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[tahk-too s] /ˈtɑk tʊs/
the basic metrical unit in medieval music.
Origin of tactus
< Latin tāctus touch; see tact Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The tactus eruditus extends to the mind as well as to the finger-ends.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • One need have well-educated fingers—what surgeons call the tactus eruditus—to work like this in the dark.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
  • tactus, Touching is propper to a crooked line, compared either with a right line or crooked, as is manifest out of the 2.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • Abbot Michael, he says, tactus est communi incommodo inter primos de suis monachis qui illo letali morbo percussi sunt.

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