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
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.
Accelerator Center (SLAC) in the USA, that the electron has a relative some 3 500 times heavier, which is called the taut
His expression was taut, a nerve twitching in his jaw while his searching gaze probed with a tearing earnestness.