tale

[teyl]
noun
1.
a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case; story: a tale about Lincoln's dog.
2.
a literary composition having the form of such a narrative.
3.
a falsehood; lie.
4.
a rumor or piece of gossip, often malicious or untrue.
5.
the full number or amount.
6.
Archaic. enumeration; count.
7.
Obsolete. talk; discourse.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English talu series, list, narrative, story; cognate with Dutch taal speech, language, German Zahl number, Old Norse tala number, speech. See tell1

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tale (teɪl)
 
n
1.  a report, narrative, or story
2.  one of a group of short stories connected by an overall narrative framework
3.  a.  a malicious or meddlesome rumour or piece of gossip: to bear tales against someone
 b.  (in combination): talebearer; taleteller
4.  a fictitious or false statement
5.  tell tales
 a.  to tell fanciful lies
 b.  to report malicious stories, trivial complaints, etc, esp to someone in authority
6.  tell a tale to reveal something important
7.  tell its own tale to be self-evident
8.  archaic
 a.  a number; amount
 b.  computation or enumeration
9.  an obsolete word for talk
 
[Old English talu list; related to Old Frisian tele talk, Old Saxon, Old Norse tala talk, number, Old High German zala number]

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Word Origin & History

tale
O.E. talu "story, tale, the action of telling," from P.Gmc. *talo (cf. Du. taal "speech, language"), from PIE base *del- "to recount, count." The secondary Eng. sense of "number, numerical reckoning" (c.1200) probably was the primary one in Gmc., cf. teller (see tell) and
O.Fris. tale, M.Du. tal "number," O.S. tala "number," O.H.G. zala, Ger. Zahl "number." The ground sense of the Mod.Eng. word in its main meaning, then, might have been "an account of things in their due order." Related to talk and tell. Meaning "things divulged that were given secretly, gossip" is from c.1350; first record of talebearer "tattletale" is 1478.
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TALE definition


Typed Applicative Language Experiment. M. van Leeuwen. Lazy, purely applicative, polymorphic. Based on typed second order lambda-calculus. "Functional Programming and the Language TALE", H.P. Barendregt et al, in Current Trends in Concurrency, LNCS 224, Springer 1986, pp.122-207.

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Bible Dictionary

Tale definition


(1.) Heb. tokhen, "a task," as weighed and measured out = tally, i.e., the number told off; the full number (Ex. 5:18; see 1 Sam. 18:27; 1 Chr. 9:28). In Ezek. 45:11 rendered "measure." (2.) Heb. hegeh, "a thought;" "meditation" (Ps. 90:9); meaning properly "as a whisper of sadness," which is soon over, or "as a thought." The LXX. and Vulgate render it "spider;" the Authorized Version and Revised Version, "as a tale" that is told. In Job 37:2 this word is rendered "sound;" Revised Version margin, "muttering;" and in Ezek. 2:10, "mourning."

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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
The story of reading's development is a complex tale of equal parts human
  invention and neural plasticity.
But it holds this remarkable tale that should be a larger part of our shared
  national story.
At first glance, the book is a whimsical tale featuring dogs on roller skates
  and bicycles and skis.
So, now he is pressing on with another unusually told tale.
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