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taut

Chiefly nautical in good order; neat
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"Across centuries, countless paintings, sculptures, architectural constructs, poems, and songs from Cecilia's inspiration commend themselves as they eclipse nature but still retain nature's truth, softness, warmth, radiance, tautened vibrations or explosive force of life."
He was transfixed by the sight and sound of Joe Strummer shouting, screaming, singing, howling into the microphone: the hair lank with sweat, the veins of his neck tautened and pulsing with blood.
1) draws the eye on to the ropes and pulleys of Julian Trevelyan's nearby Hypnosis (1935) and to the tautened cord of John Tunnard's Diablo on the Quay (1936; Fig.
As a onetime creature of intense responsiveness who'd over the preceding decade tautened himself into a low-keyed solitary, I'd got out of the habit of giving in to every impulse that crossed my nerve endings, and yet, in just my few days back, I had arrived at what might turn out to be the most thoughtless snap decision I'd ever made.
The "tautened fear", of course, belongs to day, and the evening is a welcome transition from day to night.
Such sorties involved flying low over enemy territory: "Near to and over enemy territory, nerves tautened until danger was left well behind on the return."
The unexpected and the unknown can be life-giving, he now realizes; "absolute ignorance" can be "bliss, calm, tranquility." The historical conflicts that have snagged against the fabric of Zagajewski's verse are infrequently summoned and frequently let go, the fabric of the poem tautened and smoothed over.
Methodologically, then, a more precise attentiveness to typological issues surrounding the employment of terms such as colonialism and imperialism would certainly have tautened the overall argument.