolling
trigamystate of being married to three spouses
triglypharchitectural ornament of tablet bearing two V-shaped channels
trigonancient Greek triangular harp
trigonalhaving three angles
trigonometerinstrument for solving triangles
trigraphcombination of three letters for one sound
trihoralhappening every three hours
trilaminarhaving three layers
trilemmaquandary having three choices
trilithstone monument of two upright and one transverse slab
trimacularhaving three spots or marks
trimeroushaving the parts in threes
trintriplet
trinacriformthree-pronged
trindlethin piece of wood which holds book spine while trimmed
tringoidof, like or pertaining to sandpipers
trinoctiallasting three nights
trionymname consisting of three words
triphibioustaking place on land, in water and in air
triphthongthree vowel sounds pronounced as one
triplopiatriple vision
trippetpart of machine which strikes another part regularly
tripsispulverization; shampooing; massage
triptoteused in three cases only
triptychhinged painting with three panels
tripudiateto dance for joy; to exult; to stamp
triquetratriangular-shaped object
triremeancient ship with three banks of oars
triskaidekaphobiafear of the number thirteen
triskelionfigure of three radiating curves or legs
trismuslockjaw
tristachyousthree-spiked
tristichoushaving or in three rows
tristiloquymournful manner of speech
tristisonousmournful-sounding
trisulcatehaving three ridges or forks
tritanopiainability to distinguish the colour blue
tritarchygovernment by three people; triarchy
tritaviafour-greats grandmother
tritavusfour-greats grandfather
tritheismbelief that the members of the Trinity are separate gods
tritheocracygovernment by three gods
triticaltrite; common
triticeouswheat-like
triticismtrite remark
triturateto rub or grind into a fine powder
triumphalismbelief in the superiority of one particular religious creed
triunetrinity; three in one
trivettripod for a pot; metal plate to raise food from heat
trivirgatehaving three linear marks
troatto bellow like a roaring buck
trochalwheel-like; circular
trocheameterinstrument counting wheel's revolutions
trochiferousbearing a wheel or wheel-like organ
trochiformshaped like a spinning-top
trochilicof, like or pertaining to rotatory motion
trochilidineof, like or pertaining to hummingbirds
trochilineof, like or pertaining to hummingbirds
trochiscusmedicated tablet or lozenge
trochlearlike a pulley
trochoidcurve traced by a fixed point in plane of a circle
trochomancydivination by studying wheel tracks
troglodyticcave-dwelling
troglodytineof, like or pertaining to wrens
trogontropical bird with brilliant plumage
troikacarriage drawn by three horses
troilismsexual activity between three people
trollto sing heartily; to sing the succession of parts of a musical round
trommelrevolving sieve for cleaning or sizing minerals
tromometerinstrument for measuring slight earthquake shocks
tronccollection of gratuities to be divided out later
tropeany figure of speech; figurative language
trophallaxismutual exchange of nutriment in symbiosis
trophismnutrition
trophobiosisexchange of nutriment in symbiotic relationship
trophologystudy of nutrition
trophotropismdirection of growth by nutritional factors
tropiclike a keel
tropisma tendency to react to stimuli in a specific manner
tropologicalcharacterized by tropes or figures of speech
tropologyfigurative language; moral interpretation of the Bible
tropometerinstrument measuring rotation
tropophilousflourishing in seasonal extremes of climate
tropophyteplant adapted to alterations of moisture and drought
trottoirpavement
trousseauclothes collected by a bride for her marriage
trouvaillea fortunate find
troverlegal action brought to recover goods from wrongful owner
trucagefaking of works of art
trucidationslaughter
truckleto submit; to cringe
truculentbelligerent; cruel; pugnacious; defiant; aggressive
trullizationact of plastering with a trowel
trumeaupiece of wall or pillar between two openings
trumperydeception; trickery; showy nonsense
truncheonbroken spear; broken or cut piece
trunniona pin or pivot on which something can be rotated
trutinateto weigh using a balance; to evaluate mentally
