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TALL, a. [Eng. dally; L. tollo.]

1. High in stature; long and comparatively slender; applied to a person, or to a standing tree, mast or pole. Tall always refers to something erect, and of which the diameter is small in proportion to the highth. We say, a tall man or woman, a tall boy for his age; a tall tree, a tall pole, a tall mast; but we never say, a tall house or a tall mountain. The application of the word to a palace or its shadow, in Waller, is now improper.

Dark shadows cast, and as his palace tall.

2. Sturdy; lusty; bold. [Unusual.]



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TALL, a. [Eng. dally; L. tollo.]

1. High in stature; long and comparatively slender; applied to a person, or to a standing tree, mast or pole. Tall always refers to something erect, and of which the diameter is small in proportion to the highth. We say, a tall man or woman, a tall boy for his age; a tall tree, a tall pole, a tall mast; but we never say, a tall house or a tall mountain. The application of the word to a palace or its shadow, in Waller, is now improper.

Dark shadows cast, and as his palace tall.

2. Sturdy; lusty; bold. [Unusual.]

TALL, a. [W. tal; talâu, to grow tall. The primary sense is to stretch or extend; W. tellu, to stretch; Sp. talla, raised work, also stature; talle, shape, size; tallo, a shoot or sprout; talludo, tall, slender; talon, the heel, that is, a shoot; Port. talo, a stalk; taludo, stalky; Ar. طَالَ taula, to be long, to spread, to be extended, to defer or delay, that is, to draw out in time, Eng. dally, Class Dl, No. 20; allied probably to L. tollo, Gr. τελλω. In Sw. tall is a pine-tree.]

  1. High in stature; long and comparatively slender; applied to a person, or to a standing tree, mast or pole. Tall always refers to something erect, and of which the diameter is small in proportion to the highth. We say, a tall man or woman, a tall boy for his age; a tall tree, a tall pole, a tall mast; but we never say, a tall house or a tall mountain. The application of the word to a palace or its shadow, in Waller, is now improper. Dark shadows cast, and as his palace tall. Waller.
  2. Sturdy; lusty; bold. [Unusual.] Shak.

Tall
  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. -- 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.

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Tall

TALL, adjective [Eng. dally; Latin tollo.]

1. High in stature; long and comparatively slender; applied to a person, or to a standing tree, mast or pole. tall always refers to something erect, and of which the diameter is small in proportion to the highth. We say, a tall man or woman, a tall boy for his age; a tall tree, a tall pole, a tall mast; but we never say, a tall house or a tall mountain. The application of the word to a palace or its shadow, in Waller, is now improper.

Dark shadows cast, and as his palace tall

2. Sturdy; lusty; bold. [Unusual.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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