tabu

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tabu excluded from use or mention "forbidden fruit","in our house dancing and playing cards were out","a taboo subject"
    • adj tabu forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands
    • n tabu an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion
    • n tabu a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & v Tabu See Taboo.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tabu See taboo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tabu an institution among the Polynesians, forming a penal system based on religious sanctions, by which certain things are held sacred or consecrated, and hence prohibited to be used—by a natural transference of meaning by association of ideas becoming equivalent to 'unholy,' 'accursed'—also Tamboo′, Tambu′, and Tapu′: any prohibition, interdict, restraint, ban, exclusion, ostracism
    • Tabu Same as Taboo.
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Usage

In literature:

This tabu on labour has a further consequence in the industrial differentiation of classes.
"The Theory of the Leisure Class" by Thorstein Veblen
It was my second experience with being somehow tabu, and I didn't like it.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Semitic tribes were haunted with the fear of the tabu.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
The Tabu was always most scrupulously regarded, after this, whenever employed.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
He went his simple way, but to escape being pointed out, he kept from all crowds, and public functions were to him tabu.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Baltimore was to be tabu.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The same idea is carried out in the tabu which generally accompanies the treatment.
"The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees" by James Mooney
The expression "tabu," he says, "which plays so great a part in the language of this people, has a very wide significance.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
All women were tabu to all save the Father, but the High Priestess was doubly sacred.
"B. C. 30,000" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
Paragot accepted meekly my report of Joanna's tabu of the Black Boar.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
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In news:

Crazy Horse Paris' Hosts Bastille Day at Tabu.
Tabu is an audaciously conceived two-part film shot in 35mm black and white for the first act, taking place in modern Lisbon, and grainier 16mm for the scenes of colonial Africa.
It is difficult to find a statement about my book Das Goethe -Tabu in Gordon Craig's review that is not misleading or simply wrong.
Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, Ayush Tandon, Adil Hussain.
Tabu Ley Rochereau By Jeff Tamarkin.
It's been more than half a century since Tabu Ley Rochereau first graced a stage, and to this day there is no more prominent figure in Congolese music.
"Beverly Hills 90210" star Jason Priestley may have held a small birthday gathering at Tabu in Las Vegas over the weekend, but there was nothing itty-bitty about his wife.
Sara Sherr has upped her Sing Your Life Karaoke game as of late, with new sites and theme nights all around the city (look out for Morrissey at Tabu on May 22 to celebrate Mozz's birthday).
Lukner Blanc arrested in fatal shooting at Tabu nightclub.
Lukner Blanc is accused of fatally shooting David Lauture in the parking lot of Tabu nightclub.
ID of victim in shooting at Tabu nightclub released.
Ryan Couture celebrates his 30th birthday at Tabu .
Ryan Couture celebrates his 30th birthday at Tabu Ultra Lounge in MGM Grand on Friday, Aug 31, 2012.
Ryan Couture's 30th Birthday at Tabu .
Crazy Horse Paris' Hosts Bastille Day at Tabu .
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In science:

Two of the most successful heuristics to date for the QAP are tabu search (TS) and simulated annealing (SA).
Comparative Performance of Tabu Search and Simulated Annealing Heuristics for the Quadratic Assignment Problem
We find that for each problem instance, there is a value of Q, Q∗ , above which (lower quality) tabu search performs better — requires less time — than simulated annealing and below which (higher quality) simulated annealing performs better.
Comparative Performance of Tabu Search and Simulated Annealing Heuristics for the Quadratic Assignment Problem
Pardalos compared the performance of four algorithms including simulated annealing and tabu search and found that “all of these approaches have almost the same performance”.
Comparative Performance of Tabu Search and Simulated Annealing Heuristics for the Quadratic Assignment Problem
Paulli compared simulated annealing and tabu search and found that “when CPU time is taken into consideration, simulated annealing is clearly preferable to tabu search”.
Comparative Performance of Tabu Search and Simulated Annealing Heuristics for the Quadratic Assignment Problem
On the other hand, finds that “RTS (Reactive Tabu Search) needs less CPU time than SA to reach average results in the 1% [of the best known value] region”.
Comparative Performance of Tabu Search and Simulated Annealing Heuristics for the Quadratic Assignment Problem
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