Tell"tale` (?), a.

Telling tales; babbling. "The telltale heart." Poe.


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Tell"tale`, n.


One who officiously communicates information of the private concerns of others; one who tells that which prudence should suppress.

2. (Mus.)

A movable piece of ivory, lead, or other material, connected with the bellows of an organ, that gives notice, by its position, when the wind is exhausted.

3. (Naut.)


A mechanical attachment to the steering wheel, which, in the absence of a tiller, shows the position of the helm.


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.

4. (Mach.)

A machine or contrivance for indicating or recording something, particularly for keeping a check upon employees, as factory hands, watchmen, drivers, check takers, and the like, by revealing to their employers what they have done or omitted.

5. (Zoöl.)

The tattler. See Tattler.


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Tell"tale`, n.


A thing that serves to disclose something or give information; a hint or indication.

It supplies many useful links and telltales.

2. (Railroads)

An arrangement consisting of long strips, as of rope, wire, or leather, hanging from a bar over railroad tracks, in such a position as to warn freight brakemen of their approach to a low overhead bridge.


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