from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.
- adj. Experiencing stress or anxiety.
- adj. Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tight; stretched; not slack; -- said esp. of a rope that is tightly strained.
- adj. Snug; close; firm; secure.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. subjected to great tension; stretched tight
- adj. pulled or drawn tight
Middle English tohte, distended, perhaps ultimately from Old English togian, to drag; see tow1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, past participle of tow (Wiktionary)