• FromMy Book of Favourite Fairy Tales
    FromMy Book of Favourite Fairy Tales
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tales (Law) Persons added to a jury, commonly from those in or about the courthouse, to make up any deficiency in the number of jurors regularly summoned, being like, or such as, the latter.
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From Tales of King Arthur From Tales of King Arthur
From Children's Stories from Italian Fairy Tales From Children's Stories from Italian Fairy Tales
From Children's Stories from French Fairy Tales From Children's Stories from French Fairy Tales
Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends
A Terrible Tale A Terrible Tale

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hans Christian Anderson, creater of fairy tales, was word-blind. He never learned to spell correctly, and his publishers always had errors
    • tales In law, a list or supply of persons summoned upon the first panel, or happening to be present in court, from whom the sheriff or clerk makes selections to supply the place of jurors who have been impaneled but are not in attendance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, "Aladdin was a little Chinese boy."
    • n.pl Tales tā′lēz a list of persons, apparently a selection from spectators in court, made by the sheriff or judge at a trial, to supply any defect in a jury or panel
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.”
  • George Santayana
    “Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.”
  • Bible
    “Where no wood is, the fire goes out; so where there is no tale bearer, the strife ceaseth.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Never trust the teller, trust the tale.”


Old wive's tale - A proverb or piece of advice that is commonly accepted as truth and is handed down the generations, but is normally false.
Tale of the tape - This idiom is used when comparing things, especially in sports; it comes from boxing where the fighters would be measured with a tape measure before a fight.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., pl. of talis, such (persons)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the phrase 'tales de circumstantibus,' tales, pl. of L. talis, such.


In literature:

No one was about, however, to suspect, or to tell tales if they did suspect.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
At the first, so the tale of it ran, people were of two different minds to account for this.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The narcissus, anemone, and hyacinth still tell their tales of love and death.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
A companion volume to The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
Russia is a world apart: that is the sum and substance of the tale.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
Nevertheless, wicked stepmothers and farmers' wives are just as common as in other folk-tales.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Come boys, never mind, I'll tell you a wonderful tale.
"Louis' School Days" by E. J. May
The gentleman (a clergyman) who told the story of John Gondalez, gives another tale equally interesting.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
To be sure all this was not the result of the idyllic little tale which marked the beginning of his career.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
Plainly the tale he would hear was of no peaceful exit from life.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Once Clara required me to build a sudden tale out of a plumber and a "bawgunstrictor," and I had to do it.
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain
But the tale remained.
"Notes on My Books" by Joseph Conrad
Borrow made himself very agreeable to Watts, recited a fairy tale in the best style to him, and liked him.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
I could take him my 'Grimm' and show him what splendid tales they are.
"Hunter's Marjory" by Margaret Bruce Clarke
Thus, by ever-widening circles, the tale is distributed in countless forms over an unlimited area.
"Ballads of Romance and Chivalry" by Frank Sidgwick
The old sagas, or hero tales of the north, are full of stories of enchantment and strange marvels.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
She eventually married Martin Chuzzlewit, the grandson, and hero of the tale.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Fish tell no tales, Joe; fish tell no tales.
"The Pirate Shark" by Elliott Whitney
These tales are very old.
"Naples Past and Present" by Arthur H. Norway
Then I turned to her; and for an instant I thought that my tale was told already.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman

In poetry:

With many a tale of deeds unguessed,
Deeds of the early years,
We brought him to his long, long rest
Among the pioneers.
"When Old Man Carey Died" by John O Brien
More of the tale I tell not so—
But for myself would say:
My heart is quiet with what I know,
With what I hope, is gay.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
But when the tale was told to me
I felt such piercing pain,
They tore my heart up with the tree
That will not leaf again.
"The Aerodrome" by Katharine Tynan
And thus they to each other said,
"Yon handful down to hew
Will be no boastful tale to tell,
The peasants are so few."—
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
A pretty tale! Why, ken you not,
Good friends, as lately showed I,
In verse already you've forgot,—
Profanum vulgus odi?
"The Reply Of Q. Horatius Flaccus To A Roman "Round-Robin"" by Alfred Austin
But from that same high battlement
(Say tales by gypsies told)
The valiant Stibor met his death
When he was cross and old.
"Betzko" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

