(lb) A small dwelling characteristic of the frontier, especially when built from logs with simple tools and not constructed by professional builders, but by those who meant to live in it.
*1994 , Michael Grumley, "Life Drawing" in Violet Quill
*:And that was how long we stayed in the cabin , pressed together, pulling the future out of each other, sweating and groaning and making sure each of us remembered.
(lb) A chalet or lodge, especially one that can hold large groups of people.
A compartment on land, usually comprised of logs.
A private room on a ship.
*:There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. Mail bags, so I understand, are being put on board. Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors. Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place.
The interior of a boat, enclosed to create a small room, particularly for sleeping.
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, passage=Mr. Cooke had had a sloop?yacht built at Far Harbor, the completion of which had been delayed, and which was but just delivered. […] The Maria had a cabin
, which was finished in hard wood and yellow plush, and accommodations for keeping things cold.}}
The passenger area of an airplane.
The section of a passenger plane having the same class of service.
A signal box.
A small room; an enclosed place.
*(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
*:So long in secret cabin there he held her captive.
To place in a cabin.
(obsolete) To live in, or as if in, a cabin; to lodge.
- I'll make you cabin in a cave.
One who divulges private information with intent to hurt others.
(chiefly, US, slang) Tattletale; squealer.
Something that serves to reveal something else.
(music) A movable piece of ivory, lead, or other material, connected to the bellows of an organ, whose position indicates when the wind is exhausted.
(nautical) A length of yarn or ribbon attached to a sail or shroud etc to indicate the direction of the flow of the air relative to the boat.
(nautical) A mechanical attachment to the steering wheel, which, in the absence of a tiller, shows the position of the helm.
(nautical) A compass in the cabin of a vessel, usually placed where the captain can see it at all hours, and thus inform himself of the vessel's course.
(engineering) A machine or contrivance for indicating or recording something, particularly for keeping a check upon employees (factory hands, watchmen, drivers, etc.) by revealing to their employers what they have done or omitted.
A bird, the tattler.
- The telltale was the lipstick on his shirt collar.
* (one who divulges private information) blabbermouth, gossip, rumormonger, talebearer
revealing something not intended to be known
- His eye was blinking, a telltale signal that he was lying.
- He blushed when he approached, a telltale sign that he was happy to see him.
* telltale compass