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taut

trim; tidy; tense: She speaks in short, taut sentences.
Not to be confused with:
taught – past tense of teach: He taught me to sing.
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taut

 (tôt)
adj. taut·er, taut·est
1.
a. Pulled or drawn tight; not slack. See Synonyms at tight.
b. Flexed or not loose: taut muscles.
c. Strained or tense: taut nerves.
2.
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.
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taut

(tɔːt)
adj
1. tightly stretched; tense
2. showing nervous strain; stressed
3. (Nautical Terms) chiefly nautical in good order; neat
[C14 tought; probably related to Old English togian to tow1]
ˈtautly adv
ˈtautness n
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taut

(tɔt)

adj. -er, -est.
1. tightly drawn; tense; not slack.
2. emotionally or mentally strained or tense: taut nerves.
3. in good order or condition; tidy; neat; trim.
[1275–1325; earlier taught, Middle English tought; akin to tow1]
taut′ly, adv.
taut′ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.taut - pulled or drawn tight; "taut sails"; "a tight drumhead"; "a tight rope"
tense - taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"
2.taut - subjected to great tension; stretched tight; "the skin of his face looked drawn and tight"; "her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow"
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
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taut

adjective
1. tense, rigid, tight, stressed, stretched, strained, flexed When muscles are taut or cold, there is more chance of injury.
tense relaxed, loose, slack
2. tight, stretched, rigid, tightly stretched The clothes line is pulled taut and secured.
tight relaxed, loose, slack
3. strained, stressed, tense, fraught, drawn, drained, sapped, uptight (informal) She started to lose the taut air of anxiety.
4. concise, terse, succinct, sharp, crisp, compact, pithy a taut thriller about the hijacking of a school bus
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taut

adjective
1. Stretched tightly:
2. In good order or clean condition:
Chiefly British: tight.
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Translations
مُوَتَّر، مَشْدود، مَمْدود
napjatýnapínavý
stram
jännitettykireätiukka
strekktur
nostiegrotsnostiepts
napiętynaprężony

taut

[tɔːt] ADJ
1. (= tight) [rope] → tirante, tenso; [skin] → tirante
the rope is held taut by weightsla cuerda se mantiene tirante or tensa mediante unos pesos
to pull sth tauttensar algo
to stretch sth tautestirar algo hasta que quede tirante
2. (= tense) [person, face, voice] → tenso
their faces were taut with feartenían el rostro tenso por el miedo
3. (= firm) [body, legs] → firme, de carnes prietas; [muscles] → firme
4. (= tightly written) [novel, film] → compacto
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taut

[ˈtɔːt] adj
(= stretched tight) [wire, rope, muscles, skin] → tendu(e)
(= firm) [body] → ferme
(= strained) [expression, voice] → tendu(e)
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taut

adj (+er)
ropestraff (gespannt); skinstraff; musclesstramm, gestrafft; to hold something tautetw straff halten; to be stretched tautstraff gespannt sein; to pull something tautetw stramm ziehen; taut round thighspralle Oberschenkel pl
(fig: = tense) nerves, situation(an)gespannt; person, voiceangespannt; lookgespannt; his face was taut with angersein Gesicht war vor Wut verzogen
(fig: = precise, economical) style, proseknapp
(= lean) personschlank; bodystraff
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taut

[tɔːt] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (also) (fig) → teso/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

taut

(toːt) adjective
pulled tight. Keep the string taut while you tie a knot in it.
ˈtauten verb
to make or become taut. The ropes were tautened.
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References in classic literature ?
Forty,--fifty,--sixty feet of line ran out, when Wolf Larsen cried "Belay!" Oofty-Oofty took a turn on a bitt, the rope tautened, and the Ghost, lunging onward, jerked the cook to the surface.
He shifted his feet slightly, tautened his muscles with a tentative pull, then relaxed again, questing for a perfect adjustment of all the levers of his body.
Daylight's muscles tautened a second time, and this time in earnest, until steadily all the energy of his splendid body was applied, and quite imperceptibly, without jerk or strain, the bulky nine hundred pounds rose from the door and swung back and forth, pendulum like, between his legs.
The Killer braced himself with the rope across his hip, and as the antelope tautened the singing strands in a last frantic bound for liberty he was thrown over upon his back.
Many times, in the course of the day, alertly and nonchalantly, almost with a quizzical knowingness, Jerry cocked his head at the mainsail when it made sudden swooping movements or slacked and tautened its crashing sheet-gear.
The main-sheet tautened with a brisk rattling of the blocks, the boom uplifted, the sail bellied out, and the Reindeer heeled over--over, and over, till the lee-rail went under, the cabin windows went under, and the bay began to pour in over the cockpit rail.
He rolled upon the ground, fighting, biting, scratching, and roaring; he leaped to his feet and sprang into the air; he charged Tarzan, only to be brought to a sudden stop as the rope securing him to the tree tautened. Then Tarzan stepped in and rapped him smartly on the head with the shaft of his spear.
In plucking out the beard, a man thrust his tongue into his cheek, the better to give purchase to his tweezers against his tautened skin," explained Hidatsa informant, Wolf-Chief.