The Phrontistery

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


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Word Definition
tabacosis tobacco poisoning
tabanid blood-sucking insect; gad-fly
tabaret striped watered silk and satin fabric
tabatière snuff-box
tabby plain-woven silk taffeta fabric
tabefaction wasting away; emaciation
tabellary auditor; carrier of letters
tabellion scrivener
tabernacle ornamental container for storing Communion bread and wine
tabernacular of, like or pertaining to a tabernacle
tabescent wasting; shrivelling
tabific wasting; consumptive; producing tabes
tabinet silk and wool watered fabric
tablature mental image or picture; plate-like surface or object
tablier apron; part of dress resembling an apron
tabloidese language typical of tabloid journalism
tabor light medieval drum buckled onto the player's chest
tabouret low stool; embroidery frame
tacenda things not to be mentioned
tacent silent
tach link
tacheometer instrument for rapidly measuring survey points on a map
tachism painting by smearing or splattering
tachistoscope instrument for rapidly showing images on a screen to test perception
tachograph instrument for recording speed of rotation
tachometer instrument for measuring speed of rotation
tachygraphy shorthand
tachymetry measurement of speed
tachyphrasia abnormally rapid or voluble speech
tachyscope early cinematograph
taction contact; touch
tactometer instrument measuring sense of touch
tactual of, like or pertaining to or derived from the sense of touch
taenia band; tapeworm; fillet
taeniacide killing of tapeworms
taeniate like a ribbon or tapeworm
taenioid of a ribbon-like shape
taffeta thin glossy silk
taffrail rail round the stern of a ship
tagmeme analysis of arrangement of spoken elements
tain tin foil used as backing for mirror; thin tin plate
talalgia pain in heel or ankle
talar ankle-length robe
talaric of, like or pertaining to or reaching the ankles
taligrade walking on the outer side of the foot
talionic retributive; like for like
taliped one with a club-foot
tallage feudal tax of a lord on tenants; any tax or toll
talliate to impose a tax
talpa mole or similar mark on the body
talus rock detritus or debris at the base of a slope
tambour sloping buttress or fortification
tamin thin glazed worsted
tamis thin wool
tampion protective plug placed in mouth of gun or cannon
tanacles pincer-like instruments of torture
tandem two-seated carriage with horses harnessed in series
tangoreceptor sensory receptor responding to touch
tanistry succession by previously elected relative
tanquam a person fit for college education
tantalus locked case used to hold wine bottles
tanti worthwhile
tantième share of profits or royalties
tantivy at full gallop; headlong
taperer one who bears a taper during a religious procession
taphephobia fear of being buried alive
taphrogenesis vertical movement of the earth's crust
tapinosis use of degrading or diminutive diction regarding a topic
tapotement use of light taps in massage
tappit crested
tarantas four-wheeled carriage mounted on poles
tarantella fast violent Italian folk dance
tarantism irresistible urge to dance
tarassis hysteria suffered by a man
tardigrade slow-paced
tardiloquous slow in speech
tarlatan thin sheer stiff cotton
tarradiddle lie; falsehood; nonsense; fib
tarriance act of tarrying or delaying; procrastination
tarrish of the quality or consistency of tar
tartarology beliefs about hell or the underworld
taseometer instrument for measuring stress in a structure
tasimeter instrument for measuring changes in pressure
tasse one of a series of armour plates that go around the hips like a skirt
tastevin wine taster
tatonnement experimentation; trial and error
tatou armadillo
tatterdemalion tattered; ragged; scarecrow-like
taupe brownish-grey
taurean of, like or pertaining to a bull
tauricide killing or killer of a bull
tauricornous having horns like a bull's
tauriform having the form of a bull
taurine of, like or pertaining to bulls
taurine bull-like; of a bull
tauromachy bullfighting
tauromorphous bull-shaped
tautochronous lasting the same amount of time
tautological repetition of an idea implied in a statement
tautomerism possession of more than one structure by a substance
tautonym taxonomic name in which genus and species are the same
tautophony repetition of the same sound
taw to prepare skins by soaking, salting, stretching and paring
taws thong used for punishment
taxaceous of, like or pertaining to yew trees
taxeme a basic unit of systems of classification
taximeter instrument for measuring fee for hired vehicle
taxis movement of a whole organism
tazza cup with saucer-shaped bowl on a pedestal
teasel brush with hooked bits used in napping cloth
