1. the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus;
- Example: "the candy left him with a bad taste"
- Example: "the melon had a delicious taste"
[syn: taste, taste sensation, gustatory sensation, taste perception, gustatory perception]
2. a strong liking;
- Example: "my own preference is for good literature"
- Example: "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"
[syn: preference, penchant, predilection, taste]
3. delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values);
- Example: "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"
- Example: "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
[syn: taste, appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness]
4. a brief experience of something;
- Example: "he got a taste of life on the wild side"
- Example: "she enjoyed her brief taste of independence"
5. a small amount eaten or drunk;
- Example: "take a taste--you'll like it"
[syn: taste, mouthful]
6. the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth;
- Example: "his cold deprived him of his sense of taste"
[syn: taste, gustation, sense of taste, gustatory modality]
7. a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds;
- Example: "a wine tasting"
[syn: taste, tasting]
1. have flavor; taste of something;
[syn: taste, savor, savour]
2. perceive by the sense of taste;
- Example: "Can you taste the garlic?"
3. take a sample of;
- Example: "Try these new crackers"
- Example: "Sample the regional dishes"
[syn: sample, try, try out, taste]
4. have a distinctive or characteristic taste;
- Example: "This tastes of nutmeg"
[syn: smack, taste]
5. distinguish flavors;
- Example: "We tasted wines last night"
6. experience briefly;
- Example: "The ex-slave tasted freedom shortly before she died"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Taste \Taste\, n. 1. The act of tasting; gustation. [1913 Webster] 2. A particular sensation excited by the application of a substance to the tongue; the quality or savor of any substance as perceived by means of the tongue; flavor; as, the taste of an orange or an apple; a bitter taste; an acid taste; a sweet taste. [1913 Webster] 3. (Physiol.) The one of the five senses by which certain properties of bodies (called their taste, savor, flavor) are ascertained by contact with the organs of taste. [1913 Webster] Note: Taste depends mainly on the contact of soluble matter with the terminal organs (connected with branches of the glossopharyngeal and other nerves) in the papillae on the surface of the tongue. The base of the tongue is considered most sensitive to bitter substances, the point to sweet and acid substances. [1913 Webster] 4. Intellectual relish; liking; fondness; -- formerly with of, now with for; as, he had no taste for study. [1913 Webster] I have no taste Of popular applause. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 5. The power of perceiving and relishing excellence in human performances; the faculty of discerning beauty, order, congruity, proportion, symmetry, or whatever constitutes excellence, particularly in the fine arts and belles-letters; critical judgment; discernment. [1913 Webster] 6. Manner, with respect to what is pleasing, refined, or in accordance with good usage; style; as, music composed in good taste; an epitaph in bad taste. [1913 Webster] 7. Essay; trial; experience; experiment. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 8. A small portion given as a specimen; a little piece tasted or eaten; a bit. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 9. A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon. [1913 Webster] Syn: Savor; relish; flavor; sensibility; gout. Usage: Taste, Sensibility, Judgment. Some consider taste as a mere sensibility, and others as a simple exercise of judgment; but a union of both is requisite to the existence of anything which deserves the name. An original sense of the beautiful is just as necessary to aesthetic judgments, as a sense of right and wrong to the formation of any just conclusions on moral subjects. But this "sense of the beautiful" is not an arbitrary principle. It is under the guidance of reason; it grows in delicacy and correctness with the progress of the individual and of society at large; it has its laws, which are seated in the nature of man; and it is in the development of these laws that we find the true "standard of taste." [1913 Webster] What, then, is taste, but those internal powers, Active and strong, and feelingly alive To each fine impulse? a discerning sense Of decent and sublime, with quick disgust From things deformed, or disarranged, or gross In species? This, nor gems, nor stores of gold, Nor purple state, nor culture, can bestow, But God alone, when first his active hand Imprints the secret bias of the soul. --Akenside. [1913 Webster] Taste buds, or Taste goblets (Anat.), the flask-shaped end organs of taste in the epithelium of the tongue. They are made up of modified epithelial cells arranged somewhat like leaves in a bud. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Taste \Taste\ (t[=a]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tasting.] [OE. tasten to feel, to taste, OF. taster, F. tater to feel, to try by the touch, to try, to taste, (assumed) LL. taxitare, fr. L. taxare to touch sharply, to estimate. See Tax, v. t.] 1. To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster] Taste it well and stone thou shalt it find. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To try by the touch of the tongue; to perceive the relish or flavor of (anything) by taking a small quantity into a mouth. Also used figuratively. [1913 Webster] When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine. --John ii. 9. [1913 Webster] When Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became incapable of pity or remorse. --Gibbon. [1913 Webster] 3. To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of. [1913 Webster] I tasted a little of this honey. --1 Sam. xiv. 29. [1913 Webster] 4. To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience; to undergo. [1913 Webster] He . . . should taste death for every man. --Heb. ii. 9. [1913 Webster] 5. To partake of; to participate in; -- usually with an implied sense of relish or pleasure. [1913 Webster] Thou . . . wilt taste No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary. --Milton. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Taste \Taste\, v. i. 1. To try food with the mouth; to eat or drink a little only; to try the flavor of anything; as, to taste of each kind of wine. [1913 Webster] 2. To have a smack; to excite a particular sensation, by which the specific quality or flavor is distinguished; to have a particular quality or character; as, this water tastes brackish; the milk tastes of garlic. [1913 Webster] Yea, every idle, nice, and wanton reason Shall to the king taste of this action. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To take sparingly. [1913 Webster] For age but tastes of pleasures, youth devours. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. To have perception, experience, or enjoyment; to partake; as, to taste of nature's bounty. --Waller. [1913 Webster] The valiant never taste of death but once. --Shak. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
