• A tiger pauses to look around
    A tiger pauses to look around
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tiger large feline of forests in most of Asia having a tawny coat with black stripes; endangered
    • n tiger a fierce or audacious person "he's a tiger on the tennis court","it aroused the tiger in me"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tiger Tiger
Little Black Sambo met another Tiger Little Black Sambo met another Tiger
The tiger salamander The tiger salamander
The tiger stretches out in his cage with his friend the dog The tiger stretches out in his cage with his friend the dog

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A white tiger can only be born when both parents carry the gene for white colouring
    • Tiger A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three cheers and a tiger .
    • Tiger A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.
    • Tiger A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress.
    • Tiger A very large and powerful carnivore (Felis tigris) native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also royal tiger, and Bengal tiger.
    • Tiger Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person. "As for heinous tiger , Tamora."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Between 1902 and 1907, the same tiger killed 434 people in India
    • n tiger In poker, a hand which is seven high and deuce low, without a pair, sequence, or flush. When played, it beats a straight and loses to a flush. Sometimes called a little dog.
    • n tiger In Central and South America the jaguar, Felis onca, whoso black and yellow coat suggests the Asiatic tiger.
    • n tiger A feline quadruped, Felis tigris or Tigris regalis, one of the two largest living cats (the other being the lion), of the family Felidæ. The tiger is beautifully striped with black and tawny yellow; it has no mane. The female, when distinguished, is called tigress. The tiger inhabits southern Asia and some of the larger islands belonging to that continent, having there the same position that the lion has in Africa. The tiger attains his full development in India, the name Bengal tiger being used as synonymous with those specimens which appear as the most typical and most powerful representatives of the species. In habits the tiger is far more active and agile than the lion, and exhibits a large amount of fierce cunning. He generally selects as his lair a concealed spot near a watercourse, whence to spring upon the animals that approach to drink. His tread through the thick jungle is stealthy, and he appears to avoid rather than court danger, unless when brought to bay, when he turns an appalling front to the foe. Tigers do not generally attack man, but in some cases they seem to acquire a special liking for human prey, and boldly approach villages for the purpose of securing it; such are known as man-eaters (see man-eater, 2). In some districts the loss of human life is enough to become a matter of official statistics. The natives destroy them by traps, pits, poisoned arrows, and other means. Tiger-hunting is a favorite Indian sport. It is pursued generally by Europeans, the tiger being shot from the back of an elephant. When taken young the tiger can be tamed, and tigers thus domesticated are not rarely to be seen in India.
    • n tiger The thylacine dasyure, or tiger-wolf: so called from the stripes. See thylacine (with cut).
    • n tiger A person of a fierce, bloodthirsty disposition.
    • n tiger A dissolute swaggering dandy; a ruffling blade; a swaggerer; a hector; a bully; a mohawk.
    • n tiger A groom who goes out with the equipage of his master—that is, with the dog-cart, curricle, cab, or other vehicle driven by the master himself, his duty being to take care of the equipage when the master has left the box.
    • n tiger An additional cheer; “one more” (often the word tiger): as, three cheers and a tiger.
    • n tiger In sugarmanuf., a tank with a perforated bottom, through which the molasses escapes.
    • n tiger A bug of the family Tingitidæ: translating the French name.
    • n tiger A fabulous bird. See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur
    • n Tiger tī′gėr a fierce and rapacious feline quadruped, nearly as large as a lion: the jaguar: a servant in livery who rides with his master: a swaggering bully, a low ruffian:
    • n Tiger tī′gėr (U.S.) one more cheer after a round of cheers: a tiger-beetle
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  • Mao Zedong
    “All reactionaries are paper tigers.”
  • Pearl S. Buck
    “Man was lost if he went to a usurer, for the interest ran faster than a tiger upon him.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.”
  • Max Gunther
    Max Gunther
    “If you are losing a tug-of-war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”


Paper tiger - A paper tiger is a person, country, institution, etc, that looks powerful, but is actually weak.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris; probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra, pointed, tighri, an arrow, Per. tīr,; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; -- probably so named from its quickness.]
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tigre—L. tigris—Gr. tigris—Zend. tighri, an arrow, whence the river Tigris.


