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 Dictionary entry overview: What does taut mean? 

TAUT (adjective)
  The adjective TAUT has 2 senses:

1. pulled or drawn tight
2. subjected to great tension; stretched tight

  Familiarity information: TAUT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TAUT (adjective)

Sense 1taut [BACK TO TOP]


Pulled or drawn tight


taut; tight

Context examples:

taut sails / a tight drumhead / a tight rope


tense (taut or rigid; stretched tight)

Sense 2taut [BACK TO TOP]


Subjected to great tension; stretched tight

Context examples:

the skin of his face looked drawn and tight / her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow


tense (in or of a state of physical or nervous tension)

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