taste n 1: the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus; "the candy left him with a bad taste"; "the melon had a delicious taste" [syn: taste, taste sensation, gustatory sensation, taste perception, gustatory perception] 2: a strong liking; "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney" [syn: preference, penchant, predilection, taste] 3: delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values); "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste" [syn: taste, appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness] 4: a brief experience of something; "he got a taste of life on the wild side"; "she enjoyed her brief taste of independence" 5: a small amount eaten or drunk; "take a taste--you'll like it" [syn: taste, mouthful] 6: the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth; "his cold deprived him of his sense of taste" [syn: taste, gustation, sense of taste, gustatory modality] 7: a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds; "a wine tasting" [syn: taste, tasting] v 1: have flavor; taste of something [syn: taste, savor, savour] 2: perceive by the sense of taste; "Can you taste the garlic?" 3: take a sample of; "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes" [syn: sample, try, try out, taste] 4: have a distinctive or characteristic taste; "This tastes of nutmeg" [syn: smack, taste] 5: distinguish flavors; "We tasted wines last night" 6: experience briefly; "The ex-slave tasted freedom shortly before she died"Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
359 Moby Thesaurus words for "taste": Atticism, affection, affinity, appetence, appetite, appreciate, appreciation, appreciation of differences, appreciativeness, apprehend, appropriateness, aroma, artistic judgment, assay, attribute, badge, bag, be aware of, be conscious of, be exposed to, be fond of, be partial to, be sensible of, be subjected to, bent, bias, bit, bite, brand, break bread, bring to test, cachet, canine appetite, cast, censoriousness, character, characteristic, chasteness, chastity, choosiness, chosen kind, chromesthesia, clarity, classicalism, classicism, clearness, color hearing, come up against, comeliness, comprehension, configuration, confirm, connoisseurship, conscientiousness, correctness, count calories, critical niceness, criticalness, crush, cultivation, cup of tea, cut, cut and try, dash, decorum, delicacy, delight in, design, desire, diet, differentia, differential, dignity, directness, discernment, discretion, discriminating taste, discriminatingness, discrimination, discriminativeness, disposition, distinction, distinctive feature, drop, drought, druthers, dryness, earmark, ease, eat, elegance, elegancy, emptiness, empty stomach, encounter, endure, enjoy, essay, examine, example, experience, experiment, fall to, fancy, fare, fashion, fastidiousness, favor, feature, feed, feel, feeling, felicitousness, felicity, figure, fine palate, finesse, finish, fittingness, five senses, flavor, flow, flowing periods, fluency, fondness, form, give a try, give a tryout, gleam, go through, good taste, grace, gracefulness, gracility, grain, gust, gusto, hallmark, have, have a go, have knowledge of, hear, hearing, heart, hint, hollow hunger, hunger, hungriness, idea, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, impress, impression, inclination, index, individualism, infatuation, intimation, judgement, judiciousness, keynote, know, labor under, leaning, lick, like, likes, liking, limpidity, lineaments, little bite, little smack, look, love, lucidity, making distinctions, manner, mannerism, mark, marking, meet, meet up with, meet with, meticulousness, mode, mold, morsel, motif, mouthful, naturalness, nature, neatness, niceness of distinction, nicety, nip, odor, palate, partake, partake of, partiality, particular choice, particularity, particularness, pass through, passion, pay, peculiarity, pellucidity, penchant, perceive, perception, perfectionism, personal choice, perspicuity, phonism, photism, piece, pinch, pitch in, plainness, play around with, polish, politeness, politesse, polydipsia, practice upon, preciseness, precisianism, precision, predilection, predisposition, preference, prejudice, prepossession, priggishness, proclivity, property, propriety, prove, prudishness, punctilio, punctiliousness, purism, puritanism, purity, put to trial, quality, quirk, receptor, refined discrimination, refined palate, refinement, relish, research, respond, respond to stimuli, restraint, road-test, run a sample, run up against, sample, sampling, sapidity, sapor, savor, scintilla, scrupulosity, scrupulousness, seal, see, seemliness, selectiveness, selectivity, sense, sense organ, senses, sensibility, sensillum, sensitivity, sensorium, sensory organ, shade, shadow, shake down, shape, sight, simplicity, singularity, sip, sixth sense, smack, smack the lips, smattering, smell, smoothness, soft, soupcon, spark, specialty, specimen, spend, sprinkling, stamp, stand under, stomach, straightforwardness, strictness, style, stylishness, substantiate, subtlety, suffer, suggestion, sup, suspicion, sustain, swallow, swatch, sweet tooth, synesthesia, tact, tactfulness, taint, take, tang, tapeworm, taste of, tastefulness, taster, tendency, terseness, test, thing, thirst, thirstiness, thought, tincture, tinge, token, tolerance, torment of Tantalus, touch, trace, trait, trick, trifle, try, try it on, try out, type, unaffectedness, undergo, understanding, validate, verify, weakness, whiff, wink, zestThe Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
taste n. 1. The quality in a program that tends to be inversely proportional to the number of features, hacks, and kluges programmed into it. Also tasty, tasteful, tastefulness. ?This feature comes in N tasty flavors.? Although tasty and flavorful are essentially synonyms, taste and flavor are not. Taste refers to sound judgment on the part of the creator; a program or feature can exhibit taste but cannot have taste. On the other hand, a feature can have flavor. Also, flavor has the additional meaning of ?kind? or ?variety? not shared by taste. The marked sense of flavor is more popular than taste, though both are widely used. See also elegant. 2. Alt. sp. of tayste.The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
taste 1. (primarily MIT) The quality of a program that tends to be inversely proportional to the number of features, hacks, and kluges it contains. Taste refers to sound judgment on the part of the creator. See also elegant, flavour. 2. Alternative spelling of "tayste". [Jargon File]