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Definition pulled or drawn tight;
or: subjected to great tension
  • The string is pulled taut.
taut = tight
  • It is a taut, nerve-racking action thriller.
  • taut = tense
  • She fell six feet before the rope snapped taut and prevented her death.
  • taut = tight
  • One hand monitors the taut sails.
  • taut = pulled or drawn tight;
    or: subjected to great tension
  • His leg muscles were taut now.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • taut = tight
  • He would finger himself here and there, trying to make sure that it was not an illusion that his muscles were growing rounder and his skin tauter.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • tauter = tighter (sagging less)
  • The tendons in his neck stand out like taut cables.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • taut = stretched tightly
  • He stood there, tall, broad-shouldered, his muscles taut under his T-shirt and his eyes glittering like ice.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • taut = tight
  • Punk, punk, punk, her needle broke the taut circle.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • taut = stretched tight
  • When the breeze blew, the lines would strain taut and some accident of this pull lifted the head and chest upright so that the figure seemed to peer across the brow of the mountain.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • taut = pulled tight
  • The taut blue horizon encircled them, broken only by the mountain-top.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • taut = pulled tight (figuratively)
  • The mirages had died away and gloomily he ran his eye along the taut blue line of the horizon.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • taut = pulled tight (figuratively)
  • "Any day there may be a ship out there"—he waved his arm at the taut wire of the horizon—"and if we have a signal going they'll come and take us off."
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • taut = pulled tight (figuratively)
  • ELESIN has stood rock-still, his knuckles taut on the bars, his eyes glued to the body of his son.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman
  • "One of us?" jeered Voldemort, and his whole body was taut and his red eyes stared, a snake that was about to strike.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • My throat hurt constantly, vocal cords taut to snapping.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • It's quite a storm," I observed, grasping for words that would fill the taut silence.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • But then his lips were taut.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • BRADY (Red-faced, his larynx taut, roaring stridently) As they would look to the mountains whence cometh our strength.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • For answer Snap Naab's right hand slowly curved upward before him and stopped taut and inflexible, while his strange eyes seemed to shoot sparks.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert

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