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tongue

  

      n  
1    a movable mass of muscular tissue attached to the floor of the mouth in most vertebrates. It is the organ of taste and aids the mastication and swallowing of food. In man it plays an important part in the articulation of speech sounds  
   Related adjs       glottic       lingual  
2    an analogous organ in invertebrates  
3    the tongue of certain animals used as food  
4    a language, dialect, or idiom  
the English tongue     
5    the ability to speak  
to lose one's tongue     
6    a manner of speaking  
a glib tongue     
7    utterance or voice (esp. in the phrase give tongue)  
8    pl      See       gift of tongues  
9    anything which resembles a tongue in shape or function  
a tongue of flame, a tongue of the sea     
10    a promontory or spit of land  
11    a flap of leather on a shoe, either for decoration or under the laces or buckles to protect the instep  
12      (Music)   the reed of an oboe or similar instrument  
13    the clapper of a bell  
14    the harnessing pole of a horse-drawn vehicle  
15    a long and narrow projection on a machine part that serves as a guide for assembly or as a securing device  
16    a projecting strip along an edge of a board that is made to fit a corresponding groove in the edge of another board  
17    hold one's tongue   to keep quiet  
18    on the tip of one's tongue   about to come to mind  
her name was on the tip of his tongue     
19    with (one's) tongue in (one's) cheek     (Also)    tongue in cheek   with insincere or ironical intent  
      vb   , tongues, tonguing, tongued  
20    to articulate (notes played on a wind instrument) by the process of tonguing  
21    tr   to lick, feel, or touch with the tongue  
22    tr     (Carpentry)   to provide (a board) with a tongue  
23    intr   (of a piece of land) to project into a body of water  
24    tr  
Obsolete   to reproach; scold  
     (Old English tunge; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse tunga, Old High German zunga, Latin lingua)  
  tongueless      adj  
  tonguelike      adj  


adder's-tongue  
      n  
1    any of several terrestrial ferns of the genus Ophioglossum, esp. O. vulgatum, that grow in the N hemisphere and have a spore-bearing body that sticks out like a spike from the leaf: family Ophioglossaceae  
2       another name for       dogtooth violet  
bull tongue  
      n     (Chiefly U.S)  
1    a heavy plough used in growing cotton, having an almost vertical mouldboard  
2    a plough or cultivator with a single shovel  
dog's-tongue  
      n      another name for       hound's-tongue  
double-tongue  
      vb   , -tongues, -tonguing, -tongued     (Music)   to play (fast staccato passages) on a wind instrument by rapid obstruction and uncovering of the air passage through the lips with the tongue  
   Compare       single-tongue       triple-tongue  
  double tonguing      n  
hart's-tongue  
      n   an evergreen Eurasian fern, Phyllitis scolopendrium, with narrow undivided fronds bearing rows of sori: family Polypodiaceae  
hound's-tongue  
      n   any boraginaceous weedy plant of the genus Cynoglossum, esp. the Eurasian C. officinale, which has small reddish-purple flowers and spiny fruits,   (Also called)    dogs-tongue  
     (Old English hundestunge, translation of Latin cynoglossos, from Greek kunoglossos, from kuon dog + glossa tongue; referring to the shape of its leaves)  
mother-in-law's tongue  
      n      See       sansevieria  
mother tongue  
      n  
1    the language first learned by a child  
2    a language from which another has evolved  
single-tongue  
      vb     (Music)   to play (any nonlegato passage) on a wind instrument by obstructing and uncovering the air passage through the lips with the tongue  
   Compare       double-tongue       triple-tongue  
  single tonguing      n  
tongue-and-groove joint  
      n   a joint made between two boards by means of a tongue along the edge of one board that fits into a groove along the edge of the other board  
tongue-lash  
      vb   tr   to reprimand severely; scold  
  tongue-lashing      n, adj  
tongue-tie  
      n   a congenital condition in which the tongue has restricted mobility as the result of an abnormally short frenulum  
tongue-tied  
      adj  
1    speechless, esp. with embarrassment or shyness  
2    having a condition of tongue-tie  
tongue twister  
      n   a sentence or phrase that is difficult to articulate clearly and quickly, such as Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper  
triple-tongue  
      vb     (Music)   to play (very quick staccato passages of notes grouped in threes) on a wind instrument by a combination of single- and double-tonguing  
   Compare       single-tongue       double-tongue  
  triple tonguing      n  
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clapper  
      n  
1    a person or thing that claps  
2    a contrivance for producing a sound of clapping, as for scaring birds  
3      (Also called)    tongue          a small piece of metal suspended within a bell that causes it to sound when made to strike against its side  
4       a slang word for        tongue              1  
5    go (run, move) like the clappers     (Brit)  
informal   to move extremely fast  


