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Meaning of TASTE

Pronunciation:  teyst

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds; "a wine tasting"
  2. [n]  the faculty of taste; "his cold deprived him of his sense of taste"
  3. [n]  the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus; "the candy left him with a bad taste"; "the melon had a delicious taste"
  4. [n]  delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values); "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
  5. [n]  a brief experience of something; "he got a taste of life on the wild side"; "she enjoyed her brief taste of independence"
  6. [n]  a strong liking; "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"
  7. [n]  a small amount eaten or drunk; "take a taste--you'll like it"
  8. [v]  take a sample of; "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes"
  9. [v]  perceive by the sense of taste; "Can you taste the garlic?"
  10. [v]  distinguish flavors; "We tasted wines last night"
  11. [v]  have flavor; taste of something
  12. [v]  have a distinctive or characteristic taste; "This tastes of nutmeg"

TASTE is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: appreciation, discernment, gustation, gustatory modality, gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, mouthful, penchant, perceptiveness, predilection, preference, sample, sense of taste, taste perception, taste sensation, tasting, try, try out
 See Also: acquired taste, astringence, astringency, bit, bite, bitter, bitterness, comprehend, connoisseurship, consume, culture, degust, delicacy, discretion, discrimination, experience, exteroception, finish, flavor, flavour, have, helping, identify, ingest, liking, modality, morsel, perceive, perception, portion, relish, salinity, salt, saltiness, sapidity, savor, savor, savour, savour, secernment, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression, sense modality, sensing, sensory system, serving, smack, smack, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, sour, sourness, style, sugariness, sup, swallow, sweet, sweetness, take, take in, tang, tartness, taste, trend, vertu, virtu, vogue, weakness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Taste\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tasted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Tasting}.] [OE. tasten to feel, to taste, OF. taster, F.
    tater to feel, to try by the touch, to try, to taste,
    (assumed) LL. taxitare, fr. L. taxare to touch sharply, to
    estimate. See {Tax}, v. t.]
    1. To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow. [Obs.]
             Taste it well and stone thou shalt it find.
    2. To try by the touch of the tongue; to perceive the relish
       or flavor of (anything) by taking a small quantity into a
       mouth. Also used figuratively.
             When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water
             that was made wine.                   --John ii. 9.
             When Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became
             incapable of pity or remorse.         --Gibbon.
    3. To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of.
             I tasted a little of this honey.      --1 Sam. xiv.
    4. To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to
       experience; to undergo.
             He . . . should taste death for every man. --Heb.
                                                   ii. 9.
    5. To partake of; to participate in; -- usually with an
       implied sense of relish or pleasure.
             Thou . . . wilt taste No pleasure, though in
             pleasure, solitary.                   --Milton.
  2. \Taste\, v. i.
    1. To try food with the mouth; to eat or drink a little only;
       to try the flavor of anything; as, to taste of each kind
       of wine.
    2. To have a smack; to excite a particular sensation, by
       which the specific quality or flavor is distinguished; to
       have a particular quality or character; as, this water
       tastes brackish; the milk tastes of garlic.
             Yea, every idle, nice, and wanton reason Shall to
             the king taste of this action.        --Shak.
    3. To take sparingly.
             For age but tastes of pleasures, youth devours.
    4. To have perception, experience, or enjoyment; to partake;
       as, to taste of nature's bounty. --Waller.
             The valiant never taste of death but once. --Shak.
  3. \Taste\, n.
    1. The act of tasting; gustation.
    2. A particular sensation excited by the application of a
       substance to the tongue; the quality or savor of any
       substance as perceived by means of the tongue; flavor; as,
       the taste of an orange or an apple; a bitter taste; an
       acid taste; a sweet taste.
    3. (Physiol.) The one of the five senses by which certain
       properties of bodies (called their taste, savor, flavor)
       are ascertained by contact with the organs of taste.
    Note: Taste depends mainly on the contact of soluble matter
          with the terminal organs (connected with branches of
          the glossopharyngeal and other nerves) in the
          papill[ae] on the surface of the tongue. The base of
          the tongue is considered most sensitive to bitter
          substances, the point to sweet and acid substances.
    4. Intellectual relish; liking; fondness; -- formerly with
       of, now with for; as, he had no taste for study.
             I have no taste Of popular applause.  --Dryden.
    5. The power of perceiving and relishing excellence in human
       performances; the faculty of discerning beauty, order,
       congruity, proportion, symmetry, or whatever constitutes
       excellence, particularly in the fine arts and
       belles-letters; critical judgment; discernment.
    6. Manner, with respect to what is pleasing, refined, or in
       accordance with good usage; style; as, music composed in
       good taste; an epitaph in bad taste.
    7. Essay; trial; experience; experiment. --Shak.
    8. A small portion given as a specimen; a little piece
       tastted of eaten; a bit. --Bacon.
    9. A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon.
    Syn: Savor; relish; flavor; sensibility; gout.
    Usage: {Taste}, {Sensibility}, {Judgment}. Some consider
           taste as a mere sensibility, and others as a simple
           exercise of judgment; but a union of both is requisite
           to the existence of anything which deserves the name.
           An original sense of the beautiful is just as
           necessary to [ae]sthetic judgments, as a sense of
           right and wrong to the formation of any just
           conclusions or moral subjects. But this ``sense of the
           beautiful'' is not an arbitrary principle. It is under
           the guidance of reason; it grows in delicacy and
           correctness with the progress of the individual and of
           society at large; it has its laws, which are seated in
           the nature of man; and it is in the development of
           these laws that we find the true ``standard of
                 What, then, is taste, but those internal powers,
                 Active and strong, and feelingly alive To each
                 fine impulse? a discerning sense Of decent and
                 sublime, with quick disgust From things
                 deformed, or disarranged, or gross In species?
                 This, nor gems, nor stores of gold, Nor purple
                 state, nor culture, can bestow, But God alone,
                 when first his active hand Imprints the secret
                 bias of the soul.                 --Akenside.
    {Taste of buds}, or {Taste of goblets} (Anat.), the
       flask-shaped end organs of taste in the epithelium of the
       tongue. They are made up of modified epithelial cells
       arranged somewhat like leaves in a bud.
Computing Dictionary

1. (primarily MIT) The quality of a program that tends to be inversely proportional to the number of features, hacks, and kluges it contains. Taste refers to sound judgment on the part of the creator. See also elegant, flavour.

2. Alternative spelling of "tayste".

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Medical Dictionary
 Definition: sensation produced by a stimulus applied to the gustatory nerve endings in the tongue; the four tastes include: salt, sour, sweet, and bitter; some say there is a fifth taste described as savory.