(Ten"tif*ly), adv. Attentively. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Ten*tig"i*nous) a. [L. tentigo, -inis, a tension, lecherousness, fr. tendere, tentum, to
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
(||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.