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

  • adj. Having force and producing a striking effect.
  • adj. Revealing previously unknown information.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having force
  • adj. revealing information
  • adj. serving to convince
  • v. Present participle of tell.
  • n. The act of narration.
  • n. The disclosure of information.
  • n. Counting, numbering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Operating with great effect; effective.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Effective; impressive; striking: as, a telling speech on tariff reform.

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

  • n. disclosing information or giving evidence about another
  • adj. powerfully persuasive
  • n. an act of narration
  • adj. disclosing unintentionally
  • adj. producing a strong effect
  • n. informing by words


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