from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The letter t.
  • noun Something shaped like a T.
  • noun Informal A T-shirt.
  • noun Sports & Games A mark aimed at in certain games, such as curling or quoits.
  • idiom (to a tee) Perfectly; exactly.
  • noun A small peg with a concave top for holding a golf ball for an initial drive.
  • noun The designated area of each golf hole from which a player makes his or her first stroke.
  • noun A device used to stand a football on end for a kickoff.
  • noun A shaft with a concave top attached to a flat base, used to hold the ball in T-ball.
  • transitive verb To place (a ball) on a tee. Often used with up.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A method of making baskets applied by some California Indians; a twined lattice weave. consisting of four elements — an upright warp of rods, a horizontal warp crossing these at right angles, and a regular plain twin/id weaving of two elements, holding the warps firmly together. The horizontal warp is on the outside of the basket.
  • To draw; lead.
  • To draw away; go; proceed.
  • A dialectal form of tie.
  • noun A mark toward which missiles, as balls, quoits, or curling-stones, are aimed in different games.
  • noun In the game of golf, the sand or earth on which the ball is very slightly raised at the beginning of play for each hole. See the quotation under tee, verb
  • In golf-playing, to place (a ball) on the tee preparatory to striking off.
  • In naval tactics, to manœuver (a fleet) so as to place it across the head of the enemy's column of vessels, thus enabling the guns to be concentrated on the leading vessels of the enemy, who cannot reply effectively.
  • noun An umbrella-shaped metallic ornament, usually gilded, and often hung with bells, which crowns a dagoba in Indo-Chinese countries. It represents the gold umbrella as an emblem of royalty.
  • noun The name of the letter T, or t.
  • noun Something having the shape of the letter T.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A short piece of pipe having a lateral outlet, used to connect a line of pipe with a pipe at a right angle with the line; -- so called because it resembles the letter t in shape.
  • noun The letter T, t; also, something shaped like, or resembling in form, the letter T.
  • noun The mark aimed at in curling and in quoits.
  • noun The nodule of earth, or a short peg stuck into the ground, from which the ball is struck at the beginning of play for each hole in golf.
  • transitive verb (Golf) To place (the ball) on a tee; also called to tee up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The name of the Latin script letter T/t.
  • noun Something shaped like the letter T. Found in compounds such as tee-shirt, tee-beam, tee-frame, tee-iron, tee-headed.
  • noun T-shirt
  • verb transitive, obsolete To draw; lead.
  • verb intransitive, obsolete To draw away; go; proceed.
  • noun golf A flat area of ground from which players hit their first shots on a golf hole.
  • noun golf A usually wooden or plastic peg from which a golf ball is hit on the first shot on a golf hole.
  • noun curling The target area of a curling rink
  • verb golf To place a ball on a tee

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb connect with a tee
  • noun the starting place for each hole on a golf course
  • verb place on a tee
  • noun support holding a football on end and above the ground preparatory to the kickoff
  • noun a short peg put into the ground to hold a golf ball off the ground


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Back-formation from obsolete Scots teaz (taken as a pl.)]

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From Middle English, from Old English te, from Latin te (the name of the letter T).

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From Middle English teen, from Old English tēon ("to pull, tug, draw, drag, entice, allure, induce, lead, bring, rear, educate, attract, arrogate, bring forth, produce, restrain, betake oneself to, go, roam"), from Proto-Germanic *teuhanan (“to draw, lead, bring, pull, help”), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull, lead”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian tja ("to pull, draw"), Low German teen ("to draw, pull"), German ziehen ("to draw, pull, drag"), Latin dūcō ("draw, pull, lead") and Albanian nduk ("to draw (out), pull up, pluck").

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First attested in the 17th century with the form teaz.


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  • 1673 Wedderburn's Vocab. 37, 38 (Jam.) Statumina thilam arena, Teaz your ball on the sand.

    July 17, 2008