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Tic"kle (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tickled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Tickling (?).] [Perhaps freq. of tick to beat; pat; but cf. also AS. citelian to tickle, D. kittelen, G. kitzlen, OHG. chizziln, chuzziln, Icel. kitla. Cf. Kittle, v. t.]

1. To touch lightly, so as to produce a peculiar thrilling sensation, which commonly causes laughter, and a kind of spasm which become dengerous if too long protracted.

   If you tickle us, do we not laugh? Shak.

2. To please; to gratify; to make joyous.

   Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw. Pope.
   Such a nature Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow Which he treads on at noon. Shak.


Tic"kle, v. i.

1. To feel titillation.

   He with secret joy therefore Did tickle inwardly in every vein. Spenser.

2. To excite the sensation of titillation. Shak.


Tic"kle, a.

1. Ticklish; easily tickled. [Obs.]

2. Liable to change; uncertain; inconstant. [Obs.]

   The world is now full tickle, sikerly. Chaucer.
   So tickle is the state of earthy things. Spenser.

3. Wavering, or liable to waver and fall at the slightest touch; unstable; easily overthrown. [Obs.]

   Thy head stands so tickle on thy shoulders, that a milkmaid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Shak.


Tic"kle-foot`ed (?), a. Uncertain; inconstant; slippery. [Obs. & R.] Beau. & Fl.


Tick"len*burg (?), n. A coarse, mixed linen fabric made to be sold in the West Indies.


Tic"kle*ness (?), n. Unsteadiness. [Obs.]

   For hoard hath hate, and climbing tickleness. Chaucer.


Tic"kler (?), n.

1. One who, or that which, tickles.

2. Something puzzling or difficult.

3. A book containing a memorandum of notes and debts arranged in the order of their maturity. [Com. Cant, U.S.] Bartlett.

4. A prong used by coopers to extract bungs from casks. [Eng.]


Tic"klish (?), a.

1. Sensible to slight touches; easily tickled; as, the sole of the foot is very ticklish; the hardened palm of the hand is not ticklish. Bacon.

2. Standing so as to be liable to totter and fall at the slightest touch; unfixed; easily affected; unstable.

   Can any man with comfort lodge in a condition so dismally ticklish? Barrow.

3. Difficult; nice; critical; as, a ticklish business.

   Surely princes had need, in tender matters and ticklish times, to beware what they say. Bacon.

-- Tic"klish*ly, adv. -- Tic"klish*ness, n.


Tick"seed` (?), n. [Tick the insect + seed; cf. G. wanzensamen, literally, bug seed.]

1. A seed or fruit resembling in shape an insect, as that of certain plants.

2. (Bot.) (a) Same as Coreopsis. (b) Any plant of the genus Corispermum, plants of the Goosefoot family.


Tick"tack` (?), n. [See Tick to beat, to pat, and (for sense 2) cf. Tricktrack.]

1. A noise like that made by a clock or a watch.

2. A kind of backgammon played both with men and pegs; tricktrack.

   A game at ticktack with words. Milton.


Tick"tack`, adv. With a ticking noise, like that of a watch.


Tic`po*lon"ga (?), n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) A very venomous viper (Daboia Russellii), native of Ceylon and India; -- called also cobra monil.


Tid (?), a. [Cf. AS. tedre, tydere, weak, tender.] Tender; soft; nice; -- now only used in tidbit.


Tid"al (?), a. Of or pertaining to tides; caused by tides; having tides; periodically rising and falling, or following and ebbing; as, tidal waters.

   The tidal wave of deeper souls Into our inmost being rolls, And lifts us unawares Out of all meaner cares. Longfellow.

Tidal air (Physiol.), the air which passes in and out of the lungs in ordinary breathing. It varies from twenty to thirty cubic inches. -- Tidal basin, a dock that is filled at the rising of the tide. -- Tidal wave. (a) See Tide wave, under Tide. Cf. 4th Bore. (b) A vast, swift wave caused by an earthquake or some extraordinary combination of natural causes. It rises far above high-water mark and is often very destructive upon low-lying coasts. <-- called in Japan tsunami. -->


Tid"bit` (?), n. [Tid + bit.] A delicate or tender piece of anything eatable; a delicious morsel. [Written also titbit.]


