is regarded as composed of organic individuals of different orders, each organ being considered an
individual. See Promorphology, and Morphon.
(Tec*ton"ic) a. [L. tectonicus, Gr. fr. a carpenter, builder.] Of or pertaining to building or
(Tec*ton"ics) n. The science, or the art, by which implements, vessels, dwellings, or other
edifices, are constructed, both agreeably to the end for which they are designed, and in conformity with
artistic sentiments and ideas.
(Tec*to"ri*al) a. [L. tectorius.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to covering; applied to a membrane
immediately over the organ of Corti in the internal ear.
(||Tec"tri*ces) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. tegere, tectum, to cover.] (Zoöl.) The wing coverts of a bird.
See Covert, and Illust. of Bird.
(Te"cum) n. (Bot.) See Tucum.
(Ted) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tedded ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tedding.] [Prob. fr. Icel. teja to spread manure,
fr. ta manure; akin to MHG. zetten to scatter, spread. &radic58. Cf. Teathe.] To spread, or turn
from the swath, and scatter for drying, as new-mowed grass; chiefly used in the past participle.
The smell of grain or tedded grass.Milton.
The tedded hay and corn sheaved in one field.Coleridge.
(Ted"der) n. A machine for stirring and spreading hay, to expedite its drying.
(Ted"der), n. [OE. &radic64. See Tether.] Same as Tether.
(Ted"der), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Teddered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Teddering.] Same as Tether.
(||Te` De"um) [L., from te (accus. of tu thou) + Deum, accus. of Deus God. See Thou, and
1. An ancient and celebrated Christian hymn, of uncertain authorship, but often ascribed to St. Ambrose;
so called from the first words "Te Deum laudamus." It forms part of the daily matins of the Roman Catholic
breviary, and is sung on all occasions of thanksgiving. In its English form, commencing with words, "We
praise thee, O God," it forms a part of the regular morning service of the Church of England and the
Protestant Episcopal Church in America.
2. A religious service in which the singing of the hymn forms a principal part.
(Tedge) n. (Founding) The gate of a mold, through which the melted metal is poured; runner,
(Te`di*os"i*ty) n. Tediousness. [Obs.]
(Te"di*ous) a. [L. taediosus, fr. taedium. See Tedium.] Involving tedium; tiresome from
continuance, prolixity, slowness, or the like; wearisome. Te"di*ous*ly, adv. Te"di*ous*ness, n.
I see a man's life is a tedious one.Shak.
I would not be tedious to the court.Bunyan.
Syn. Wearisome; fatiguing. See Irksome.