tandem

[tan-duhm]
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,
a.
in single file: They swam in tandem.
b.
in association or partnership.

Origin:
1735–45; special use (orig. facetious) of Latin tandem at length, finally, equivalent to tam so far + -dem demonstrative suffix

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tandem (ˈtændəm)
 
n
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
 
adj
6.  (Brit) used as, used in, or routed through an intermediate automatic telephone exchange: a tandem exchange
 
adv
7.  one behind the other: to ride tandem
 
[C18: whimsical use of Latin tandem at length, to indicate a vehicle of elongated appearance]

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Word Origin & History

tandem
1785, "carriage pulled by horses harnessed one behind the other," punning use of L. tandem "at length (of time)," from tam "so" + demonstrative suffix -dem. Transferred by 1884 to bicycles with two seats.
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Example sentences
Their synchronized waddle could have caused the bridge to oscillate, leading
  even more of them to tread in tandem.
The two enzymes work in tandem to regulate the production of nitric oxide, a
  gas that relaxes blood vessels.
One way to view the alarming increase is in tandem with the increase in
  technological progress.
Some things may have simply evolved in tandem with other more beneficial traits.
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