technocracy government by technical experts
technography description of arts and crafts
technolithic of, like or pertaining to stone tools
technomania craze for technology
technonomy laws of industrial arts
technophile one who is fond of technology
technophobia fear of technology
technopole place where high-technology industries located
tecnology teaching of children
tectiform shaped like a roof
tectonic of, like or pertaining to building; structural
tectonics science of structure of objects, buildings and landforms
tectorial covering
tectosphere part of the earth that moves during plate tectonic activity
tectrix small feather of a bird's wing
ted to spread grass for drying
tediferous bearing a torch
teen injury; grief
teg a sheep in its second year; the fleece of such a sheep
tegestology study and collecting of beer mats
tegmen covering or shell
tegmental of, like or pertaining to coverings or outer shells
tegminal covering; protecting
tegula tile
tegular of, like or overlapping like tiles or slates
tegulated composed of plates overlapping like tiles
tegument natural covering of an animal or plant body
teichopsia visual blurring and colours associated with migraines
teichoscopy observation from the perspective of a wall
teinoscope prism telescope
teknonymy the naming of the parent from the child
telaesthesia perception of events or objects not actually present or near
telamon a column carved in the shape of a human male
telarian creature that spins a web
telary web-spinning
telautograph telegraph that reproduces writing done with a pen or pencil
telega four-wheeled springless wagon
telegnosis knowledge of events taking place far away; clairvoyance
telegony influence of previous mate on offspring of current one
telematics transmission of computerized data over long distances
telemeter instrument for measuring strain or distance from observer
telenergy application of spirit energy at a distance
teleology study of final causes; analysis in terms of purpose
teleonomy characteristic of being governed by an overall purpose
teleorganic vital
telergy physical force at work in telepathy
teleseism tremor due to a very distant earthquake
telesis making use of natural or social processes for a goal
telespectroscope instrument for analysing radiation omitted by distant bodies
telestereoscope instrument for viewing distant objects stereoscopically
telesthesia abnormal impression of objects beyond the senses
telestic of, like or pertaining to the mysteries
telestich poem where final letters of each line spell a word
teletactor instrument that allows deaf people to feel sound vibrations
telic expressing purpose; purposive; signifying intention
tellograph signalling apparatus like a semaphore system
tellural of, like or pertaining to the earth
tellurian terrestrial
tellurometer instrument using microwaves to measure distance
telmatology study of swamps
telodynamic of, like or pertaining to transmission of power to a distance
telos aim; purpose; ultimate end
teloteropathy telepathy between living persons
telpherage system of cargo conveyance using electric motor and cable
telson last segment of a crustacean
temenos place dedicated to a god; sacred precinct
temerarious rashly or presumptuously daring
tempera painting using white of egg instead of oil
temperative having a moderating influence
tempestive timely; seasonable
temporal indicating time when
temporaneous lasting only a short while
tempore in the time of
temporise to delay; to procrastinate
temulence intoxication
tenaculum pincers
tenaille outwork in main ditch of a fortification
tendentious designed to advance a cause
tenderometer instrument for measuring tenderness of fruits and vegetables
tenebrific producing darkness
tenebrose dark; gloomy
tenendum clause in a deed defining land tenure
tenne heraldic designation for orange-brown colour
tenon projecting part of joint for inserting into mortise
tensimeter instrument for measuring vapour pressure
tensiometer instrument for measuring tension
tentamen experiment; attempt
tentation experiment by trial and error
tentiginous lust-provoking
tentigo priapism; morbid lasciviousness
tenue bearing; carriage; manner of dress
tepefaction making or becoming tepid
tephra ash and debris ejected by volcano
tephrochronology dating of volcanic eruptions by studying layers of ash
tephromancy divination by ashes
tephrosis incineration
tepor state of being tepid or lukewarm
teramorphous of abnormal or monstrous form
teratism monster, malformed person or animal
teratogenic producing monsters or abnormal growth
teratoid monstrous
teratology study of monsters, freaks, abnormal growths or malformations
terce prayer service held at 9 a.m.
