(Tas"co) n. [Cf. Sp. tasconio.] A kind of clay for making melting pots. Percy Smith.
(Ta*sim"er) n. [Gr. ta`sis stretching, extension (from tei`nein to stretch) + -meter.] (Physics)
An instrument for detecting or measuring minute extensions or movements of solid bodies. It consists
essentially of a small rod, disk, or button of carbon, forming part of an electrical circuit, the resistance of
which, being varied by the changes of pressure produced by the movements of the object to be measured,
causes variations in the strength of the current, which variations are indicated by a sensitive galvanometer.
It is also used for measuring minute changes of temperature. T. A. Edison.
(Task) n. [OE. taske, OF. tasque, F. tâche, for tasche, LL. tasca, taxa, fr. L. taxare to rate,
appraise, estimate. See Tax, n. & v.]
1. Labor or study imposed by another, often in a definite quantity or amount.
Ma task of servile toil.Milton.
Each morning sees some task begin,Longfellow.
Each evening sees it close.
2. Business; employment; undertaking; labor.
His mental powers were equal to greater tasks.Atterbury. To take to task. See under Take.
Syn. Work; labor; employment; business; toil; drudgery; study; lesson; stint.
(Task), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tasked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tasking.]
1. To impose a task upon; to assign a definite amount of business, labor, or duty to.
There task thy maids, and exercise the loom.Dryden.
2. To oppress with severe or excessive burdens; to tax.
3. To charge; to tax, as with a fault.
Too impudent to task me with those errors.Beau. & Fl.
1. One who imposes a task.
2. One who performs a task, as a day-laborer. [R.]
3. A laborer who receives his wages in kind. [Scot.]
(Task"mas`ter) n. One who imposes a task, or burdens another with labor; one whose duty
is to assign tasks; an overseer. Ex. i. 11.
All is, if I have grace to use it so,Milton.
As ever in my great Taskmaster's eye.
(Task"work`) n. Work done as a task; also, work done by the job; piecework.
(Tas"let) n. [See Tasse a piece of armor.] A piece of armor formerly worn to guard the thighs; a