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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The '70s series now seem tame by today's standards.
▪ By these standards, the monks' self-denial seems tame.
▪ Gardens contrived to divert the power of botanical growth into the tame artifacts of domesticated crops.
▪ In the centre would be several lines of trestle tables carrying cages for chicken, ducks and geese with a few tame rabbits.
▪ It had all been very tame.
▪ Not your weasel-faced tame magic, but root-and-branch magic, the old magic.
▪ Seen in comparison with the preceding axial age, the Hellenistic age is tame and conservative.
▪ The jokes, when they do come, are rather tame but still funny.
▪ These little fishes become quite tame and will respond at feeding time by rushing to their food like a litter of puppies.
▪ Statistics show that rent control laws haven't tamed inflation.
▪ Children and, later, teenagers have to learn to put a brake on their impulses, to tame their desires.
▪ Don Bradman, the catalyst of the affair, was only temporarily tamed, as his Test batting average of 56.57 testified.
▪ He had fought a maddening, 24-hour battle against a river that California agriculture had tamed for more than a half century.
▪ Is there a product to tame my hair?
▪ These actions threw the economy into a recession, but also tamed the inflationary monster.
▪ Unlike her former co-star, Antonio Banderas, Abril has not been tamed by Hollywood.
▪ Where it should have tried harder, however, is with taming mechanical noise levels.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tame \Tame\, v. t. [Cf. F. entamer to cut into, to broach.] To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

In the time of famine he is the Joseph of the country, and keeps the poor from starving. Then he tameth his stacks of corn, which not his covetousness, but providence, hath reserved for time of need.


Tame \Tame\, a. [Compar. Tamer; superl. Tamest.] [AS. tam; akin to D. tam, G. zahm, OHG. zam, Dan. & Sw. tam, Icel. tamr, L. domare to tame, Gr. ?, Skr. dam to be tame, to tame, and perhaps to E. beteem. [root]6

  1. Cf. Adamant, Diamond, Dame, Daunt, Indomitable.] 1. Reduced from a state of native wildness and shyness; accustomed to man; domesticated; domestic; as, a tame deer, a tame bird.

  2. Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless.

    Tame slaves of the laborious plow.

  3. Deficient in spirit or animation; spiritless; dull; flat; insipid; as, a tame poem; tame scenery.

    Syn: Gentle; mild; meek. See Gentle.


Tame \Tame\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tamed; p. pr. & vb. n. Taming.] [AS. tamian, temian, akin to D. tammen, temmen, G. z["a]hmen, OHG. zemmen, Icel. temja, Goth. gatamjan. See Tame, a.]

  1. To reduce from a wild to a domestic state; to make gentle and familiar; to reclaim; to domesticate; as, to tame a wild beast.

    They had not been tamed into submission, but baited into savegeness and stubbornness.

  2. To subdue; to conquer; to repress; as, to tame the pride or passions of youth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., from tame (adj.), or altered by the form of the adjective from Old English temian "subdue, make tame," from Proto-Germanic *tamjan- (cognates: Old Norse temja, Old Frisian tema, Middle Dutch temmen, Old High German zemmen, German zähmen, Gothic tamjan). Related: Tamed; taming.


early Middle English tame "in a state of subjection, physically subdued, restrained in behavior" (c.1200); of animals "domesticated, reclaimed from wildness," also, of persons, "meek, gentle-natured, compliant, intent on homely or domestic activities" (mid-13c.), from oblique forms of Old English tom, tam "domesticated, docile," from Proto-Germanic *tamaz (cognates: Old Norse tamr, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch tam, Old High German zam, German zahm "tame," Gothic tamjan "to tame"), from PIE *deme- "to constrain, to force, to break (horses)" (cognates: Sanskrit damayati "tames;" Persian dam "a tame animal;" Greek daman "to tame, subdue," dmetos "tame;" Latin domare "to tame, subdue;" Old Irish damnaim "I tie up, fasten, I tame, subdue").\n

\nA possible ulterior connection is with PIE *dem- "house, household" (see domestic (adj.)). Meaning "spiritless, weak, dull, uninspiring, insipid" is recorded from c.1600. Related: Tamely; tameness.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 Not or no longer wild; domesticated 2 (context chiefly of animals English) mild and well-behaved; accustomed to human contact 3 Not exciting 4 Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless. 5 (context mathematics of a knot English) Capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) to make something #Adjective 2 (context intransitive English) to become #Adjective Etymology 2

    vb. (context obsolete UK dialect English) To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out.

