adverb see taut I

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  • tautly — adverb In a taut manner, tightly, tensely. The wire was held tautly, until it was so taut it broke; then there were two wires held slackly …   Wiktionary

  • tautly — adv. Tautly is used with these verbs: ↑stretch …   Collocations dictionary

  • tautly — taut ► ADJECTIVE 1) stretched or pulled tight. 2) (of muscles or nerves) tense. 3) (of writing, music, etc.) concise and controlled. 4) (of a ship) having a disciplined crew. DERIVATIVES tauten verb tautly adverb tautness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • tautly — adverb in a taut manner the rope was tautly stretched • Derived from adjective: ↑taut …   Useful english dictionary

  • tautly — See taut. * * * …   Universalium

  • tautly — adv. nervously, tensely, stressfully; tidily, neatly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tautly — taut·ly …   English syllables

  • tautly — See: taut …   English dictionary

  • taut — tautly, adv. tautness, n. /tawt/, adj., tauter, tautest. 1. tightly drawn; tense; not slack. 2. emotionally or mentally strained or tense: taut nerves. 3. in good order or condition; tidy; neat. [1275 1325; earlier taught, ME tought; akin to TOW1 …   Universalium

  • taut — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English tought, perhaps from tought, toughth fierce, tough, alteration of tough tough Date: 14th century 1. a. having no give or slack ; tightly drawn < a taut rope > b. high strung, tense …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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