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tr.v. tawed, taw·ing, taws
To convert (an animal hide) into white leather by treating it with a mixture containing alum and salt.
[Middle English tawen, from Old English tawian, to prepare.]
1. Chiefly Southern US A large, fancy marble used for shooting.
2. The line from which a player shoots in marbles.
3. A game of marbles.
intr.v. tawed, taw·ing, taws
To shoot a marble.
taw 3(täf, tôf)
Variant of tav.
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1. (Games, other than specified) the line from which the players shoot in marbles
2. back to taws informal Austral back to the beginning
3. (Games, other than specified) a large marble used for shooting
4. (Games, other than specified) a game of marbles
[C18: of unknown origin]
1. (Tanning) to convert (skins) into white leather by treatment with mineral salts, such as alum and salt, rather than by normal tanning processes
2. archaic or dialect to flog; beat
[Old English tawian; compare Old High German zouwen to prepare, Gothic taujan to make]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a playing marble used as a shooter.
2. a game in which marbles are knocked out of a circle drawn on the ground by using a marble as a shooter.
3. Also called taw′ line`. the line from which the players shoot.v.i.
4. to shoot a marble.
1. to prepare or dress (a raw material) for use or further manipulation.
2. to convert (animal skin) into white leather by the application of minerals, emulsions, etc.
3. Archaic. to flog; thrash.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English tawian, akin to Middle Dutch touwen to dress (skins), Old High German zawjan, zowjan to hasten, Runic Norse tawido (he) made, Gothic taujan to do, make; akin to tool, tow2]
taw3(tɑv, tɔv, tɑf, tɔf)
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Past participle: tawed
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|Noun||1.||taw - the 23rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet|
Hebraic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, Hebrew script - a Semitic alphabet used since the 5th century BC for writing the Hebrew language (and later for writing Yiddish and Ladino)
|2.||taw - a large marble used for shooting in the game of marbles|
marble - a small ball of glass that is used in various games
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