  1. adj. flat and uninspiring

  2. very restrained or quiet; "a tame Christmas party"; "she was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed" [ant: wild]

  3. brought from wildness into a domesticated state; "tame animals"; "fields of tame blueberries" [syn: tamed] [ant: wild]

  4. very docile; "tame obedience"; "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes [syn: meek]

  1. v. correct by punishment or discipline [syn: chasten, subdue]

  2. make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements" [syn: tone down, moderate]

  3. adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment; "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil" [syn: domesticate, cultivate, naturalize, naturalise]

  4. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons" [syn: domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim]

  5. make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans; "The horse was domesticated a long time ago"; "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog" [syn: domesticate]


TAME or TAME EP Linea Aerea del Ecuador is an airline founded in 1962. TAME (pronounced "tah-may") is the flag carrier and the largest airline of Ecuador. TAME headquarters are in Quito, Pichincha Province and the main hub is Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito. The airline was formed by the Air Force of Ecuador. In 2011, it became a commercial entity and now provides domestic, international and charter flights.

Tame (analytic tool)

Tame is an analytic research tool for Twitter, developed in 2012 by Arno Dirlam (CTO), Frederik Fischer (CEO) and Torsten Müller (CCO).

Tame is a spin-off from Humboldt University of Berlin. The team of journalists and developers aimed to design a context search engine in real time for Twitter. It ranks the frequency of hashtags being used, users being mentioned and links being shared the most. Tame is mainly used by journalists (e.g. ZDF, ARD, Die Zeit), politicians, PR and marketing experts as well as NGOs.

Tame is located in Berlin and San Francisco.

Through crowdinvesting at Companisto, Tame was able to collect € 250.000 (ca. US $ 335.000) venture capital. It was Winner of the German Silicon Valley Accelerator 2013. Additionally, Tame gained further financing from “Pro FIT” program by Investitionsbank Berlin in six-figure amount in 2013. It was presented as a start-up at the German social media conference re:publica and at ARTE Future.

Usage examples of "tame".

Pael, our tame Academician, had identified it as a fortress star from some kind of strangeness in its light.

The observations of such individuals will be more complicated to analyze than those of constant-velocity observers, whose motion is more serene, but nevertheless we can ask whether there is some way of taming this complexity and bringing accelerated motion squarely into our newfound understanding of space and time.

Many were accompanied by tame animals and Alec smiled to himself, wondering if he and his father had trapped any of these hawks or spotted cats.

When I perceived that no man had regard to mee, that was so tame and gentle an Asse, I stole out of the gate that was next me, and then I ran away with all force, and came to Cenchris, which is the most famous towne of all the Carthaginians, bordering upon the Seas called Ageum, and Saronicum, where is a great and mighty Haven, frequented with many a sundry Nation.

I defended myself as best I could, but my excuses were rather tame, about which I did not trouble myself.

Lourdusamy -- then a young, minor functionary in the Vatican diplomatic machine -- with guiding the anguished and pain-ridden ex-Hyperion pilgrim, Father Lenar Hoyt, to finding the secret that tamed the cruciform to an instrument of resurrection.

Garp confessed his lust for Cushie Percy and rendered a suitably tame version of the consummation scene.

The reason the dasht is so sore is that I busted up his attempt to have the Lady Fouri kidnaped by his gang of tame bandits.

The manner in which Lincoln succeeded in taming this lion to his will, by frankly recognizing his great qualities, by giving him the most generous confidence, by aiding him in his work to the full of his power, by kindly concession or affectionate persuasiveness in cases of differing opinions, or, when it was necessary, by firm assertions of superior authority, bears the highest testimony to his skill in the management of men.

The hooftracks, and the tracks of Roland, led down past the tame dromes and into the cloud.

Festival in the streets of a City that covered half a planet, a city that was not, except by Dane, called Dullsville, on a world that was not called Tame.

Such an one is he, and I will tame him with harshness and duress till I be certain of him.

Something that might tame the fae at last, and bring peace to a planet that had rarely known anything but chaos.

They had implements also, and weapons of war beautifully fashioned from flint, ivory, and the horns of deer, and they wove cloth such as that of her garments from the wool of tame beasts and dyed it with the juices of herbs, different from those that bore the seeds which they ate.

Houdini did, and saw a tame fistic encounter followed by an equally mechanical reconciliation.