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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.]


The Adjutant General


a means of monitoring the whereabouts of (an offender, an animal, etc.) by means of an electronic tag


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Putting out a runner who is off a base by a fielder touching the base with a foot while holding the ball, or by touching the runner with the ball.
References in classic literature ?
Why did you spoil your pretty thought by tagging that last sentence on, honey?
So then she started for the house, leading me by the hand, and the children tagging after.
Whether applied to Web sites, blogs or media, tagging technologies enable users to quickly find specific online content, and offer powerful grassroots alternatives to traditional searches.
The basic idea behind tagging is that humans' ability to produce content far outweighs their ability to sort and consume it.
Dragon Tag was designed to shield accounting and finance professionals from the enormouse complexity of the XBRL standard, and to make document tagging as easy as using Microsoft Excel or Word.
We are working with our top 100 suppliers to begin tagging cases and pallets beginning in January 2005.
This is the first time we're using Radio Frequency Identification tags for an actual deployment and the first time we're actually tagging every piece of equipment moving out," said Jacang.