tercel male hawk
tercet group of three rhyming lines
terdiurnal three times per day
terebrate to bore into; to pierce
terete smooth and cylindrical or tapering
tergal of, like or pertaining to the back
tergiversation equivocation
termagant an overbearing or nagging woman
terminative indicating motion up to or time until
terminism doctrine that there is a time limit for repentance
ternary in threes; having three components; having three as a base
terotechnology use of various skills to extend life of equipment
terpsichorean of, like or pertaining to dancing
terraceous earthen
terracotta reddish-brown
terramara kind of earthy fertiliser
terraneous of, like or pertaining to the earth
terraqueous amphibious; consisting of land and water
terrazzo flooring of chips of marble
terrella magnetic model of the earth
terremotive seismic
terrene of the earth; earthly; worldly; mundane
terreplein top of a rampart where guns are mounted
terret swivel-ring; ring for fastening chain to
terricolous living in or on the soil
terrier register or roll of rents from an estate
terrigenous produced on land; produced by the land
terriginous earth-born; derived from the land
terrine earthenware jar or dish
terry piled fabric consisting of uncut loops
tersive cleansing; detersive
terzain stanza of three lines
tesla unit of magnetic flux density equal to one weber per square meter
tessaraglot speaking four languages
tessellate to form into or adorn with mosaic
tessellation fitting together exactly; leaving no spaces
tessera small token or ticket; block of stone used in mosaic; password
tesseract figure of a cube within a cube
tesserarian of, like or pertaining to dice games
tesseratomy division into four parts
testaceous of or having a hard shell; brick-red
testamur certificate of having passed an examination
tester piece of armour for the head; headgear for a horse
tester canopy over a bed, pulpit or altar
testicond having the testes concealed within the body
testudinal of, like or pertaining to tortoises or tortoise-shell
testudo wheeled shelter used for protection from above attacks
tetanigenous causing tetanus
tetchy irritable
tetrachotomous divided into fours
tetrachromatic concerning theory that there are four primary colours
tetradarchy government by four people; tetrarchy
tetragrammaton sacred word or acronym of four letters
tetrakishexahedron cube with pyramid erected on each face
tetralemma quandary with four alternatives
tetramerous having four parts
tetramorph artistic representation of the four evangelists in one figure
tetrapod quadruped
tetrapolis group of four cities
tetrapteran having four wings
tetraptych hinged painting in four parts
tetrarchy government by four people
teuthology study of cephalopods
Teutomania obsession with Teutonic or German things
tewel a chimney; the rectum or anus of a horse
textology study of the production of texts
textorial of, like or pertaining to weaving
textrine of, like or pertaining to weaving
textuary a person having extensive biblical knowledge
thalassian marine; type of sea turtle
thalassiarchy sovereignty of the seas; thalassocracy
thalassic marine; of seas; of inland seas
thalassocracy sovereignty of the seas
thalassography science of the sea
thalassometer instrument for measuring tides
thalassophilous living in or fond of the sea
thalassophobia fear of the sea
thalassotherapy medical treatment using baths in sea water
thalerophagous feeding on fresh vegetable matter
thalposis sensation of warmth
thalweg middle of navigable waterway used as boundary line
thanatism belief that the soul dies with the body
thanatognomonic indicating or characteristic of death
thanatography narrative of a death
thanatoid apparently dead; deathly; deadly
thanatology study of death and its customs
thanatomania belief that one has been affected by death magic, and resulting illness
thanatophobia fear of death
thanatopsis view of or reflection upon death
thanatosis gangrene; necrosis; state imitating death
thanatousia funeral rites
thaumatogeny doctrine of the miraculous origin of life
thaumatography description of natural wonders
thaumatolatry worship of miracles or wonders
thaumatology study of miracles
thaumatrope gadged showing persistence of visual impressions using spinning disk
thaumaturgy performing of miracles
theandric divine and human at the same time
theanthropic simultaneously human and divine
theanthroposophy system of belief concerning Christ as god and man
thearchy rule by a god or gods; body of divine rulers
theatrocracy goverment by gathered assemblies of citizens
theatromania craze for going to plays
theca sheath; capsule
thecate having a sheath
theftuous thievish
thegosis tooth-grinding in order to sharpen teeth
theiform of the form of tea
theism belief in the existence of God without special revelation
thelematic of, like or pertaining to will or volition; voluntary
thelemic allowing people to do as they wish
thelemite libertine
thelitis inflammation of the nipple
thelytoky parthenogenetic production of females only
theocentrism belief that God is central fact of existence
theocracy government by priests or by religious law
theocrasy mixture of religions; fitting other religions into own
theodicy defense of goodness in view of the existence of evil
theodidact student of God; one who is taught by God
