telltale


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tattler \Tat"tler\, n.
   1. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales.
      --Jer. Taylor.
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   2. (Zool.) Any one of several species of large, long-legged
      sandpipers belonging to the genus Totanus.
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   Note: The common American species are the greater tattler, or
         telltale (Totanus melanoleucus), the smaller tattler,
         or lesser yellowlegs (Totanus flavipes), the solitary
         tattler (Totanus solitarius), and the semipalmated
         tattler, or willet. The first two are called also
         telltale, telltale spine, telltale tattler,
         yellowlegs, yellowshanks, and yelper.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Telltale \Tell"tale`\, n.
   1. One who officiously communicates information of the
      private concerns of others; one who tells that which
      prudence should suppress.
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   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.
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   3. (Naut.)
      (a) A mechanical attachment to the steering wheel, which,
          in the absence of a tiller, shows the position of the
          helm.
      (b) 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.
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   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.
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   5. (Zool.) The tattler. See Tattler.
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   6. A thing that serves to disclose something or give
      information; a hint or indication.

            It supplies many useful links and telltales.
                                                  --Saintsbury.
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   7. (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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Telltale \Tell"tale`\, a.
   Telling tales; babbling. "The telltale heart." --Poe.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Yellowlegs \Yel"low*legs`\, n. (Zool.)
   Any one of several species of long-legged sandpipers of the
   genus Totanus, in which the legs are bright yellow; --
   called also stone snipe, tattler, telltale,
   yellowshanks; and yellowshins. See Tattler, 2.
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