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tall


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tall  \Tall\,  a.  [Compar.  {Taller};  superl.  {Tallest}.]  [OE.  tal 
  seemly,  elegant,  docile  (?);  of  uncertain  origin;  cf  AS 
  un-tala,  un-tale,  bad  Goth.  untals  indocile,  disobedient, 
  uninstructed,  or  W.  &  Corn.  tal  high,  Ir  talla  meet  fit 
  proper,  just.] 
  1.  High  in  stature;  having  a  considerable,  or  an  unusual, 
  extension  upward;  long  and  comparatively  slender;  having 
  the  diameter  or  lateral  extent  small  in  proportion  to  the 
  height;  as  a  tall  person,  tree,  or  mast. 
 
  Two  of  far  nobler  shape,  erect  and  tall.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Brave;  bold;  courageous.  [Obs.] 
 
  As  tall  a  trencherman  As  e'er  demolished  a  pye 
  fortification.  --Massinger. 
 
  His  companions,  being  almost  in  despair  of  victory, 
  were  suddenly  recomforted  by  Sir  William  Stanley, 
  which  came  to  succors  with  three  thousand  tall  men. 
  --Grafton. 
 
  3.  Fine;  splendid;  excellent;  also  extravagant;  excessive. 
  [Obs.  or  Slang]  --B.  Jonson 
 
  Syn:  High;  lofty. 
 
  Usage:  {Tall},  {High},  {Lofty}.  High  is  the  generic  term,  and 
  is  applied  to  anything  which  is  elevated  or  raised 
  above  another  thing  Tall  specifically  describes  that 
  which  has  a  small  diameter  in  proportion  to  its 
  height;  hence  we  speak  of  a  tall  man,  a  tall  steeple, 
  a  tall  mast,  etc.,  but  not  of  a  tall  hill.  Lofty  has  a 
  special  reference  to  the  expanse  above  us  and  denotes 
  an  imposing  height;  as  a  lofty  mountain;  a  lofty 
  room  Tall  is  now  properly  applied  only  to  physical 
  objects;  high  and  lofty  have  a  moral  acceptation;  as 
  high  thought,  purpose,  etc.;  lofty  aspirations;  a 
  lofty  genius.  Lofty  is  the  stronger  word  and  is 
  usually  coupled  with  the  grand  or  admirable. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  tall 
  adj  1:  great  in  vertical  dimension;  high  in  stature;  "tall  people"; 
  "tall  buildings";  "tall  trees";  "tall  ships"  [ant:  {short}] 
  2:  lofty  in  style;  "he  engages  in  so  much  tall  talk,  one  never 
  really  realizes  what  he  is  saying"  [syn:  {grandiloquent}, 
  {magniloquent}] 
  3:  (informal)  impressively  difficult;  "a  tall  order"  [syn:  {tall(a)}] 
  4:  too  improbable  to  admit  of  belief;  "a  tall  story"  [syn:  {improbable}, 
  {marvelous},  {marvellous},  {tall(a)}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  TALL 
 
    TAC  List  Language. 
 
  ["TALL  -  A  List  Processor  for  the  Philco  2000",  J.  Feldman 
  CACM  5(9):484-485  (Sep  1962)]. 
 
  (1995-03-01) 
 
 




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