tame

Definitions

  • a Dwarf Playing With Cynocephali and A Tame Ibis
    a Dwarf Playing With Cynocephali and A Tame Ibis
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tame flat and uninspiring
    • adj tame very docile "tame obedience","meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes"
    • adj tame brought from wildness into a domesticated state "tame animals","fields of tame blueberries"
    • adj tame very restrained or quiet "a tame Christmas party","she was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed"
    • v tame correct by punishment or discipline
    • v tame make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans "The horse was domesticated a long time ago","The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog"
    • v tame overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable "He tames lions for the circus","reclaim falcons"
    • v tame adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment "domesticate oats","tame the soil"
    • v tame make less strong or intense; soften "Tone down that aggressive letter","The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

wild pig and tame pig wild pig and tame pig
"PETS!  DON'T YOU love THEM?  Aren't THEY TAME?" "PETS! DON'T YOU love THEM? Aren't THEY TAME?"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In all of Shakespeare's works and excluding Roman numerals only one word begins with the letter "X." Xanthippe, the wife of Socrates, appears in The Taming of the Shrew.
    • Tame Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless. "Tame slaves of the laborious plow."
    • Tame Deficient in spirit or animation; spiritless; dull; flat; insipid; as, a tame poem; tame scenery.
    • Tame Reduced from a state of native wildness and shyness; accustomed to man; domesticated; domestic; as, a tame deer, a tame bird.
    • v. t Tame To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out. "In the time of famine he is the Joseph of the country, and keeps the poor from starving. Then he tameth his stacks of corn, which not his covetousness, but providence, hath reserved for time of need."
    • Tame To reduce from a wild to a domestic state; to make gentle and familiar; to reclaim; to domesticate; as, to tame a wild beast. "They had not been tamed into submission, but baited into savegeness and stubbornness."
    • Tame To subdue; to conquer; to repress; as, to tame the pride or passions of youth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tame Reclaimed from wildness, savagery, or barbarism. Of persons, civilized; made peaceable, docile, or polite in manners and habits.
    • tame Of beasts, birds, etc.: Reclaimed from the feral condition or state of nature for the use or benefit of man; not wild; domesticated; made tractable.
    • tame Having lost or not exhibiting the usual characteristics of a wild animal, as ferocity, fear of man, and shyness: as, a tame wild cat; the wild ducks are quite tame this season; the bear seemed very tame.
    • tame Cultivated; improved: noting land, vegetable products, etc.
    • tame Submissive; spiritless; pusillanimous.
    • tame Sluggish; languid; dull; lacking earnestness, fervor, or ardor.
    • tame Deficient in interesting or striking qualities; uninspiring; insipid; flat: as, a tame description.
    • tame Ineffectual; impotent; inert.
    • tame Accommodated to one's habits; wonted; accustomed.
    • tame Feeble, vapid, prosy, prosaic.
    • tame To reclaim from a wild or savage state; overcome the natural ferocity or shyness of; make gentle and tractable; domesticate; break in, as a wild beast or bird.
    • tame To subdue; curb; reduce to submission.
    • tame To destroy; kill.
    • tame To deprive of courage, spirit, ardor, or animation.
    • tame To make subdued in color or luster; soften; relieve; tone down.
    • tame To open; broach.
    • tame To divide; deal out; formerly, to cut; carve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tame tām having lost native wildness and shyness: domesticated: gentle: spiritless: without vigour: dull, flat, uninspiring: wonted, accustomed
    • v.t Tame to reduce to a domestic state: to make gentle: to reclaim: to civilise
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Quotations

  • Washington Irving
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    “Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.”
  • Dorothy L. Sayers
    Dorothy L. Sayers
    “Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short; youth is nimble, age is lame; Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold; Youth is wild, and age is tame.”
  • George Herbert
    George%20Herbert
    “Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame, when once it is within thee.”
  • Duke of Alba Ferdinand Alvarez De Toledo
    Duke of Alba Ferdinand Alvarez De Toledo
    “I have tamed men of iron in my day, shall I not easily crush these men of butter?”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “Prolonged endurance tames the bold.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. tam,; akin to D. tam, G. zahm, OHG. zam, Dan. & Sw. tam, Icel. tamr, L. domare, to tame, Gr. , Skr. dam, to be tame, to tame, and perhaps to E. beteem,. √61. Cf. Adamant Diamond Dame Daunt Indomitable

Usage

In literature:

