verb (used with object) tased, tas·ing.
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Origin of tase
Words nearby tase
What does tase mean?
To tase is to attack with a Taser or other stun weapon, typically with the goal of incapacitation.
Tase comes from Taser, but in common usage it is used to refer to the action of using any such device (commonly called a stun gun). It is also spelled as taze.
Example: Police officers are often trained to tase suspects who pose a physical threat when resisting arrest.
Where does tase come from?
Tase originates from the name Taser, which is a trademark for a brand of electric weapon that stuns its human or animal target by direct contact or with wired barbs that are shot from the device. Taser was coined in the 1970s by its inventor, Jack Cover, who named it with an acronym based on the 1911 book that partly inspired the weapon: Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. The A was added to make the acronym pronounceable. (You can read more about the book and the name here.)
The Taser was developed as a gun alternative, and it and similar weapons have become widespread in law enforcement as an alternative way to incapacitate suspects. (While the Taser and similar devices have been called a “nonlethal” or “less lethal” alternative to guns, tasing someone can still kill or injure them.) Civilians have also adopted such weapons for self-defense. This increase in use coincided with the appearance of the verb form tase (taser is also sometimes used as a verb). Although the company that owns the Taser trademark objects to any change or differing use of the name, the verb tase has been in popular use since at least the 1990s. It was further popularized after a 2007 incident at the University of Florida (and resulting viral video) in which a man shouted, “Don’t tase me, bro!” while being restrained by police (who did tase him).
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How is tase used in real life?
Tase is most often used in the context of its use by police or for self-defense.
(6/8) Then in August, police were called to a home in Logan City where Williams was allegedly beating his girlfriend in the front yard. When they arrived, officers tell me he was drunk and combative, and they had to tase him before arresting him. pic.twitter.com/IiygcrHHOg
— Kristina Rex (@KristinaRex) November 7, 2019
Why didn't the officer just tase the dude?#LivePD
— jannypantsss (@jannypantssss) December 7, 2019
When we were in Seattle in May I got to see the Apollo 11 Command Module. Did you know it was made with a lot of composite material? Resin to the moon!
I asked the guard if I could touch it. He laughed, then said, "No. I'll tase you."
Almost decided it was worth it. pic.twitter.com/ihzukEzXBd
— Shop Time (@kludge1977) July 22, 2019
Try using tase!
Use tase in a sentence describing a scenario in which a stun gun is used in self-defense.
How to use tase in a sentence
“We ain’t gonna tase him,” Officer Herbert Davis told Officer Brendan Thompson, as Trawick stood about seven feet from them.What Police Impunity Looks Like: “There Was No Discipline as No Wrongdoing Was Found”|by Eric Umansky|April 20, 2021|ProPublica
As Wright struggles away from the two men, the third officer is heard threatening to tase Wright.Minn. police officer who shot Daunte Wright apparently meant to use Taser but accidentally fired gun, police chief says|Kim Bellware, Andrea Salcedo, Sheila Regan|April 12, 2021|Washington Post
When Medina tried to walk away, Nunez put him in a chokehold that lasted more than 20 seconds and tased him multiple times.
About 30 seconds into the encounter, Davis told Thompson, “We ain’t gonna tase him.”
We tased him to stop him because we were trying to tell him to put it down.
Sis Rhody, she sez she done save you de bes' puffovers you ever tase, en ef'n you don' come 'long down, dey'll fall right flat.
Lawd, Lawd, hit's a pity he ain' 'live agin des ter tase hese'f!
"Dis yer's gwine tase moughty flat-footed," she grumbled as she did so.