As an adjective tauter
As a noun tatter is
a shred of torn cloth; an individual item of torn and ragged clothing.
As a verb tatter is
to destroy an article of clothing by shredding.
Tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.
Experiencing stress or anxiety.
* 1989 Faye Kellerman, The Quality of Mercy
- The hawser was as taut as a bowstring - so strong she pulled upon her anchor.
Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.
* 2007 Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory and History
- His outward appearance was calm, but inside he was very taut .
- Quick action and dialogue create a taut story, although it is illustration that shapes the characters.
A shred of torn cloth; an individual item of torn and ragged clothing.
A person engaged in tatting.
To destroy an article of clothing by shredding.