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  • n. the property of being taut

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being taut; tightness; tenseness.

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

  • n. lack of movement or room for movement
  • n. the physical condition of being stretched or strained


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taut +‎ -ness


  • There were marks of fatigue on his face, and that kind of tautness shown by a man driven to the edge of endurance, perhaps beyond.

    Year of the Unicorn

  • The steaming water took some of the tautness out of her muscles, and after she poured shampoo on her hair, she massaged her scalp with deep pressure from her fingertips.

    'I'll Walk Alone'

  • This studio recording with the same cast and orchestra had been made immediately beforehand, and the dramatic tautness that was such a feature of the live event comes across vividly on disc.

    Donizetti: Maria di Rohan – review

  • But one would like to know still more about the extended back-and-forth that resulted in the shattering tautness of "A Perfect Day for Bananafish."

    Kenneth Slawenski's biography of J.D. Salinger

  • He smiled briefly, the movement accentuating the tautness of his mouth.

    Western Man

  • Behold the tautness of my thighs, he seems to be saying.

    Manon – review

  • ★ Depending upon variety of conditions, the stretch canvas may periodically lose and regain tautness, much like Charlie Crist periodically loosens or regains positions on a variety of issues.

    Florida GOP puts Charlie Crist painting on eBay

  • It's fitting to find him absorbed by mid-century short stories, written when the form was king, because so many of his works have the distilled characterizations, the tautness and condensed punch of the best short stories.

    A singular vision: Nearing 80, Paul Taylor is as moving a dance figure as ever

  • The provocative move only accentuated the length of her legs and the tautness of her body.

    The Athena Project

  • I was suddenly conscious of my surroundings, lying reading on the bed, the peace of the morning thickly tangible in the tautness of my attention, a pile of other tempting books alongside me, and I was pervaded by a profound, reverential gratitude for all that astounding literature out there, patiently waiting for me, and for all the beautiful insight it had presented me with thus far.

    A Song of Thanksgiving « Tales from the Reading Room


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