taw

taw

1 [taw]
noun
1.
a choice or fancy marble used as a shooter.
2.
a game in which marbles are arranged in the center of a circle drawn or scratched on the ground, the object being to knock out as many as possible from the circle; ringer.
3.
Also, taw line. the line from which the players shoot.
verb (used without object)
4.
to shoot a marble.

Origin:
1700–10; origin uncertain

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taw

2 [taw]
verb (used with object)
1.
to prepare or dress (some raw material) for use or further manipulation.
2.
to transform the skin of an animal into white leather by the application of minerals, emulsions, etc.
3.
Archaic. to flog; thrash.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English tawen, Old English tawian; cognate with Dutch touwen, Gothic taujan

tawer, noun

taw

3 [tahv, tawv, tahf, tawf]
noun
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tav or taw (tɑːv, tɑːf, Hebrew tav, taf, tɑːv, tɑːf, Hebrew tav, taf)
 
n
the 22nd and last letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ת), transliterated as t or when final th
 
[from Hebrew: cross, mark]
 
taw or taw
 
n
 
[from Hebrew: cross, mark]

taw1 (tɔː)
 
n
1.  the line from which the players shoot in marbles
2.  informal (Austral) back to taws back to the beginning
3.  a large marble used for shooting
4.  a game of marbles
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

taw2 (tɔː)
 
vb
1.  to convert (skins) into white leather by treatment with mineral salts, such as alum and salt, rather than by normal tanning processes
2.  archaic, dialect or to flog; beat
 
[Old English tawian; compare Old High German zouwen to prepare, Gothic taujan to make]
 
'tawer2
 
n

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Main Entry:  taw1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a large marble used as a shooter in games
Main Entry:  taw2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the line from which marbles are shot
Main Entry:  taw3
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a square-dance partner
Main Entry:  taw4
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the 23rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet
Etymology:  Hebrew 'cross'
Main Entry:  taw
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to shoot a marble
Usage:  intransitive
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Word Origin & History

taw
"to prepare" (leather), from O.E. tawian "to do, make," from P.Gmc. *tawojan (cf. O.Fris. tawa, O.S. toian, M.Du. tauwen, Du. touwen, O.H.G. zouwen "to prepare," O.H.G. zawen "to succeed," Goth. taujan "to make, prepare"), probably related to the root of O.E. tol "tool" (see tool).
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