Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.
England invites adventurers by her beauty and then tames them.
She shocks him this way and that, but gradually he tames her, and makes her nearly as dull as he is.
Hat in hand, for the wind is cool and good, and tames the hot young blood which a woman's biting tongue has whipped into passion.
And if it will not become gentle, then, the brute being necessary to him, he tames it by fear.
This means that he becomes master of purely physical force in man; he tames it.
Mules are good, if tamed, and noble Sindhu horses, and elephants with large tusks; but he who tames himself is better still.
There was Red Grimsby, long, and lank and lithe as a Comanche, with a blue eye that tames a horse and man alike.
In this way we realize the formidable nature of the beast, and comprehend the stratagem that tames it to Orlando's will.
Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand, Yet tames not this; it sticks to our last sand.
Old English tom, tam "domesticated, docile," from Proto-Germanic *tamaz (cf. Old Norse tamr, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch tam, Old High German zam, German zahm "tame," Gothic tamjan "to tame"), from PIE *deme- "to constrain, to force, to break (horses)" (cf. Sanskrit damayati "tames;" Persian dam "a tame animal;" Greek daman "to tame, subdue," dmetos "tame;" Latin domare "to tame, subdue;" Old Irish damnaim "I tie up, fasten, I tame, subdue"). Possible ulterior connection with PIE *dem- "house, household" (see domestic). Meaning "spiritless, weak, dull" is recorded from c.1600.
early Middle English teme, from Old English temian "make tame" (see tame (adj.)); form altered 14c. by influence of the adjective. Related: Tamed; taming.