(Tet`a*no*mo"tor) n. (Physiol.) An instrument from tetanizing a muscle by irritating its
nerve by successive mechanical shocks.
(||Tet"a*nus) n. [L., fr. Gr. fr. stretched, to stretch.]
1. (Med.) A painful and usually fatal disease, resulting generally from a wound, and having as its principal
symptom persistent spasm of the voluntary muscles. When the muscles of the lower jaw are affected, it
is called locked-jaw, or lickjaw, and it takes various names from the various incurvations of the body
resulting from the spasm.
2. (Physiol.) That condition of a muscle in which it is in a state of continued vibratory contraction, as
when stimulated by a series of induction shocks.
(Tet"a*ny) n. (Med.) A morbid condition resembling tetanus, but distinguished from it by being
less severe and having intermittent spasms.
(Te*tard") n. (Zoöl.) A gobioid fish (Eleotris gyrinus) of the Southern United States; called also
(Te*tar`to*he"dral) a. [Gr. fourth + base.] (Crystallog.) Having one fourth the number of
planes which are requisite to complete symmetry. Te*tar`to*he"dral*ly, adv.
(Te*tar`to*he"drism) n. (Crystallog.) The property of being tetartohedral.
(Te*taug") n. (Zoöl.) See Tautog. [R.]
(Tetch"i*ness), n. See Techiness.
(Tetch"y) a. See Techy. Shak.
(||Tête) n. [F., the head. See Tester a covering.] A kind of wig; false hair.
(||Tête`-à-tête") n. [F., head to head. See Tester a covering, Test a cupel.]
1. Private conversation; familiar interview or conference of two persons.
2. A short sofa intended to accomodate two persons.
(||Tête`-à-tête"), a. Private; confidential; familiar.
She avoided tête-à-tête walks with him.C. Kingsley.
(||Tête`-à-tête"), adv. Face to face; privately or confidentially; familiarly. Prior.
(||Tête`-de-pont") n.; pl. Têtes-de-pont [F., head of a bridge.] (Mil.) A work thrown up at
the end of a bridge nearest the enemy, for covering the communications across a river; a bridgehead.
(Te*tel") n. (Zoöl.) A large African antelope It has widely divergent, strongly ringed horns.
(Teth"er) n. [Formerly tedder, OE. tedir; akin to LG. tider, tier, Icel. tjor, Dan. töir. &radic64.]
A long rope or chain by which an animal is fastened, as to a stake, so that it can range or feed only
within certain limits.
(Teth"er), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tethered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tethering.] To confine, as an animal,
with a long rope or chain, as for feeding within certain limits.
And by a slender cord was tethered to a stone.Wordsworth.