north n. North according to the earth's axis, not magnetic north.
- —adj. (truer, truest) 1 in accordance with fact or reality (a true story).
- genuine; rightly or strictly so called.
- (often foll. By to) loyal, faithful.
- (foll. By to) accurately conforming to (a type or standard) (true to form).
- correctly positioned or balanced; upright, level.
- exact, accurate (a true copy). —adv.
n. Shallow oblong garden-basket usu. Of wood strips. [perhaps a dial. Var. Of *trough]
n. (also czar) (fem. Tsarina) hist. Title of the former emperors of russia. tsarist n. (usu. Attrib.). [latin caesar]
n. (pl. -s) low-pitched brass wind instrument. [latin, = trumpet]
—n. - long hollow cylinder.
- soft metal or plastic cylinder sealed at one end and holding a semi-liquid substance (tube of toothpaste).
- hollow cylindrical organ in the body.
- (often prec. By the) colloq. London underground (went by tube).
- a cathode-ray tube, esp. In a television set. B (prec. By the) esp. Us colloq. Television.
- us thermionic valve.
- = *inner tube.
- austral. Slang can of beer. —v. (-bing) 1 equip with tubes.
- enclose in a tube. [latin]
shop n. Small shop selling sweets etc. To schoolchildren.
- —v. - (often foll. By in, up) a draw, fold, or turn the outer or end parts of (cloth or clothes etc.) Close together so as to be held; push in the edge of (a thing) so as to confine it (tucked his shirt into his trousers). B push in the edges of bedclothes around (a person) (came to tuck me in).
- draw together into a small space (tucked its head under its wing).
- stow (a thing) away in a specified place or way (tucked it in a corner; tucked it out of sight).
- make a stitched fold in (cloth etc.). —n. - flattened usu. Stitched fold in cloth etc.
- colloq. Food, esp. Cakes and sweets (also attrib.: tuck box). tuck in colloq. Eat heartily. Tuck into (or away) colloq. Eat (food) heartily (tucked into their dinner; could really tuck it away). [low german or dutch]