[ tahk-too s ]
/ ˈtɑk tʊs /


the basic metrical unit in medieval music.

Nearby words

  1. tactlessly,
  2. tactometer,
  3. tactoreceptor,
  4. tactual,
  5. tactually,
  6. tacubaya,
  7. tad,
  8. tadema,
  9. tadema, alma,
  10. tadjik

Origin of tactus

< Latin tāctus touch; see tact

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Examples from the Web for tactus

  • 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.

  • Abbot Michael, he says, tactus est communi incommodo inter primos de suis monachis qui illo letali morbo percussi sunt.