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TAT'TLER, n. One who tattles; an idle talker; one that tells tales.

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TAT'TLER, n. One who tattles; an idle talker; one that tells tales.


One who tattles; an idle talker; one that tells tales.

  1. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales.

    Jer. Taylor.
  2. Any one of several species of large, long-legged sandpipers belonging to the genus Totanus.

    * 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.

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TAT'TLER, noun One who tattles; an idle talker; one that tells tales.

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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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1. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; as a flash of lightning.

2. A sudden burst of flame and light; as instantaneous blaze; as the flash of a gun.

3. A sudden burst, as of wit or merriment; as a flash of wit; a flash of joy or mirth.

His companions recollect no instance of premature wit, no striking sentiment, no flash of fancy -

4. A short, transient state.

The Persians and Macedonians had it for a flash.

5. A body of water driven by violence. [Local.]

6. A little pool. [Local.]

FLASH, v.i.

1. To break forth, as a sudden flood of light; to burst or open instantly on the sight, as splendor. It differs from glitter, glisten and gleam in denoting a flood or wide extent of light. The latter words may express the issuing of light from a small object, or from a pencil of rays. A diamond may glitter or glisten, but it does not flash. Flash differs from other words also in denoting suddenness of appearance and disappearance.

2. To burst or break forth with a flood of flame and light; as, the powder flashed in the pan. Flashing differs from exploding or disploding, in not being accompanied with a loud report.

3. To burst out into any kind of violence.

Every hour he flashes into one gross crime or other.

4. To break out, as a sudden expression of wit, merriment or bright thought.

FLASH, v.t.

1. To strike up a body of water from the surface.

He rudely flashed the waves.

[In this sense I believe this word is not used in America.]
2. To strike or to throw like a burst of light; as, to flash conviction on the mind.

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