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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A short climb from the tarn leads to the ridge wall, the summit then being within easy reach on the left.
▪ Behind the house rose High fold Scar; in front, the lawn slopes to the tarn.
▪ I packed my rucksack again and walked off the summit towards the tarns.
▪ On the road back to the tarn we passed a cluster of cottages.
▪ Sedrun has an indoor pool as an alternative to dips in glacial tarns.
▪ We climbed a little further and Arthur cooled off in the tarn.
▪ We flew down the moorland road like a bird, disturbing the sleeping ducks at the tarn.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tarn \Tarn\, n. [OE. terne, Icel. tj["o]rn.] A mountain lake or pool.

A lofty precipice in front, A silent tarn below.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin, from Old Norse tjörn "small mountain lake without visible tributaries," from Proto-Germanic *terno, perhaps originally "water hole" [Barnhart]. A dialectal word popularized by the Lake poets.


n. (context Northern England English) A small mountain lake, especially in northern England.


n. a mountain lake (especially one formed by glaciers)

Tarn (department)

Tarn ( or ; ) is a French department located in the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées region in the southwest of France named after the Tarn river. Its prefecture and largest city is Albi.

The inhabitants of Tarn are known, in French, as Tarnais (women: Tarnaises).

Tarn (lake)

A tarn (or corrie loch) is a mountain lake or pool, formed in a cirque excavated by a glacier. It is formed when either rain or river water fills the cirque. A moraine may form a natural dam below a tarn.

Tarn (river)

The Tarn (, , possibly meaning 'rapid' or 'walled in') is a long river in southern France ( régions Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées), right tributary of the Garonne.

The Tarn runs in a roughly westerly direction, from its source at an elevation of 1,550 m (5,085 ft) on Mont Lozère in the Cévennes mountains (part of the Massif Central), through the deep gorges and canyons of the Gorges du Tarn (that cuts through the Causse du Larzac), to Moissac in Tarn-et-Garonne, where it joins the Garonne downstream from the centre of town.

Its basin covers approximately , and it has a mean flow of approximately .

The Millau Viaduct spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau, and is now one of the area's most popular attractions.

Usage examples of "tarn".

Istae duae definitiones tarn contrariae sibi sunt, quam contrarium est necessitas et voluntas, quarum confirmatio ex mutua negatione generatur.

Tarns gave a quick report, reporting on the status of the expedition since its arrival at the Sanctuary protostar, including the loss of the scout boat during the initial explorations.

Near the tarn the path was frozen, but not the unemptied pools nor the stream from them.

The tarn, like the dark mysterious dwelling of an Undine, was spread out before them with the smoothness of glass, though untransparent, and shining beneath their eyes like a vast basin of the richest jet.

Istae duae definitiones tarn contrariae sibi sunt, quam contrarium est necessitas et voluntas, quarum confirmatio ex mutua negatione generatur.

Even to this rule there are exceptions, and one of these is in the case of a tarn which I shall call, pleonastically, Little Loch Beg.

Arinnian remembered that Vodan, in partnership with various youths from Stormgate, Many Thermals, and The Tarns, had launched a silvicultural engineering firm.

Eighteen hundred feet below, it might be more, the Tarn threaded lush bottom-lands, tilled fields, goodly orchards, plantations of walnut and Spanish chestnut, and infrequent, tiny villages that clung to precarious footholds between cliffs and water.

He could have his sandwich and Scotch, and the pleasure of watching Sir Felix Tarns lose a little of that stiff-necked composure, too.

Have you forgotten it was I who put you in a yoke, who whipped you, who condemned you to the Amusements, who would have given you to the tarn?

In the engagement of the 25th of Se'Kara we had used tarns at sea, but they had been kept below decks in cargo ships until beyond the sight of land.

It was subject to attack by forces beached to the west from the tarn fleets of Port Kar, through the marsh itself by the barges of Port Kar, or from the east or north, depending on hte marches following the disembarkation of Port Kar forces.

The supply lines of such a force, given the barges of Port Kar and her tarn cavalries, might be easily cut.

I could see the large, beamlike tarn perch extending from the portal, out over the street far below.

Once the tarnsmen of Treve had withstood the tarn cavalries of even Ar.