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Definitions and meaning of tau

tau

Etymology

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ταῦ (taû). The physics sense was coined by American physicist Martin Perl.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /taʊ/, /tɔː/
  • Rhymes: -aʊ, -ɔː

Noun

tau (plural taus)

  1. The letter Τ/τ in the Greek, Hebrew and ancient Semitic alphabets, being the nineteenth letter of the Classical and Modern Greek, the twenty-first letter of Old and Ancient Greek.
  2. A Τ-shaped sign or structure; a Saint Anthony's cross, sometimes regarded as a sacred symbol.
    • 1658: Nor shall we take in the mysticall Tau, or the Crosse of our blessed Saviour, which having in some descriptions an Empedon or crossing foot-stay, made not one single transversion. — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 168)
  3. (physics, dated) A tau meson, now usually known as a kaon.
  4. (physics) An unstable heavy lepton, which decays into a muon or electron; a tauon.
  5. (biology) Tau protein, a type of protein that stabilizes microtubules in the human central nervous system, failures of which are associated with forms of dementia.
    • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2004, p. 263:
      Quite what that job is remains obscure, but one theory is that it is to stabilise another protein called tau, which is supposed in turn to keep in shape the tubular ‘skeleton’ of a neuron.
  6. (finance) A measurement of the sensitivity of the value of an option to changes in the implied volatility of the price of the underlying asset.
  7. (mathematics, neologism) An irrational and transcendental constant representing the ratio of the circumference of a Euclidean circle to its radius, approximately 6.2831853071; equal to twice the value of pi. Often written τ or 2π.

Synonyms

  • (measure of derivative price sensitivity): kappa, vega

Hypernyms

  • (measure of derivative price sensitivity): Greeks (includes list of coordinate terms)

Coordinate terms

  • (Greek letter): Previous: sigma. Next: upsilon

Derived terms

  • tauon
  • tauopathy
  • tau lepton
  • tau meson
  • tau neutrino
  • tau protein

Translations

Further reading

  • tau on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Tau (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Tau (protein) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • AUT, UAT, UTA, Uta, aut-, uta

'Are'are

Verb

tau

  1. to give

References

  • Kateřina Naitoro, A Sketch Grammar of 'Are'are: The Sound System and Morpho-Syntax (2013)

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈtaw/
  • Rhymes: -aw

Noun

tau f (plural taus)

  1. Tau; the Greek letter Τ (lowercase τ).
  2. Tav; the Hebrew letter ת‎.
  3. (religion) A tau cross.

Czech

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈtau̯]

Noun

tau n

  1. tau (Greek letter)

Further reading

  • tau in Kartotéka Novočeského lexikálního archivu
  • tau in Akademický slovník cizích slov, 1995, at prirucka.ujc.cas.cz

Finnish

Etymology

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ταῦ (taû).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɑu̯/, [ˈt̪ɑu̯]
  • Rhymes: -ɑu
  • Syllabification: tau

Noun

tau

  1. tau (Greek letter)
  2. tauon, tau (elementary particle)

Declension

Anagrams

  • -tua

French

Alternative forms

  • (in the plural) taus (1990 spelling reform)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /to/
  • Homophones: taus, taux, tôt

Noun

tau m (plural tau or taus)

  1. tau (Greek letter)
  2. (physics) tau, tauon

Derived terms

  • tauique

Further reading

  • “tau” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • tua

German Low German

Alternative forms

  • to (in some dialects)

Etymology

Middle Low German .

Preposition

tau

  1. (in some dialects) to

Derived terms

  • taum
  • taun
  • taur

Huichol

Noun

tau

  1. sun

Hungarian

Etymology

From Ancient Greek ταῦ (taû).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈtɒu]
  • Hyphenation: tau
  • Rhymes: -u

Noun

tau (plural tauk)

  1. tau (Greek letter)

Declension


Icelandic

Etymology

Borrowed from Danish tøj.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tʰøyː/
  • Rhymes: -øyː

Noun

tau n (genitive singular taus, no plural)

  1. fabric
  2. clothing

Declension


Indonesian

Etymology 1

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ta.ʊ/
  • Hyphenation: ta.u

Verb

tau

  1. Nonstandard spelling of tahu.

Etymology 2

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /taʊ/

Noun

tau

  1. the Greek letter tau (Τ or τ)

Further reading

  • “tau” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.

