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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. an act of narration;
- Example: "he was the hero according to his own relation"
- Example: "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"
[syn: relation, telling, recounting]

2. informing by words;
[syn: telling, apprisal, notification]

3. disclosing information or giving evidence about another;
[syn: tattle, singing, telling]


1. disclosing unintentionally;
- Example: "a telling smile"
- Example: "a telltale panel of lights"
- Example: "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down"
[syn: revealing, telling, telltale(a)]

2. powerfully persuasive;
- Example: "a cogent argument"
- Example: "a telling presentation"
- Example: "a weighty argument"
[syn: cogent, telling, weighty]

3. producing a strong effect;
- Example: "gave an impressive performance as Othello"
- Example: "a telling gesture"
[syn: impressive, telling]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tell \Tell\ (t[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Told (t[=o]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Telling.] [AS. tellan, from talu tale, number, speech; akin to D. tellen to count, G. z[aum]hlen, OHG. zellen to count, tell, say, Icel. telja, Dan. tale to speak, t[ae]lle to count. See Tale that which is told.] 1. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money. "An heap of coin he told." --Spenser. [1913 Webster] He telleth the number of the stars. --Ps. cxlvii. 4. [1913 Webster] Tell the joints of the body. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate. [1913 Webster] Of which I shall tell all the array. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] And not a man appears to tell their fate. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge. [1913 Webster] Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? --Gen. xii. 18. [1913 Webster] 4. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform. [1913 Webster] A secret pilgrimage, That you to-day promised to tell me of? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. To order; to request; to command. [1913 Webster] He told her not to be frightened. --Dickens. [1913 Webster] 6. To discern so as to report; to ascertain by observing; to find out; to discover; as, I can not tell where one color ends and the other begins. [1913 Webster] 7. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I ne told no dainity of her love. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Note: Tell, though equivalent in some respect to speak and say, has not always the same application. We say, to tell truth or falsehood, to tell a number, to tell the reasons, to tell something or nothing; but we never say, to tell a speech, discourse, or oration, or to tell an argument or a lesson. It is much used in commands; as, tell me the whole story; tell me all you know. [1913 Webster] To tell off, to count; to divide. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Syn: To communicate; impart; reveal; disclose; inform; acquaint; report; repeat; rehearse; recite. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Telling \Tell"ing\, a. Operating with great effect; effective; as, a telling speech. -- Tell"ing*ly, adv. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

telling adj 1: disclosing unintentionally; "a telling smile"; "a telltale panel of lights"; "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down" [syn: revealing, telling, telltale(a)] 2: powerfully persuasive; "a cogent argument"; "a telling presentation"; "a weighty argument" [syn: cogent, telling, weighty] 3: producing a strong effect; "gave an impressive performance as Othello"; "a telling gesture" [syn: impressive, telling] n 1: an act of narration; "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable" [syn: relation, telling, recounting] 2: informing by words [syn: telling, apprisal, notification] 3: disclosing information or giving evidence about another [syn: tattle, singing, telling]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

219 Moby Thesaurus words for "telling": absolute, accounting, acid, adducible, admissible, agitating, announcement, armipotent, attestative, attestive, authentic, authoritative, based on, biting, breathtaking, celebrated, census, certain, charged, charismatic, charming, circumstantial, cliff-hanging, cogent, conclusive, consequential, considerable, conspicuous, conveyance, convincing, corrosive, counting, cumulative, cutting, dactylonomy, damning, decisive, determinative, disclosure, disquieting, distinguished, distracting, disturbing, documentary, documented, driving, dynamic, effective, effectual, efficacious, electric, eminent, enchanting, energetic, enumeration, esteemed, estimable, evidential, evidentiary, ex parte, exceptional, exciting, exhilarating, extraordinary, eye-witness, factual, final, firsthand, foliation, forceful, forcible, founded on, galvanic, giving, grounded on, gutsy, heady, hearsay, heart-expanding, heart-stirring, heart-swelling, heart-thrilling, high-potency, high-powered, high-pressure, high-tension, impartation, imparting, impartment, imperative, implicit, important, impressive, in force, in power, incisive, incontrovertible, indicative, indisputable, inflammatory, influential, intoxicating, inventorying, irrefutable, irresistible, jarring, jolting, maddening, magnetic, marked, material, measurement, memorable, mighty, mighty in battle, mind-blowing, momentous, mordant, moving, narration, narrative, nervous, noble, notable, noteworthy, notification, numbering, numeration, nuncupative, of mark, operative, outstanding, overcoming, overmastering, overpowering, overwhelming, pagination, penetrating, personable, persuasive, perturbing, piercing, piquant, poignant, potent, powerful, prepotent, prestigious, presumptive, probative, prominent, provocative, provoking, publication, puissant, punchy, quantification, quantization, rare, ravishing, recital, recountal, recounting, rehearsal, relation, reliable, remarkable, rememberable, reputable, retelling, review, ruling, salient, satisfactory, satisfying, sensational, sharing, signal, significant, sinewed, sinewy, slashing, solid, soul-stirring, sound, special, spirit-stirring, stimulating, stimulative, stirring, striking, strong, suasive, substantial, suggestive, sure, suspenseful, suspensive, symptomatic, tale-telling, tallying, tantalizing, thrilling, thrilly, transfer, transference, transmission, transmittal, trenchant, troubling, unforgettable, unsettling, upsetting, valid, vigorous, vital, weighty, winning, yarn spinning