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tell-tale

TELL'-TALE, a. Telling tales; babbling.

TELL'-TALE, n. [tell and tale.] One who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of individuals; one who tells that which prudence should suppress, and which if told, often does mischief among neighbors.

1. A movable piece of ivory or lead on a chamber organ, that gives notice when the wind is exhausted.

2. In seamanship, a small piece of wood, traversing in a groove across the front of the poop deck, and which, by communicating with a small barrel on the axis of the steering wheel, indicates the situation of the helm.



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TELL'-TALE, a. Telling tales; babbling.

TELL'-TALE, n. [tell and tale.] One who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of individuals; one who tells that which prudence should suppress, and which if told, often does mischief among neighbors.

1. A movable piece of ivory or lead on a chamber organ, that gives notice when the wind is exhausted.

2. In seamanship, a small piece of wood, traversing in a groove across the front of the poop deck, and which, by communicating with a small barrel on the axis of the steering wheel, indicates the situation of the helm.

TELL'-TALE, a.

Telling tales; babbling. Shak.


TELL'-TALE, n. [tell and tale.]

  1. One who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of individuals; one who tells that which prudence should suppress, and which if told, often does mischief among neighbors. Milton. Shak.
  2. A movable piece of ivory or lead on a chamber organ, that gives notice when the wind is exhausted. Busby.
  3. In seamanship, a small piece of wood, traversing in a groove across the front of the poop deck, and which, by communicating with a small barrel on the axis of the steering wheel, indicates the situation of the helm. Mar. Dict.

Tell"tale`
  1. Telling tales; babbling.

    "The telltale heart." Poe.
  2. One who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of others; one who tells that which prudence should suppress.
  3. A thing that serves to disclose something or give information; a hint or indication.

    It supplies many useful links and telltales. Saintsbury.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A mechanical attachment to the steering wheel, which, in the absence of a tiller, shows the position of the helm.

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  7. 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.
  8. The tattler. See Tattler.

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Tell-tale

TELL'-TALE, adjective Telling tales; babbling.

TELL'-TALE, noun [tell and tale.] One who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of individuals; one who tells that which prudence should suppress, and which if told, often does mischief among neighbors.

1. A movable piece of ivory or lead on a chamber organ, that gives notice when the wind is exhausted.

2. In seamanship, a small piece of wood, traversing in a groove across the front of the poop deck, and which, by communicating with a small barrel on the axis of the steering wheel, indicates the situation of the helm.

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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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DEFICIENT, a.

1. Wanting; defective; imperfect; not sufficient or adequate; as deficient estate; deficient strength.

2. Wanting; not having a full or adequate supply; as, the country may be deficient in the means of carrying on war.

Deficient numbers, in arithmetic, are those numbers, whose parts, added together, make less than the integer, whose parts they are.

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