Tael n. A denomination of money, in China, worth nearly six shillings sterling, or about a dollar and forty cents; also, a weight of one ounce and a third. [Written also tale.]
Tale n. See Tael.
1. That which is told; an oral relation or recital; any rehearsal of what has occured; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story. “The tale of Troy divine.” --Milton. “In such manner rime is Dante's tale.” --Chaucer.
We spend our years as a tale that is told. --Ps. xc. 9.
2. A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration; a count, in distinction from measure or weight; a number reckoned or stated.
The ignorant, . . . who measure by tale, and not by weight. --Hooker.
And every shepherd tells his tale,
Under the hawthorn in the dale. --Milton.
In packing, they keep a just tale of the number. --Carew.
3. Law A count or declaration. [Obs.]
To tell tale of, to make account of. [Obs.]
Therefore little tale hath he told
Of any dream, so holy was his heart. --Chaucer.
Syn: -- Anecdote; story; fable; incident; memoir; relation; account; legend; narrative.
Tale v. i. To tell stories. [Obs.]
n 1: a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence
or course of events; presented in writing or drama or
cinema or as a radio or television program; "his
narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain
adults as well as children" [syn: narrative, narration,
2: a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach";
"how can I stop my child from telling stories?" [syn: fib,
story, tarradiddle, taradiddle]
(1.) Heb. tokhen, "a task," as weighed and measured out = tally,
i.e., the number told off; the full number (Ex. 5:18; see 1 Sam.
18:27; 1 Chr. 9:28). In Ezek. 45:11 rendered "measure."
(2.) Heb. hegeh, "a thought;" "meditation" (Ps. 90:9); meaning
properly "as a whisper of sadness," which is soon over, or "as a
thought." The LXX. and Vulgate render it "spider;" the
Authorized Version and Revised Version, "as a tale" that is
told. In Job 37:2 this word is rendered "sound;" Revised Version
margin, "muttering;" and in Ezek. 2:10, "mourning."