• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tarry having the characteristics of pitch or tar
    • v tarry leave slowly and hesitantly
    • v tarry be about "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square","Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tarry Consisting of, or covered with, tar; like tar.
    • n Tarry Stay; stop; delay. "Nor rested till she came without relent Unto the land of Amazons."
    • Tarry To delay; to defer; to put off. "Tarry us here no longer than to-morrow."
    • Tarry To delay; to put off going or coming; to loiter. "Come down unto me, tarry not.""One tarried here, there hurried one."
    • Tarry To stay or remain behind; to wait. "Tarry ye for us, until we come again."
    • Tarry To stay; to abide; to continue; to lodge. "Tarry all night, and wash your feet."
    • Tarry To wait for; to stay or stop for. "He that will have a cake out of the wheat must needs tarry the grinding.""He plodded on, . . . tarrying no further question."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tarry Consisting of tar, or like tar; partaking of the character of tar; smeared with tar.
    • tarry To vex; irritate; provoke; incite. See tar.
    • tarry To continue in a place; remain; stay; sojourn; abide; lodge.
    • tarry To wait or stay in expectation; wait.
    • tarry To put off going or coming; delay; linger; loiter.
    • tarry To cause to tarry; delay.
    • tarry To wait for.
    • n tarry Delay: stay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tarry tär′i consisting of, covered with, or like tar
    • v.i Tarry tar′i to be tardy or slow: to loiter or stay behind: to delay
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  • Kahlil Gibran
    “March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.”
  • John Keble
    John Keble
    “The watchful mother tarries nigh, though sleep has closed her infants eyes.”
  • Mary Todd Lincoln
    Mary Todd Lincoln
    “My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tarien, to irritate (see Tarre); but with a change of sense probably due to confusion with OE. targen, to delay, OF. targier, fr. (assumed) LL. tardicare, fr. L. tardare, to make slow, to tarry, fr. tardus, slow. Cf. Tardy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. targen, to delay (confused in form with tarien, to irritate)—O. Fr. targer (Fr. tarder)—L. tardus, slow.


In literature:

They tarry awhile at his house.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
And now, since there is no way but this, let us go upon it without tarrying.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
E'en let's tarry as we are, an' make the best on't.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
If I do not return at the end of seven years take thyself a husband and tarry no longer for me.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
There should have been a bitter tumult there, had not the clerks had the wit to give way and tarry withoutside the door.
"Joyce Morrell's Harvest" by Emily Sarah Holt
Still the imperial answer tarried.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
We must not tarry Mother on her journey, for she is like to be weary enough ere she come to its end.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
When she went home her mother struck her because she had tarried so long at the well.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
Why should a bird student tarry here?
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
Tarry ye here, and watch with me.
"The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." by Various

In poetry:

But alas! if o'er the foam
I this flower should carry,
It would fade ere I could come;
Roses may not tarry.
"To The Beloved From Afar" by Nikolaus Lenau
Call to him, cry to him, wind and rain,
Breath of the clover, o'er him again
Pass and tarry, if he should wake;
Earth, be moved for his sleeping sake.
"Dirge For Prince Art" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
“Ghost of my love, each day I come
To see where God first wrought us wrong:
Now kind thou com’st to call me home,
Be sure I shall not tarry long.”
"Love's Reward" by William Morris
Ah, think not early love alone is strong;
He loveth best whose heart has learned to wait:
Dear messenger of Spring that tarried long,
You're doubly dear because you come so late.
"Spring In The North" by Henry Van Dyke
And if thou tarry from her, - if this could be, -
She cometh herself, O heart, to be loved, to thee;
For thee would unashamed herself forsake:
Awake, to be loved, my heart, awake, awake!
"Awake, My Heart" by Robert Seymour Bridges
Oh, tarry no longer where joy flies away,
The heart and the soul lose their richest array,
Where eye mocketh eye, as unmeaning they roll,
The tongue whispers folly—farewell to the bowl.
"Farewell The Bowl" by John Pierpont

In news:

And Briny , Hammy Capricciosa Pie at Tarry Lodge.
Tests results are back on the black tarry goop that forced the closure of Canandaigua's Kershaw Beach a couple of weeks ago.
And Briny, Hammy Capricciosa Pie at Tarry Lodge.
Wine Dinner at Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, NY.
Don't-Miss Wine Dinner at Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, NY.
A 76-year-old woman with a medical history signi?cant for hypertension, diabetes, and multiple cerebral infarcts presented with a 3day history of progressive abdominal pain and tarry stools.
No Time to Tarry Here.
Martha Tarry Simpson has been selected as a Senior Star by the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.
Eat, drink, but don't tarry .
Yeshua's coming is fixed in time, there is no ' tarrying ' on His part.
Tarrying With the Negative.
Thanksgiving Help Lines, Tarry Lodge Wine Dinner with Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, and a Pause That Refreshes at Fig & Olive.
New Director of Transportation for Barren County Schools Chip Jenkins , left, talks to Barren County High School Principal Steve Riley, right, and Bud Tarry after a press conference Thursday afternoon that announced Jenkins ' appointment.
Greg Tarry, a manager with the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, said monkeys may be small and cute when they're young, but that keeping one as a pet can be dangerous as the creature grows older and more assertive.
Husband and wife team Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry offer up wonderful work to Prospect .1.

In science:

Observe that (A) and (B) are not equivalent (i.e. they produce different sets of Prouhet-Tarry-Escott pairs).
A Method of Generating Sums of Like Powers
Ingalls, The Prouhet-Tarry-Escott Problem Revisited, Enseign.
A Method of Generating Sums of Like Powers
Percival, Computational Investigations of the Prouhet-Tarry-Escott Problem, Math.
A Method of Generating Sums of Like Powers
Lodders (2004) suggested that tarry compounds, rather than water, provided the bulk of the solid mass for Jupiter’s core.
Ice Lines, Planetesimal Composition and Solid Surface Density in the Solar Nebula
For example, the Tarry-Escott problem (see, for example, [2, 17]) deals with finding disjoint sets {xi : 1 ≤ i ≤ k} and {yi : 1 ≤ i ≤ k} of integers satisfying (1).
Generation of symmetric exponential sums