Definition of taut in English:


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Pronunciation: /tɔːt




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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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