• WordNet 3.6
    • n tardigrade an arthropod of the division Tardigrada
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tardigrade Moving or stepping slowly; slow-paced.
    • Tardigrade (Zoöl) Of or pertaining to the Tardigrada.
    • n Tardigrade (Zoöl) One of the Tardigrada.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tardigrade Slowgoing; slow in movement; specifically, noting the Tardigrada in either sense. Compare gravigrade.
    • n tardigrade One of the Tardigrada.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tardigrade tär′di-grād slow in pace; belonging to the Tar′digrada, a group or suborder of mammals containing the two genera of sloth
    • n Tardigrade one of the Tardigrada
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tardigradus,; tardus, slow + gradi, to step: cf. F. tardigrade,


In literature:

Seldom had my experiments on rotifers and tardigrades been surrounded with equal chances of success, yet they had always succeeded.
"The Man With The Broken Ear" by Edmond About
Egg of Tardigrade, after the yolk has subdivided.
"On the Origin and Metamorphoses of Insects" by Sir John Lubbock

In news:

Microscopic animals called tardigrades are among the few lifeforms thought capable of surviving the intense radiation, extreme temperatures and life-sucking vacuum of outer space.
Better known as water bears, tardigrades are eight-legged invertebrates visible to the naked eye and found throughout the world, making them a biology class favorite.
Motion sickness , 'tardigrade,' smartphones all make this week's Strange But True.
Motion sickness, ' tardigrade ,' smartphones all make this week's Strange But True.
Tardigrades or "Water Bears" are the first creature discovered to survive in space .