- the 20th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
- any spoken sound represented by the letter T or t, as in tub, but, or butter.
- something having the shape of a T.
- a written or printed representation of the letter T or t.
- a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter T or t.
- to a T, exactly; perfectly: That job would suit you to a T.Also to a tee.
- a random variable having Student's t distribution.
- the statistic employed in Student's t-test.
- the 20th in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 19th.
- (sometimes lowercase) the medieval Roman numeral for 160.Compare Roman numerals.
- surface tension.
- Photography. T number.
- tau lepton.
- time reversal.
- the launching time of a rocket or missile: T minus two.
- a shortened form of it, before or after a verb, as in 'twas, 'tis, do't, see't.
- Chemistry. tertiary.
- U.S. Military. (in designations of aircraft) trainer: T-11.
- in the time of.
Origin of t.1
- variant of -ed1 used in forming the past tense or past participle of certain verbs, usually occurring when the final consonant of the stem is voiceless, a lateral, or a nasal and there is internal vowel change in the root: slept; felt; dreamt.
- the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet (T, τ).
- the consonant sound represented by this letter.
- Also tau·on [tou-on] /ˈtaʊ ɒn/. Physics. tau lepton.
- Also called tau protein. Biochemistry. a protein that is an important component of nerve cells, helping to maintain their function and structure: in the brain, distortions in the protein’s molecular shape is associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Origin of tau
Examples from the Web for t
She derisively writes, “[T]he only thing politicians fear more than losing donations is losing elections.”Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing
November 17, 2014
There was only one problem: “Other squad leaders followed the rules to a T,” one soldier tells Krauss.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
On the Pont des Arts we buy a padlock engraved with our initials, T and E.Discovering The Charms Of La France Profonde
June 9, 2014
A c--t is different than your run-of-the-mill jerk (or scoundrel, or creep, or whatever).Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding
April 14, 2014
Anders Aslund says that “[t]he Russian economy was earlier set to stagnate, but now it is likely to contract.”Britain’s KGB Sugar Daddy
March 7, 2014
For one thing Fred sha'n't get into that kind of muss if I can save him from it.
It wa'n't good for him to be holed up out there in them hills all his life.
One time he landed in Pocatello when there wa'n't but one game in town.
And six weeks after that I had things in shape so't I was able to leave.
She wa'n't meant fur it—and I'd rather have her marry an American, anyhow.
- the 20th letter and 16th consonant of the modern English alphabet
- a speech sound represented by this letter, usually a voiceless alveolar stop, as in tame
- something shaped like a T
- (in combination)a T-junction
- to a T in every detail; perfectlythe work suited her to a T
- troy (weight)
- statistics distribution
- statistics See Student's t
- absolute temperature
- chem tritium
- biochem thymine
- surface tension
- Thailand (international car registration)
- trainer (aircraft)T-37
- commerce tare
- music tempo
- grammar tense
- the 19th letter in the Greek alphabet (Τ, τ), a consonant, transliterated as t
Word Origin and History for t
to cross one's T's (and dot one's i's) "to be exact" is attested from 1849. Phrase to a T "exactly" is recorded from 1690s, though the exact signification is uncertain, despite much speculation. The measuring tool called a T-square is recorded by that name from 1785.
nineteenth letter of the Greek alphabet, from Hebrew taw, last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, literally "sign, mark."
- The 19th letter of the Greek alphabet.
- Abbreviation of temperature, tesla, thymine
- The symbol for the isotope tritium.
Idioms and Phrases with t
see dot the i's and cross the t's; to a T.