• WordNet 3.6
    • adj taut pulled or drawn tight "taut sails","a tight drumhead","a tight rope"
    • adj taut subjected to great tension; stretched tight "the skin of his face looked drawn and tight","her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Taut Snug; close; firm; secure.
    • Taut (Naut) Tight; stretched; not slack; -- said esp. of a rope that is tightly strained.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • taut Tight; tense; not slack: as, a taut line.
    • taut Hence In good shape or condition; properly ordered; prepared against emergency; tidy; neat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Taut tawt tightly drawn: in good condition
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  • Pele
    “Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dan. tæt,; akin to E. tight,. See Tight
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A form of tight.


In literature:

The dog's muscles were taut, his eyes alert.
"Prince Jan, St. Bernard" by Forrestine C. Hooker
Quickly the lasso was drawn taut.
"Deadwood Dick, The Prince of the Road" by Edward L. Wheeler
The tentacle flourishing in air thrashed the surface with impotent fury; that around Jenks's waist grew taut and rigid.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
Marise could feel all his little body, quivering and taut.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
He is pure mind, a practical mind taut with attention.
"Painted Windows" by Harold Begbie
Every nerve and muscle became taut, and the blood went back from his brain, leaving it cool and clear.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He could not continue tormenting her, racking her delicate, taut sensibilities by a hard insistence.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
I never heard the like of it, thin and taut as a thread.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
I was driven hard against the taut cable wire that made our only railing.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
He caught at her hand, and felt it taut, and queerly, individually alive.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
My nerves were tense; they rang taut with unexpended energy.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
The wall of water swept him away, but the taut rope swung him shoreward.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
She quivered to that like a tautly strung lyre touched by a skilful hand.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
He held the lines taut as they sprang forward.
"'Doc.' Gordon" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
Dyan's fingers closed on it like taut strips of steel.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
They both applied imaginary brakes to the car with feet and hands and taut nerves.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Two hundred yards at least must be covered before the Rover can bound on to the deck of his taut craft.
"Side Lights" by James Runciman
She could feel his every muscle strung and taut, ready for uncontrolled violence.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The loop had settled over the animal's body and been drawn taut around his loins.
"The Pride of Palomar" by Peter B. Kyne
The line leading from the boat to the tug was taut and singing, evidence that the men were hauling upon it.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry

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
When wind in the sapling
Strikes him chill;
When a mourning dove
Or a whippoorwill
Breaks taut silence
With a plaintive trill.
"The Cure" by Benjamin Musser
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
I've not set hand
Through the passing days and months
On my white spindlewood bow
Yet, strung taut at night,
The release of sleep eludes me.
"I've not set hand" by Ki no Tsurayuki
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

In news:

'Argo's' fine performances and taut script result in a compelling tale about '79 Iran embassy siege.
You'll want to 'Witness' this taut drama.
Christine Elizabeth Hajdin and Cristian Catalin Taut were united in marriage at 1:30 pm Saturday, Sept 8 at St John Neumann Church, Sunbury, with the Rev.
Taut , hilarious "The Book of Mormon" accomplishes its mission.
Taut thriller set in Ireland.
Iranian filmmaker Rafi Pitts' tense, taut Hunter.
Heartland's Tips For A Taut Tummy.
'Girl With Dragon Tattoo' review: taut spin.
'Margin Call' trailer hints at a taut Wall Street thriller.
'The Debt' review: Taut but icy spy thriller takes itself too seriously.
'The Killing': A taut , textured tale.
Taut '3:10 to Yuma' remake is a study and gripping oater.
'Nothing but the Truth' Is Taut , Political Thriller.
Taut , brilliant 'Yuma' will rope in viewers.
Balance of Power Walks a Taut .

In science:

For taut codimension one foliations of 3–manifolds, one knows by a result of Sullivan in that one can choose a metric on the ambient manifold such that the leaves are minimal surfaces.
Distortion of leaves in product foliations
One could think of this as saying that taut foliations “measure area well”.
Distortion of leaves in product foliations
If we want to study the distortion of leaves in taut foliations, then R–covered foliations are the most delicate case.
Distortion of leaves in product foliations
For, if F is a taut foliation which is not R– covered, then the leaf space of eF is non–Hausdorff.
Distortion of leaves in product foliations
Equivalently, a foliation is taut if there is a vector field ξ that is transverse to ξ and that preserves a volume form Ω on M .
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology
More generally, a taut foliation cannot contain a compact separating leaf.
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology
With this observation it is not hard to find Reebless foliations that are not taut.
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology
So tautness is a strictly stronger notion that Reebless.
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology
Exercise 4.4 Try to prove the two definitions of taut are equivalent.
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology
If ξ ′ is a positive contact structure that is C 0 -close to a taut foliation ξ then ξ ′ is weakly symplectical ly semi-fil lable.
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology
Let α be a 1-form such that ξ = ker α and set eω = ιv Ω where v and Ω are the vector field and volume form from the definition of taut.
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology
Then there is a taut foliation ξ on M with Σ as a leaf.
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology
Since κΩn (A; B ) ≥ κGn (σ(A); σ∗,A (B )) for (A; B ) ∈ Ωn ×Mn , κΩn is an upper semicontinuous function and κGn is continuous (because Gn is a taut domain), we get that κΩn is a continuous function at any point (A; B ) ∈ Cn × Mn .
Discontinuity of the Lempert function and the Kobayashi--Royden metric of the spectral ball
Berkovich spaces} ∼= {taut adic spaces locally of finite type/k} , sending M(R) to Spa(R, R+ ) for any affinoid k-algebra (R, R+ ) of tft.
Perfectoid spaces
Excellent surfaces and their taut resolution.
Resolution of singularities of an idealistic filtration in dimension 3 after Benito-Villamayor