A fanciful or greatly exaggerated story, as in Some youngsters love tall tales about creatures from outer space coming to earth. This idiom uses tall in the sense of "exaggerated." [Mid-1800s]
- "high in stature," 1530, probably ult. from O.E. getæl "prompt, active." Sense evolved to "brave, valiant, seemly, proper" (c.1400), then to "attractive, handsome" (c.1450), and finally "being of more than average height."
1933, abbrev. of master of ceremonies.
Master of Ceremonies Origin: 1655–65
|a person who directs the entertainment at a party, dinner, nightclub, radio or television broadcast, or the like, acting as host and introducing the speakers or performers.|
See A. Slomson, An Introduction to Combinatorics (1991); A. Tucker, Applied Combinatorics (3d ed. 1994); R. A. Brualdi, Introductory Combinatorics (3d ed. 1997); M. Hall, Combinatorial Theory (2d ed. 1998); R. P. Stanley, Enumerative Combinatorics (1999).
|1.||a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, including esp. Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton, which survive now in Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, Wales, and Brittany. Abbreviation: Celt|
|2.||of the Celts or their languages.|
|1.||a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters; apologue: the fable of the tortoise and the hare; Aesop's fables.|
|2.||a story not founded on fact: This biography is largely a self-laudatory fable.|
|3.||a story about supernatural or extraordinary persons or incidents; legend: the fables of gods and heroes.|
|4.||legends or myths collectively: the heroes of Greek fable.|
|5.||an untruth; falsehood: This boast of a cure is a medical fable.|
|6.||the plot of an epic, a dramatic poem, or a play.|
|7.||idle talk: old wives' fables.|
1250–1300; ME fable, fabel, fabul < class="ital-inline">fābula a story, tale, equiv. to fā(rī) to speak + -bula suffix of instrument
21. imagination. noun
|1.||the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.|
|2.||the action or process of forming such images or concepts.|
|3.||the faculty of producing ideal creations consistent with reality, as in literature, as distinct from the power of creating illustrative or decorative imagery. Compare fancy (def. 2).|
|4.||the product of imagining; a conception or mental creation, often a baseless or fanciful one.|
|5.||ability to face and resolve difficulties; resourcefulness: a job that requires imagination.|
|6.||Psychology. the power of reproducing images stored in the memory under the suggestion of associated images (reproductive imagination) or of recombining former experiences in the creation of new images directed at a specific goal or aiding in the solution of problems (creative imagination).|
|7.||(in Kantian epistemology) synthesis of data from the sensory manifold into objects by means of the categories.|
|8.||Archaic. a plan, scheme, or plot.|
1300–50; ME < class="ital-inline">imāginātiōn- (s. of imāginātiō) fancy, equiv. to imāgināt(us) ptp. of imāginārī to imagine (imāgin-, s. of imāgō image + -ātus -ate 1 ) + -iōn- -ion
22. Muse: c.1374, protectors of the arts, from L. Musa, from Gk. Mousa, lit. "muse, music, song," from PIE root *mon-/*men-/*mn- "to think, remember" (see mind (n.)). The names of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (q.v.), and their specialties are traditionally: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love poetry, lyric art), Euterpe (music, especially flute), Melpomene (tragedy), Polymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), Urania (astronomy).