Italian

Noun

tau m or f (invariable)

  1. tau (Greek letter)

Anagrams

  • -uta, tua

Japanese

Romanization

tau

  1. Rōmaji transcription of たう

Kambera

Verb

tau

  1. person

References

  • Marian Klamer (1998) A Grammar of Kambera, Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter, →ISBN, page 328

Kapampangan

Etymology

Ultimately from Proto-Austronesian *Cau

Noun

tau

  1. person
  2. human

Lithuanian

Pronoun

tau

  1. (second-person singular) dative form of tu.

Malay

Alternative forms

  • tahu
  • تاهو

Etymology 1

From Proto-Malayic *tahu(ʔ), from Proto-Malayo-Chamic, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *taqu, from Proto-Austronesian *Caqu.

Pronunciation

  • (Kedah) IPA(key): /tau/
  • IPA(key): /ta.u/
  • Rhymes: -au, -u

Verb

tau

  1. Nonstandard spelling of tahu.

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English tau, from Ancient Greek ταῦ (taû).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tau/

Noun

tau (Jawi spelling تاو‎, plural tau-tau, informal 1st possessive tauku, impolite 2nd possessive taumu, 3rd possessive taunya)

  1. the Greek letter tau (Τ or τ)

Further reading

  • “tau” in Pusat Rujukan Persuratan Melayu | Malay Literary Reference Centre, Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 2017.

Maori

Etymology 1

From Proto-Polynesian *taqu, from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *taqun.

Noun

tau

  1. year (time it takes for the Earth to complete one revolution of the Sun)
  2. year (time it takes for any planetary body to make one revolution around another body)
  3. year (a period between set dates that mark a year)
  4. year (scheduled part of a calendar year spent in a specific activity)
  5. year (Julian year)
  6. year (level or grade at school or college)

Etymology 2

From Proto-Polynesian *tau, from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *taʀuq.

Verb

tau

  1. to settle

Etymology 3

From Proto-Polynesian *tau, from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *taqu, from Proto-Austronesian *Caqu.

Noun

tau (used in the form mātau)

  1. knowledge

Verb

tau (used in the form mātau)

  1. (stative) to know

References

  • “tau” in John C. Moorfield, Te Aka: Maori-English, English-Maori Dictionary and Index, 3rd edition, Longman/Pearson Education New Zealand, 2011, →ISBN.

Min Nan


Minangkabau

Etymology

From Proto-Malayic *tahu(ʔ), from Proto-Malayo-Chamic, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *taqu, from Proto-Austronesian *Caqu.

Verb

tau

  1. to know

Niuean

Etymology 1

From Proto-Polynesian *taqu, from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *taqun.

Noun

tau

  1. year

Etymology 2

From Proto-Polynesian *tau, from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *taʀuŋ.

Verb

tau

  1. fight

North Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian twā. Compare Mooring North Frisian twäär, tou.

Pronunciation

IPA(key): /tau/

Numeral

tau

  1. (Föhr-Amrum, Heligoland, Sylt) two

Coordinate terms


Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

From Old Norse tog (rope)

Noun

tau n (definite singular tauet, indefinite plural tau, definite plural taua or tauene)

  1. a rope
  2. (physics) tau lepton
  3. tau (Greek letter)
Synonyms
  • (rope): rep, reip
Derived terms
  • ståltau
  • taubane
  • tauverk

Etymology 2

Verb

tau

  1. imperative of taue

References

  • “tau” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

From earlier and Old Norse tog (rope), from Proto-Germanic *taugō.

Alternative forms

  • tog (superseeded)

Noun

tau n (definite singular tauet, indefinite plural tau, definite plural taua)

  1. a rope
Synonyms
  • (rope): reip
Derived terms
  • ståltau
  • taubane
  • tauverk

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ταῦ (taû).

Noun

tau m (definite singular tauen, indefinite plural tauar, definite plural tauane)

  1. tau: The letter Τ/τ in the Greek, Hebrew and ancient Semitic alphabets, being the nineteenth letter of the Classical and Modern Greek, the twenty-first letter of Old and Ancient Greek.
  2. (physics) tau lepton

References

  • “tau” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Anagrams

  • Tau, tua

Occitan

Etymology

From Latin talis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /taw/

Adjective

tau m (feminine singular tala, masculine plural taus, feminine plural talas)

  1. (Gascony, Provençal, Limousin, Vivaro-alpine, Auvergne) such

Dialectal variants

  • tal

Portuguese

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: tau
  • Homophone: tal (Brazil)
  • Rhymes: -aw

Noun

tau m (plural taus)

  1. tau (name of the Greek letter Τ, τ)
  2. (physics) tauon

Sotho

Noun

tau 9 or 10 (plural ditau)

  1. lion

Descendants

  • Phuthi: idawû

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈtau/, [ˈt̪au̯]

Noun

tau f (plural taus)

