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Definition of TALE

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Tale \Tale\ (t[=a]l), n.
     See {Tael}.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tale \Tale\, n. [AS. talu number, speech, narrative; akin to D. taal speech, language, G. zahl number, OHG. zala, Icel. tal, tala, number, speech, Sw. tal, Dan. tal number, tale speech, Goth. talzjan to instruct. Cf. {Tell}, v. t., {Toll} a tax, also {Talk}, v. i.]
     1. That which is told; an oral relation or recital; any rehearsal of what has occured; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story. "The tale of Troy divine."
        --Milton. "In such manner rime is Dante's tale."
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              We spend our years as a tale that is told. --Ps. xc.
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     2. A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration; a count, in distinction from measure or weight; a number reckoned or stated. [1913 Webster]

              The ignorant, . . . who measure by tale, and not by weight.                               --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

              And every shepherd tells his tale,
              Under the hawthorn in the dale.       --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              In packing, they keep a just tale of the number.
                                                    --Carew. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Law) A count or declaration. [Obs.]
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     {To tell tale of}, to make account of. [Obs.]
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              Therefore little tale hath he told
              Of any dream, so holy was his heart.  --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Anecdote; story; fable; incident; memoir; relation; account; legend; narrative. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tale \Tale\ (t[=a]l), v. i.
     To tell stories. [Obs.] --Chaucer. --Gower.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tael \Tael\, n. [Malay ta[i^]l, a certain weight, probably fr. Hind. tola, Skr. tul[=a] a balance, weight, tul to weigh.] A denomination of money, in China, worth nearly six shillings sterling, or about a dollar and forty cents; also, a weight of one ounce and a third. [Written also {tale}.] [1913 Webster] Taen

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

105 Moby Thesaurus words for "tale":
     account, aggregate, all, amount, anecdotage, anecdote, back-fence gossip, backbiting, backstabbing, be-all and end-all, belittlement, blague, box score, calumny, canard, cast, chitchat, chronicle, cock-and-bull story, count, defamation, depreciation, difference, disparagement, entirety, enumerate, epic, epos, exaggeration, fabrication, fairy tale, falsehood, falsification, falsity, farfetched story, farrago, fib, fiction, fish story, flam, flimflam, ghost story, gossip, gossiping, gossipmongering, gossipry, groundless rumor, half-truth, history, idle talk, legal fiction, libel, lie, little white lie, mendacity, misrepresentation, myth, narration, narrative, newsmongering, number, numerate, piece of gossip, pious fiction, prevarication, product, quantity, recital, reckoning, record, report, rumor, saga, scandal, score, scuttlebutt, slander, slight stretching, story, sum, sum total, summation, talebearing, taletelling, talk, tall story, tall tale, tally, taradiddle, tattle, tell, the bottom line, the story, the whole story, tittle-tattle, total, totality, tote, trumped-up story, untruth, white lie, whole, x number, yam, yarn

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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