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adj. tall·er, tall·est
a. Having greater than ordinary height: a tall woman.
b. Having considerable height, especially in relation to width; lofty: tall trees.
2. Having a specified height: a plant three feet tall.
3. Informal Fanciful or exaggerated; boastful: tall tales of heroic exploits.
4. Impressively great or difficult: a tall order to fill.
5. Obsolete Excellent; fine.
With proud bearing; straight: stand tall.

[Middle English, brave, quick, from Old English getæl, swift; see del- in Indo-European roots.]

tall′ish adj.
tall′ness n.
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  1. I’m about as tall as a shotgun and just as noisy —Truman Capote
  2. I towered over my parents like some big-footed freak of another species, like a cuckoo raised by sparrows —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  3. Long and tall as a scarecrow —John Yount
  4. Tall and gaunt as a hangman —Angela Carter

    See Also: THINNESS

  5. Tall as a building —Louise Erdrich
  6. Tall as a crane —Dame Edith Sitwell

    This is part of the opening and closing refrain of Dame Edith’s Aubade, the full stanza reading, “Jane, Jane, tall as a crane, the morning light creaks down again.” In the United States the “Tall as a crane” comparison can be traced back to an Arkansas railroad song in which the simile is used as follows: “He was six feet seven in his stocking feet and taller than any crane.”

  7. Tall as a stork —Angela Carter
  8. Tall as a thunderstorm —Miles Gibson
  9. (He was) tall as a tree in the middle of the night —Wallace Stevens
  10. (Poppies as) tall as buildings —Arthur A. Cohen
  11. Tall men are like houses of four stories, wherein commonly the uppermost room is worst furnished —James Howell
  12. Tower over … like the Washington Monument —James Thurber
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tallness - the vertical dimension of extensiontallness - the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top
dimension - the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
loftiness, highness - the quality of being high or lofty
lowness - the quality of being low; lacking height; "he was suddenly aware of the lowness of the ceiling"
2.tallness - the property of being taller than average stature
stature, height - (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot
shortness - the property of being shorter than average stature
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[ˈtɔːlnɪs] Naltura f
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(of person)Größe f, → Länge f (inf)
(of building, tree, grass)Höhe f; (of mast also)Länge f
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[ˈtɔːlnɪs] naltezza
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(toːl) adjective
1. (of people and thin or narrow objects such as buildings or trees) higher than normal. a tall man/tree.
2. (of people) having a particular height. John is only four feet tall.
ˈtallness noun
a tall order
something very difficult to do. Finding somewhere for fifty children to stay tonight is rather a tall order.
a tall story
a story which is hard to believe. He is always telling tall stories.

tall is used especially of people, and of other (narrow) upright objects: a tall girl, tree, building .
high is used of objects that are a long way off the ground, or reach a great height: a high shelf, diving-board, mountain, wall .
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References in classic literature ?
The taller the ship, the further she can be seen; and her white tallness breathed upon by the wind first proclaims her size.
When they yield to a squall in a gaunt and naked submission, their tallness is brought best home even to the mind of a seaman.
By the engine stood a dark motionless being, a sooty and grimy embodiment of tallness, in a sort of trance, with a heap of coals by his side: it was the engineman.
At first glance I saw that she was a high-class vessel, a harmonious creature in the lines of her fine body, in the proportioned tallness of her spars.
The back plate of the rotor lodging controls the tallness of the blend leaving the machine and furthermore serves to recompress the mixture.
The same goes for baldness, beauty, and tallness. At what point is an individual considered tall or not tall?
He further argued that "by using the Barthes' concept of myth, within the mythology of tallness, the tall body functions as a signifier of a constellation of traits: wealth, leadership and power" (p.11).
She felt his tallness, the warmth of his body through his cotton shirt.
Also, she used her trait of tallness to become a successful model, a happy ending for all.
I soon realised that the tallness is due to the brand now fitting a 6.21-inch display within a 5.2-inch body.
[11,13-15] The association between tallness and excess weight can be explained by the increased hormonal and skeletal maturation, leading to faster linear growth in childhood and earlier puberty.
Siddique and Rabbani [30] also found that plantlet height was influenced by low temperature treatments that enhanced tallness of garlic plants.