theodolite surveying instrument for measuring angles
theody hymn in praise of God
theogamy marriage of gods
theogonic accounting for the origin or presence of gods
theolepsy seizure or possession by a god
theologaster petty or shallow theologian
theologoumenon theological statement as opposed to divine one
theomachy war amongst or against the gods
theomancy divination by means of oracles
theomania belief that one is a god
theomastix punisher of mortals sent by God; such a punishment
theometry measurement or estimation of God
theomicrist one who belittles God
theonomy government or rule by God
theopantism belief that God is the only reality
theopathy emotional experience brought on by religious belief
theophagy sacramental consumption of a god
theophany manifestation or appearance of a god to people
theophilanthropism love of both God and humanity
theophile one who loves or is loved by God
theophobia fear of God
theophorous having the name of a god; derived from a god's name
theopneustic divinely inspired
theopsychism belief that the soul is of a divine nature
theorbo double-necked lute
theosophy immediate divine illumination or wisdom
theotechny use of the gods as primary moving force in a poem or play
theotherapy faith healing
theotokos title given to the Virgin Mary as bearer of God
therblig unit of work for quantifying industrial operations
thereinto into that or it
thereoid bestial; savage
thereology therapeutics
thereon thereupon
therewith thereupon; forthwith
therewithal besides
theriac antidote to venomous bites
theriacal of, like or pertaining to antidotes
therianthropic combining human and animal forms
theriatrics veterinary medicine
theriodic malignant
theriogenology study of animals' reproductive systems
theriolatry animal-worship
theriomorph animal form in art
theriomorphosis transformation into a beast
therm unit of quantity of heat equal to 100,000 British thermal units
thermaesthesia sensitivity to heat or cold
thermantidote apparatus for cooling air
thermic of, like or pertaining to heat
thermogenesis production of heat
thermograph instrument for recording changes in temperature
thermokinematics study of motion of heat
thermolabile easily decomposed by heat
thermology study of heat
thermolysis decomposition caused by heat
thermometrograph instrument for recording changes in temperature
thermonous of, like or pertaining to stimulation by heat
thermophilous preferring or thriving in high temperatures
thermopile instrument measuring minute changes in temperature
thermoplagia sunstroke
thermoscope instrument indicating change in temperature
thermotaxis movement influenced or controlled by heat
thermotropism growth of organism influenced by heat
theroid of, like or pertaining to a beast or wild animal
therology study of wild mammals
thersitical scurrilous; violent in manner of speech
thesial of, like or pertaining to a thesis
thesmothete law-giver
thetic positively asserting; bearing the thesis; prescribed
theurgy magic or miracles by the agency of good spirits
thewe pillory for women that keeps the legs together
thiasus group of worshippers gathered to dance in praise of gods
thigmotaxis movement of plant towards or away from an object
thigmotropism turning of an object in response to touch
thionic of, like or pertaining to or containing sulphur
thirdborough petty constable of a township
thirdendeal old liquid measure of three pints; one-third of anything
thither to that place
thixotropy temporary reduction in viscosity when shaken or stirred
thlipsis constriction; compression
thnetopsychism belief that the soul dies with the body, to be reborn on day of judgement
thole to endure; to suffer
thole pin in the side of a boat to keep oar in place
tholobate circular substructure on which a dome rests
tholoid dome-shaped lava extrusion plugging the vent of a volcano
tholus round building; dome; cupola
thooid like a wolf
thoracoscope instrument for viewing the thorax and chest wall
thoughtography supposed technique for transferring mental images onto photographs
thrasonic boastful; bragging
thremmatology science of breeding domestic animals and plants
threnetic mournful
threnodic mournful
threnody ode or song of lamentation; lament; dirge
threpsology science of nutrition
threptic of, like or pertaining to the rearing of young
thrioboly divination using pebbles
thro through
throat-pit depression between collarbones where they meet the breastbone
thrombus blood clot
thronal of, like or pertaining to a throne
thropple throat or windpipe of an animal
throstle machine for drawing, twisting and winding fibres
throttlebottom harmless incompetent holding public office
thrum loose thread or fringe of a garment or cloth
thumomancy divination by means of one's own soul
thurible censer
thurifer altar boy who bears censer
thuriferous incense-bearing
thurl cow's hip-joint
thyestean cannibalistic
thymiatechny use of perfumes for medicinal purposes
thymiaterion ancient Greek censer
thymogenic due to emotion
thymoleptic psychologically energizing
thymopathy mental disorder
thyrsus staff wreathed with ivy
tiara three-tiered crown worn by or carried in front of the pope
tibicinate to play on a pipe
tichorrhine woolly rhinoceros
tick cover of a mattress or pillow
ticking strong linen or cotton fabric used for mattress and pillow cases
tidology study of tides
tiffany transparent silk-like gauzy fabric