Tid"de (?), obs. imp. of Tide, v. i. Chaucer.

tidder, Tiddle[edit]

Tid"der (?), Tid"dle (?), v. t. [Cf. AS. tyderian to grow tender. See Tid.] To use with tenderness; to fondle. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]


Tide"less, a. Having no tide.


Tide"-rode` (?), a. (Naut.) Swung by the tide when at anchor; -- opposed to wind-rode.


Tides"man (?), n.; pl. Tidesmen (). A customhouse officer who goes on board of a merchant ship to secure payment of the duties; a tidewaiter.


Tide"wait`er (?), n. A customhouse officer who watches the landing of goods from merchant vessels, in order to secure payment of duties. Swift.


Tide"way` (?), n. Channel in which the tide sets.


Tid"ife (?), n. The blue titmouse. [Prov. Eng.] &hand; The tidif" mentioned in Chaucer is by some supposed to be the titmouse, by others the wren.


Ti"di*ly (?), adv. In a tidy manner.


Ti"di*ness, n. The quality or state of being tidy.


Ti"ding (?), n. Tidings. [Obs.] Chaucer.


Ti"dings (?), n. pl. [OE. tidinge, tiinge, tidinde, from or influenced by Icel. t&imacr;indi; akin to Dan. tidende, Sw. tidning, G. zeung, AS. t&imacr;dan to happen, E. betide, tide. See Tide, v. i. & n.] Account of what has taken place, and was not before known; news.

   I shall make my master glad with these tidings. Shak.
   Full well the busy whisper, circling round, Conveyed the dismal tidings when he frowned. Goldsmith.

&hand; Although tidings is plural in form, it has been used also as a singular. By Shakespeare it was used indiscriminately as a singular or plural.

   Now near the tidings of our comfort is. Shak.
   Tidings to the contrary Are brought your eyes. Shak.

Syn. -- News; advice; information; intelligence. -- Tidings, News. The term news denotes recent intelligence from any quarter; the term tidings denotes intelligence expected from a particular quarter, showing what has there betided. We may be indifferent as to news, but are always more or less interested in tidings. We read the news daily; we wait for tidings respecting an absent friend or an impending battle. We may be curious to hear the news; we are always anxious for tidings.

   Evil news rides post, while good news baits. Milton.
   What tidings dost thou bring? Addison.


Tid"ley (?), n. (Zoöl.) (a) The wren. (b) The goldcrest. [Prov. Eng.]


Tid*ol"o*gy (?), n. [Tide + -logy.] A discourse or treatise upon the tides; that part of science which treats of tides. J. S. Mill.


Ti"dy (?), n. (Zoöl.) The wren; -- called also tiddy. [Prov. Eng.]

   The tidy for her notes as delicate as they. Drayton.

&hand; This name is probably applied also to other small singing birds, as the goldcrest.


Ti"dy, a. [Compar. Tidier (?); superl. Tidiest.] [From Tide time, season; cf. D. tijdig timely, G. zeitig, Dan. & Sw. tidig.]

1. Being in proper time; timely; seasonable; favorable; as, tidy weather. [Obs.]

   If weather be fair and tidy. Tusser.

2. Arranged in good order; orderly; appropriate; neat; kept in proper and becoming neatness, or habitually keeping things so; as, a tidy lass; their dress is tidy; the apartments are well furnished and tidy.

   A tidy man, that tened [injured] me never. Piers Plowman.


Ti"dy, n.; pl. Tidies ().

1. A cover, often of tatting, drawn work, or other ornamental work, for the back of a chair, the arms of a sofa, or the like.

2. A child's pinafore. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.


Ti"dy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tidied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Tidying.] To put in proper order; to make neat; as, to tidy a room; to tidy one's dress.


Ti"dy, v. i. To make things tidy. [Colloq.]

   I have tidied and tidied over and over again. Dickens.


