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English definition of “taut”


adjective (TIGHT)    /tɔːt/ US  /tɑːt/
tight or completely stretched: a taut rope He kept his eyes on the road ahead, his face taut with concentration. → Compare slack adjectiveTight and tightening tautly     /ˈtɔː US  /ˈtɑːt-/ adverb Excited, interested and enthusiastic tautness     /ˈtɔːt.nəs/ US  /ˈtɑːt-/ noun [U] Tight and tightening
(Definition of taut adjective (TIGHT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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