adder's-tongue  
      n  
1    any of several terrestrial ferns of the genus Ophioglossum, esp. O. vulgatum, that grow in the N hemisphere and have a spore-bearing body that sticks out like a spike from the leaf: family Ophioglossaceae  
2       another name for       dogtooth violet  
bull tongue  
      n     (Chiefly U.S)  
1    a heavy plough used in growing cotton, having an almost vertical mouldboard  
2    a plough or cultivator with a single shovel  
dog's-tongue  
      n      another name for       hound's-tongue  
double-tongue  
      vb   , -tongues, -tonguing, -tongued     (Music)   to play (fast staccato passages) on a wind instrument by rapid obstruction and uncovering of the air passage through the lips with the tongue  
   Compare        single-tongue              triple-tongue  
  double tonguing      n  
hart's-tongue  
      n   an evergreen Eurasian fern, Phyllitis scolopendrium, with narrow undivided fronds bearing rows of sori: family Polypodiaceae  
hound's-tongue  
      n   any boraginaceous weedy plant of the genus Cynoglossum, esp. the Eurasian C. officinale, which has small reddish-purple flowers and spiny fruits,   (Also called)    dogs-tongue  
     (Old English hundestunge, translation of Latin cynoglossos, from Greek kunoglossos, from kuon dog + glossa tongue; referring to the shape of its leaves)  
mother-in-law's tongue  
      n      See       sansevieria  
mother tongue  
      n  
1    the language first learned by a child  
2    a language from which another has evolved  
single-tongue  
      vb     (Music)   to play (any nonlegato passage) on a wind instrument by obstructing and uncovering the air passage through the lips with the tongue  
   Compare       double-tongue       triple-tongue  
  single tonguing      n  
tongue         
      n  
1    a movable mass of muscular tissue attached to the floor of the mouth in most vertebrates. It is the organ of taste and aids the mastication and swallowing of food. In man it plays an important part in the articulation of speech sounds  
   Related adjs       glottic       lingual  
2    an analogous organ in invertebrates  
3    the tongue of certain animals used as food  
4    a language, dialect, or idiom  
the English tongue     
5    the ability to speak  
to lose one's tongue     
6    a manner of speaking  
a glib tongue     
7    utterance or voice (esp. in the phrase give tongue)  
8    pl      See       gift of tongues  
9    anything which resembles a tongue in shape or function  
a tongue of flame, a tongue of the sea     
10    a promontory or spit of land  
11    a flap of leather on a shoe, either for decoration or under the laces or buckles to protect the instep  
12      (Music)   the reed of an oboe or similar instrument  
13    the clapper of a bell  
14    the harnessing pole of a horse-drawn vehicle  
15    a long and narrow projection on a machine part that serves as a guide for assembly or as a securing device  
16    a projecting strip along an edge of a board that is made to fit a corresponding groove in the edge of another board  
17    hold one's tongue   to keep quiet  
18    on the tip of one's tongue   about to come to mind  
her name was on the tip of his tongue     
19    with (one's) tongue in (one's) cheek     (Also)    tongue in cheek   with insincere or ironical intent  
      vb   , tongues, tonguing, tongued  
20    to articulate (notes played on a wind instrument) by the process of tonguing  
21    tr   to lick, feel, or touch with the tongue  
22    tr     (Carpentry)   to provide (a board) with a tongue  
23    intr   (of a piece of land) to project into a body of water  
24    tr  
Obsolete   to reproach; scold  
     (Old English tunge; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse tunga, Old High German zunga, Latin lingua)  
  tongueless      adj  
  tonguelike      adj  
tongue-and-groove joint  
      n   a joint made between two boards by means of a tongue along the edge of one board that fits into a groove along the edge of the other board  
tongue-lash  
      vb   tr   to reprimand severely; scold  
  tongue-lashing      n, adj  
tongue-tie  
      n   a congenital condition in which the tongue has restricted mobility as the result of an abnormally short frenulum  
tongue-tied  
      adj  
1    speechless, esp. with embarrassment or shyness  
2    having a condition of tongue-tie  
tongue twister  
      n   a sentence or phrase that is difficult to articulate clearly and quickly, such as Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper  
triple-tongue  
      vb     (Music)   to play (very quick staccato passages of notes grouped in threes) on a wind instrument by a combination of single- and double-tonguing  
   Compare       single-tongue       double-tongue  
  triple tonguing      n  

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tongue

  
1    argot, dialect, idiom, language, lingo     (informal)   parlance, patois, speech, talk, vernacular  
2    articulation, speech, utterance, verbal expression, voice  


tongue-lashing     
dressing-down     (informal)   lecture, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproof, scolding, slating     (informal)   talking-to     (informal)   telling-off     (informal)   ticking-off     (informal)   wigging     (Brit. slang)  
tongue-tied     
at a loss for words, dumb, dumbstruck, inarticulate, mute, speechless, struck dumb  
  
Antonyms     
   articulate, chatty, effusive, garrulous, loquacious, talkative, verbose, voluble, wordy  

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