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tall

Definitions

  • He saw in his own mind the tall pines reach up into the blue skies
    He saw in his own mind the tall pines reach up into the blue skies
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tall too improbable to admit of belief "a tall story"
    • adj tall impressively difficult "a tall order"
    • adj tall lofty in style "he engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying"
    • adj tall great in vertical dimension; high in stature "tall people","tall buildings","tall trees","tall ships"
    • n tall a garment size for a tall person
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Additional illustrations & photos:

PROCTOR ON A TALL FOX-HUNTER WHICH RAN AWAY WITH HIM PROCTOR ON A TALL FOX-HUNTER WHICH RAN AWAY WITH HIM
And, in a moment, the Blue Children were crowding round the tall old man And, in a moment, the Blue Children were crowding round the tall old man
"I SAW TALL DERRICKS BY THE HUNDRED RISE." "I SAW TALL DERRICKS BY THE HUNDRED RISE."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest ketchup bottle in the world is a 170 feet tall and is located in Collinsville, Illinois, USA. It was built in 1949 by the W.E. Caldwell Company as a water tower
    • Tall Brave; bold; courageous. "As tall a trencherman
      As e'er demolished a pye fortification."
      "His companions, being almost in despair of victory, were suddenly recomforted by Sir William Stanley, which came to succors with three thousand tall men."
    • Tall Fine; splendid; excellent; also, extravagant; excessive.
    • Tall High in stature; having a considerable, or an unusual, extension upward; long and comparatively slender; having the diameter or lateral extent small in proportion to the height; as, a tall person, tree, or mast. "Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest type of penguin is the Emperor Penguin which can stand to be almost 3.5 feet tall and weigh more than 90 pounds
    • tall Seemly; suitable; fitting; becoming; comely.
    • tall Obsequious; obedient.
    • tall Fine; proper; admirable; great; excellent.
    • tall Bold; brave; courageous; valiant.
    • tall High in proportion to breadth or diameter; lofty; having a relatively great stature.
    • tall Having a particular height; measuring in stature (as specified): as, a man six feet tall.
    • tall Long: used absolutely, or as noting length in a scale of measurement: as, a tall copy (of a book).
    • tall Great; extraordinary; remarkable; extravagant: as, tall talk; a tall fight.
    • tall Synonyms and High, Tall, Lofty. High is the most general of these words, and has some uses different from those of the others. When we say that a cloud is high, we may mean that it extends very far upward, or, more probably, that it is unusually far above the earth. Tall describes that which is slim in proportion to its height, as a mast, a pine or other tree, a steeple, a person, possibly a cliff: tall houses may be found in some parts of the world; a tall cloud would be of small width and great comparative height. Tall is also associated with height to which we are used or which we have come to regard as standard. A giant is tall, because so much taller than most men. Lofty denotes an imposing height: a room cannot well be tall, but may be high, or even lofty: as, the lofty arches of Westminster Hall. High and lofty may have application to moral or intellectual character; tall has not, except colloquially. Tall seems somewhat figurative when applied to that which does not live and grow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tallest woman that ever lived was Zeng Jinlian who was 8 feet 2 inches tall of China. Shed died at the age of 17
    • adj Tall tawl high, esp. in stature: lofty: long: sturdy: bold: courageous: great, remarkable: demanding much credulity, hardly to be believed
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
  • Gore Vidal
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    “To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender, and bearded so that they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds.”
  • Saskya Pandita
    Saskya Pandita
    “By depending on the great, The small may rise high. See: the little plant ascending the tall tree Has climbed to the top.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.”
  • David Chambless
    David Chambless
    “Better to have loved a short man than never to have loved a tall.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “All men are two meters tall... give or take a meter.”

Idioms

Cut down the tall poppies - (AU) If people cut down the tall poppies, they criticise people who stand out from the crowd.
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In the tall cotton - A phrase that expresses good times or times of plenty and wealth as tall cotton means a good crop.
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Small dog, tall weeds - This idiom is used to describe someone the speaker does not believe has the ability or resources to handle a task or job.
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Stand tall - If you stand tall, you are brave, proud or confident.
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Tall drink of water - Someone who is very tall and slender is a tall drink of water. ('A tall glass of water' is also used.)
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Tall enough to hunt geese with a rake - (USA) A person who's much taller than a person of average height.
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Tall order - Something that is likely to be hard to achieve or fulfil is a tall order.
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Tall story - A tall story is one that is untrue and unbelievable.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tal, seemly, elegant, docile (?); of uncertain origin; cf. AS. un-tala, un-tale, bad, Goth. untals, indocile, disobedient, uninstructed, or W. & Corn. tal, high, Ir. talla, meet, fit, proper, just
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. very dub.; perh. conn. with W. tal, large.

