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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Tall


TALL, adjective [Eng. dally; Latin tollo.]

1. High in stature; long and comparatively slender; applied to a person, or to a standing tree, mast or pole. tall always refers to something erect, and of which the diameter is small in proportion to the highth. We say, a tall man or woman, a tall boy for his age; a tall tree, a tall pole, a tall mast; but we never say, a tall house or a tall mountain. The application of the word to a palace or its shadow, in Waller, is now improper.

Dark shadows cast, and as his palace tall

2. Sturdy; lusty; bold. [Unusual.]