The tame rabbit has been domesticated from an ancient period.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
The turtles were fed while we were present and seemed very tame.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
He was so tame by now that he did not struggle upon my palm.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
The parrot walked about among the tea-things as tame as tame.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Why, that is longer than the tame pigeons that walk about our city streets.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
He who journeys through the tame scenery of European countries can form but little idea of the wild and dangerous highways of the Andes.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Then perhaps he'll get to like me, and be tame, and sit on the nursery clock and look wise.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
And he 'won't be thinking' the worse of its helplessness and tameness.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
Throw him crumbs of bread and he will soon be so tame as to come right up to the door step.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [May, 1897]" by Various
A second method that is recommended is the study of tame animals.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Auld sparrows are ill to tame.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Here's my favourite Daisy as tame as ever.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The idea of taming her was delicious, seductive.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The tame crow and the tame coon sat in the shadows with us.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
No half-tamed outlaw could slip into the cavvy.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
It is easily tamed, becomes very social, and follows its master like a dog.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Time I'm through with you there will be one tame wolf crawling back to Dead Cow with its tail between its legs.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Cheschapah saw the wrinkled figure coming, and his face sank tame.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
The Wilmot has arrived from New York, and doubtless will follow us like a tame dog.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
If the brood should be too small, put among them a few tame pigeons of their own colour.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
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In poetry:

You will not tame this sea
either by humility or rapture.
But you can laugh
in its face.
"The Sea And The Man" by Anna Swirszczynska
Wild terror of the sky above,
Glide tamed and dumb below!
Bear gently, Ocean's carrier-dove,
Thy errands to and fro.
"The Cable Hymn" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For on the deck each starry night
The wild waves and the tame
I counts and knows 'em all by sight
And some of 'em by name.
"Meditations Of A Mariner" by Wallace Irwin
Great God! How terrible art thou
To sinners e'er so young:
Grant me thy grace, and teach me how
To tame and rule my tongue.
"Against Scoffing and Calling Names" by Isaac Watts
If hard commands can tame your love,
Or strongest walls can hold,
I would not wish to grieve above
A thing so false and cold.
"Last Words" by Emily Jane Bronte
'Tis he who tames a fairy thing
Must suffer want and bitter fate!
Deftly the bridles did I fling
That brought him to my gate.
"“She Wandered After Strange Gods…”" by Laura Benet

In news:

Now my terror has been tamed, I've been able to expand my horizons.
8 ways to tame your brain.
Yo La Tengo, Tame Impala - and Cosby.
In the last four seasons, Knott's has added only one major attraction: the tame and temperamental Windseeker in 2011.
5 ways to tame monsters under the bed.
And if you're a woman, it might seem like you can't purchase enough beauty products to tame those smile lines or hide that grey.
Co-writer & director Benh Zeitlin's feature debut refuses to tame the beasts.
Andy Murray looks to tame 'Little Beast ' Ferrer.
Hit the link and start taming those little ones with Beep & Boop.
Bud tames to tropical storm off Mexico's coast.
Thanks to Dr Sally's advice, her sons are starting to tame their temper.
One herd roams freely on a fenced-in, 100-acre nature area while the other, more tame herd is bred for breeding programs and are used in Porter's seminars.
Euro soars to 7-month high vs dollar after strong China data and tame US inflation.
New tricks to tame your appetite.
With both sides missing key players, the Netherlands and Germany played out a tame 0-0 draw Wednesday in an international friendly at Amsterdam Arena.
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In science:

Proposition 9.8 Assume that K ′/K is tamely ramified.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
The equality holds if and only if L/K is tamely ramified.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
The tame settings are the couples (D, δ) where D is an extended Dynkin diagram and δ the corresponding imaginary root.
Simple roots of deformed preprojective algebras
The list of tame settings is given in figure 1.
Simple roots of deformed preprojective algebras
Section 2.4 defines tameness and describes some of the results.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Tameness often does not appear in statements of applications because it follows from other hypotheses, but it is central to proofs.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
One of the main applications of tameness is to give a comparison of the embedding with a “universal” mapping cylinder constructed using the homotopy link.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Some of this last construction can be done using forward tameness in place of an actual mapping cylinder.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Suppose f : X × I → X is a forward-tameness deformation, and U is a neighborhood of Y with f (U × {1}) ⊂ Y .
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Tameness therefore encodes essentially the same local homotopy information as a mapping cylinder neighborhood.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
In the mapping cylinder context the tameness hypothesis provides us with a canonical reference map, the homotopy link.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
As in the discussion of tameness in 2.4 we extract properties of the radial deformation of a mapping cylinder.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Suppose X is a local ly compact ANR, Y ⊂ X is tame, and there is a map, control led 1-connected over Y , from the homotopy link of Y in X to a stratified system of fibrations over Y .
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Let h : X × [0, 1] → X be a forward-tame deformation, and let V be a neighborhood of Y such that h(V × {1}) ⊂ Y .
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
It remains to consider the case where both Λ0 and Λ∞ are of tame representation type, in this case Λ is said to a tubular canonical algebra.
Infinite dimensional representations of canonical algebras
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