American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Pulled or drawn tight; not slack. See Synonyms at tight.
- adj. Strained; tense: nerves taut with anxiety.
- adj. Kept in trim shape; neat and tidy.
- adj. Marked by the efficient, sparing, or concise use of something, such as language or detail: a taut movie script.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tight; tense; not slack: as, a taut line.
- Hence In good shape or condition; properly ordered; prepared against emergency; tidy; neat.
- adj. Tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.
- adj. Experiencing stress or anxiety.
- adj. Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Naut.) Tight; stretched; not slack; -- said esp. of a rope that is tightly strained.
- adj. Snug; close; firm; secure.
- adj. subjected to great tension; stretched tight
- adj. pulled or drawn tight
- From Middle English, past participle of tow (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tohte, distended, perhaps ultimately from Old English togian, to drag; see tow1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Kira's face appeared again, her expression taut with an agonized fury.”
“The nose, while still a bit taut, is spicy, with ginger, ripe pear and minerals.”
“The overall look could be described as taut and futuristic.”
“Kunzru seamlessly switches back and forth between two parallel narratives - the first of Carver's radical past, the second of his increasingly desperate attempts to prevent it catching up with him - ratcheting up the tension in taut, hard-edged prose.”
“(To work the skin, hold the skin taut and pull it back and forth over a the edge of a board.)”
“The idea is to pull the skin taut, so the face looks smoother and more youthful.”
“Spread the skin taut and position the needle at a 90 degree angle.”
“Christos, his expression taut and irritated, had passed a hand across his eyes.”
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“His expression was taut, a nerve twitching in his jaw while his searching gaze probed with a tearing earnestness.”
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