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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Yellowlegs  \Yel"low*legs`\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  one  of  several  species  of  long-legged  sandpipers  of  the 
  genus  {Totanus},  in  which  the  legs  are  bright  yellow;  -- 
  called  also  {stone  snipe},  {tattler},  {telltale}, 
  {yellowshanks};  and  {yellowshins}.  See  {Tattler},  2. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Telharmony  \Tel*har"mo*ny\  [?]),  at  a  distant  point  or  points  by 
  means  of  alternating  currents  of  electricity  controlled  by  an 
  operator  who  plays  on  a  keyboard.  The  music  is  produced  by  a 
  receiving  instrument  similar  or  analogous  to  the  telephone, 
  but  not  held  to  the  ear.  The  pitch  corresponds  with  frequency 
  of  alternation  of  current.  Telltale  \Tell"tale`\,  n. 
  1.  A  thing  that  serves  to  disclose  something  or  give 
  information;  a  hint  or  indication. 
  It  supplies  many  useful  links  and  telltales. 
  2.  (Railroads)  An  arrangement  consisting  of  long  strips,  as 
  of  rope,  wire,  or  leather,  hanging  from  a  bar  over 
  railroad  tracks,  in  such  a  position  as  to  warn  freight 
  brakemen  of  their  approach  to  a  low  overhead  bridge. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tattler  \Tat"tler\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  tattles;  an  idle  talker;  one  who  tells  tales. 
  --Jer.  Taylor. 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  one  of  several  species  of  large 
  long-legged  sandpipers  belonging  to  the  genus  {Totanus}. 
  Note:  The  common  American  species  are  the  greater  tattler,  or 
  telltale  ({T.  melanoleucus}),  the  smaller  tattler,  or 
  lesser  yellowlegs  ({T.  flavipes}),  the  solitary  tattler 
  ({T.  solitarius}),  and  the  semipalmated  tattler,  or 
  willet.  The  first  two  are  called  also  {telltale}, 
  {telltale  spine},  {telltale  tattler},  {yellowlegs}, 
  {yellowshanks},  and  {yelper.} 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Telltale  \Tell"tale`\,  a. 
  Telling  tales;  babbling.  ``The  telltale  heart.''  --Poe. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Telltale  \Tell"tale`\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  officiously  communicates  information  of  the 
  private  concerns  of  others  one  who  tells  that  which 
  prudence  should  suppress. 
  2.  (Mus.)  A  movable  piece  of  ivory,  lead,  or  other  material, 
  connected  with  the  bellows  of  an  organ,  that  gives  notice, 
  by  its  position,  when  the  wind  is  exhausted. 
  3.  (Naut.) 
  a  A  mechanical  attachment  to  the  steering  wheel,  which 
  in  the  absence  of  a  tiller,  shows  the  position  of  the 
  b  A  compass  in  the  cabin  of  a  vessel,  usually  placed 
  where  the  captain  can  see  it  at  all  hours,  and  thus 
  inform  himself  of  the  vessel's  course. 
  4.  (Mach.)  A  machine  or  contrivance  for  indicating  or 
  recording  something  particularly  for  keeping  a  check  upon 
  employees,  as  factory  hands,  watchmen,  drivers,  check 
  takers,  and  the  like  by  revealing  to  their  employers  what 
  they  have  done  or  omitted. 
  5.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  tattler.  See  {Tattler}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  disclosing  unintentionally;  "a  telling  smile";  "a  telltale 
  panel  of  lights";  "a  telltale  patch  of  oil  on  the  water 
  marked  where  the  boat  went  down"  [syn:  {revealing},  {telling}, 
  n  :  someone  who  gossips  indiscreetly  [syn:  {tattletale},  {taleteller}, 
  {talebearer},  {blabbermouth}] 

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