Definition of Tattoo

1. Noun. A drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters.




2. Verb. Stain (skin) with indelible color.
Generic synonyms: Stain
Entails: Prick, Prickle

3. Noun. A design on the skin made by tattooing.
Generic synonyms: Design, Figure, Pattern

4. Noun. The practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining.
Generic synonyms: Decoration

Definition of Tattoo

1. n. A beat of drum, or sound of a trumpet or bugle, at night, giving notice to soldiers to retreat, or to repair to their quarters in garrison, or to their tents in camp.

2. v. t. To color, as the flesh, by pricking in coloring matter, so as to form marks or figures which can not be washed out.

3. n. An indelible mark or figure made by puncturing the skin and introducing some pigment into the punctures; -- a mode of ornamentation practiced by various barbarous races, both in ancient and modern times, and also by some among civilized nations, especially by sailors.

Definition of Tattoo

1. Noun. An image made in the skin with ink and a needle ¹

2. Noun. A method of decorating the skin by inserting colored substances under the surface. The skin is punctured with a sharp instrument, which now is usually a solenoid-driven needle, that carries the inks to lower layers of the skin. ¹

3. Verb. To apply a tattoo (to someone or something) ¹

4. Verb. (baseball) To hit the ball hard, as if to figuratively leave a tattoo on the ball ¹

5. Noun. (nautical) A signal played five minutes before taps (lights out) ¹

6. Noun. a signal by drum or bugle ordering soldiers to return to their quarters ¹

7. Noun. a military display or pageant ¹

8. Noun. A breed of pony from India; a pony of that breed. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tattoo

1. to mark the skin with indelible pigments [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Tattoo

1. An indelible mark or figure made by puncturing the skin and introducing some pigment into the punctures; a mode of ornamentation practiced by various barbarous races, both in ancient and modern times, and also by some among civilized nations, especially by sailors. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tattoo

tattle
tattle tell
tattled
tattler
tattlers
tattles
tattletale
tattletale gray
tattletale grey
tattletales
tattletaling
tattling
tattling(a)
tattlings
tattoed
tattoo (current term)
tattoo artist
tattoo artists
tattoo gun
tattoo guns
tattoo machine
tattoo machines
tattooed
tattooee
tattooees
tattooer
tattooers
tattooing
tattooings
tattooist

Literary usage of Tattoo

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1. Legal Medicine by Charles Meymott Tidy (1882)
"Can tattoo marks be obliterated by artificial means f They can;—but they cannot, ... Thus in Case 20 a carbonaceous tattoo was said to have been effaced, ..."

2. A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1897)
"A tattooed man may claim an estate, and adduce the tattoo marks as a proof of ... As the presence of tattoo-marks, and their correspondence in situation, ..."

3. A Manual of medical jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1880)
"MEDICAL EVIDENCE OF IDENTITY FROM COLORED CICATRICES OR tattoo- MARKS. ... A tattooed man may claim an estate, and adduce the tattoo-marks as a proof of his ..."

4. The Uncivilized Races of Men in All Countries of the World: Being a by John George Wood (1883)
"There are many parts of the world where the tattoo is employed, but in none is ... As the reader is probably aware, the tattoo consists of patterns made by ..."

5. A History of the Mental Growth of Mankind in Ancient Times by John Shertzer Hittell (1893)
"tattoo.—In ornamentation of the savage person, tattoo comes next to oil and ... The most complete tattoo is that of the Marquesans, whose bodies, face, ..."

6. The Tichborne Trial: The Summing-up by the Lord Chief Justice of England by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, Alexander James Edmund Cockburn (1874)
"Roger nsed to rub his arms up and down and the sleeves were not buttoned, but he saw no tattoo marks. From the evidence of this witness it appears that Dr. ..."

7. The History of Human Marriage by Edward Westermarck (1901)
"Mr. Keyser speaks of a chief in New Guinea who had sixty-three blue tattoo lines on his chest, which represented the number of enemies he had slain.4 ..."

8. The History of Human Marriage by Edward Westermarck (1891)
"Mr. Keyser speaks of a chief in New Guinea who had sixty-three blue tattoo lines on his chest, which represented the number of enemies he had slain.4 ..."

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