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adjective as in rigid, tight

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Example Sentences

Instead, the ball was mostly in Green’s hands as Curry began his cuts, allowing their best passer to dice up the defense while their best cutter stretched it taut.

In Smallwood’s taut debut, this charming yet profound narrator relays amusing observations on her ever-collapsing universe.

From Time

The taut game had quickly slackened, and a ruthless Carlsen consolidated his advantage.

From my standpoint — I wasn’t born until seven years later — the culture of that period seems marked by tension, diffusion, doubt, repetition, foreboding, lengthiness, savviness, taut aggression, wary knowledge, inspired dread, disciplined joy.

In fairness, the storytelling in Lupin doesn’t have quite the same taut precision as, say, The Parallax View.

From Time

There were stomachs, taut and flat, but also undulating bellies, soft and bloated from the breakfast buffet.

Now Kevin Garvey (a taut, tense Justin Theroux) is Mapleton's chief of police.

“At first it was so bizarre,” she mumbles into a hand mirror, her mouth taut as she applies lipstick in the back of a taxi.

In fact, they are linked by a taut common thread: innocence encountering the face of evil.

Taut red fabric on the ceiling above the chandelier gives the room a cool, circus-tent vibe.

The atmosphere seemed drawn taut before him as though it must any instant split open upon a sound of crying.

As they went cutting sidewise through the water, the sails bellied taut, with the wind filling and overflowing them.

How his fingers tingled with anticipation when he grasped the taut double line!

Screen wire is very difficult material to fasten on a frame so that it becomes taut.

His eyes shone, his chin was thrust forward, every ligament in his body was strung taut.


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On this page you'll find 33 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to taut, such as: tense, close, firm, flexed, snug, and stiff.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.