• FromMy Book of Favourite Fairy Tales
    FromMy Book of Favourite Fairy Tales
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tale a trivial lie "he told a fib about eating his spinach","how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
    • n tale a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program "his narrative was interesting","Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hans Christian Anderson, creater of fairy tales, was word-blind. He never learned to spell correctly, and his publishers always had errors
    • Tale (Law) A count or declaration. "Therefore little tale hath he told Of any dream, so holy was his heart."
    • Tale A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration; a count, in distinction from measure or weight; a number reckoned or stated. "The ignorant, . . . who measure by tale , and not by weight.""And every shepherd tells his tale ,
      Under the hawthornn in the dale."
      "In packing, they keep a just tale of the number."
    • n Tale See Tael.
    • Tale That which is told; an oral relation or recital; any rehearsal of what has occured; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story. "The tale of Troy divine.""In such manner rime is Dante's tale .""We spend our years as a tale that is told."
    • v. i Tale To tell stories.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, "Aladdin was a little Chinese boy."
    • n tale Number.
    • n tale Numbering; enumeration; reckoning; account; count.
    • n tale A number of things considered as an aggregate; a sum.
    • n tale Account; estimation; regard; heed. See to give tale, below.
    • n tale Speech; language.
    • n tale A speech; a statement; talk; conversation; discourse.
    • n tale A report of any matter; a relation; a version.
    • n tale In law, a count; a declaration.
    • n tale An account of an assorted fact or circumstance; a rumor; a report; especially, an idle or malicious story; a piece of gossip or slander; a lie: as, to tell tales.
    • n tale A narrative, oral or written (in prose or verse), of some real or imaginary event or group of events: a story, either true or fictitious, having for its aim to please or instruct, or to preserve move or less remote historical facts; more especially, a story displaying embellishment or invention.
    • n tale to agree; concur; be in accord.
    • tale To speak; discourse; tell tales.
    • n tale See tael.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tale tāl a narrative or story: a fable: what is told or counted off: number: reckoning
    • v.i Tale (obs.) to speak
    • n Tale act of telling secrets
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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
AS. talu, number, speech, narrative; akin to D. taal, speech, language, G. zahl, number, OHG. zala, Icel. tal, tala, number, speech, Sw. tal, Dan. tal, number, tale, speech, Goth. talzjan, to instruct. Cf. Tell (v. t.) Toll a tax, also Talk (v. i.)


In literature:

Mary Howitt's Juvenile Tales.
"Aunt Fanny's Story-Book for Little Boys and Girls" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
Her eyes tell true tales.
"Miss Ashton's New Pupil" by Mrs. S. S. Robbins
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Last, to the standard pointing, thus he spake: 'Yon Standard tells the tale!
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
Thereat my father, musing o'er the tales of ancient men, Saith: 'Hearken, lords, and this your hope a little learn of me!
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
The tale of a "quarter-strain wolf and three-quarters husky" torn between the call of the human and his wild mate.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Mrs. Bergen listened in wonder, gasping at the tale of Shad Wells's undoing, which Peter asked her to keep in confidence.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
Of the MERY TALES AND QUICKE ANSWERES, which forms the second portion of the present volume, only two impressions are known.
"Shakespeare Jest-Books;" by Unknown
But he pointed a moral, though he adorned no tale.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Then a dealer in turtles came by, and they told him their tale.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
He constructed his tale deductively: beginning with a general conception, he reduced it to particular terms.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
A tale of the time of the Union.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
The tale full of fire, quick with interest, borne away by the morning wind, became a vague murmur.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The very same day Peerat made his appearance with a very pitiful tale.
"Australia, its history and present condition" by William Pridden
You will know more about the South Seas after you have read my little tale than if you had read a library.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He constructed his tale deductively: beginning with a general conception, he reduced it to particular terms.
"Materials and Methods of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
Don't you think you could write a series of evangelical tales?
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
Thackeray has a tale of a gentleman who married a young lady, drove his cab, and lived altogether in great style.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Tales on this theme at least need not be regarded as strictly traditional.
"Legends of Florence Collected from the People, First Series" by Charles Godfrey Leland
We will hear their tale presently.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley

In poetry:

