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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Taste  \Taste\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Tasted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Tasting}.]  [OE.  tasten  to  feel  to  taste,  OF  taster,  F. 
  tater  to  feel  to  try  by  the  touch,  to  try  to  taste, 
  (assumed)  LL  taxitare  fr  L.  taxare  to  touch  sharply,  to 
  estimate.  See  {Tax},  v.  t.] 
  1.  To  try  by  the  touch;  to  handle;  as  to  taste  a  bow.  [Obs.] 
  Taste  it  well  and  stone  thou  shalt  it  find 
  2.  To  try  by  the  touch  of  the  tongue;  to  perceive  the  relish 
  or  flavor  of  anything  by  taking  a  small  quantity  into  a 
  mouth.  Also  used  figuratively. 
  When  the  ruler  of  the  feast  had  tasted  the  water 
  that  was  made  wine.  --John  ii  9. 
  When  Commodus  had  once  tasted  human  blood,  he  became 
  incapable  of  pity  or  remorse.  --Gibbon. 
  3.  To  try  by  eating  a  little;  to  eat  a  small  quantity  of 
  I  tasted  a  little  of  this  honey.  --1  Sam.  xiv. 
  4.  To  become  acquainted  with  by  actual  trial;  to  essay;  to 
  experience;  to  undergo. 
  He  .  .  .  should  taste  death  for  every  man.  --Heb. 
  ii  9. 
  5.  To  partake  of  to  participate  in  --  usually  with  an 
  implied  sense  of  relish  or  pleasure. 
  Thou  .  .  .  wilt  taste  No  pleasure,  though  in 
  pleasure,  solitary.  --Milton. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Taste  \Taste\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  try  food  with  the  mouth;  to  eat  or  drink  a  little  only; 
  to  try  the  flavor  of  anything  as  to  taste  of  each  kind 
  of  wine. 
  2.  To  have  a  smack;  to  excite  a  particular  sensation,  by 
  which  the  specific  quality  or  flavor  is  distinguished;  to 
  have  a  particular  quality  or  character;  as  this  water 
  tastes  brackish;  the  milk  tastes  of  garlic. 
  Yea,  every  idle,  nice,  and  wanton  reason  Shall  to 
  the  king  taste  of  this  action  --Shak. 
  3.  To  take  sparingly. 
  For  age  but  tastes  of  pleasures,  youth  devours. 
  4.  To  have  perception,  experience,  or  enjoyment;  to  partake; 
  as  to  taste  of  nature's  bounty.  --Waller. 
  The  valiant  never  taste  of  death  but  once.  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Taste  \Taste\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  tasting;  gustation. 
  2.  A  particular  sensation  excited  by  the  application  of  a 
  substance  to  the  tongue;  the  quality  or  savor  of  any 
  substance  as  perceived  by  means  of  the  tongue;  flavor;  as 
  the  taste  of  an  orange  or  an  apple;  a  bitter  taste;  an 
  acid  taste;  a  sweet  taste. 
  3.  (Physiol.)  The  one  of  the  five  senses  by  which  certain 
  properties  of  bodies  (called  their  taste,  savor,  flavor) 
  are  ascertained  by  contact  with  the  organs  of  taste. 
  Note:  Taste  depends  mainly  on  the  contact  of  soluble  matter 
  with  the  terminal  organs  (connected  with  branches  of 
  the  glossopharyngeal  and  other  nerves)  in  the 
  papill[ae]  on  the  surface  of  the  tongue.  The  base  of 
  the  tongue  is  considered  most  sensitive  to  bitter 
  substances,  the  point  to  sweet  and  acid  substances. 
  4.  Intellectual  relish;  liking;  fondness;  --  formerly  with 
  of  now  with  for  as  he  had  no  taste  for  study. 
  I  have  no  taste  Of  popular  applause.  --Dryden. 
  5.  The  power  of  perceiving  and  relishing  excellence  in  human 
  performances;  the  faculty  of  discerning  beauty,  order 
  congruity,  proportion,  symmetry,  or  whatever  constitutes 
  excellence,  particularly  in  the  fine  arts  and 
  belles-letters;  critical  judgment;  discernment. 
  6.  Manner,  with  respect  to  what  is  pleasing,  refined,  or  in 
  accordance  with  good  usage;  style;  as  music  composed  in 
  good  taste;  an  epitaph  in  bad  taste. 
  7.  Essay;  trial;  experience;  experiment.  --Shak. 
  8.  A  small  portion  given  as  a  specimen;  a  little  piece 
  tastted  of  eaten;  a  bit.  --Bacon. 
  9.  A  kind  of  narrow  and  thin  silk  ribbon. 
  Syn:  Savor;  relish;  flavor;  sensibility;  gout. 
