Confusing Words Clarified: Group T; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "T" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
If you have any problems understanding the pronunciation symbols, go to this Pronunciation Chart for clarifications.
2. An emotionally strong person who gives a great deal of support or help during difficult times: "His wife has been his tower of strength during his illness."
"The police sent a tower to remove the illegally parked car."
The tower was pulling a heavy cart of stones to the site where the builders were constructing a tall tower.
2. To have brought mud or other mess into a clean space: "After the storm, they all tracked mud into the back porch."
2. A printed flyer or pamphlet of a religious or political nature: "We received the tract from the local church in our mailbox this afternoon."
We trekked across the large tract of grassy land during a rain storm and, when we got back to our cabin, we tracked mud all over the floor.
The transience camps which the transients established near the railroad station were often made of materials; such as, old boxes, cast off furniture, etc.
"Despite trapping so many mice, they were never completely eliminated."
"Her friend inherited one more trapping to add to her other trappings when she advanced to her new position as the CEO of the company."
For her successful efforts in trapping the international spy, the police officer was given a promotion complete with all the trappings of a new office, special desk, etc.
"For their summer holiday, the family plans to travel throughout many countries in Europe."
"She heard that the new train will travel much faster than the old one, so passengers will get where they want to go faster."
I must often travel so I can referee basketball games. It can be a challenge to call a travel against a star player.
I realize that teams must travail together many hours to become good players.
"The clerk put the tray of diamonds in the safe right after the store closed for the night."
The gambler liked to use a tray when trying to roll a trey so the smooth surface would not jinx with the outcome.
To undertake an act of treason is a serious act of treachery that is not easily understood nor forgiven.
2. To undertake a judicial procedure to determine the guilt or innocence of an individual: "The judge agreed to try the traffic offender without a jury."
It's a good idea to try to use the prefix tri- to form many words that mean "three" plus whatever word element it is attached to; such as, "tripod, triple, triangle", and many others which can be seen by going to this tri-, tre- unit shown on this Word Info site.
The music at the beginning of the opera rang of triumphal victory; as if celebrating the triumphant return of the explorers from their dangerous voyage.
"There was a large troop of people gathered in the park for the celebration."
"The sailors decided to troop down to the dock and watch the ship land."
The troupe of performers is ready to troop into the stadium to perform before a troop of holiday makers.
The trouper used to work with the police and was a trooper in the police band.
2. Having used a strong frame of wooden beams, bars, or rods that have supported a roof or bridge: "The roof of the house was trussed with wooden supports while the bridge was trussed with steal bars."
3. To have tied together the wings and legs of a turkey, chicken, duck, goose, etc. for cooking: "Her mother stuffed and trussed the duck for roasting."
2. An arrangement in which someone's property or money is legally held or managed by someone else or by an organization; such as a bank, usually for a set time: "Her father created a trust for his daughter and the property will be held in trust until her 18th birthday."
"I am confident that he will do the right thing and so I trust him."
I trust that the turkey is all trussed and ready to put into the oven for our holiday meal later today.
2. An individual who occupies a position of trust and responsibility: "My nephew is a trustee with the local bank."
The trusty was the trustee of the tool box which contained the trusty electric screw driver.
"He chose to maintain a turbid lifestyle and rarely went out in public."
"After he hit his thumb with a hammer, it became very turgid and purple."2. Characterized by a manner that is excessively embellished or bombastic: "The count tended to wear sweeping feathers on his hat and spoke in a turgid manner, using all sorts of glittering and fancy words."
In spite of his turgid lifestyle, the man decided to keep his turbid ancestral background from prying eyes and curious bystanders.
2. A track for horse racing: "We watched the horses cut up the turf as they raced around the track."
2. The territory or portion of a city that is claimed by a gang for its activities: "The gang leader sent a message to the other gang saying that if they know what's good for them, they will stay out of his turf."
3. In a figurative sense, dealing with an unfamiliar subject: "In the first chapter of his book, the writer seems to be presenting information about a topic which is on unfamiliar turf for him."
The turf for the local gang seemed to be the turf at the local race track; however, when the gang members swaggered into the club house, they seemed to be on very unfamiliar turf and the bouncer was able to turf them out without much trouble.