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taw 1

tr.v. tawed, taw·ing, taws
To convert (an animal hide) into white leather by treating it with a mixture containing alum and salt.

[Middle English tawen, from Old English tawian, to prepare.]

taw′er n.

taw 2

1. Chiefly Southern US A large, fancy marble used for shooting.
2. The line from which a player shoots in marbles.
3. A game of marbles.
intr.v. tawed, taw·ing, taws
To shoot a marble.

[Origin unknown.]

taw 3

 (täf, tôf)
Variant of tav.


1. (Games, other than specified) the line from which the players shoot in marbles
2. back to taws informal Austral back to the beginning
3. (Games, other than specified) a large marble used for shooting
4. (Games, other than specified) a game of marbles
[C18: of unknown origin]


vb (tr)
1. (Tanning) to convert (skins) into white leather by treatment with mineral salts, such as alum and salt, rather than by normal tanning processes
2. archaic or dialect to flog; beat
[Old English tawian; compare Old High German zouwen to prepare, Gothic taujan to make]
ˈtawer n



1. a playing marble used as a shooter.
2. a game in which marbles are knocked out of a circle drawn on the ground by using a marble as a shooter.
3. Also called taw′ line`. the line from which the players shoot.
4. to shoot a marble.



1. to prepare or dress (a raw material) for use or further manipulation.
2. to convert (animal skin) into white leather by the application of minerals, emulsions, etc.
3. Archaic. to flog; thrash.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English tawian, akin to Middle Dutch touwen to dress (skins), Old High German zawjan, zowjan to hasten, Runic Norse tawido (he) made, Gothic taujan to do, make; akin to tool, tow2]
taw′er, n.


(tɑv, tɔv, tɑf, tɔf)



Past participle: tawed
Gerund: tawing

I taw
you taw
he/she/it taws
we taw
you taw
they taw
I tawed
you tawed
he/she/it tawed
we tawed
you tawed
they tawed
Present Continuous
I am tawing
you are tawing
he/she/it is tawing
we are tawing
you are tawing
they are tawing
Present Perfect
I have tawed
you have tawed
he/she/it has tawed
we have tawed
you have tawed
they have tawed
Past Continuous
I was tawing
you were tawing
he/she/it was tawing
we were tawing
you were tawing
they were tawing
Past Perfect
I had tawed
you had tawed
he/she/it had tawed
we had tawed
you had tawed
they had tawed
I will taw
you will taw
he/she/it will taw
we will taw
you will taw
they will taw
Future Perfect
I will have tawed
you will have tawed
he/she/it will have tawed
we will have tawed
you will have tawed
they will have tawed
Future Continuous
I will be tawing
you will be tawing
he/she/it will be tawing
we will be tawing
you will be tawing
they will be tawing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tawing
you have been tawing
he/she/it has been tawing
we have been tawing
you have been tawing
they have been tawing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tawing
you will have been tawing
he/she/it will have been tawing
we will have been tawing
you will have been tawing
they will have been tawing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tawing
you had been tawing
he/she/it had been tawing
we had been tawing
you had been tawing
they had been tawing
I would taw
you would taw
he/she/it would taw
we would taw
you would taw
they would taw
Past Conditional
I would have tawed
you would have tawed
he/she/it would have tawed
we would have tawed
you would have tawed
they would have tawed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taw - the 23rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet
Hebraic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, Hebrew script - a Semitic alphabet used since the 5th century BC for writing the Hebrew language (and later for writing Yiddish and Ladino)
alphabetic character, letter of the alphabet, letter - the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters"
2.taw - a large marble used for shooting in the game of marbles
marble - a small ball of glass that is used in various games
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