tigerism swagger
tigrine of, like or pertaining to tigers
tilbury light open two-wheeled carriage
tiller handle or lever for turning a ship's rudder
tilleul pale yellowish-green
tilth agricultural work
tiltmeter instrument for measuring tilting of earth's surface
timarchy government by the propertied class; timocracy
timbal kettle drum
timberhead top end of ship's timber used above the gunwale
timbrology study of postage stamps
timbromania craze for stamp collecting
timbrophily love or fondness for stamps; stamp-collecting
timbrous resonant; sonorous
timenoguy rope stretched from place to place in a ship
timeous in good time; seasonable
timocracy government by the propertied class
timoneer helmsman
timwhisky light carriage for one or two people, pulled by one or two horses
tinchel circle of men who encircle a deer
tinction act of dyeing
tinctorial of, like or pertaining to dyeing; giving colour
tinctumutation change of colour
tincture a heraldic colour or metal
tingent adding colour; having the ability to tinge
tinnient ringing; resonant
tinnitus ringing sound in the head
tintinnabulate to ring; to tinkle
tintinnabulum percussion instrument of many bells in succession
tippet long black scarf worn by Anglican clergy
tiqueur one who suffers from tics
tirailleur skirmisher; sharpshooter
tirasse pedal-coupler in an organ
tiretaine wool cloth mixed with cotton or linen
tiro recruit; novice; beginner
tirocinium early training; first experience; group of recruits
tiromancy divination using cheese
tisane infusion of herbs or flowers
tisicky wheezy; asthmatic
titaniferous bearing titanium
titanism spirit of revolt or defiance against social conventions
titanomachy war of the Titans against the gods
titian red-gold or reddish-brown
titivate dress up; spruce up
titrimetry measuring by titration
tittup to prance mincingly; to walk in an affected manner
titubate to stagger; to stumble
titulus inscription on or over something
tmema segment or section
tmesis separation of word into parts by an intervening word
toadstone stone thought to grow inside a toad and have magic powers
tobaccophile one who loves tobacco
tocodynamometer instrument for measuring uterine contractions during childbirth
tocology obstetrics; midwifery
tocophobia fear of pregnancy or childbirth
tocsin alarm bell; sounding of an alarm bell
tod old unit of weight of wool equal to 28 pounds
toft a small hill
tog unit of measurement for insulation properties of fabric
togated wearing a toga; dignified
toile plain or simple twilled fabric
toison lamb's wool
tolerationism doctrine of toleration of religious differences
tolsester duty of ale due to one's lord for the privilege of brewing
tolutation act of pacing or ambling
tolypeutine of, like or pertaining to armadillos
toman myriad; ten thousand
tombac cheap gold-coloured alloy of zinc and copper
tombic holding that the Egyptian pyramids were intended as tombs
tombola lottery in which each entrant must win a prize
tomentose bearing thickly matted hair or fur
tomiparous of organic matter, multiplying by division
tomium cutting edge of a bird's bill
tomograph instrument for viewing section of an object using X-rays
tomography scan to obtain detailed image of solid structure
tomomania irrational predilection for performing surgery
ton unit of cooling power equal to 12,000 BTU per hour
tonant thundering
tondo circular painting or relief carving
tonetic of, like or pertaining to tonal pronunciation or languages
tonetics study of pronunciation
tonga light two-wheeled carriage
tonish modish; fashionable
tonitrophobia fear of thunder
tonitruone musical instrument that imitates sound of thunder
tonitruous thundering
tonlet set of overlapping strips on armour skirt
tonneau rear extension of body of car
tonometer instrument measuring pitch of musical tones
tonsorial of, like or pertaining to a barber or a barber's work
tonsure shaving of small area on the crown of head of a priest or monk
tontine annuity scheme where benefits increase as members die
tonus normal elasticity of healthy muscle at rest
topaesthesia determining place by sense of touch
toparch ruler of a district
topaz dark yellow
topgallant mast or sail above the topmast and below the royal mast
tophaceous gritty
topiary clipping of trees into imitative or fantastic shapes
toplofty high and mighty; haughty
topmast ship's mast above the lower mast
topology study of places and their natural features
topomancy divination using landforms
toponomastic of, like or pertaining to place names
toponym place name derived from geographical feature
toponymics study of place-names
topophilia great love or affection for a particular place
topophobia stage fright; fear of performing; fear of certain places
topophone instrument to determine direction and distance of a fog-horn
topotype specimen collected in the same locality as an original
topsail ship's sail above the lowermost sail
toran arched gateway or garland of flowers
torchier floor lamp with bowl for reflecting light upwards
torchon duster or dishcloth; coarse lace or paper
torcula wine press
torcular tourniquet
tordion Renaissance dance similar to but slower than a galliard
tore surface described by rotation of conic section about a line
toreumatography description of ancient metal sculpture
toreutics study of artistic work in metal