Ti"dy*tips` (?), n. (Bot.) A California composite plant (Layia platyglossa), the flower of which has yellow rays tipped with white.


Tie (?), n.; pl. Ties (#). [AS. t&emacr;ge, tge, t&imacr;ge. ?64. See Tie, v. t.]

1. A knot; a fastening.

2. A bond; an obligation, moral or legal; as, the sacred ties of friendship or of duty; the ties of allegiance.

   No distance breaks the tie of blood. Young.

3. A knot of hair, as at the back of a wig. Young.

4. An equality in numbers, as of votes, scores, etc., which prevents either party from being victorious; equality in any contest, as a race.

5. (Arch. & Engin.) A beam or rod for holding two parts together; in railways, one of the transverse timbers which support the track and keep it in place.

6. (Mus.) A line, usually straight, drawn across the stems of notes, or a curved line written over or under the notes, signifying that they are to be slurred, or closely united in the performance, or that two notes of the same pitch are to be sounded as one; a bind; a ligature.

7. pl. Low shoes fastened with lacings. Bale tie, a fastening for the ends of a hoop for a bale.


Tie, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tied (?) (Obs. Tight ()); p. pr. & vb. n. Tying (?).] [OE. tien, teyen, AS. t&imacr;gan, tiégan, fr. teág, teáh, a rope; akin to Icel. taug, and AS. teón to draw, to pull. See Tug, v. t., and cf. Tow to drag.]

1. To fasten with a band or cord and knot; to bind. Tie the kine to the cart." 1 Sam. vi. 7.

   My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. Prov. vi. 20,21.

2. To form, as a knot, by interlacing or complicating a cord; also, to interlace, or form a knot in; as, to tie a cord to a tree; to knit; to knot. We do not tie this knot with an intention to puzzle the argument." Bp. Burnet.

3. To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold.

   In bond of virtuous love together tied. Fairfax.

4. To hold or constrain by authority or moral influence, as by knotted cords; to oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to confine.

   Not tied to rules of policy, you find Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind. Dryden.

5. (Mus.) To unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved line, or slur, drawn over or under them.

6. To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with. To ride and tie. See under Ride. -- To tie down. (a) To fasten so as to prevent from rising. (b) To restrain; to confine; to hinder from action. -- To tie up, to confine; to restrain; to hinder from motion or action.


Tie, v. i. To make a tie; to make an equal score.


Tie"bar` (?), n. A flat bar used as a tie.


Tie"beam` (?), n. (Arch.) A beam acting as a tie, as at the bottom of a pair of principal rafters, to prevent them from thrusting out the wall. See Illust. of Timbers, under Roof. Gwilt.


Ti"er (?), n. One who, or that which, ties.


Ti"er, n. [See Tire a headdress.] A chold's apron covering the upper part of the body, and tied with tape or cord; a pinafore. [Written also tire.]


Tier (?), n. [Perhaps fr. OF. tire, F. tire; probably of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. ziar&imacr; ornament, G. zier, AS. t&imacr;r glory, tiér row, rank. But cf. also F. tirer to draw, pull; of Teutonic origin. Cf. Attire, v. t., Tire a headdress, but also Tirade.] A row or rank, especially one of two or more rows placed one above, or higher than, another; as, a tier of seats in a theater. Tiers of a cable, the ranges of fakes, or windings, of a cable, laid one within another when coiled.


Tierce (?), n. [F. tierce a third, from tiers, tierce, third, fr. L. tertius the third; akin to tres three. See Third, Three, and cf. Terce, Tercet, Tertiary.]

1. A cask whose content is one third of a pipe; that is, forty-two wine gallons; also, a liquid measure of forty-two wine, or thirty-five imperial, gallons.

2. A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are packed for shipment.

3. (Mus.) The third tone of the scale. See Mediant.

4. A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce of ace, king, queen, is called tierce-major.

5. (Fencing) A position in thrusting or parrying in which the wrist and nails are turned downward.

6. (R. C. Ch.) The third hour of the day, or nine a.m.; one of the canonical hours; also, the service appointed for that hour.