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tag 1

1. A strip of leather, paper, metal, or plastic attached to something or hung from a wearer's neck to identify, classify, or label: sale tags on all coats and dresses.
2. The plastic or metal tip at the end of a shoelace.
3. The contrastingly colored tip of an animal's tail.
a. A dirty, matted lock of wool.
b. A loose lock of hair.
5. A rag; a tatter.
6. A small, loose fragment: I heard only tags and snippets of what was being said.
7. An ornamental flourish, especially at the end of a signature.
8. A designation or epithet, especially an unwelcome one: He did not take kindly to the tag of pauper.
a. A brief quotation used in a discourse to give it an air of erudition or authority: Shakespearean tags.
b. A cliché, saw, or similar short, conventional idea used to embellish a discourse: These tags of wit and wisdom bore me.
c. The refrain or last lines of a song or poem.
d. The closing lines of a speech in a play; a cue.
10. Computers
a. A label assigned to identify data in memory.
b. A sequence of characters in a markup language used to provide information, such as formatting specifications, about a document.
c. A metatag.
11. Slang A piece of graffiti featuring text, especially the author's name, rather than a picture: "Instead of a cursive linear tag, Super Kool painted his name along the exterior of a subway car in huge block pink and yellow letters" (Eric Scigliano).
v. tagged, tag·ging, tags
1. To label, identify, or recognize with a tag or other identifier: I tagged him as a loser.
2. To put a ticket on (a motor vehicle) for a traffic or parking violation.
3. To add as an appendage to: tagged an extra paragraph on the letter.
4. To follow closely: Excited children tagged the circus parade to the end of its route.
5. To cut the tags from (sheep).
6. To add a taggant to: explosives that were tagged with coded microscopic bits of plastic.
7. Slang To mark or vandalize (a surface) with a graffiti tag: tagged the subway walls.
To follow after; accompany: tagged after me everywhere; insisted on tagging along.

[Middle English, dangling piece of cloth on a garment, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish tagg, prickle, thorn.]

tag′ger n.

tag 2

1. Games A children's game in which one player pursues the others until he or she is able to touch one of them, who then in turn becomes the pursuer.
2. Baseball The act of tagging a base runner.
3. Sports The act of tagging a ball carrier in touch football.
tr.v. tagged, tag·ging, tags
1. To touch (another player) in the game of tag.
2. Baseball To touch (a base runner) with the ball in order to make a putout.
3. Sports To touch (a ball carrier) to end a play in touch football.
Phrasal Verb:
tag up Baseball
To return to and touch a base with one foot before running to the next base after a fielder has caught a fly ball.

[Perhaps variant of Scots tig, touch, tap, probably alteration of Middle English tek.]


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Adj.1.tagged - bearing or marked with a label or tag; "properly labeled luggage"
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References in classic literature ?
He invariably met her criticisms with a good-natured grin and a flippant remark with some tender epithet tagged on to it.
It is interesting to compare the two poems, and when you come to read The State of Innocence you will find that not all the verses are "tagged." So that in places you can compare Milton's blank verse with Dryden's.
On Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the researchers tagged and released 32 bluefin tuna, and the work will continue over the next almost two weeks.
In this case, we can not validate the quality or authenticity of tagged objects.
Each oyster was tagged with an individual identification number using two different methods.
Recently, a sailfish tagged off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, provided the longest track record yet, 260,000 kilometers (about 161,000 miles), for any sailfish via a PAT tag.
In hospitals throughout the world, when a baby is born, she is tagged with a hand written label on her ankle containing details such as mother name, father name, date of birth and some other details etc.
publicly listed companies to file their regulatory filings (i.e., Forms 10-K and 10-Q) using eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) tagged data.
They also can be shared via browsing and searching, which makes the tagged resources retrieved by others.