(Ten"tif*ly), adv. Attentively. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Ten*tig"i*nous) a. [L. tentigo, -inis, a tension, lecherousness, fr. tendere, tentum, to stretch.]

1. Stiff; stretched; strained. [Obs.] Johnson.

2. Lustful, or pertaining to lust. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

(Tent"mak`er) n. One whose occupation it is to make tents. Acts xviii. 3.

(||Ten*to"ri*um) n. [L., a tent.] (Anat.) A fold of the dura mater which separates the cerebellum from the cerebrum and often incloses a process or plate of the skull called the bony tentorium.

(Tent"o*ry) n. [L. tentorium a tent.] The awning or covering of a tent. [Obs.] Evelyn.

(Tent"wort`) n. (Bot.) A kind of small fern, the wall rue. See under Wall.

(Ten"u*ate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tenuated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tenuating.] [L. tenuatus, p. p. of tenuare to make thin, fr. tenuis thin. See Tenuous.] To make thin; to attenuate. [R.]

(Ten`u*i*fo"li*ous) a. [L. tenuis thin + folium a leaf.] (Bot.) Having thin or narrow leaves.

(Te*nu"i*ous) a. [See Tenuous.] Rare or subtile; tenuous; — opposed to dense. [Obs.] Glanvill.

(Ten`u*i*ros"ter) n.; pl. Tenuirosters [NL., fr. L. tenuis thin + rostrum a beak.] (Zoöl.) One of the Tenuirostres.

(Ten`u*i*ros"tral) a. (Zoöl.) Thin-billed; — applied to birds with a slender bill, as the humming birds.

(||Ten`u*i*ros"tres) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) An artificial group of passerine birds having slender bills, as the humming birds.

(||Ten"u*is) n.; pl. Tenues [NL., fr. L. tenuis fine, thin. See Tenuous.] (Gr. Gram.) One of the three surd mutes &kappa, &pi, τ — so called in relation to their respective middle letters, or medials, c, &beta, &delta, and their aspirates, χ, &phi, &theta. The term is also applied to the corresponding letters and articulate elements in other languages.

(Te*nu"i*ty) n. [L. tenuitas, from tenuis thin: cf. F. ténuité. See Tenuous.]

1. The quality or state of being tenuous; thinness, applied to a broad substance; slenderness, applied to anything that is long; as, the tenuity of a leaf; the tenuity of a hair.

2. Rarily; rareness; thinness, as of a fluid; as, the tenuity of the air; the tenuity of the blood. Bacon.

3. Poverty; indigence. [Obs.] Eikon Basilike.

4. Refinement; delicacy.

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