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tandem

[tan-duh m] /ˈtæn dəm/
adverb
1.
one following or behind the other:
to drive horses tandem.
adjective
2.
having animals, seats, parts, etc., arranged tandem or one behind another.
noun
3.
a vehicle, as a truck, tractor, or trailer, in which a pair or pairs of axles are arranged in tandem.
5.
tandem trailer (def 1).
6.
a team of horses harnessed one behind the other.
7.
a two-wheeled carriage with a high driver's seat, drawn by two or more horses so harnessed.
8.
any of various mechanisms having a tandem arrangement.
Idioms
9.
in tandem,
  1. in single file:
    They swam in tandem.
  2. in association or partnership.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; special use (orig. facetious) of Latin tandem at length, finally, equivalent to tam so far + -dem demonstrative suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for in tandem

tandem

/ˈtændəm/
noun
1.
a bicycle with two sets of pedals and two saddles, arranged one behind the other for two riders
2.
a two-wheeled carriage drawn by two horses harnessed one behind the other
3.
a team of two horses so harnessed
4.
any arrangement of two things in which one is placed behind the other
5.
in tandem, together or in conjunction
adjective
6.
(Brit) used as, used in, or routed through an intermediate automatic telephone exchange: a tandem exchange
adverb
7.
one behind the other: to ride tandem
Word Origin
C18: whimsical use of Latin tandem at length, to indicate a vehicle of elongated appearance
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Word Origin and History for in tandem

tandem

1785, "carriage pulled by horses harnessed one behind the other," punning use of Latin tandem "at length (of time)," from tam "so" + demonstrative suffix -dem. Transferred by 1884 to bicycles with two seats.

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