Tact
Tact Tact, n. [L. tactus a touching, touch, fr. tangere, tactum, to touch: cf. F. tact. See {Tangent}.] 1. The sense of touch; feeling. [1913 Webster]

Did you suppose that I could not make myself sensible to tact as well as sight? --Southey. [1913 Webster]

Now, sight is a very refined tact. --J. Le Conte. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) The stroke in beating time. [1913 Webster]

3. Sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty; nice perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and doing what is required by circumstances. [1913 Webster]

He had formed plans not inferior in grandeur and boldness to those of Richelieu, and had carried them into effect with a tact and wariness worthy of Mazarin. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

A tact which surpassed the tact of her sex as much as the tact of her sex surpassed the tact of ours. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, , , / (in appreciating circumstances and acting accordingly), (in saying or doing what is most appropriate to the occasion), , , , , ,


Look at other dictionaries:

  • tact — tact …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • tact — [ takt ] n. m. • 1354, repris v. 1570; lat. tactus, de tangere « toucher » 1 ♦ Vx Toucher. « Le plaisir du tact » (Voltaire). ♢ Mod. Physiol. Sens du toucher permettant d apprécier les divers stimulus mécaniques qui s exercent sur la peau et les… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • TACT — son las siglas de Textual Analisys Computing Tools (Herramientas para el Análisis Computarizado de Textos) y corresponden a una sencilla y completa aplicación para el análisis textual de textos electrónicos. TACT está compuesto por varios… …   Wikipedia Español

  • tact — tact, *address, poise, savoir faire can all mean the skill and grace with which a well bred person conducts himself in his relations with others. Tact stresses skill and consider ateness in one s association with or handling of others, whether… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Tact — is careful consideration in dealing with others to avoid giving offense. Tact may also refer to:* Tact (psychology), term used by B.F. Skinner * Tact Meyers, a fictional character in the manga series Galaxy Angel * TACT Records, Israeli record… …   Wikipedia

  • Tact — Tact, die Bewegung nach einem bestimmten Maße überhaupt, wie beim Gehen, Tanzen etc., – in der Musik das Maß, wodurch die Tonreihen als. Zeitgrößen in gleiche Abschnitte zerfallen, dann diese einzelnen Abtheilungen selbst, sowie auch die… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • tact — TACT. s. m. Le toucher, l attouchement, celuy des cinq sens par lequel on connoist ce qui est chaud ou froid, dur ou mol, uni ou raboteux. Le tact est le moins subtil de tous les sens. cela se connoist au tact …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • tact — [takt] n. [Fr < L tactus, pp. of tangere, to touch < IE base * tag , to touch, grasp > OE thaccian, to stroke] 1. Archaic the sense of touch 2. delicate perception of the right thing to say or do without offending; skill in dealing with… …   English World dictionary

  • tact — [tækt] n [U] [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: sense of touch , from Latin tactus, from tangere to touch ] the ability to be careful about what you say or do, so that you do not upset or embarrass other people →↑tactful, tactless ↑tactless ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tact — (n.) 1650s, sense of touch or feeling (with an isolated instance from c.1200), from L. tactus touch, feeling, handling, sense of touch, from root of tangere to touch (see TANGENT (Cf. tangent)). Meaning sense of discernment, diplomacy, etc. first …   Etymology dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”