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taut

Chiefly nautical in good order; neat
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It is a rhythm felt by all readers, but in a more concentrated form by the reader of poetry as a tautening and relaxing of the organs of attention that gains elasticity in its exercise.
We contemplate a work of art, and immediately there is a release; and not only a release--sympathy is a release of feelings--but also a heightening, a tautening, a sublimation.
The Golf has a range of standard and optional driver assistance systems including multi-collision braking as standard, the proactive driver and passenger protection system (including automatic tautening of seatbelts and closing of windows), the XDS transverse differential lock, also fitted as standard, ACC adaptive cruise control plus Front Assist inclusive of city emergency brake function, Lane Assist, fatigue detection, the latest generation of the Park Assist system and of the Dynamic Light Assist function (automated Xenon full beam).
Green and full of spring's energy, the team stepped out at a brisk pace, so I leaned backward a bit, tautening the lines to temper their enthusiasm.
This initial tautening is faster and tighter in the machine direction.