noun, plural T's or Ts, t's or ts. 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. Idioms to a T, exactly; perfectly: That job would suit you to a T. Also to a tee. . Statistics a random variable having Student's t distribution. the statistic employed in Student's t-test. noun ( sometimes lowercase) . Electricity tesla; teslas. . Symbol 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. . Biochemistry threonine. thymine. . Physics 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. . U.S. Military (in designations of aircraft) trainer: T-11. Origin of t. 1
Latin word tempore taken from. teaspoon; teaspoonful. tablespoon; tablespoonful. variant of -ed 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: 1 slept; felt; dreamt. tau [tou, taw for 1, 2, 4; tahv, tawv for 3] noun 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 1250–1300; Middle English
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babbler Examples from the Web for t Contemporary Examples of t
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tes, “[ T]he only thing poli ticians fear more than losing dona tions is losing elec tions.” There was only one problem: “O ther squad leaders followed the rules to a T,” one soldier tells Krauss.
the Pon t des Ar ts we buy a padlock engraved wi th our ini tials, T and E.
t is differen t than your run-of- the-mill jerk (or scoundrel, or creep, or wha tever).
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tha t “[ t]he Russian economy was earlier se t to s tagna te, bu t now i t is likely to con trac t.” Historical Examples of t
thing Fred sha'n' t ge t in to tha t kind of muss if I can save him from i t.
t wa'n' t good for him to be holed up ou t there in them hills all his life.
time he landed in Poca tello when there wa'n' t bu t one game in town.
And six weeks af
ter tha t I had things in shape so' t I was able to leave.
t mean t fur i t—and I'd ra ther have her marry an American, anyhow. British Dictionary definitions for t noun plural t's, T's or Ts 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; perfectly the work suited her to a T symbol for tonne(s) troy (weight) statistics distribution symbol for absolute temperature tera- chem tritium biochem thymine tesla surface tension abbreviation for Thailand (international car registration) abbreviation for commerce tare teaspoon(ful) temperature music tempo tenor grammar tense ton(s) transitive Word Origin for t.
(sense 4) Latin: in the time of
noun the 19th letter in the Greek alphabet (Τ, τ), a consonant, transliterated as t Word Origin for tau
C13: via Latin from Greek, of Semitic origin; see
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Word Origin and History for t
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."
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n. The 19th letter of the Greek alphabet.
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Abbreviation of temperature, tesla, thymine The symbol for the isotope tritium.
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Idioms and Phrases with t
see dot the i's and cross the t's; to a T.
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