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Definitions for tattoo
tæˈtutat·too

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tattoo(noun)

    a drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters

  2. tattoo(noun)

    a design on the skin made by tattooing

  3. tattoo(verb)

    the practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining

  4. tattoo(verb)

    stain (skin) with indelible color

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tattoo(noun)

    a beat of drum, or sound of a trumpet or bugle, at night, giving notice to soldiers to retreat, or to repair to their quarters in garrison, or to their tents in camp

  2. Tattoo(verb)

    to color, as the flesh, by pricking in coloring matter, so as to form marks or figures which can not be washed out

  3. Tattoo(noun)

    an indelible mark or figure made by puncturing the skin and introducing some pigment into the punctures; -- a mode of ornamentation practiced by various barbarous races, both in ancient and modern times, and also by some among civilized nations, especially by sailors

Freebase

  1. Tattoo

    A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The first written reference to the word, "tattoo" appears in the journal of Joseph Banks, the naturalist aboard Captain Cook's ship the HMS Endeavour: "I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition". The word "tattoo" was brought to Europe by the explorer James Cook, when he returned in 1771 from his first voyage to Tahiti and New Zealand. In his narrative of the voyage, he refers to an operation called "tattaw". Before this it had been described as scarring, painting, or staining. Tattooing has been practiced for centuries in many cultures, particularly in Asia, and spread throughout the world. The Ainu, an indigenous people of Japan, traditionally had facial tattoos. Today, one can find Atayal, Seediq, Truku, and Saisiyat of Taiwan, Berbers of Tamazgha, Yoruba, Fulani and Hausa people of Nigeria, and Māori of New Zealand with facial tattoos. Tattooing spread among Polynesians and among certain tribal groups in Africa, Borneo, Cambodia, Europe, Japan, the Mentawai Islands, MesoAmerica, New Zealand, North America and South America, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Indeed, the island of Great Britain takes its name from tattooing; Britons translates as "people of the designs", and Picts, the peoples who originally inhabited the northern part of Britain, literally means "the painted people". Despite some taboos surrounding tattooing, the practice continues to be popular in many parts of the world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tattoo

    tat-tōō′, n. a beat of drum and a bugle-call to call soldiers to quarters, originally to shut the taps or drinking-houses against them.—The devil's tattoo, the act of drumming with the fingers on a table, &c.; in absence of mind or impatience. [Dut. taptoetap, a tap, and toe, which is the prep., Eng. to. Ger. zu, in the sense of 'shut.']

  2. Tattoo

    tat-tōō′, v.t. to mark permanently (as the skin) with figures, by pricking in colouring-matter.—n. marks or figures made by pricking colouring-matter into the skin.—ns. Tattoo′āge; Tattoo′er; Tattoo′ing. [Tahitian tatu.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tattoo

    The evening sound of drum or trumpet, after which the roll is called, and all soldiers not on leave of absence should be in their quarters.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tattoo

    The evening sound of drum or trumpet, after which the roll is called, and all soldiers not on leave of absence should be in their quarters.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tattoo in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tattoo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of tattoo in a Sentence

  1. Justin Rohrwasser:

    I got that tattoo when I was a teenager and I have a lot of family in the military and I thought it stood for a military support symbol at the time, it just evolved into something I do not want to represent. When I look back on it, I should have done way more research before I put any mark or symbol like that on my body.

  2. Tony Gibert:

    I think its amazing to be able to comfort your son like that, its more than just your kid seeing your name, or something, you get to actually, like, really change the way he feels about himself. TEXAS MOM WRITES SANTA LETTERS FOR FRONT-LINE PARENTS However, the process wasnt a walk in the park. In total, it took about 30 hours over the course of six to eight weeks to complete the tattoo.

  3. Charles Hamm:

    You would never burn a Picasso or any piece of art you invested in and had a passion for, your tattoo is also art with a unique story, just on a different canvas.

  4. Chuon Narin:

    The body is being transported by boat from the Thai border. It will take two hours to reach the mainland, according to the people who are transporting her body, it's almost 100 percent her, looking at her body's markings, including tattoo.

