adjective, taller, tallest.
having a relatively great height; of more than average stature: a tall woman; tall grass.
having stature or height as specified: a man six feet tall.
large in amount or degree; considerable: a tall price; Swinging that deal is a tall order.
extravagant; difficult to believe: a tall tale.
high-flown; grandiloquent: He engages in so much tall talk, one never really knows what he's saying.
having more than usual length; long and relatively narrow: He carried a tall walking stick.
Archaic. valiant.
seemly; proper.
fine; handsome.
in a proud, confident, or erect manner: to stand tall; to walk tall.

before 1000; Middle English: big, bold, comely, proper, ready, Old English getæl (plural getale) quick, ready, competent; cognate with Old High German gizal quick

tallness, noun

2. See high.

1. short.
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tall (tɔːl)
1.  of more than average height
2.  a.  (postpositive) having a specified height: a woman five feet tall
 b.  (in combination): a twenty-foot-tall partition
3.  informal exaggerated or incredible: a tall story
4.  informal difficult to accomplish: a tall order
5.  an archaic word for excellent
[C14 (in the sense: big, comely, valiant); related to Old English getæl prompt, Old High German gizal quick, Gothic untals foolish]

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Word Origin & History

"high in stature," 1520s, probably ultimately from O.E. getæl "prompt, active." Sense evolved to "brave, valiant, seemly, proper" (c.1400), then to "attractive, handsome" (mid-15c.), and finally "being of more than average height." The O.E. word is related to O.H.G. gi-zal "quick," Goth. un-tals
"indocile." Sense evolution is remarkable, but adjectives applied to persons often mutate quickly in meaning (e.g. pretty, 'boxom, Ger. klein "small, little," which in M.H.G. meant the same as its English cognate clean). Phrase tall, dark, and handsome is recorded from 1906.
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Computing Dictionary

TALL definition

TAC List Language.
["TALL - A List Processor for the Philco 2000", J. Feldman, CACM 5(9):484-485 (Sep 1962)].

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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with tall, also see walk tall.

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("hill" or "small elevation"), in Middle Eastern archaeology, a raised mound marking the site of an ancient city. For specific sites, see under substantive word (e.g., Hasi, Tel)

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Example sentences
But a bank will finance the project only if the developer manages to sell a
  high percentage of the units upfront, a tall order.
He is more than six feet tall and in the past three years has gone from
  shoulder-length hair to a shaved head.
He is unusually tall for a pianist, with a high brow and a loping stride.
So planting trees or tall shrubs to give them the desired screening wasn't a
  viable option.
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