T to Tableau vivant
(T) the twentieth letter of the English alphabet, is a nonvocal consonant. With the letter h it forms the
digraph th, which has two distinct sounds, as in thin, then. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§262-264, and
also §§153, 156, 169, 172, 176, 178-180.
The letter derives its name and form from the Latin, the form of the Latin letter being further derived
through the Greek from the Phnician. The ultimate origin is probably Egyptian. It is etymologically most
nearly related to d, s, th; as in tug, duke; two, dual, L. duo; resin, L. resina, Gr. "rhti`nh, tent, tense,
a., tenuous, thin; nostril, thrill. See D, S.
T bandage (Surg.), a bandage shaped like the letter T, and used principally for application to the
groin, or perineum. T cart, a kind of fashionable two seated wagon for pleasure driving. T iron.
(a) A rod with a short crosspiece at the end, used as a hook. (b) Iron in bars, having a cross section
formed like the letter T, used in structures. T rail, a kind of rail for railroad tracks, having no
flange at the bottom so that a section resembles the letter T. T square, a ruler having a crosspiece
or head at one end, for the purpose of making parallel lines; so called from its shape. It is laid on a
drawing board and guided by the crosspiece, which is pressed against the straight edge of the board.
Sometimes the head is arranged to be set at different angles. To a T, exactly, perfectly; as, to suit
to a T. [Colloq.]
(Ta) v. t. To take. [Obs. or Scot.] Cursor Mundi.
Used by Chaucer to represent a peculiarity of the Northern dialect.
(Taas) n. A heap. See Tas. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Tab) n. [Etymol. uncertain.]
1. The flap or latchet of a shoe fastened with a string or a buckle.
2. A tag. See Tag, 2.
3. A loop for pulling or lifting something.
4. A border of lace or other material, worn on the inner front edge of ladies' bonnets.
5. A loose pendent part of a lady's garment; esp., one of a series of pendent squares forming an edge
(Ta*bac"co) n. Tobacco. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
(||Ta*ba"nus) n. [L., horsefly.] (Zoöl.) A genus of blood sucking flies, including the horseflies.
(Tab"ard) n. [OE. tabard, tabart; cf. Sp. & Pg. tabardo, It. tabarro, W. tabar, LGr. LL. tabardum.]
A sort of tunic or mantle formerly worn for protection from the weather. When worn over the armor it
was commonly emblazoned with the arms of the wearer, and from this the name was given to the garment
adopted for heralds. [Spelt also taberd.]
In a tabard he [the Plowman] rode upon a mare.Chaucer.
1. One who wears a tabard.
2. A scholar on the foundation of Queen's College, Oxford, England, whose original dress was a tabard.