truttaceousof, like or pertaining to trout
trymanut-like fruit
trypanocidekilling of trypanosomes
trysailship's sail bent to a gaff and hoisted on a lower mast
tsessebecentral African antelope with lyre-shaped horns
tsiganologystudy of gypsies
tsiologytreatise on tea
tuantof writing, keen or trenchant
tuataraspiny reptile of New Zealand with vestigial third eye
tuberiferousbearing tubers
tuberiformshaped like a lump or protuberance
tuberoushaving tubers; knobbed
tubicinateto blow a trumpet
tubicolousinhabiting a tube
tubicornoushollow-horned
tubifacientconstructing a tube
tubiformshaped like a tube
tubulateto form into a tube; to provide with a tube
tubuluretubular opening
tuckpart of ship where ends of lower planks meet under the stern
tucketflourish on a trumpet
tucutucurat-like burrowing South American rodent
tufarock made of fine volcanic detritus
tufthuntertoady
tuillearmour plate hanging below the tasses
tuismapostrophe; reference to or regard to a second person
tuismtheory that individuals have a second or other self
tuitivegiving instruction; acquired by instruction
tulchancalf's skin set beside a cow to make her give milk freely
tulipomaniaobsession with tulips
tullesheer and delicate thin silk
tumblehomeinward curve of upper parts of sides of a ship
tumbrelold instrument of punishment like a pillory
tumefacientcausing swelling
tumefyto swell
tumescenttending to swell
tumidinflated; falsely sublime; bombastic
tumorigenicproducing tumours
tum-tumdog-cart
tumularconsisting of a mound or tumulus
tumultuarychaotic; haphazard
tumulusbarrow-mound; mound of earth over a grave
tundto beat; to thump
tunicatecovered with layers
tunicleshort ecclesiastical vestment worn by bishop or subdeacon
tupram; pile-driver; striking face of steam hammer or jackhammer
turacocrested African colourful bird with long tail and red wings
turbaryright to take peat from another's ground
turbidimeterinstrument for measuring turbidity of liquids
turbinateshaped like a top or inverted cone
turdiformlike a thrush
turdineof, like or pertaining to thrushes
turgentswollen
turgescenceact or process of swelling; swollenness
turgidswollen; inflated
turgometerinstrument for measuring turgidity
turncockvalve for regulating water flow
turneryart of turning in a lathe
turnspitperson who turns a roasting spit
turnvereinathletic club
turophilecheese lover
turquoiseblue-green
turricalof, like or pertaining to a tower or turret; like a turret
turriferousbearing towers
turriformshaped like a tower
turtlebackstructure over ship's bows or stern
tussahbrownish silk fabric
tussicularof, like or pertaining to coughs
tussocka compact tuft of grass or sedge
tutelaryhaving the guardianship of a thing
tutiorismdoctrine that one should take the safer moral course
tutulusconical Roman headdress
tuzaMexican pouched rodent
twaddlerubbish; nonsense
twaintwo
tweeaffectedly dainty; sentimentally sweet
twiforkedbifurcate
twingleto wriggle; to twist
twinkto blink; to twinkle
twintertwo-year-old domestic animal
twireto peep; to leer
twixtbetween
twizzleto swirl; to spin
two-stepballroom dance with two main steps
twyernozzle for a blast of air
tychismtheory that accepts role of pure chance
tyeinclined trough for washing ore
tylomacallus
tympaniformdrum-like; shaped like a drum
tympanumspace within an arch; arched recess at entrance of cathedral
tympanyswelling with pride or with pregnancy
typhlographinstrument to help the blind write clearly
typhlologystudy of blindness and the blind
typhlophileone who is kind to the blind
typhogeniccausing fever
typhomaniadelirious state resulting from typhus fever
typhonichaving the character of a whirlwind or tornado
typographiamatter pertaining to printing or printers
typographyart of printing or using type
typologystudy of types of things
typomaniacraze for printing one's lucubrations
typothetaemaster printers collectively
typtologytheory concerning rappings by spirits or ghosts
tyrannicidekilling or killer of a tyrant
tyriasiselephantiasis
tyroidresembling cheese; cheesy
tyromacheese-like matter
tyromancydivination using cheese


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