Children rosy in the sun
Ran to hear his tale
How twelve little ones had won
Each of them the Grail.
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
A crown for him that winneth,
A bed for him that fails,
A glory that beginneth
In never-dying tales.
"Earth The Healer, Earth The Keeper" by William Morris
This is a tale of the trenches
Told when the shadows creep
Over the bay and traverse
And poppies fall asleep.
"A Vision" by Patrick MacGill
Though babbling only to the Vale,
Of Sunshine and of flowers,
Thou bringest unto me a tale
Of visionary hours.
"To The Cuckoo" by William Wordsworth
The tale is told to the end;
This, ev'n, I may not know—
If we were friend and friend,
If we were foe and foe.
"Last Words" by Amy Levy
``And it says to them, `Kinsmen, hail!
We severed have been too long.
Now let us have done with a worn—out tale—
The tale of an ancient Wrong;
And our friendship last long as Love doth last,
and be stronger than Death is strong!'''
"A Voice From The West" by Alfred Austin

In news:

A Bashful Fiennes And a Vivid Heiress In a Quirky Tale.
Biloxi 's Tale of Murder, Extortion and Racy Photos.
A Tale of Two Tweens Blog.
More than 100 spices were laid out for the Bittercube Bitters hands-on bitters workshop at Tales of the Cocktail.
PHOTO BY CHRIS KRIDLER A drink at Tales of the Cocktail.
On Friday, November 02 2012 in Telling Tales.
On Tuesday, September 22 2009 in Telling Tales.
Bernie is a small-town courtroom tale that would have Atticus Finch spinning in his grave.
It's the tale of two retail giants and two highly anticipated albums.
This one is a whale of a tale.
The story of Chester Olson is a tale of one man's willingness to fight for the Boardman River.
The hitmaker and star of the new Hub Network talent show shares tales from the set and plans for the future, including a movie about his late father, notorious music biz player Neil Bogart .
Maternal love faces formidable challenges in this stellar steampunk tale.
A Bookmaker's Tale The Nation.
Local author publishes children's tale.

In science:

Then X admits a bimeromorphic model X ′ with a covering π : eX ′ → X ′ , tale in codimension one, such that eX ′ is either a torus or a product S × E with S a K3-surface and E an el liptic curve (see 8.1).
Holomorphic 2-forms on Complex Threefolds
If κ(X ) = −∞, X is uniruled. (ii) If κ(X ) = 0 and h0,2 (X ) 6= 0, then X is bimeromorphic to some threefold X ′ (possibly with quotient singularities) which has a finite cover eX ′ tale in codimension one such that eX ′ either a torus or a product of an el liptic curve by a K3-surface.
Holomorphic 2-forms on Complex Threefolds
Otherwise, every such eF0 is a finite tale cover of eE , and thus every fiber F0 of r0 is isogeneous to eE .
Holomorphic 2-forms on Complex Threefolds
The fibers of g are thus mapped to C in an tale way by r0 .
Holomorphic 2-forms on Complex Threefolds
C (which is tale over X ), we get q(X ) = 3 and the conclusion.
Holomorphic 2-forms on Complex Threefolds
Innovations in physics teaching – A cautionary tale. Phys.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
Tabachnikov. A tale of a geometric inequality.
The DNA Inequality in Non-Convex Regions
Combination of this result with the spectral properties of thermonuclear bursts during periods of photospheric radius expansion and in the cooling tales also allowed for an independent determination of the mass and radius of the neutron star [112].
Probes and Tests of Strong-Field Gravity with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum
The tell-tale sign of this process is the appearance of a tachyon field.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Note that this condition is automatically satisfied if R → S is étale.
A dual to tight closure theory
Smith, Behavior of test ideals under smooth and étale homomorphisms, J.
A dual to tight closure theory
Grigor Sargsyan. A tale of hybrid mice, Thesis, UC Berkeley, May 2009.
Descriptive inner model theory
In , Michael Artin proves using an argument involving étale algebras, that in an absolutely integrally closed ring (definition 3.7), the sum of two prime ideals is either prime or the whole ring.
Polygons in Quadratically Closed Rings and Properties of n-adically Closed Rings
It states that an absolutely integrally closed ring has no polygons, and the proof in again uses étale algebras.
Polygons in Quadratically Closed Rings and Properties of n-adically Closed Rings
But the proof given above is much more elementary, and avoids the usage of semi-local rings and étale algebras.
Polygons in Quadratically Closed Rings and Properties of n-adically Closed Rings