Usage

In literature:

Quickly they stepped from the open road into the shelter of the tall mustard.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
The eldest son William was a tall stout elderly man of about 25 who followed his father's profession.
"Daisy Ashford: Her Book" by Daisy Ashford
This one was a grown and tall man, quite as tall as Don Pablo himself, but thinner and more angular in his outlines.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
It was built of round logs, and was scarcely higher than a tall man's head.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Her companion was tall, slight, graceful, distinguished.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
Giles being tall and having a long reach of arm, came to his aid.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Never didn't work none tall outside.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
But the tall man spoke kindly to him and treated him decently.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Counting showed that the number of the talls which gave dwarfs was double that of the talls which bred true.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
The man was tall, clean-shaven, quick of step and of glance.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
As for Little Boy, he was aware of a Giant who was as tall as the tower.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
It is perfectly all right for you people to be tall, but for us it is not so fitting.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Any man that would want you to lie for him wouldn't be a man a-tall, son.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
They are from 50 to nearly 100 feet tall.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
It was a man, tall and lean, his robes, undimmed by the years, blazed in crimson and gold.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
How tall the growths of this jungle might be, I could not tell, yet I had the feeling that they were tall indeed.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
A tall, slender figure, wearing a loose, light overcoat, strangely, bewilderingly familiar.
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
I dreamt of a desert, a temple, a high priest, and a tall mountain.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
Certainly the day-nursery was the best room in the tall thin house, just as the morning-room was the worst.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
And he wondered, most intensely, whether this tall, forked creature had a pocket full of nuts.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
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In poetry:

I can recall the day
When childhood died.
I had grown thin and tall
And eager-eyed.
"When Childhood Died" by John Freeman
Lies written down
For white folks
Ain't for us a-tall:
Liberty And Justice;
Huh! For All!
"Children's Rhymes" by Langston Hughes
I saw the fog grow thick,
Which soon made blind my ken;
It made tall men of boys,
And giants of tall men.
"The Fog" by William H Davies
Look! A lad's a-waiting there,
Tall he is and bold, and gay.
What the devil do I care
What I know, and what I say?
"Wisdom" by Dorothy Parker
As some tall rock amidst the waves,
The fury of the tempest braves;
While the fierce billows toiling high,
Break at its foot and murm'ring die:
"The Death Of Stephen" by John Newton
Oh, when I flung my heart away,
The year was at its fall.
I saw my dear, the other day,
Beside a flowering wall;
And this was all I had to say:
"I thought that he was tall!"
"Healed" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

Douglas is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 245 pounds.
It is now about 3 feet tall and looks quite healthy, but won't turn red.
A teenage girl was trapped on the second floor of her burning home today until family members and firefighters coaxed her down a tall ladder.
Tall ships on the bay.
There were two tall cherry trees on the farm.
6-Foot-Tall Chia Likeness Of Rick Perry.
The acorns are a favorite of wildlife 40 to 60 feet tall and wide.
ARLINGTON (October 9, 2012)—Six Flags announced plans Tuesday to implode the 200-foot-tall Texas Chute Out ride at its park in Arlington.
The Nothronychus graffami stood 13 feet tall and had 9-inch long claws .
The HMS Bounty, a replica tall ship with ties to St Petersburg, sank off the.
BELDING — The clock tower has stood tall over the city of Belding for 120 years.
The Cascadia tractor is available in a 22-inch XT model, which features a standup sleeper, 78 inches tall from the base of the bunk to the ceiling.
This tall, dark and handsome slab o' hunk will pop up on your screen with increasing regularly beginning Sept 25, when the show premieres.
Have you ever noticed that buildings, even really tall buildings, usually don't have a 13th floor.
At nearly seven feet tall and 400 pounds, Tanya Angus is rapidly deteriorating.
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In science:

However, if a universe is in dS±, i.e., if it also has a past asymptotic de Sitter region, one can use a theorem of Gao and Wald (2000) to argue that its Penrose diagram is necessarily “tall”, except for the exact vacuum de Sitter solution.
Adventures in de Sitter space
Thus, the signal-to-noise ratio of an NMR spectrum is also proportional to 1/m, where m is the multiplicity of the multiplet, and to T ∗2, as R ∞ 0 exp(−t/T ∗2 ) = T ∗2 (a long T ∗2 gives narrow and thus tall lines).
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
This region was 4 cm tall and centered on the initial fluid interface.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
Consider, for instance, a specific trait, e.g. ”tall” vs ”short”.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
Genetically this property in encoded in some gene25 . A particular realization of the gene (causing the organism to be, say, tall) is called ”allele ”.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
For instance, T and t (for ”tall” and ”short”), or T and T or t and t or, finally, t and T (sometimes order matters).
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
Look closely: some of these atoms, each forty billion times smaller than you are tall, are carbon which now live inside you.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Given the plethora of candidate string theories this seems a very tall order but we will argue that the most predictive string theories must belong to a very small subclass.
Aspects of String unification
Tall) Levy collapse a supercompact cardinal to ω2 .
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Among other results in, Tall proves: Theorem.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Morgan has withdrawn the claim added in proof to Tall’s article .
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Tall proved that if it is consistent that there is a supercompact cardinal, then it is consistent that every locally compact, perfectly normal space is paracompact.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Tall showed that the existence of such a linear ordering is equivalent to the existence of a perfectly normal nonmetrizable non-Archimedean space (i.e., an archvillain). Y.-Q.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Tall, On the existence of normal metacompact Moore spaces which are not metrizable, Canad. J.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Tall’s contribution to New Classic Problems. A8. (A.V.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
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