tare

noun (1)
\ ˈter How to pronounce tare (audio) \

Definition of tare

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the seed of a vetch
b : any of several vetches (especially Vicia sativa and V. hirsuta)
2 : a weed of grain fields especially of biblical times that is usually held to be the darnel
3 tares plural : an undesirable element

tare

noun (2)

Definition of tare (Entry 2 of 3)

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

tare

verb
tared; taring

Definition of tare (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to ascertain or mark the tare of (see tare entry 2 sense 1) especially : to weigh so as to determine the tare a tared vessel
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

First Known Use of tare

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tare

Noun (1)

Middle English; probably akin to Middle Dutch tarwe wheat

Noun (2)

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

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“Tare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tare. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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tare

noun
\ ˈta(ə)r, ˈte(ə)r How to pronounce tare (audio) \

Medical Definition of tare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a deduction from the gross weight of a substance and its container made in allowance for the weight of the container
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)
tared; taring

Medical Definition of tare (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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