toreutics artistic work in metal by chasing and embossing
torfaceous growing in mosses or bogs
tormentum ancient siege engine
tornote having blunt extremities
toroid shaped like a doughnut or anchor-ring
torose swelling; bulging; knobby; muscular
torpedinous numbing; having the quality of a torpedo
torpefy to make numb or torpid; to paralyze
torpescence becoming numb or torpid
torpid numb; lethargic; having lost the power to act
torpillage electric shock therapy
torpor numbness; inactivity; dullness
torporific causing dullness or numbness
torquated wearing a collar or chain; formed like a torque
torr unit of pressure equal to 1/760 of standard atmospheric pressure
torrefy to scorch or parch; to dry or roast with heat
torrentine of, like or pertaining to a torrent; having the character of a torrent
torsade ornament on a hat like a twisted cord; any twisted cord
torsel plate in a brick wall to support the end of a beam
torsibility capability of being twisted
torsiograph instrument for recording torsional vibrations on an object
torsive twisted spirally
torticollis stiff neck
tortile wreathed; twisted; coiled
tortious committing a wrongful deed
torulose with small swellings at intervals
torus rounded swelling; lowest moulding of a column
torvity grimness; fierceness
torvous stern
tosticated fuddled; perplexed
tot bone or other object retrieved from garbage pile
totemism belief that a group has a special kinship with an object or animal
tother the other
totient number of numbers less than and prime to a given number
totipotent capable of differentiation
totitive number less than and prime to another
tourbillon swirl; vortex; whirlwind
tournure contour; characteristic turn of line; grace or poise
tovarish comrade
tow bundle of untwisted natural fibres
toxicogenic producing or produced by poisons
toxicomania morbid craving for poisons
toxicophagous eating poison
toxicophobia fear of poisoning
toxiferous producing or bearing poison
toxiphagous poison-eating
toxiphobia fear of poison or being poisoned
toxophilite lover of archery; an archer; of, like or pertaining to archery
toxophily love of archery; archery; study of archery
toze to tease out; card; comb; draw out; elicit
trabeate built of horizontal beams rather than arches
trabecula small bar or rod
trabeculated transversely barred
tracasserie turmoil
trachelate having a neck
trachyphonia roughness of voice
tractate treatise; tract
tractile ductile; able to be drawn out
traditive traditional
traduce to defame; to slander
traductive transmitted
tragedian writer or actor of tragedy
tragelaph mythical crossbreed of a goat and stag
tragomaschalia smelly armpits
tragus prominent bump in front of opening of the ear
trahison treachery; treason
traject crossing; ferry; transference
tralatition metaphor
tralatitious traditional; transmitted; handed on; metaphorical
tralineate to deviate
tramble to wash tin-ore by agitation in a trough
trammel device used to hold pots and pans over a fire
trammel net used to catch fish or birds
trammel to hamper or restrain
trammel tool used for drawing ellipses
tramontane beyond the mountains; foreign; uncivilized
tranation act of swimming over or across
trancey creating a trance-like effect; hypnotic
tranche slice or block of money or shares
tranchet Neolithic flint chisel
tranect ferry
trangam showy or worthless article
transcalent pervious to or allowing the passage of heat
transcendentalism theory that emphasizes that which transcends perception
transenna screen enclosing a shrine
transept part of a church off to one side of main structure
transfluent flowing across
tranship to transfer from one ship to another
transhumant passing from winter to summer pastures
transilient leaping or passing across
transire ship's customs warrant for clearing goods
translative indicating process of change or movement through
translunary beyond the moon; spiritual
transmarine across or beyond the sea
transmigrationism belief that soul passes into other body at death
transmissometer instrument for measuring transmission of light through a fluid
transom transverse timbers attached to ship's sternpost
transom structure dividing a window horizontally; horizontal bar
transpicuous transparent; easily seen through or understood
transpontine from the other side of the river; melodramatic
transubstantiation miraculous changing of bread and wine into body and blood of Christ
transude to ooze out; to exude through the pores
transumption transcription; transference; translation
transuranic denoting heavy radioactive artificial chemical elements
transverberate to pierce
transvolation flying higher than normal
trap light one-horse carriage with springs
trapezium quadrilateral having only one pair of parallel sides
trapunto kind of quilting in which only the design is padded
traulism stammering
traumatology study of wounds and their effects
traumatropism alteration in direction of growth of a plant due to a wound
trautonium electronic musical instrument like a theramin
trave crossbeam or space between crossbeams
travelator moving footpath for pedestrians
treacle dark; syrupy molasses
trebuchet medieval siege engine for launching stones
trechometer instrument for determining distance travelled; odometer
treenail long wooden pin used to fix planks of ship to the timbers
trefoil three-lobed architectural ornament
