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tare

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noun \ˈter\

Definition of tare

  1. 1a :  the seed of a vetchb :  any of several vetches (especially Vicia sativa and V. hirsuta)

  2. 2 :  a weed of grain fields especially of Biblical times that is usually held to be the darnel

  3. 3 tares plural :  an undesirable element

Origin and Etymology of tare

Middle English; probably akin to Middle Dutch tarwe wheat


First Known Use: 14th century

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tare

noun

Definition of tare

  1. 1 :  a deduction from the gross weight of a substance and its container made in allowance for the weight of the container; also :  the weight of the container

  2. 2 :  counterweight

Origin and Etymology of tare

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Old Italian tara, from Arabic ṭarḥa, literally, that which is removed


First Known Use: 15th century

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tare

verb

Definition of tare

tared

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taring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ascertain or mark the tare of (see 2tare 1); especially :  to weigh so as to determine the tare <a tared vessel>

  3. 2 :  to adjust (a scale on which an empty container has been placed) so as to reduce the displayed weight to zero <Balances are taken for granted now, and many tare themselves—among other features. Yet it's still important to remember the basics for accurate use of this most fundamental lab instrument. — Chemistry>

1812

First Known Use of tare

1812

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tare

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noun \ˈta(ə)r, ˈte(ə)r\

Medical Definition of tare

  1. 1:  a deduction from the gross weight of a substance and its container made in allowance for the weight of the container

  2. 2:  an empty vessel that is similar in physical properties to a weighing container and that is used as a counterbalance to compensate for changes in the weight of the weighing container due to changes in environmental conditions (as temperature or moisture)


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tare

transitive verb

Medical Definition of tare

tared

;

taring

  1. :  to ascertain or mark the tare of; especially :  to weigh so as to determine the tare

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