Definitions for: Tang


[n] any of various kelps especially of the genus Laminaria
[n] any of various coarse seaweeds
[n] brown algae seaweed with serrated edges
[n] common black rockweed used in preparing kelp and as manure
[n] a tart spiciness
[n] the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
[n] the imperial dynasty of China from 618 to 907



Webster (1913) Definition: Tang (t[aum]ng), n. [Chin. T'ang.]
A dynasty in Chinese history, from a. d. 618 to 905,
distinguished by the founding of the Imperial Academy (the
Hanlin), by the invention of printing, and as marking a
golden age of literature.


Tang (t[a^]ng), n. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. tang
seaweed, Sw. t[*a]ng, Icel. [thorn]ang. Cf. Tangle.] (Bot.)
A coarse blackish seaweed (Fuscus nodosus). --Dr. Prior.

Tang sparrow (Zo["o]l.), the rock pipit. [Prov. Eng.]


Tang, n. [Probably fr. OD. tanger sharp, tart, literally,
pinching; akin to E. tongs. [root]59. See Tong.]
1. A strong or offensive taste; especially, a taste of
something extraneous to the thing itself; as, wine or
cider has a tang of the cask.

2. Fig.: A sharp, specific flavor or tinge. Cf. Tang a
twang.

Such proceedings had a strong tang of tyranny.
--Fuller.

A cant of philosophism, and a tang of party
politics. --Jeffrey.

3. [Probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. tangi a projecting
point; akin to E. tongs. See Tongs.] A projecting part
of an object by means of which it is secured to a handle,
or to some other part; anything resembling a tongue in
form or position. Specifically:
(a) The part of a knife, fork, file, or other small
instrument, which is inserted into the handle.
(b) The projecting part of the breech of a musket barrel,
by which the barrel is secured to the stock.
(c) The part of a sword blade to which the handle is
fastened.
(d) The tongue of a buckle. [Prov. Eng.]


Tang, n. [Of imitative origin. Cf. Twang. This word has
become confused with tang tatse, flavor.]
A sharp, twanging sound; an unpleasant tone; a twang.


Tang, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tanged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tanging.]
To cause to ring or sound loudly; to ring.

Let thy tongue tang arguments of state. --Shak.

To tang bees, to cause a swarm of bees to settle, by
beating metal to make a din.


Tang, v. i.
To make a ringing sound; to ring.

Let thy tongue tang arguments of state. --Shak.

Synonyms: black rockweed, bladder fucus, bladderwrack, flavor, flavour, Fucus serratus, Fucus vesiculosus, nip, piquance, piquancy, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, sea tang, sea tangle, serrated wrack, smack, Tang dynasty, tanginess, zest

See Also: brown algae, dynasty, genus Fucus, gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, kelp, lemon, rockweed, seaweed, spice, spicery, spiciness, taste, taste perception, taste sensation, vanilla

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