  1. tau; the Greek letter Τ, τ
  2. tauon (elementary particle)
    Synonym: tauón

See also

  • (Greek script letter names) letra; alfa, beta, gamma, delta, épsilon, dseda, eta, zeta, iota, kappa, lambda, mi, ni, xi, ómicron, pi, ro, sigma, tau, ípsilon, fi, ji, psi, omega (Category: es:Greek letter names)
  • (leptons) leptón; electrón, muón, tau/tauón, neutrino electrónico, neutrino muónico, neutrino tauónico

Tahitian

Adjective

tau

  1. some

Synonyms

  • nau

References

  • Yves Lemaître, Lexique du tahitien contemporain (Current Tahitian lexicon), 1995.
  • “tau” in Dictionnaire en ligne Tahitien/Français (Online Tahitian–French Dictionary), by the Tahitian Academy.

Tausug

Noun

tau

  1. person
  2. human

Derived terms

  • pagkatau

Tocharian B

Etymology

From Middle Chinese (MC təuX).

Noun

tau ? sg (irregular plural towä or tom or taum)

  1. a dry measure, roughly equivalent to ten quarts or 1.25 pecks

References


Tokelauan

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈta.u/
  • Hyphenation: ta‧u

Etymology 1

From Proto-Polynesian *te-qa-u.

Determiner

tau

  1. (alienabe, definite) thy, your
See also

Etymology 2

From Proto-Polynesian *taqu. Cognates include Hawaiian kau and Samoan tau.

Noun

tau

  1. season
  2. weather
  3. climate

Etymology 3

From Proto-Polynesian *tau. Cognates include Tongan tou and Samoan tau.

Verb

tau

  1. (transitive) to pick
Usage notes
  • tau is used to refer to flowers and fruits, with the exception of the coconut and pandanus.

Etymology 4

From Proto-Polynesian *tau. Cognates include Tongan tau and Samoan tau.

Verb

tau

  1. (intransitive) to fight; to quarrel
  2. (intransitive) to compete

Etymology 5

From Proto-Polynesian *tau. Cognates include Maori tau and Samoan tau.

Verb

tau (plural tatau)

  1. (intransitive) to hit
  2. (intransitive) to land
  3. (intransitive) to arrive
  4. (intransitive) to anchor
  5. (intransitive, of fish) to settle down

Etymology 6

From Proto-Polynesian *tau. Cognates include Tuvaluan tau and Samoan tau.

Verb

tau

  1. (transitive, of months) to count

Etymology 7

From Proto-Polynesian *tau. Cognates include Rapa tau and Samoan tau.

Noun

tau

  1. The point where the keel meets the stern of the canoe.

Etymology 8

Noun

tau

  1. Fresh nest fern leaves, used to cover a traditional oven.

Etymology 9

Particle

tau

  1. Used to indicate the exclusiveness of the following noun or pronoun; just, only, merely

Etymology 10

Particle

tau

  1. Used to indicate the focus lies on the following noun; concerning, regarding

Etymology 11

Particle

tau

  1. Used to indicate that the action of the following verb is beginning; starting to; beginning to

Etymology 12

Verb

tau

  1. Only used in tau ma (to be fed up with)

References

  • R. Simona, editor (1986) Tokelau Dictionary[1], Auckland: Office of Tokelau Affairs, page 342

Tongan

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *tau, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *taʀuŋ.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ta.u/

Verb

tau

  1. fight

Tswana

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ta.u/

Noun

tau 9/10 (plural ditau)

  1. lion

Vietnamese

Pronunciation

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [taw˧˧]
  • (Huế) IPA(key): [taw˧˧]
  • (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): [ta(ː)w˧˧]

Pronoun

tau

  1. Central Vietnam form of tao (I/me)

Welsh

Pronunciation

  • (North Wales) IPA(key): /taɨ̯/
  • (South Wales) IPA(key): /tai̞/

Verb

tau

  1. (literary) third-person singular present indicative/future of tewi

Mutation


White Hmong

Etymology

From Proto-Hmong *təuk, from Old Chinese (OC *tɯːɡ).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tau̯˧/

Verb

tau

  1. to get, gain, obtain
  2. (used preverbally) perfective action marker
  3. (used postverbally) potential mood marker

References

  • Heimbach, Ernest E. (1979) White Hmong — English Dictionary[2], SEAP Publications, →ISBN.
  • Ratliff, Martha (2010) Hmong-Mien Language History (Studies in Language Change; 8), Camberra, Australia: Pacific Linguistics, →ISBN.

Source: wiktionary.org
  • TATU, to mark the skin in this way.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)