In literature:

You can take Tiger with you, if you choose.
"Rollo on the Atlantic" by Jacob Abbott
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston
"Lost in the Forest" by R.M. Ballantyne
I knew that it was a tiger and felt that my life, humanly speaking, was due to the rearing of the poor horse.
"Blown to Bits" by R.M. Ballantyne
Thus armed the active negro would not have hesitated to throw himself before a tiger or any animal of the worst description.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
Another curious Chinese instrument is the 'ou,' which is made of wood, and fashioned like a crouching tiger.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The tiger soon saw him, and uttered a short savage growl of fearful import.
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
He gave the ripe ones to the tiger and the tiger had a good meal.
"Fairy Tales from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
Its tiger-like eyes, and white teeth, which it showed at intervals, were anything but pleasant to look upon.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
But still, if just one buffalo tried to fight a tiger, the tiger could kill him every time.
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh

In poetry:

Not rhinoceroses we!
Tigers do we care to be?
Fields like these so desolate
Are to us a hateful fate.
"On The Misery Of Soldiers" by Confucius
No bird flies near, no tiger creeps;
alone the whirlwind, wild and black,
assails the tree of death and sweeps
away with death upon its back.
"The Upas Tree" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
A tiger-hearted Tyrant crowned with Law,
Whose flesh is custom and whose soul is greed!
Ubiquitous, a nothing clothed in awe,
We sweat for him and bleed!
"The Red Winds Come!" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
A tiger by a torrent in rain, wind,
narrows fiend's eyes for grief
in an old ink-on-silk,
reminding me of Delphi, and,
friend Quo, once was safe
imagination as sweet milk.
"Dream Song 32: And where, friend Quo, lay you hiding" by John Berryman
The serpent's cunning, and the dragon's ire,
The lion's strength, the glaring tiger's fire,
The wolf's voraciousness, the fox's fraud,
Belong to Satan, when he roams abroad.
"A Warning To Guard, Whilst It Is Yet Day, Against The Assaults Of The World, The Flesh, And The Devi" by Rees Prichard
Nor heed the elephants that tiger, plucking
Green leaves, and sucking with a dry trunk dew;
Tormented by the blazing day, they wander,
And, nowhere finding water, still renew
Their search--a woful crew!
"Grisma; Or The Season Of Heat" by Edwin Arnold

In news:

Tigers fall short in closing minutes.
DETROIT – Tigers manager Jim Leyland perfectly summed up why his club was swept out of the World Series by the Giants with these four words: "We didn't hit enough," Leyland said.
Nike Chairman Calls Tiger Woods' Extramarital Affairs "a Minor Blip ".
Barbe High School tight end DeSean Smith commits to play for the Tigers.
Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers celebrates a 23-21 win against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
According to SI 's Jon Heyman, the Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Tigers have agreed on a deal that would bring the Tigers' Curtis Granderson to town.
Les Miles, head coach of the LSU Tigers following a game against the Towson Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The zoo will not handle Bachuta or the other tigers any differently since "the tiger did nothing wrong.".
It's a great feeling when USA Today agrees with all of Tigers nation, that the LSU Tigers should be ranked #1.
Week one of this season Neville Tigers vs the Ouachita Tigers.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Jacob Turner throws during the second inning Sunday in Detroit, where the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4.
During his only season with the Tigers, former Northeast Mississippi Community College pitcher/designated hitter Chase Porch made an impact on the Tiger record book.
White lion, white tigers, snow tigers arrive at Jungle Island in Miami.
My favorite was the Dusty Tiger Mall of Collectibles , 6717 S E. Milwaukie, with a 300-pound bronze tiger in the window.
AP File Photo Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson returned to the Detroit Tigers' lineup Monday -- two days after he injured his left ankle after crashing into the wall in center at Progressive Field.

In science:

Let T −→ S be the extraction (of relative Picard number one) of E . E is a tiger iff −(KT + E ) is effective.
Rational Curves on Quasi-Projective Surfaces
KSi + ∆i ) is ample. (2) If (Si , ∆i ) has a tiger, then so does S .
Rational Curves on Quasi-Projective Surfaces
To generate the collection F ( and complete the proof of (1.3) ) we classify all possibilities for the hunt for which we are unable to find a tiger.
Rational Curves on Quasi-Projective Surfaces
As discussed above, a detailed analysis of the hunt yields a collection F containing all S (with S 0 simply connected) without tiger.
Rational Curves on Quasi-Projective Surfaces
Somewhat surprisingly, the hunt is also a useful tool for classification at the other extreme: In §23 we classify rank one log del Pezzos S = S0 (no assumption on fundamental group) such that E1 (of the first hunt step) is a tiger.
Rational Curves on Quasi-Projective Surfaces