What does tandem mean?

Definitions for tandemˈtæn dəm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tandem.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tandem(noun)

    an arrangement of two or more objects or persons one behind another

  2. bicycle-built-for-two, tandem bicycle, tandem(adverb)

    a bicycle with two sets of pedals and two seats

  3. tandem, in tandem(adverb)

    one behind the other

    "ride tandem on a bicycle built for two"; "riding horses down the path in tandem"


  1. tandem(Noun)

    A bicycle with two seats, two sets of pedals, and two wheels; a bicycle-built-for-two.

    we used to ride this tandem

  2. tandem(Noun)

    An arrangement of two or more objects arranged one behind the other.

    driving cars in tandem

  3. tandem(Adverb)

    One behind the other.

    ride tandem on a bicycle-built-for-two

  4. tandem(Adjective)

    Together; working as one.

    Their skillful tandem work made the project successful and quick.

  5. Origin: From tandem, from tam + suffix -dem. Sense of bicycles with two seats from 1884.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tandem

    one after another; -- said especially of horses harnessed and driven one before another, instead of abreast

  2. Tandem(noun)

    a team of horses harnessed one before the other


  1. Tandem

    Tandem is an arrangement where a team of machines, animals or people are lined up one behind another, all facing in the same direction. Tandem harness is used for two or more draft horses harnessed in a single line one behind another, as opposed to a pair, harnessed side by side, or a team of several pairs. Tandem harness allows additional animals to provide pulling power for a vehicle designed for a single animal. The English word "tandem" derives from the Latin adverb tandem meaning "at length" or "finally". Tandem seating may be used on a tandem bicycle where it is alternative to sociable seating. The term "tandem" can also be used more generally to refer to any group of persons or objects working together, not necessarily in line.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tandem

    tan′dem, adv. applied to the position of horses harnessed singly one before the other instead of abreast.—n. a team of horses (usually two) so harnessed: a bicycle or tricycle on which two ride one before the other. [Originated in university slang, in a play on the L. adv. tandem, at length.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tandem in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tandem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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