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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

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

  2. tandemnoun

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

    driving cars in tandem

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

  3. tandemadverb

    One behind the other.

    ride tandem on a bicycle-built-for-two

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

  4. tandemadjective

    Together; working as one.

    Their skillful tandem work made the project successful and quick.

    Etymology: 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. 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. Seth Stein:

    Extending the cap on the issuance of new (for-hire) vehicle licenses for at least the next year in tandem with the cap on cruising is not only legal, it will bring needed relief to congested streets and hardworking drivers.

  2. Tina Kaidanow:

    We have been very, very focused, especially in this administration and in tandem with Congress, on trying to give our partners -- our strategic partners overseas -- the ability to avoid civilian casualties especially, where we can.

  3. Akin Unver:

    The security situation is both very chaotic and hard to monitor due to the tandem operation of several PKK-inspired, or directly PKK-linked sub-groups.

  4. Steve Bennett:

    There’s a huge move to more healthy products for dogs — in tandem with the human move to more healthy products, i think all of this is linked to the humanization of our pets, and ensuring that what we feed them is healthy, not just something we’ve designed for ourselves and hope is healthy for dogs.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    A person who loves only oneself attracts many towards him/her because the parity of people nature works in tandem; but one who stands unselfish in life distracts many and so he remains without any.

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