  5. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Hot brunette Black eyes as black space, I plunge into endless love and true happiness, the stars of passion burn in them. Your eyes are capable of bewitching any man with their amazing beauty, their charms turn him into a puppet. A sexual secret immersed in an infinitely deep love, increasing your invaluable value in my life to infinity. More than anything else, I am afraid of losing you, my soul will die from this terrible pain of suffering. You are a living legend of the highest beauty, real, but mythically beautiful. Your body is like a sexy pattern, hot eroticism of temptation, you are perfect from any angle near and you have issued a silhouette of perfection, my mind raves about you at night, I fall asleep from passionate love and see you in my treasured erotic dreams, I'm frightening obsessed with your beauty and soul. So beautifully your wine spills over your sexy body, exciting the amazing shine of your body, the heady beauty of sensual charm, your chosen one possesses eternal wealth, you are the most valuable thing in eternity and the universe itself, you are a dream that you can dream of forever even after death , you are much more expensive and more beautiful than any gemstone. Perfectly black long hair as if shining with black opal, lush lips like rose quartz, which will give a juicy, savory, hot, sultry, torrid kiss, I eagerly taste every kiss and in my eyes there are millions of sparks, billions of love sparks, we are among the stars of love, it’s super exciting and sincerely in love, dark-skinned skin, juicy caramel of priceless gold, nowhere is sweeter and sexier, elite beauty is like the representative of the highest races of all universes, tenderly sensually milky chocolate skin of a sultry brunette goddess of dirty secret dreams. The voice is like a cute kitten, you are an infinitely cute cutie. All the most beautiful melodies and songs about you, all the most romantic is nostalgia about you. Your sweet moans of pleasure is my favourite music, which I want to listen to all my life, it’s brutally exciting and never bothers. I want an entire album and a huge playlist with your hot moans, I want to listen all days all my life, it’s the only thing that excites and never bothers that away turn off my brains. All my dreams are about you. Your body is so hot and beautiful, it’s just tin, your image powerfully falls in love, it toughly excites this simply bliss for my eyes. Beautiful well, just meow ... juicy. Infinitely powerful exciting, infinitely growing intensifying love and admiration, like endless, aggressive masturbation of endless love sex without orgasm, so sexually exciting that you can just go crazy from love and lust, an unquenchable thirst to love and caress your body an infinite number of times, it’s hard to breathe and I seem lose consciousness from admiration. You are the embodiment of my most sincere dirty, erotic, hot, vulgar sex fantasies, desires, my new instinct called vulgar love that I named after you, there is a tattoo with your name and your portraits on my soul. I'm fanatically sick of you. I lie and kiss your body with my eyes. You amaze me with your beauty to the very depths of your soul; my whole brain is amazed with you; you are my reality and eternal sexy thought; everything except you melts like ice cream from your sultry hot sun, like the sun of beauty. You have a divinely sweet skin color, you are more appetizing than any dishes in the world, I cry with love and admiration, I am ultra powerfully in love with you to look at you as it is sexual pleasure in itself - this is an amazing magic of seduction in your eyes excites a powerful hunger for sex - this is an eternal call to your flesh. Hardcore mega harsh excitement makes horny, brutal passion, animal lust, mixed with sincere love. You amaze me with your beauty to the very depths of your soul, my whole mind is amazed by you, your body is very beautiful porn, you can write an infinite number of love poems and prose, you are an inexhaustible waterfall of love, erotic inspiration. My heart eloquently poeticizes your sultry, divine image. My mind prays that you will be mine literally every day. Each room has an altar to worship every part of your hot sexy body. Sex with you is the ultimate bliss. It’s so eternally beautiful, infinitely beautiful and immensely sexy that it crosses all borders. Unbearably exciting right up to a pleasant pain in my soul, thoughts, heart, I start to moan and utter your name with pleasure, oh yeah baby, oh yeeaaah, damn how sexy, sooo hooot, you are an ultra powerful sex machine of excitement makes powerfully horny, I am programmed for eternal love for you, my the psyche has totally switched to you. Of all the desires of all lives, I choose only you. Your appearance is your ego fly away. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

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