tregetour juggler; trickster; deceiver
treillage trellis-work; a trellis
trellis structure of cross-barred or lattice-work
trema an orifice; a dieresis
tremallose gelatinous
tremendum feeling of overwhelming awe associated with religious experience
tremissis late Roman and early Byzantine gold coin
tremogram irregularity in a person's handwriting
tremograph instrument for recording involuntary muscular motion
tremolist one who employs tremolo
tremolo vibrating effect of certain musical instruments or the singing voice
tremulous trembling; quivering
trenchant incisive; terse; vigorous
trencher edible plate and platter made of bread
trendle flat rounded baker's vessel
trental commemoratory service held thirty days after burial
trepan obsolete instrument for cutting open the skull
trepanation cutting open the skull
tresayle great-great grandfather
tressilate to quiver
tressure narrow band around a heraldic shield
trews close-fitting trousers with tartan pattern
triage selection for patients most likely to survive
trialism doctrine that humans have three separate essences (body, soul, spirit)
triarchy government by three people
triatic rope joining adjacent mastheads
tribade female homosexual; lesbian
tribadism lesbian intercourse in the missionary position
tribble horizontal frame with wires for drying paper
tribology study of friction and wear between surfaces
triboluminescence emission of light caused by friction
tribometer instrument measuring friction
tribuloid yielding prickly fruit
tribunitial of, like or pertaining to a tribune
tributorian of, like or pertaining to tribute or payment
trice to haul in and lash secure a sail with a small rope
tricephalous having three heads
trichoclasis brittleness of hair
trichogenous producing hair
trichoic having or exhibiting three colours
trichoid hair-like
trichology study of hair and its disorders
trichoschisis splitting of hair
trichosis arrangement, distribution or disorder of hair
trichotillomania neurosis where patient pulls out own hair
trichotomy division into three parts or categories
tricoaster combination of three-speed gear and coaster brake on a cycle
tricolette silk or rayon knitted fabric
tricorn three-horned; three-cornered
tricot plain knitted silk or woollen fabric
tricotee lively old dance
tricotine double-twilled worsted fabric
tridominium threefold rule
triduan lasting three days
triduum period of three days of prayer preceding Roman Catholic feasts
trierarchy obligation of fitting out ships
trieteric occurring in alternate years
trifarious facing three ways
triforium gallery or arcade over an aisle; gallery over nave and choir
trifurcate to divide into three forks
trig stone placed under a wheel to keep it from rolling
trigamy state of being married to three spouses
triglyph architectural ornament of tablet bearing two V-shaped channels
trigonal having three angles
trigonometer instrument for solving triangles
trigraph combination of three letters for one sound
trihoral happening every three hours
trilaminar having three layers
trilemma quandary having three choices
trilith stone monument of two upright and one transverse slab
trimacular having three spots or marks
trimerous having the parts in threes
trin triplet
trinacriform three-pronged
trindle thin piece of wood which holds book spine while trimmed
tringoid of, like or pertaining to sandpipers
trinoctial lasting three nights
trionym name consisting of three words
triphibious taking place on land, in water and in air
triphthong three vowel sounds pronounced as one
triplopia triple vision
trippet part of machine which strikes another part regularly
tripsis pulverization; shampooing; massage
triptote used in three cases only
triptych hinged painting with three panels
tripudiate to dance for joy; to exult; to stamp
triquetra triangular-shaped object
trireme ancient ship with three banks of oars
triskaidekaphobia fear of the number thirteen
triskelion figure of three radiating curves or legs
trismus lockjaw
tristachyous three-spiked
tristichous having or in three rows
tristiloquy mournful manner of speech
tristisonous mournful-sounding
trisulcate having three ridges or forks
tritanopia inability to distinguish the colour blue
tritarchy government by three people; triarchy
tritavia four-greats grandmother
tritavus four-greats grandfather
tritheism belief that the members of the Trinity are separate gods
tritheocracy government by three gods
tritical trite; common
triticeous wheat-like
triticism trite remark
triturate to rub or grind into a fine powder
triumphalism belief in the superiority of one particular religious creed
triune trinity; three in one
trivet tripod for a pot; metal plate to raise food from heat
trivirgate having three linear marks
troat to bellow like a roaring buck
trochal wheel-like; circular
trocheameter instrument counting wheel's revolutions
trochiferous bearing a wheel or wheel-like organ
trochiform shaped like a spinning-top
trochilic of, like or pertaining to rotatory motion
trochilidine of, like or pertaining to hummingbirds
trochiline of, like or pertaining to hummingbirds
trochiscus medicated tablet or lozenge
trochlear like a pulley
trochoid curve traced by a fixed point in plane of a circle
trochomancy divination by studying wheel tracks
troglodytic cave-dwelling
troglodytine of, like or pertaining to wrens
