Hypertext Webster Gateway: "true"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

True \True\ (tr[=oo]), a. (Biol.)
Genuine; real; not deviating from the essential characters of
a class; as, a lizard is a true reptile; a whale is a true,
but not a typical, mammal.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

True \True\, adv.
In accordance with truth; truly. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

True \True\, a. [Compar. {Truer}; superl. {Truest}.] [OE. trewe,
AS. tre['o]we faithful, true, from tre['o]w fidelity, faith,
troth; akin to OFries. triuwe, adj., treuwa, n., OS. triuwi,
adj., trewa, n., D. trouw, adj. & n., G. treu, adj., treue,
n., OHG. gitriuwi, adj., triuwa, n., Icel. tryggr, adj., Dan.
tro, adj. & n., Sw. trogen, adj., tro, n., Goth. triggws,
adj., triggwa, n., trauan to trust, OPruss druwis faith. Cf.
{Trow}, {Trust}, {Truth}.]
1. Conformable to fact; in accordance with the actual state
of things; correct; not false, erroneous, inaccurate, or
the like; as, a true relation or narration; a true
history; a declaration is true when it states the facts.

2. Right to precision; conformable to a rule or pattern;
exact; accurate; as, a true copy; a true likeness of the

Making his eye, foot, and hand keep true time. --Sir
W. Scott.

3. Steady in adhering to friends, to promises, to a prince,
or the like; unwavering; faithful; loyal; not false,
fickle, or perfidious; as, a true friend; a wife true to
her husband; an officer true to his charge.

Thy so true, So faithful, love unequaled. --Milton.

Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie. --Herbert.

4. Actual; not counterfeit, adulterated, or pretended;
genuine; pure; real; as, true balsam; true love of
country; a true Christian.

The true light which lighteth every man that cometh
into the world. --John i. 9.

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance.

Note: True is sometimes used elliptically for It is true.

{Out of true}, varying from correct mechanical form,
alignment, adjustment, etc.; -- said of a wall that is not
perpendicular, of a wheel whose circumference is not in
the same plane, and the like. [Colloq.]

{A true bill} (Law), a bill of indictment which is returned
by the grand jury so indorsed, signifying that the charges
to be true.

{True time}. See under {Time}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: consistent with fact or reality; not false; "the story is
true"; "it is undesirable to believe a proposition
when there is no ground whatever for supposing it
true"- B. Russell; "the true meaning of the statement"
[ant: {false}]
2: not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin; "real
mink"; "true gold" [syn: {real}]
3: conforming to definitive criteria; "the horseshoe crab is
not a true crab"; "Pythagoras was the first true
4: accurately placed or thrown; "his aim was true"; "he was
dead on target" [syn: {dead on target}]
5: devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or
truth; "true believers bonded together against all who
disagreed with them"
6: expressing or given to expressing the truth; "a true
statement"; "gave truthful testimony"; "a truthful person"
[syn: {truthful}] [ant: {untruthful}]
7: worthy of being depended on; "a dependable worker"; "an
honest working stiff"; "a reliable source of information";
"he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are
those who trust me" [syn: {dependable}, {honest}, {reliable},
8: not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed; "genuine
emotion"; "her interest in people was unfeigned"; "true
grief" [syn: {genuine}, {true(a)}, {unfeigned}]
9: rightly so called; "true courage"; "a spirit which true men
have always admired"; "a true friend" [syn: {true(a)}]
10: determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than
the magnetic poles; "true north is geographic north"
[syn: {true(a)}]
11: having a legally established claim; "the legitimate heir";
"the true and lawful king" [syn: {true(a)}, {lawful}, {rightful(a)}]
12: in tune; accurate in pitch; "a true note" [syn: {on-key}]
13: accurately fitted; level; "the window frame isn't quite
true" [syn: {straight}]
14: reliable as a basis for action; "a true prophesy"
n : proper alignment; the property possessed by something that
is in correct or proper alignment: "out of true"
adv : as acknowledged; "true, she is the smartest in her class"
[syn: {admittedly}, {avowedly}, {confessedly}]
v : make level, square, balanced, or concentric; "true up the
cylinder of an engine" [syn: {true up}]

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