One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A vetch, especially the common vetch.
- ‘Good soil is made by plenty of bulky waste organic material or growing winter tares or clover during a resting year.’
- ‘Also, the field should be watched for several days to prevent pigeons, which are remarkably fond of tares, from devouring much of the sown seed.’
- ‘That provides much more scope for cultivating and planting up the vacated bed before autumn, and while there's no solid plan evolved yet we're thinking around spuds and a good over-wintering green manure such as grazing rye, phacelia or winter tares.’
- ‘The juniors are fishing at Rawcliffe Lake on a Tuesday evening at present where lots of roach are taking an interest in hemp and tares.’
- ‘This year I'm using winter tares - a winter hardy vetch which will fix nitrogen and provide good protection, but in the past I've also used clovers, buckwheat, phacelia and grazing rye.’
2tares(in biblical use) an injurious weed resembling corn when young (Matt. 13:24–30).
- ‘This is summed up in the biblical antitheses between the wheat and the tares, the old man and the new, outward and inward.’
- ‘Some recover and go on to ‘produce a good crop,’ while others become weeds, or tares in God's field, of whom Jesus Christ made a dire warning in another of His parables.’
- ‘Here the significance of each detail of the parable of the tares is explained.’
- ‘Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.’
- ‘Drawing on biblical metaphor, he looks to Jesus' parable about the wheat field sowed with tares, not to be separated until the final harvest.’
Middle English: of unknown origin.
1An allowance made for the weight of the packaging in order to determine the net weight of goods.
- ‘After factoring in the tare weight, or weight of the empty bottle, the operator can determine how much liquid is left inside.’
- ‘The tare weight of a 463L pallet is about 300 pounds.’
- ‘In comparison, 40-foot containers have a tare weight of 7,000 pounds, a payload of 60,000 pounds, and a gross weight capacity of 67,000 pounds.’
- 1.1 The weight of a motor vehicle, railway carriage, or aircraft without its fuel or load.
- ‘Tare weight is often published upon the sides of railway cars to facilitate the computation of the load carried.’
- ‘And they want lighter tare weights, zero maintenance, and more automatic transmissions.’
- ‘With only 1725 kg tare weight, the engine certainly produced plenty of power in all circumstances.’
- ‘Side loading eliminated the need to drive over the deck to reach other flat cars, so it was eliminated, along with its expense, and more importantly, tare weight.’
- ‘This tag is used to identify automatically the vehicle and its relevant tare mass, after which the gross mass is determined by weighbridge instrumentation.’
Late Middle English: from French, literally ‘deficiency, tare’, from medieval Latin tara, based on Arabic ṭaraḥa ‘reject, deduct’.
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