troika carriage drawn by three horses
troilism sexual activity between three people
trommel revolving sieve for cleaning or sizing minerals
tromometer instrument for measuring slight earthquake shocks
tronc collection of gratuities to be divided out later
trophallaxis mutual exchange of nutriment in symbiosis
trophism nutrition
trophobiosis exchange of nutriment in symbiotic relationship
trophology study of nutrition
trophotropism direction of growth by nutritional factors
tropic like a keel
tropism a tendency to react to stimuli in a specific manner
tropological characterized by tropes or figures of speech
tropology figurative language; moral interpretation of the Bible
tropometer instrument measuring rotation
tropophilous flourishing in seasonal extremes of climate
tropophyte plant adapted to alterations of moisture and drought
trottoir pavement
trousseau clothes collected by a bride for her marriage
trouvaille a fortunate find
trover legal action brought to recover goods from wrongful owner
trucage faking of works of art
trucidation slaughter
truckle to submit; to cringe
truculent belligerent; cruel; pugnacious; defiant; aggressive
trullization act of plastering with a trowel
trumeau piece of wall or pillar between two openings
truncheon broken spear; broken or cut piece
trunnion a pin or pivot on which something can be rotated
trutinate to weigh using a balance; to evaluate mentally
truttaceous of, like or pertaining to trout
tryma nut-like fruit
trypanocide killing of trypanosomes
trysail ship's sail bent to a gaff and hoisted on a lower mast
tsiganology study of gypsies
tsiology treatise on tea
tuant of writing, keen or trenchant
tuberiferous bearing tubers
tuberiform shaped like a lump or protuberance
tuberous having tubers; knobbed
tubicinate to blow a trumpet
tubicolous inhabiting a tube
tubicornous hollow-horned
tubifacient constructing a tube
tubiform shaped like a tube
tubulate to form into a tube; to provide with a tube
tubulure tubular opening
tuck part of ship where ends of lower planks meet under the stern
tucket flourish on a trumpet
tufa rock made of fine volcanic detritus
tufthunter toady
tuille armour plate hanging below the tasses
tuism theory that individuals have a second or other self
tuism apostrophe; reference to or regard to a second person
tuitive giving instruction; acquired by instruction
tulchan calf's skin set beside a cow to make her give milk freely
tulipomania obsession with tulips
tulle sheer and delicate thin silk
tumbrel old instrument of punishment like a pillory
tumefacient causing swelling
tumefy to swell
tumescent tending to swell
tumid inflated; falsely sublime; bombastic
tumorigenic producing tumours
tum-tum dog-cart
tumular consisting of a mound or tumulus
tumultuary chaotic; haphazard
tumulus barrow-mound; mound of earth over a grave
tund to beat; to thump
tunicate covered with layers
tunicle short ecclesiastical vestment worn by bishop or subdeacon
tup ram; pile-driver; striking face of steam hammer or jackhammer
turbary right to take peat from another's ground
turbidimeter instrument for measuring turbidity of liquids
turbinate shaped like a top or inverted cone
turdiform like a thrush
turdine of, like or pertaining to thrushes
turdine of, like or pertaining to thrushes
turgent swollen
turgescence act or process of swelling; swollenness
turgid swollen; inflated
turgometer instrument for measuring turgidity
turncock valve for regulating water flow
turnery art of turning in a lathe
turnspit person who turns a roasting spit
turnverein athletic club
turophile cheese lover
turquoise blue-green
turrical of, like or pertaining to a tower or turret; like a turret
turriferous bearing towers
turriform shaped like a tower
turtleback structure over ship's bows or stern
tussah brownish silk fabric
tussicular of, like or pertaining to coughs
tussock a compact tuft of grass or sedge
tutelary having the guardianship of a thing
tutiorism doctrine that one should take the safer moral course
tutulus conical Roman headdress
twain two
twee affectedly dainty; sentimentally sweet
twiforked bifurcate
twingle to wriggle; to twist
twink to blink; to twinkle
twinter two-year-old domestic animal
twire to peep; to leer
twixt between
twizzle to swirl; to spin
two-step ballroom dance with two main steps
twyer nozzle for a blast of air
tychism theory that accepts role of pure chance
tye inclined trough for washing ore
tyloma callus
tympaniform drum-like; shaped like a drum
tympanum space within an arch; arched recess at entrance of cathedral
tympany swelling with pride or with pregnancy
typhlograph instrument to help the blind write clearly
typhlology study of blindness and the blind
typhlophile one who is kind to the blind
typhogenic causing fever
typhomania delirious state resulting from typhus fever
typhonic having the character of a whirlwind or tornado
typographia matter pertaining to printing or printers
typography art of printing or using type
typology study of types of things
typomania craze for printing one's lucubrations
typothetae master printers collectively
typtology theory concerning rappings by spirits or ghosts
tyrannicide killing or killer of a tyrant
tyriasis elephantiasis
tyroid resembling cheese; cheesy
tyroma cheese-like matter
tyromancy divination using cheese


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