AskDefine | Define taut

Dictionary Definition

taut adj
1 pulled or drawn tight; "taut sails"; "a tight drumhead"; "a tight rope" [syn: tight]
2 subjected to great tension; stretched tight; "the skin of his face looked drawn and tight"; "her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow" [syn: drawn]

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English

Etymology

Middle English past participle of tow

Pronunciation

/tɔːt/

Adjective

  1. tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.

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Synonyms

tense

Extensive Definition

A taut object is one under tension.
Taut is also a surname, and may refer to:
  • Bruno Taut (1880-1938), prolific German architect, urban planner and author
  • Max Taut (1884-1967), German architect

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

all ataunto, anxious, apprehensive, ataunt, bungup and bilge-free, close, dragged out, drawn, drawn out, elongated, extended, firm, in suspense, in trim, keyed-up, lengthened, neat, on edge, on tenterhooks, on tiptoe, orderly, pokerlike, prolongated, prolonged, protracted, pulled, quivering, ramrodlike, renitent, rigid, rodlike, shipshape, smart, spruce, spun out, starched, starchy, stiff, stiff as buckram, straggling, strained, stretched, stretched out, stretched tight, strung out, tense, tidy, tight, trig, trim, under a strain, unrelaxed, uptight, virgate, with bated breath, with muscles tense
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