• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tauted taw′ted (Scot.) matted
    • Tauted Also Taw′tie, Tau′tie, Tat′ty
    • ***


  • Pele
    “Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.”


In literature:

The houseboat came about slowly; then, as the motor boat chugged away the line grew taut and the "Red Rover" began to move.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Afloat" by Janet Aldridge
Every nerve was taut in the effort I made to appear composed.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
A laugh was helpful to both after such a taut colloquy, but it seemed only to renew her energies for conflict.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
The reins that till then had been taut sagged down abruptly.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Ivan did not speak but held his reins taut and allowed the horses to take their own pace.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
Instantly Nick felt a rope noose jerked taut around his ankles, nearly throwing him from his feet.
"With Links of Steel" by Nicholas Carter
A barque lay at anchor in the harbour, her tall, tapering masts and taut ropes clearly defined against the gray sky.
"The Pilots of Pomona" by Robert Leighton
He reminded me of one carefully holding taut reins on a horse of a bad reputation.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
Everything was made taut and trim for them by the brig's crew.
"One of the 28th" by G. A. Henty
Like a flash of light a rope descended over her outstretched arms, tightened at her waist, and held her taut.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
Didn't you promise to keep a taut line on all that foolishness?
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
Her little body was taut as a bowstring, her lips tight.
"The Truce of God" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Suddenly the thong was snapped from his hand, and instantly became taut.
"The Cave in the Mountain" by Lieut. R. H. Jayne
The old religion of Zoroaster died, Taut as the corn of wheat, which, if it die, brings forth much fruit.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
The canvas roof was drawn taut over their haven of safety.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Under Canvas" by Janet Aldridge
He was going to draw the wire taut by tightening up the nuts on the eye bolts.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
Feeling the slack, Dale had taken advantage of it, throwing his head forward a little, to keep the rope taut while Owen fastened it.
"Square Deal Sanderson" by Charles Alden Seltzer
He was too uneasy in mind and his nerves were too taut.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
He found a rope stretched taut across the road, which accounted for the pony's stumble.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
Her two hands clutched tautly at his shoulders and her eyes gazed into his.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck

In poetry:

The moment of achievement caught
Twixt sport and torment…
A singing bowstring shuddering taut,
A stubborn bow bent.
"In everything I seek to grasp..." by Boris Pasternak
And ringing shrilly, taut and lithe,
Within the wind a core of sound,
The wire from Romney town to Hythe
Along its airy journey wound.
"In Romney Marsh" by John Davidson
All day the wind had whistled by,
And stretched the creaking canvas taut
And merrily, my ship and I,
Flew on by fickle breezes caught.
"Night On The River" by R S Ward
So he dug, and he delved, with care and pain,
And the veins in his forehead stood taut.
At the end of an hour, when every bone cracked,
He gathered up what he had sought.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
But with each year more splendid and more spreading
The taut beginning of the rose will bloom,
More clearly grow in health and sense of honour,
Sincerity more visibly will loom.
"From early dawn the thirtieth of April..." by Boris Pasternak
I can’t sleep. Homer, and the taut white sails.
I could the list of ships read only to a half:
The long-long breed, the train of flying cranes
Had lifted once the ancient Greece above.
""I can't sleep..."" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

In news:

The Most Banging Bikini Bods Over 40 Toned and taut, Courtney Cox is the toast of Cougar Town.
I Did It Again, Britney showed off her toned and taut bikini bod in Bondi Beach.
The 2011 Honda CR-Z which our reviewer calls a taut, efficient two-seat hatchback.
If there's anything those taut and tawny Jersey Shore kids have taught us it's this: GTL.
On Thursday, she showed off her taut bod in a skin-baring TwitPic she captioned "Winning.".
Winstead breaks out in a taut 'Smashed'.
You'd never think No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani had two kids, with that flat, taut tummy of hers.
First, the bagginess of novels becomes cinematic tautness.
IRVING — Bob Short famously once said he'd fire his mother to hire Billy Martin, which might have made conversation a little taut over the turkey and dressing, but it was a point well-taken, nonetheless.
Taut, hilarious "The Book of Mormon " accomplishes its mission.
Keeping the tether taut was not easy.
Hunter Taute spent his middle school years in Dublin, Ohio, a city that sits just northwest of Columbus, where football is king.
This taut, frightening psychological thriller from Edgar-winner Klavan (The Identity Man) charts the efforts of Dan Champion, a deputy in Tyler, N.Y. To find a criminal who may not exist.
Jennifer Aniston Wears Sexy Black Bra, Reveals Taut Abs on GQ Cover.
Polly Townsend, a British-born artist who works in Paris and London, offers an intimate tour of her creative process in a diverse but taut exhibit at Flashpoint.

In science:

With each limit group GF D we have associated its taut Makanin-Razborov diagram.
Diophantine Geometry over Groups IX: Envelopes and Imaginaries
Tight submanifolds, smooth and polyhedral. Tight and Taut Submanifolds.
A colorful origin for the genetic code: Information theory, statistical mechanics and the emergence of molecular codes
We examine the compact embedded pair (δ≥−ω , δ≥a ) inside M ×S 2N ; since the super- and sublevel sets are absolute neighborhood retracts, the pair is tautly embedded and hence that we may use ordinary (co)homology theories throughout.
Obstructions to Lagrangian Cobordisms between Legendrians via Generating Families
We follow the nomenclature of Hodgson et al. —these are slightly more general than the original taut structures of Lackenby , who also adds a coorientation constraint.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
Regina can enumerate all taut angle structures for relatively large triangulations— in ad-hoc experiments it can do this for 70–80 tetrahedra in a matter of minutes.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
Every taut angle structure is also a vertex angle structure.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
Given an n-tetrahedron triangulation T , the fol lowing algorithm enumerates al l taut angle structures on T .
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
Finally, we note that we can improve the enumeration algorithm further, both for enumerating taut angle structures and enumerating al l vertex angle structures, by employing the same trie-based optimisation that we introduce in Section 3.2.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
Hyam Rubinstein, Ideal triangulations of 3-manifolds II; Taut and angle structures, Algebr.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
Think of the two links adjacent to the reflex vertex v2 as constituting a rope. M then opens the joint at v0 until the rope becomes taut.
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
In addition, for MK a result of Gabai ([Gab86, Corollary 5]) using taut foliations says that attaching the solid torus to X to make MK does not create any new elements of π2 .
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
Most natural adic spaces are taut, e.g. all affinoid adic spaces, or more generally all qcqs adic spaces, and also all adic spaces associated to separated schemes of finite type over k .
Perfectoid spaces
We note that one can also define taut rigid-analytic varieties, and that one gets an equivalence of categories between the category of taut rigid-analytic varieties over k and taut adic spaces locally of finite type over k .
Perfectoid spaces
If we fix q ∈ N and a real number l, 0 < l < rconj (q), then the image of the sphere of radius l under the exponential map from TqN is a taut immersion if and only if q is taut.
Codimension one spheres which are null homotopic
Let φ: M → N be a taut immersion and fix a point x ∈ M .
Codimension one spheres which are null homotopic