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Today's word is:

taut

|tôt|

adjective

1. stretched or pulled tight; not slack: the fabric stays taut without adhesive.

  • (esp. of muscles or nerves) tense; not relaxed.

2. (of writing, music, etc.) concise and controlled: a taut text of only a hundred and twenty pages.

3. (of a ship) having a disciplined and efficient crew.

ORIGIN: Middle English tought 'distended,' perhaps originally a variant of tough.