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teaser

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n teaser a device for teasing wool "a teaser is used to disentangle the fibers"
    • n teaser a flat at each side of the stage to prevent the audience from seeing into the wings
    • n teaser an attention-getting opening presented at the start of a television show
    • n teaser a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles","that's a real puzzler"
    • n teaser an advertisement that offers something free in order to arouse customers' interest
    • n teaser someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
    • n teaser a worker who teases wool
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Teaser (Zoöl) A jager gull.
    • Teaser (Elec) A shunt winding on field magnets for maintaining their magnetism when the main circuit is open.
    • Teaser One who teases or vexes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n teaser One who or that which teases: as, a teaser of oakum.
    • n teaser The stoker or fireman in glassworks who attends the furnace.
    • n teaser A dog used in hunting deer.
    • n teaser Anything which teases, or causes trouble or annoyance.
    • n teaser An inferior stallion or ram used to excite mares or ewes, but not allowed to serve them.
    • n teaser A gull-teaser: a sailors' and fishermen's name of sundry predatory birds of the family Laridæ and subfamily Stercorariinæ, as a skua. Also called boatswain, marlinespike, and dung-hunter. See cuts under skua and Stercorarius.
    • n teaser A name applied by Brush to a magnetizing coil on the field-magnets of his dynamo, the ends of which were connected to the terminals of the machine so as to form an independent circuit with the coil of the armature; the shunt coil in a compound wound dynamo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Teaser one who teases out anything: the stoker of a glass-works furnace
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tǽsan, to pluck; Dut. teezen, Ger. zeisen.

Usage

In literature:

They call them 'teasers'.
"The Rose Garden Husband" by Margaret Widdemer
But that was a teaser!
"Dorothy's House Party" by Evelyn Raymond
Dan decided the fish had come after the teasers.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
And because it was only a teaser, the men would want more.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
The part left sticking out beyond the pen was by way of a teaser.
"The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp" by Thornton W. Burgess
You're the singing-bounding-lion-teaser in the fairy tale.
"The Children of the World" by Paul Heyse
By these and other similar questions of the two teasers, Adam was thrown into great distress.
"The German Pioneers" by Friedrich Spielhagen
Guess you found me a bit of a teaser, eh?
"Menotah" by Ernest G. Henham
Just a little eye teaser, you know, Somers.
"The Gray Phantom's Return" by Herman Landon
So Mulligan passed away, being fed one of the teasers that he tried to meet by stepping forward, but without the slightest success.
"Fast Nine" by Alan Douglas
It's to-morrow night that'll be the teaser.
"A Boy of the Dominion" by F. S. Brereton
Now just you cast your eye on this bunch of teasers for a minute, and get sensible!
"The Lash" by Olin L. Lyman
Another teaser tempted him and he lifted a feeble foul to Hinsdale, who smothered it easily.
"Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball" by J. W. Duffield
Those marked on their rumps by the teasers are taken into the alley.
"Sheep, Swine, and Poultry" by Robert Jennings
Now we have a teaser of a problem.
"Our Railroads To-Morrow" by Edward Hungerford
Ned Biddle's Teasers 3.
"'Puffing Billy' and the Prize 'Rocket'" by Helen Cross Knight
Give 'em twisters and teasers.
"Baseball Joe at Yale" by Lester Chadwick
It's a teaser, for fair.
"Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer" by J. W. Duffield
Miss Betsey, and I guess I have managed slick enough so far; but now it's a teaser to know which way to turn.
"A Rich Man's Relatives (Vol. 3 of 3)" by Robert Cleland
I 'low as this here fix war a teaser.
"Indian and Scout" by F. S. Brereton
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In news:

I checked out a teaser trailer on Loudwire.com earlier.
Here's the teaser for the movie, looks AWESOME.
Motley Crue have released a 30-second teaser of their new single 'Sex.
This really is a teaser in every sense of the word, but it includes the greatest Conan dialogue since.
Super Bowl advertising has started a new trend with preview and teaser ads leading up to the big game.
Volkswagen was the first to do it last week with the 'Bark Side' teaser and now it's the sneaker company Skechers getting into the act.
If you were intrigued by my profile of Andrew Disney, you can watch his short film Searching for Sonny here, while other teasers can be found on Vimeo.
"The Refried Batch" – Teaser 2.
As theaters prepare the spotlight for the star-studded premiere of the hit musical drama Sparkle, VIXEN decided to slip a little teaser your way.
Following yesterday's snippet of 'I'm Addicted,' Madonna has leaked a minute-long teaser of 'Love Spent ' from her forthcoming studio effort 'MDNA,' which impacts on March 26.
Dec 14, 2008 — teaser.
Standing Sideways Final Teaser.
Here is the final teaser for Burton's " Standing Sideways" before their World Premiere in Colorado.
Here are five other stats from the report as a teaser.
A full-length trailer for "Man of Steel " debuted Tuesday, and it shows a lot more of Zack Snyder's Superman film than we saw in those two teasers released over the summer.
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In science:

The first time this question appeared in print was in a paper by Cayley, [Cay78], and it became known as the Four-Color Problem, one of the most famous questions in graph theory, as well as a popular brain-teaser.
Chromatic numbers, morphism complexes, and Stiefel-Whitney characteristic classes
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