1. lacking substance or significance

    Synonyms : flimsy, fragile, slight, thin
    Examples :
    • a tenuous argument
  2. having thin consistency

    Examples :
    • a tenuous fluid
  3. very thin in gauge or diameter

    Examples :
    • a tenuous thread


  1. unsettled in mind or opinion

    Synonyms : doubtful
    Examples :
    • drew a few tentative conclusions
  2. under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon

    Synonyms : probationary, provisional, provisionary
    Examples :
    • just a tentative schedule


  1. sticking together

    Synonyms : coherent
    Examples :
    • tenacious burrs
  2. good at remembering

    Synonyms : long, recollective, retentive
    Examples :
    • tenacious memory
  3. stubbornly unyielding

    Synonyms : dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, unyielding
    Examples :
    • a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it
    • men tenacious of opinion


  1. a sudden outburst of anger

    Synonyms : irritation, pique
    Type Of : vexation, chafe, annoyance
    Examples :
    • his temper sparked like damp firewood
  2. make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else

    Synonyms : moderate, mollify, season
    Type Of : weaken
    Examples :
    • she tempered her criticism
  3. the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking

    Synonyms : toughness
    Type Of : snap, elasticity
  4. harden by reheating and cooling in oil

    Synonyms : harden
    Type Of : modify
    Examples :
    • temper steel
  5. change by restraining or moderating

    Synonyms : chasten
    Type Of : modify, alter, change
  6. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger

    Synonyms : biliousness, irritability, peevishness, pettishness, snappishness, surliness
    Type Of : ill nature
    Examples :
    • his temper was well known to all his employees
  7. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling

    Synonyms : humor, humour, mood
    Type Of : feeling
    Examples :
    • whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time
  8. bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling

    Synonyms : anneal, normalize
    Type Of : harden, indurate
    Examples :
    • temper glass
  9. adjust the pitch (of pianos)

    Type Of : correct, set, adjust


  1. the feeling of being bored by something tedious

    Synonyms : boredom, ennui
    Type Of : dissatisfaction
  2. dullness owing to length or slowness

    Synonyms : tediousness, tiresomeness
    Type Of : dullness


  1. tastelessly showy

    Synonyms : brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, trashy
    Examples :
    • tawdry ornaments
  2. made of inferior workmanship and materials

    Synonyms : cheapjack, shoddy


  1. after the expected or usual time; delayed

    Synonyms : belated, late
    Examples :
    • tardy children are sent to the principal
    • always tardy in making dental appointments


  1. perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch

    Synonyms : touchable
    Antonyms : intangible
    Examples :
    • skin with a tangible roughness
  2. capable of being treated as fact

    Synonyms : real
    Examples :
    • tangible evidence
  3. capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt

    Synonyms : palpable
  4. (of especially business assets) having physical substance and intrinsic monetary value

    Antonyms : intangible
    Examples :
    • tangible property like real estate
    • tangible assets such as machinery


  1. ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle

    Synonyms : tan
    Type Of : circular function, trigonometric function
  2. a straight line or plane that touches a curve or curved surface at a point but does not intersect it at that point

    Type Of : straight line


  1. a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease

    Synonyms : amulet
    Type Of : charm, good luck charm