a piece or strip of strong paper, plastic, metal, leather, etc., for attaching by one end to something as a mark or label: The price is on the tag.
any small hanging or loosely attached part or piece; tatter.
a loop of material sewn on a garment so that it can be hung up.
a metal or plastic tip at the end of a shoelace, cord, or the like.
a license plate for a motor vehicle.
Angling. a small piece of tinsel or the like tied to the shank of a hook at the body of an artificial fly.
the tail end or concluding part, as of a proceeding.
the last words of a speech, scene, act, etc., as in a play; a curtain line.
Also called sentinel . a symbol, mark, or other labeling device indicating the beginning or end of a unit of information.
Also called markup tag . such a label or string of characters within angle brackets, used to specify format, structure, or style in an electronic document or web page.
Also called semantic tag . such a label taking the form of a keyword or short phrase, used to classify or organize digital data, aid online searches, etc.
an addition to a speech or writing, as the moral of a fable.
a quotation added for special effect.
a descriptive word or phrase applied to a person, group, organization, etc., as a label or means of identification; epithet.
a trite phrase or saying; cliché.
Slang. a person's name, nickname, initials, monogram, or symbol.
a traffic ticket.
a curlicue in writing.
a lock of hair.
a matted lock of wool on a sheep.
Fox Hunting. the white tip of the tail of a fox.
Obsolete. the rabble.
to furnish with a tag or tags; attach a tag to.
to append as a tag, addition, or afterthought to something else.
to attach or give an epithet to; label.
to accuse of a violation, especially of a traffic law; give a traffic ticket to: He was tagged for speeding. The police officer tagged the cars for overtime parking.
to hold answerable or accountable for something; attach blame to: The pitcher was tagged with the loss of the game.
to set a price on; fix the cost of: The dealer tagged the boat at $500 less than the suggested retail price.
to write graffiti on.
Informal. to follow closely: I tagged him to an old house on the outskirts of town.
to remove the tags of wool from (a sheep).
to follow closely; go along or about as a follower: to tag after someone; to tag along behind someone.
to write graffiti.
- tagger, noun
- taglike, adjective
Other definitions for tag (2 of 2)
a children's game in which one player chases the others in an effort to touch one of them, who then takes the role of pursuer.
Baseball. an act or instance of tagging a base runner.
to touch in or as if in the game of tag.
to touch (a base runner) with the ball held in the hand or glove.
to hit (a pitched ball) solidly.
to make a number of hits or runs as specified in batting against (a pitcher): They tagged him for two hits in the first and three hits and two runs in the third.
Boxing. to strike (an opponent) with a powerful blow.
tag up, Baseball. (of a base runner) to touch the base occupied before attempting to advance a base, after the catch of a fly ball: He tagged up and scored from third on a long fly to center.
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How to use tag in a sentence
The tags were signed by an unknown group calling itself the “Khorasan Division.”
They spotted our Kiev tags and demanded documents and explanations, before letting us go.As the Key Battle Looms, a Report from Ukraine's Front Lines | Jamie Dettmer | August 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A Moomin shop in London sells Little My t-shirts, plush Moomintrolls, Snufkin luggage tags.
This process, known as epigenetics, involves the addition of small chemical tags known as methyl groups to the DNA double helix.
Ukrainian Facebook is full of pictures showing Russian soldiers with price tags.
B is strongly marked by the frequent use of withouten wene, withouten were, withouten drede, and the like tags.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
A very convenient method of keeping shipping tags at hand is to slip them on a desk spindle.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
Lines and tags of it came into his mind dreamily as he listened to her voice.Mary Gray | Katharine Tynan
The tags which should pull each film round from the back to the front of the pack usually tore away with a small piece of film.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
Footnote tags that were missing in the original are underlined without further annotation.The Fables of Phdrus | Phaedrus
British Dictionary definitions for tag (1 of 2)
a piece or strip of paper, plastic, leather, etc, for attaching to something by one end as a mark or label: a price tag
Also called: electronic tag an electronic device worn, usually on the wrist or ankle, by an offender serving a noncustodial sentence, which monitors the offender's whereabouts by means of a link to a central computer through the telephone system
a small piece of material hanging from or loosely attached to a part or piece
a point of metal or other hard substance at the end of a cord, lace, etc, to prevent it from fraying and to facilitate threading
an epithet or verbal appendage, the refrain of a song, the moral of a fable, etc
a brief quotation, esp one in a foreign language: his speech was interlarded with Horatian tags
Also called: tag question a clause added on to another clause to invite the hearer's agreement or conversational cooperation. Tags are usually in the form of a question with a pronoun as subject, the antecedent of which is the subject of the main clause; as isn't it in the bread is on the table, isn't it?
a linguistic item added on to a sentence but not forming part of it, as John in are you there, John?
an ornamental flourish as at the end of a signature
the contrastingly coloured tip to an animal's tail
a matted lock of wool or hair
angling a strand of tinsel, wire, etc, tied to the body of an artificial fly
slang a graffito consisting of a nickname or personal symbol
to mark with a tag
to monitor the whereabouts of (an offender) by means of an electronic tag
to add or append as a tag
to supply (prose or blank verse) with rhymes
(intr; usually foll by on or along) to trail (behind): many small boys tagged on behind the procession
to name or call (someone something): they tagged him Lanky
to cut the tags of wool or hair from (an animal)
slang to paint one's tag on (a building, wall, etc)
British Dictionary definitions for tag (2 of 2)
Also called: tig a children's game in which one player chases the others in an attempt to catch one of them who will then become the chaser
the act of tagging one's partner in tag wrestling
(modifier) denoting or relating to a wrestling contest between two teams of two wrestlers, in which only one from each team may be in the ring at one time. The contestant outside the ring may change places with his team-mate inside the ring after touching his hand
to catch (another child) in the game of tag
(in tag wrestling) to touch the hand of (one's partner)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for tag
A sequence of characters in a markup language used to provide information, such as formatting specifications, about a document. Tags are enclosed in a pair of angle brackets that indicate to the browser how the text is to be displayed.
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