• How I did wish he could have had some of my scolloped oysters, and jell-cake, and tarts
    How I did wish he could have had some of my scolloped oysters, and jell-cake, and tarts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tartness a rough and bitter manner
    • n tartness a sharp sour taste
    • n tartness the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Queen baking tarts Queen baking tarts
Knave stealing tarts Knave stealing tarts
Knave passing out tarts Knave passing out tarts
The court enjoying tarts The court enjoying tarts

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A headache and inflammatory pain can be reduced by eating 20 tart cherries
    • n Tartness The quality or state of being tart.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Eating about twenty tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain
    • n tartness The state or property of being tart. Sharpness to the taste; acidity.
    • n tartness Sharpness of language or manner; acerbity; severity.
    • n tartness Synonyms Asperity, Harshness, etc. See acrimony.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.”
  • James Beard
    James Beard
    “A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart, who looks at her watch.”
  • Beverley Baxter
    Beverley Baxter
    “Beaverbrook is so pleased to be in the government that he is like the town tart who finally married the Mayor.”
  • Washington Irving
    “A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.”


In literature:

Cranberry sauce should accompany them, or any tart sauce.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
Put it into large tart dishes or jars.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Fancy that, O fluent Lady, at tart nick-names pat!
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, December 5, 1891" by Various
She made a tart reply and vanished through the door that Cliffe held open for her.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Twelve large high stands of rings, whereof three silver, to place small dishes for tarts, jellies, &c., at a feast.
"The Complete English Tradesman (1839 ed.)" by Daniel Defoe
Then he related, perhaps rather tartly, his experience with Ida May Bostwick.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
I was tartly asked whether I had not explained to Herr Browning that his guest did not understand English.
"A Christmas Garland" by Max Beerbohm
He may swop them for bats, or tarts, or he may learn wisdom from the misfortunes of his uncle.
"Punch, Or the London Charivari, Vol. 102, Feb. 13, 1892" by Various
Beef, pudding, cherry-tart, and cream, What more could mortal man desire?
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 103, July 30, 1892" by Various
And eat one of those tiny delicious tarts for me.
"The Little Colonel's Hero" by Annie Fellows Johnston

In poetry:

I knoo 'is question was jist kid.
'E'd met this girl; I know 'e did.
'E knoo Jim Flood an' 'er was booked
For double when the 'Un was cooked.
But, seein' 'er, it used to start
'Im thinkin' of another tart.
"Jim's Girl" by C J Dennis
"Sling that!" 'e sez; but I goes on:
"Ole Jim won't blame yeh when she's gone.
'E knows, the same as me an' you,
These silly tarts, they can't keep true."
I piles it on, until I've got
'Im where I want 'im -- jumpin' 'ot.
"Jim's Girl" by C J Dennis
'E stares at me, an' then sez, slow,
"Wot is yer game? Wot do yeh know?"
"Nothin'," I tells 'im, "only this:
When there's a waitin' tart to kiss
Yeh're only 'arf a man; but when
There's blokes to fight, yeh're twenty men."
"Jim's Girl" by C J Dennis
Wot wus I slung 'ere for? An' wot's the good
Of yearnin' after any ideel tart?
Ar, if a bloke wus only understood!
'E's got a 'eart:
'E's got a soul inside 'im, poor or rich.
But wot's the use, when 'Eaven's crool'd 'is pitch?
"A Spring Song" by C J Dennis
Somethin' or someone - I don't rightly know;
But, seems to me, I'm kind er lookin' for
A tart I knoo a 'undred years ago,
Or, maybe, more.
Wot's this I've 'eard them call that thing?… Geewhizz!
Me ideel bit o' skirt! That's wot it is!
"A Spring Song" by C J Dennis
A rat-face coot 'e is, with rat-like nerves
That's got all jangled with ixceedin' fright,
While I am 'andin' Spike wot 'e deserves.
But twice 'e tried to trip me in the fight,
The little skunk, now sobbin' like a tart,
"Aw, 'ave a 'eart!"
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis

In news:

For the forager of wild foods, November brings cranberries , crisp and tart to suit the season.
0 S tart today with a little music–or a lack of it.
3 tarts, 8 servings each.
Decadent Chocolate Tart Show.
Cindy Crawford swanned past a tray of risotto and mushroom tarts.
Use the plate to present cakes, pies, tarts, cupcakes and cookies.
Quark tart with asparagus.
0 A quark tart with asparagus.
In one corner, the executive chef is patiently assembling apple tarts.
This takes the essence of ratatouille and makes it into a tart.
Free-form Ratatouille Tart takes the essence of ratatouille and makes it into a tart.
Talk that tart to me.
Locally grown rhubarb adds refreshing tartness to easy fruit-filled desserts.
C-N winner shows how to make " Tickle Me with Turkey Tarts".
Phyllis Diller, tart- tongued comedian with the machine-gun laugh, dies in Los Angeles at 95.

In science:

Figure 2 s hows an example traveling pattern of an MN us ing the Random Waypoint Mobility Model s tarting at a randomly chos en point or pos ition (133, 180); the s peed of the MN in the figure is uniformly chos en between 0 and 10 m/s .
Comparison of Random Waypoint & Random Walk Mobility Model under DSR, AODV & DSDV MANET Routing Protocols
As we increas e the paus e time in Random Waypoint Mobility model, the motion decreas es and the path linkage break als o get decreas es and s o does the performance variance s tarts with compared to Random Walk Mobility Model.
Comparison of Random Waypoint & Random Walk Mobility Model under DSR, AODV & DSDV MANET Routing Protocols
This procedure is continued until we reach the start of the sequence and the S tart state.
Efficient algorithms for training the parameters of hidden Markov models using stochastic expectation maximization EM training and Viterbi training
The process S tart enables the first cycler C1 and then “dies”.
Theory of processes