Definition of taut in English:


Syllabification: taut
Pronunciation: /tôt


  • 1Stretched or pulled tight; not slack: the fabric stays taut without adhesive
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    • If he has chosen the vines well, they will pull taut and stretch like a natural bungee cord, just enough to gently arrest his fall.
    • The forests were low, and the land stretched tight like taut buffalo skin.
    • The other hand must act as a co-pilot; use it to pull the skin taut and stretched.
    tight, stretched, rigid
  • 1.1(Especially of muscles or nerves) tense; not relaxed.
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    • My eyes were tight shut but streaming tears, and I felt my face set into taut muscles and tense lines.
    • He said it was tense on board, people were jumpy and nerves were taut.
    • His strong hands rested on her shoulders and began working the taut muscles, causing her to immediately tense.
    flexed, tense, hard, solid, firm, rigid, stifffraught, strained, stressed, tense
    informal uptight
  • 2(Of writing, music, etc.) concise and controlled: a taut text of only a hundred and twenty pages
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    • Though there's plenty of brutal, taut music to be found on the record, more often than not, it's filmic, evocative, and remarkably organic.
    • With her taut writing, she never once fails to convey the emotional intensity of her characters' lives.
    • But for the most part the music is taut, suffused with a ragged but determined power that has few equals among their contemporaries.



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  • This atmospheric thriller, shot almost entirely at night, tautens the suspense like rough hands around a little boy's neck.
  • Apprenticeship as a sub-editor and reporter pared and tautened his prose.
  • Ali's nerves tautened as he noted that the hall was silent.


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  • The ensuing investigation is described as a twisting, suspenseful character-study, tautly written to conceal a surprise ending.
  • This tautly wrought dénouement to Dipped in Shadow serves as the foundation for Harris's latest volume, She, a novel in poetry about the depths of a woman's consciousness.
  • The symphony is played tautly; the introduction is broad and menacing, but the first movement proper (no exposition repeat) is done with grim fire.


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  • The structure of the stretcher, the tautness of the canvas and the transparency of the paint contribute to the total effect.
  • The idea is to create resistance between the hips and shoulders so there is a lot of tautness, like a stretched rubber band.
  • Men have so often been associated with tautness and tightness, moving briskly in tubular clothes like robots coated in cloth.


Middle English tought 'distended', perhaps originally a variant of tough.

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