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adj. taut·er, taut·est
a. Pulled or drawn tight; not slack. See Synonyms at tight.
b. Flexed or not loose: taut muscles.
c. Strained or tense: taut nerves.
a. Kept in good order; trim: a taut ship.
b. Marked by the efficient, sparing, or concise use of something, such as language or detail: a taut movie script.

[Middle English tohte, distended, perhaps ultimately from Old English togian, to drag; see tow1.]

taut′ly adv.
taut′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tautness - the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
tonicity, tonus, tone - the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity"
2.tautness - lack of movement or room for movement
immovability, immovableness - not capable of being moved or rearranged


[ˈtɔːtnɪs] N
1. [of rope] → tensión f; [of skin] → tirantez f
2. [of face, expression] → tensión f
3. [of body, muscles] → firmeza f
4. [of writing] → lo compacto


n (of skin, rope)Straffheit f; (of muscles)Strammheit f; (fig, of atmosphere) → Gespanntheit f; (of nerves)Anspannung f; (of style)Knappheit f
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These practices constitute a flagrant challenge to the international community and a blatant breach of the resolutions of the United Nations and international covenants, and are being committed in total ignorance of the painful human sufferings inflicted on the Palestinian people and threats posed to international peace and security This will ultimately lead to more tension and insecurity in the Middle East as any attempt to impose a Fait Accompli by force would only lead to more tautness and violence.
The general impression of tautness and strength is coupled with good body control and composure, even over poor surfaces.
The tension achieved with the tautness of the flesh and positioning of the fingers to compliment the formal arrangement of the piece is a hallmark of Wrankle's work.
This combination leaves the skin thoroughly cleansed without the feeling of dryness and tautness.
When I left, I staggered out, blinking into the sunshine, and realised that my coupon had all the radiant tautness of a shar-pei chewing a wasp.
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The effect is to restore plasticity to skin that has lost tautness.
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The poet creates the tautness the sonnet demands by hewing to ten-syllable lines of blank verse.
The visit was aiming to neutralize the tautness and force the two Islamic states to resolve the issue through peaceful negotiations.
Their outwardly rounded surfaces also have tautness, like the surface of a sail.