  Usage:  {Taste},  {Sensibility},  {Judgment}.  Some  consider 
  taste  as  a  mere  sensibility,  and  others  as  a  simple 
  exercise  of  judgment;  but  a  union  of  both  is  requisite 
  to  the  existence  of  anything  which  deserves  the  name 
  An  original  sense  of  the  beautiful  is  just  as 
  necessary  to  [ae]sthetic  judgments,  as  a  sense  of 
  right  and  wrong  to  the  formation  of  any  just 
  conclusions  or  moral  subjects.  But  this  ``sense  of  the 
  beautiful''  is  not  an  arbitrary  principle.  It  is  under 
  the  guidance  of  reason;  it  grows  in  delicacy  and 
  correctness  with  the  progress  of  the  individual  and  of 
  society  at  large  it  has  its  laws,  which  are  seated  in 
  the  nature  of  man;  and  it  is  in  the  development  of 
  these  laws  that  we  find  the  true  ``standard  of 
  What  then,  is  taste,  but  those  internal  powers, 
  Active  and  strong,  and  feelingly  alive  To  each 
  fine  impulse?  a  discerning  sense  Of  decent  and 
  sublime,  with  quick  disgust  From  things 
  deformed,  or  disarranged,  or  gross  In  species? 
  This  nor  gems,  nor  stores  of  gold,  Nor  purple 
  state,  nor  culture,  can  bestow,  But  God  alone, 
  when  first  his  active  hand  Imprints  the  secret 
  bias  of  the  soul.  --Akenside. 
  {Taste  of  buds},  or  {Taste  of  goblets}  (Anat.),  the 
  flask-shaped  end  organs  of  taste  in  the  epithelium  of  the 
  tongue.  They  are  made  up  of  modified  epithelial  cells 
  arranged  somewhat  like  leaves  in  a  bud. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  sensation  that  results  when  taste  buds  in  the  tongue  and 
  throat  convey  information  about  the  chemical  composition 
  of  a  soluble  stimulus;  "the  candy  left  him  with  a  bad 
  taste";  "the  melon  had  a  delicious  taste"  [syn:  {taste 
  sensation},  {gustatory  sensation},  {taste  perception},  {gustatory 
  2:  a  strong  liking;  "my  own  preference  is  for  good  literature"; 
  "the  Irish  have  a  penchant  for  blarney";  "martinis  are  an 
  acquired  taste"  [syn:  {preference},  {penchant},  {predilection}] 
  3:  delicate  discrimination  (especially  of  aesthetic  values); 
  "arrogance  and  lack  of  taste  contributed  to  his  rapid 
  success";  "to  ask  at  that  particular  time  was  the  ultimate 
  in  bad  taste"  [syn:  {appreciation},  {discernment},  {perceptiveness}] 
  4:  a  brief  experience  of  something  "he  got  a  taste  of  life  on 
  the  wild  side";  "she  enjoyed  her  brief  taste  of 
  5:  a  small  amount  eaten  or  drunk;  "take  a  taste--you'll  like 
  it"  [syn:  {mouthful}] 
  6:  the  faculty  of  taste;  "his  cold  deprived  him  of  his  sense  of 
  taste"  [syn:  {gustation},  {sense  of  taste},  {gustatory 
  7:  distinguishing  a  taste  by  means  of  the  taste  buds;  "he  loved 
  the  smell  and  taste  of  fresh  bread";  "a  wine  tasting" 
  [syn:  {tasting}] 
  v  1:  have  flavor;  taste  of  something  [syn:  {savor},  {savour}] 
  2:  perceive  by  the  sense  of  taste;  "Can  you  taste  the  garlic?" 
  3:  take  a  sample  of  "Try  these  new  crackers";  "Sample  the 
  regional  dishes"  [syn:  {sample},  {try},  {try  out}] 
  4:  have  a  distinctive  or  characteristic  taste;  "This  tastes  of 
  nutmeg"  [syn:  {smack}] 
  5:  distinguish  flavors;  "We  tasted  wines  last  night" 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  taste  [primarily  MIT]  n.  1.  The  quality  in  a  program  that 
  tends  to  be  inversely  proportional  to  the  number  of  features,  hacks, 
  and  kluges  programmed  into  it  Also  `tasty',  `tasteful',  `tastefulness'. 
  "This  feature  comes  in  N  tasty  flavors."  Although  `tasty'  and  `flavorful' 
  are  essentially  synonyms,  `taste'  and  {flavor}  are  not  Taste  refers 
  to  sound  judgment  on  the  part  of  the  creator;  a  program  or  feature  can 
  _exhibit_  taste  but  cannot  _have_  taste.  On  the  other  hand,  a  feature 
  can  have  {flavor}.  Also  {flavor}  has  the  additional  meaning  of  `kind' 
  or  `variety'  not  shared  by  `taste'.  The  marked  sense  of  {flavor}  is 
  more  popular  than 
  `taste',  though  both  are  widely  used  See  also  {elegant}.  2. 
  Alt.  sp  of  {tayste}. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  1.  (primarily  MIT)  The  quality  of  a  program  that  tends  to  be 
  inversely  proportional  to  the  number  of  features,  hacks,  and 
  {kluge}s  it  contains.  Taste  refers  to  sound  judgment  on  the 
  part  of  the  creator.  See  also  {elegant},  {flavour}. 
  2.  Alternative  spelling  of  "{tayste}". 
  [{Jargon  File}] 

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