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

  • noun In Taoism, the power through which the Tao is made manifest or is actualized.
  • noun In Confucianism, the virtuous moral strength embodied in wise people, upon which they rely in times of distress.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In chem., the symbol for tellurium.
  • noun In medicine, an abbreviation of tetanic contraction.

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

  • noun chemistry Symbol for the element tellurium.

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

  • noun the syllable naming the seventh (subtonic) note of any musical scale in solmization
  • noun a brittle silver-white metalloid element that is related to selenium and sulfur; it is used in alloys and as a semiconductor; occurs mainly as tellurides in ores of copper and nickel and silver and gold


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

[Mandarin , virtue, moral character, from Middle Chinese təə̆k.]


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