4. Criminal; guilty. [Obs.] Collier.
Syn. Slow; dilatory; tedious; reluctant. See Slow.
(Tar"dy), v. t. To make tardy. [Obs.] Shak.
(Tare) obs. imp. of Tear. Tore.
(Tare), n. [Cf. Prov. E. tare brisk, eager, OE. tarefitch the wild vetch.]
1. A weed that grows among wheat and other grain; alleged by modern naturalists to be the Lolium
temulentum, or darnel.
Didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares?Matt. xiii. 27.
The "darnel" is said to be the tares of Scripture, and is the only deleterious species belonging to the
2. (Bot.) A name of several climbing or diffuse leguminous herbs of the genus Vicia; especially, the V.
sativa, sometimes grown for fodder.
(Tare), n. [F. tare; cf. Pr., Sp., Pg., & It. tara; all fr. Ar. tarah thrown away, removed, fr. taraha
to reject, remove.] (Com.) Deficientcy in the weight or quantity of goods by reason of the weight of the
cask, bag, or whatever contains the commodity, and is weighed with it; hence, the allowance or abatement
of a certain weight or quantity which the seller makes to the buyer on account of the weight of such
cask, bag, etc.
(Tare), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tared ; p. pr. & vb. n. Taring.] To ascertain or mark the tare of
(Tared) a. (Chem.) Weighed; determined; reduced to equal or standard weight; as, tared filter
papers, used in weighing precipitates.
(Ta*ren"te) n. [Cf. F. tarente.] (Zoöl.) A harmless lizard of the Gecko family (Platydactylus
Mauritianicus) found in Southern Europe and adjacent countries, especially among old walls and ruins.
(Tar"ent*ism) n. See Tarantism.
(Ta*ren"tu*la) n. See Tarantula.
(Targe) n. [F. Cf. Target.] A shield or target. [Obs. or Poetic] "A buckler on a targe." Chaucer.
(Tar"get) n. [OF. targette, dim. of OF. & F. targe, of Teutonic origin; cf. AS. targe, OD. targie,
G. zarge a frame, case, border, OHG. zarga, Icel. targa shield.]
1. A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
2. (a) A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a
projectile. (b) The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark; as,
he made a good target.
3. (Surveying) The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
4. (Railroad) A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
(Tar"get*ed) a. Furnished, armed, or protected, with a target.
(Tar`get*eer") n. One who is armed with a target or shield. [Written also targetier.]