1. [syn: taut, tight]
2. subjected to great tension; stretched tight;
- Example: "the skin of his face looked drawn and tight"
- Example: "her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Taut \Taut\, a. [Dan. t[ae]t; akin to E. tight. See Tight.]
1. (Naut.) Tight; stretched; not slack; -- said esp. of a
rope that is tightly strained.
2. Snug; close; firm; secure.
Taut hand (Naut.), a sailor's term for an officer who is
severe in discipline.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: pulled or drawn tight; "taut sails"; "a tight drumhead";
"a tight rope" [syn: taut, tight]
2: subjected to great tension; stretched tight; "the skin of his
face looked drawn and tight"; "her nerves were taut as the
strings of a bow"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
56 Moby Thesaurus words for "taut":
all ataunto, anxious, apprehensive, ataunt, bungup and bilge-free,
close, dragged out, drawn, drawn out, elongated, extended, firm,
in suspense, in trim, keyed-up, lengthened, neat, on edge,
on tenterhooks, on tiptoe, orderly, pokerlike, prolongated,
prolonged, protracted, pulled, quivering, ramrodlike, renitent,
rigid, rodlike, shipshape, smart, spruce, spun out, starched,
starchy, stiff, stiff as buckram, straggling, strained, stretched,
stretched out, stretched tight, strung out, tense, tidy, tight,
trig, trim, under a strain, unrelaxed, uptight, virgate,
with bated breath, with muscles tense