• WordNet 3.6
    • n tuft a bunch of feathers or hair
    • n tuft a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tuft A cluster; a clump; as, a tuft of plants. "Under a tuft of shade.""Green lake, and cedar fuft , and spicy glade."
    • Tuft A collection of small, flexible, or soft things in a knot or bunch; a waving or bending and spreading cluster; as, a tuft of flowers or feathers.
    • Tuft A nobleman, or person of quality, especially in the English universities; -- so called from the tuft, or gold tassel, on the cap worn by them. "Several young tufts , and others of the faster men."
    • Tuft To adorn with tufts or with a tuft.
    • v. i Tuft To grow in, or form, a tuft or tufts.
    • Tuft To separate into tufts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tuft A green knoll. See toft.
    • n tuft A grove; a plantation; a clump.
    • tuft To beat up (a thicket or covert) in stag-hunting.
    • n tuft A bunch of soft and flexible things fixed at the base with the upper part loose, especially when the whole is small: as, a tuft of feathers.
    • n tuft A turban.
    • n tuft A crest.
    • n tuft An imperial.
    • n tuft In anat, a rete; a glomerulus. See cut under Malpighian.
    • n tuft In botany, a fascicle of flowers on their several partial peduncles; a cluster of radical leaves; a clump or tussock of stems from a common root, as in many grasses and sedges; hence, any analogous bundle.
    • n tuft An undergraduate who bears a title: so called from the tuft worn on his cap to indicate his rank.
    • tuft To separate or combine into tufts.
    • tuft To affix a tuft to: cover or stud with tufts, or as if with tufts.
    • tuft In upholstery, to draw together (a cushion or an upholstered covering) by passing a thread through it at regular intervals, the depressions thus produced being usually covered with tufts or buttons.
    • tuft To grow in tufts; form a tuft or tufts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tuft tuft a green knoll: a grove, clump.
    • n Tuft tuft a number of small things in a knot: a cluster: a dense head of flowers:
    • v.t Tuft to separate into tufts: to adorn with tufts
    • n Tuft tuft (university slang) a titled undergraduate, from the tuft or tassel in the cap: an imperial
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. tuff, F. touffe,; of German origin; cf. G. zopf, a weft of hair, pigtail, top of a tree. See Top summit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tuffe (Fr. touffe), from the Teut., as Low Ger. topp, Ger. zopf.


In literature:

The habit is dense and spreading, established tufts having a fresh effect.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Dust with fine-chopped parsley or beets; add a tuft of lettuce at the top and a few heart leaves of lettuce above the crown of eggs.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
When he got there, he sat down on a tuft of grass near the cave, and considered what he should do next.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
He was a tuft-hunter and a toady, but he did not know that he was doing amiss in seeking to rise by tuft-hunting and toadying.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
The latter is of larger size, lighter colour, with wide-set ears and a tufted tail.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Boil the cauliflower not too soft and break up into small tufts.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
They vanished behind rock, or bush, or tuft of grass, and the hill-side was empty save for the fallen figure.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
Front, fore borders of the thorax and hind borders of the abdominal segments ochraceous; dorsal tuft pale cinereous, rather large.
"Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3" by Various
These are dried tufts of the hair of furious beasts.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The plain is rich with tufts of poplar.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

Shy antelopes and tufted trees
Move by eve's shining pools;
White faces streaming in dark streets
Our wind of sunset cools.
"Man With Girl" by Walter James Turner
She looked at the tuft of clover,
And wept till her heart grew light;
And at last, when her passion was over,
Went wandering into the night.
"The Bad Squire" by Charles Kingsley
Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
"Lines Written In Early Spring" by William Wordsworth
Or seek the little tufts of flowers,
Hid 'neath the turf from sultry beams:
Nor waste life's swift and smiling hours
In senseless joys or idle dreams.
"Morning Thoughts" by John Bowring
The delicate shifting shades that cloud the sheen
Of water too harmonious to flow,
Flit over tufts of flags and willows green,
Which feel not even the faintest summer swell.
"Okechobee" by Maurice Thompson
Raised all side by side. He closely scanned
Them all, when lo! upon the longest grave,
A beauteous tuft of blue Forget-Me-Nots—
Aha! he cried, my bright, my blue Forget-Me-Nots!
"Uranne" by Mary Weston Fordham

In news:

Mink kills tufted puffins at Point Defiance Zoo.
Photo courtesy Tufts University Public Safety.
In this episode, we hear from Jack McDermott, a student at Tufts University who has stuttered since he started speaking.
When nutritionists from Tufts University examined various menu items at restaurants in Arkansas and two other states , they found that several had significantly more calories than stated .
Photo by Alonso Nichols/Tufts University.
New Lowe's Carpet Going Bald, But Maker Said Tuft Luck.
Josh Tufte is a 'tough beat' in boxing.
The Tufts students are conducting the " brainstorming session" in collaboration with the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation and other partner agencies.
This was Young's first time competing in the Carolinas Amateur Championship and he is one of the youngest champions to win the Richard S Tufts Trophy.
Tufts University study shows increase in attention and memory retention in schoolchildren who eat regular breakfast.
Optical imaging mammography is being developed as a multidisciplinary collaboration at Tufts University School of Engineering in Boston.
It'll be held September 6th, starting at 6 pm at Tuft's Mansion.
The Friends of the Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archives announce that they will host the popular Pinehurst Promenade Historic Home Tour Sunday, May 31, from noon to 5 p.m.
For analysis of the political dynamics at play during the funeral of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Steve Inskeep talks to Stephen Bosworth, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

In science:

Tufts, “Determination of the dimensio n of a signal subspace from short data records,” IEEE Trans.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
This paper is based on the author’s dissertation, Continuous-time random walks, their scaling limits, and connections with stochastic integration, at Tufts University under the direction of Marjorie Hahn.
Weak convergence of stochastic integrals driven by continuous-time random walks
Hoover, “Third order tensors as operators on matrices: a theoretical and computational framework with applications in imaging”, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University, March 2011.
The Spectral Theory of Tensors (Rough Version)
The He and N observational constraints act in opposite directions, that is, the lack of He ionisation in the ICM points to a low O star flux (Reynolds & Tufte, 1995), whereas the N constraint requires a certain minimum value of this flux.
On the Ionisation of Warm Opaque Interstellar Clouds and the Intercloud Medium
The halo ionising radiation field model of Bland-Hawthorn et al. (1999,2001) is generally adopted; practical applications of the technique have been demonstrated by Bland-Hawthorn et al. (1998), Tufte et al. (1998), and Weiner et al. (2001).
The Infall of Gas onto the Galactic Disk