noun a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program
story; narration; narrative.
- his narrative was interesting
- Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children
noun a trivial lie
fib; story; taradiddle; tarradiddle.
- he told a fib about eating his spinach
- how can I stop my child from telling stories?
- See Tael.
number, speech, narrative; akin to D. taal
speech, language, G. zahl
number, OHG. zala
, Icel. tal
, number, speech, Sw. tal
, Dan. tal
speech, Goth. talzjan
to instruct. Cf. Tell
, v. t.
a tax, also Talk
, v. i.
- 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." Chaucer.
We spend our years as a tale that is told.
Ps. xc. 9.
- 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.
The ignorant, . . . who measure by tale, and not by weight.
And every shepherd tells his tale,
Under the hawthornn in the dale.
In packing, they keep a just tale of the number.
- (Law) A count or declaration. Obs.
Therefore little tale hath he told
Of any dream, so holy was his heart.
Syn. -- Anecdote; story; fable; incident; memoir; relation; account; legend; narrative.
Tale intransitive verb
- To tell stories. Obs.
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