His was a tale of two lives, with God at the pivot point.
A Tale of Two Movements.
He waits for the "tell-tale tingle down the spine" which alerts him to good writing.
The Cautionary Tale of PSA Testing.
Griffith offers up an unusually lighthearted apocalyptic tale.
We must speak of the elegant undead and of the woman, the one, she who has told the tales of what the beautiful vampires see and wear and do.
Body found in trash bag in N. 50 years on, missile crisis remains a compelling tale.
Yes, the United States has a rival—and this isn't a fairy tale.
In "Tales of Midlandia" author Michael Scotto has created a series of stories about a fictional island and its citizens.
Folklore & Fairy Tale Funnies.
Marcus Samuelsson shares kitchen tales.
Next story in Science Mysteries Dog genes tell surprising tales.
Call it a tale of two conspiracies.
Jane Smiley on Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities.
Maybe it's a not-so-tall tale, but the story still sums up what Spud Webb had to overcome to carve out a career and life in basketball.

In science:

Every tangent vector is defined via tales theorem, figure (4), relating the time (or parameter of the curve) with the distance.
It is the ambiguity. (But only three generations)
Usando el modelo cosmológico estándar y suplementándolo con el paradigma inflacionario, se pudieron explicar fenómenos tales como la expansión, la homogeneidad, la planitud, la nucleosíntesis, el fondo de radiación cósmica, etc.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Las existencia de estructuras cosmológicas tales como clusters de galaxias observadas en la actualidad, se explican a través de la teoría de formación de estructura.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Siegwart, “A tale of two ob ject recognition methods for mobile robots.,” in ICVS (A.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
However certain birational transformations must be allowed as well as étale cover.
Generically nef vector bundles and geometric applications
Then the non-trivial sections of TX ⊗ L do not have any zeroes, in particular c2 (X ) = 0 and one of the following holds up to finite étale cover.
Generically nef vector bundles and geometric applications
Conversely, if X is (up to finite étale cover) a torus or of the form X = B × E with g(B) ≥ 2 and E elliptic, then H 0 (X , TX ⊗ L) 6= 0 for some numerically trivial line bundle L.
Generically nef vector bundles and geometric applications
Next observe that if L is torsion, i.e. L⊗m = OX for some m, then after finite étale cover, we may assume L = OX ; hence X has a vector field s.
Generically nef vector bundles and geometric applications
Then a theorem of Lieberman [Li78] applies and X is (up to finite étale cover) a torus or a poduct E × C with E elliptic and g(C) ≥ 2.
Generically nef vector bundles and geometric applications
If κ (X ) = 0, then clearly X is a torus up to finite étale cover.
Generically nef vector bundles and geometric applications
Then (possibly after finite étale cover of X ), L = g∗ ( L ′ ) with a numerically line bundle L ′ on C , which is not torsion.
Generically nef vector bundles and geometric applications
We can find a Galois finite étale covering Y of X0 , with Galois group G, such that π0 : ˜X0 → X is the subcovering corresponding to a subgroup H of G.
Decomposition numbers for perverse sheaves
Deligne found a purely algebraic construction of the intersection cohomology complex, making sense also when the base field has field positive characteristic p (in the étale topology).
Decomposition numbers for perverse sheaves
This segmentation is optimized so that tell-tale electrons or positrons from two-photon processes can can be detected in the high beamstrahlung pair background.
SiD Letter of Intent
For each n ∈ N choose yn ∈ B such that the tales of both subsequences are in B (yn , dist(A, B ) + 1/n).
On best proximity points in metric and Banach spaces