tauter, tautest
1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is taut is stretched very tight.

When muscles are taut or cold there is more chance of injury or strain...

The clothes line is pulled taut and secured.

2) ADJ-GRADED If a person or their body is taut, they are very lean with firm muscles.

That summer she had shed the weight gained during pregnancy, her body was trim and taut.

3) ADJ-GRADED If someone has a taut expression, they look very worried and tense.

Ben sat up quickly, his face taut and terrified...

Little by little she lost the taut, strained air of perpetual anxiety.

4) ADJ-GRADED (approval) If you describe a piece of writing or a film as taut, you mean that it is good because it is exciting and has no unnecessary details.

...Eric Rochant's `Aux yeux du monde', a taut thriller about the kidnapping of a school bus.


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