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Tell

[tel] /tɛl/
noun
1.
Wilhelm
[vil-helm] /ˈvɪl hɛlm/ (Show IPA),
William Tell.

William Tell

noun
1.
a legendary Swiss patriot forced by the Austrian governor to shoot an apple off his son's head with bow and arrow.
German Wilhelm Tell.
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British Dictionary definitions for wilhelm tell

tell1

/tɛl/
verb tells, telling, told
1.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to let know or notify he told me that he would go
2.
(transitive) to order or instruct (someone to do something) I told her to send the letter airmail
3.
when intr, usually foll by of. to give an account or narration (of something) she told me her troubles
4.
(transitive) to communicate by words; utter to tell the truth
5.
(transitive) to make known; disclose to tell fortunes
6.
(intransitive) often foll by of. to serve as an indication her blush told of her embarrassment
7.
(transitive; used with can, etc; may take a clause as object) to comprehend, discover, or discern I can tell what is wrong
8.
(transitive; used with can, etc) to distinguish or discriminate he couldn't tell chalk from cheese
9.
(intransitive) to have or produce an impact, effect, or strain every step told on his bruised feet
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(informal) (intransitive) sometimes foll by on. to reveal secrets or gossip (about) don't tell!, she told on him
11.
(transitive) to assure I tell you, I've had enough!
12.
(transitive) to count (votes)
13.
(intransitive) (dialect) to talk or chatter
14.
(informal, mainly US) to tell the truth no matter how unpleasant it is
15.
tell the time, to read the time from a clock
16.
(slang) you're telling me, I know that very well
See also tell apart, tell off
Derived Forms
tellable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tellan; related to Old Saxon tellian, Old High German zellen to tell, count, Old Norse telja

tell2

/tɛl/
noun
1.
a large mound resulting from the accumulation of rubbish on a long-settled site, esp one with mudbrick buildings, particularly in the Middle East
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic tall

Tell

/tɛl/
noun
1.
William, German name Wilhelm Tell. a legendary Swiss patriot, who, traditionally, lived in the early 14th century and was compelled by an Austrian governor to shoot an apple from his son's head with one shot of his crossbow. He did so without mishap
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Word Origin and History for wilhelm tell
tell
O.E. tellan "to reckon, calculate, consider, account," from P.Gmc. *taljanan "to mention in order" (cf. O.S. tellian, O.N. telja, O.Fris. tella "to count, tell," Du. tellen "to count, reckon," O.S. talon "to count, reckon," Dan. tale "to speak," O.H.G. zalon, Ger. zählen "to count, reckon"), from base *talo (see tale). Meaning "to narrate, relate" is from c.1000; that of "to make known by speech or writing, announce" is from c.1122. Sense of "to reveal or disclose" is from c.1400; that of "to act as an informer, to 'peach' " is recorded from 1901. Meaning "to order (someone to do something)" is from 1599. Original sense in teller and phrase to tell time. For sense evolution, cf. Fr. conter "to count," raconter "to recount;" It. contare, Sp. contar "to count, recount, narrate;" Ger. zählen "to count," erzählen "to recount, narrate."
"I tolde hyme so, & euer he seyde nay." [Thomas Hoccleve, "The Regiment of Princes," c.1412]
Telling "having effect or force" is from 1852.
tell
"mound, hill," 1864, from Arabic tall, related to Heb. tel "mount, hill, heap."
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Slang definitions & phrases for wilhelm tell

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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