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ˈtæn dəmtan·dem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tandemnoun

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

  2. bicycle-built-for-two, tandem bicycle, tandemadverb

    a bicycle with two sets of pedals and two seats

  3. tandem, in tandemadverb

    one behind the other

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


  1. tandemnoun

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

    we used to ride this tandem

  2. tandemnoun

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

    driving cars in tandem

  3. tandemadverb

    One behind the other.

    ride tandem on a bicycle-built-for-two

  4. tandemadjective

    Together; working as one.

    Their skillful tandem work made the project successful and quick.

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



    Tandem Computers, Inc. was the dominant manufacturer of fault-tolerant computer systems for ATM networks, banks, stock exchanges, telephone switching centers, 911 systems, and other similar commercial transaction processing applications requiring maximum uptime and zero data loss. The company was founded by Jimmy Treybig in 1974 in Cupertino, California. It remained independent until 1997, when it became a server division within Compaq. It is now a server division within Hewlett Packard Enterprise, following Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of Compaq and the split of Hewlett Packard into HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Tandem's NonStop systems use a number of independent identical processors and redundant storage devices and controllers to provide automatic high-speed "failover" in the case of a hardware or software failure. To contain the scope of failures and of corrupted data, these multi-computer systems have no shared central components, not even main memory. Conventional multi-computer systems all use shared memories and work directly on shared data objects. Instead, NonStop processors cooperate by exchanging messages across a reliable fabric, and software takes periodic snapshots for possible rollback of program memory state. Besides handling failures well, this "shared-nothing" messaging system design also scales extremely well to the largest commercial workloads. Each doubling of the total number of processors would double system throughput, up to the maximum configuration of 4000 processors. In contrast, the performance of conventional multiprocessor systems is limited by the speed of some shared memory, bus, or switch. Adding more than 4–8 processors in that manner gives no further system speedup. NonStop systems have more often been bought to meet scaling requirements than for extreme fault tolerance. They compete well against IBM's largest mainframes, despite being built from simpler minicomputer technology.


  1. tandem

    Tandem often refers to a type or arrangement of something that is in a pair, line, or succession, particularly two equal or similar things placed one after another. This term can also refer to two people or components working together towards a common goal or action. In a broader sense, 'tandem' can be applied to various contexts such as machinery, sports, or activities that involve partnership or coordination.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tandem

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

  2. Tandemnoun

    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

Examples of tandem in a Sentence

  1. Michelle Obama:

    It's smart to leverage what West Wing is doing for an East Wing initiative because that way there's no real competition, West Wing's more about working together in tandem and using the first lady's power, which is very real, to make change.

  2. Leonardo DiCaprio:

    It was a tandem dive. We pulled the first chute. That was knotted up… He pulled the second, and that was knotted up too. He just kept shaking it and shaking it in midair, as all my friends were, you know, what felt like half a mile above me, and I’m plummeting toward earth. [Laughs.] And he finally unravels it in midair.

  3. Isabel Longoria:

    Breaking into multiple buildings, multiple systems in tandem, with not a single red flag going off in this incredibly sensitive system, all in unison, right ? As you have all eyes on elections from every election staff.

  4. Ilhan Omar:

    Let me be clear, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a corrupt jurist and should have no place on our highest court, clarence Thomas for the past three decades worked in tandem with his wife from the bench, to decide cases that were in lockstep with his wife's political pursuits.

  5. President Ashraf Ghani:

    The focus is to have a serious choreography where we can move in tandem and focus on resolution of the issues between now and the end of winter, pakistan can be a broker. The trust needs to be earned.

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