Definition of Taste

1. Noun. The sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus. "The melon had a delicious taste"

2. Verb. Have flavor; taste of something. "The food does taste good "
Exact synonyms: Savor, Savour
Specialized synonyms: Smack
Derivative terms: Savor, Savour

3. Noun. A strong liking. ; "The Irish have a penchant for blarney"
Exact synonyms: Penchant, Predilection, Preference
Generic synonyms: Liking
Specialized synonyms: Acquired Taste, Weakness
Derivative terms: Prefer

4. Verb. Perceive by the sense of taste. "Can you taste the garlic?"
Generic synonyms: Comprehend, Perceive
Specialized synonyms: Savor, Savour
Derivative terms: Tasting

5. Noun. Delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values). "To ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
Exact synonyms: Appreciation, Discernment, Perceptiveness
Generic synonyms: Discrimination, Secernment
Specialized synonyms: Connoisseurship, Vertu, Virtu, Style, Trend, Vogue, Delicacy, Discretion, Culture
Attributes: Tasteful, Tasteless
Derivative terms: Perceptive

6. Verb. Take a sample of. "They taste more bread"; "Sample the regional dishes"
Exact synonyms: Sample, Try, Try Out
Generic synonyms: Consume, Have, Ingest, Take, Take In
Specialized synonyms: Degust
Derivative terms: Sample, Sampler, Sampler, Sampler, Taster, Tasting, Tasting, Trial, Trier, Tryout

7. Noun. A brief experience of something. "She enjoyed her brief taste of independence"
Generic synonyms: Experience

8. Verb. Have a distinctive or characteristic taste. "This tastes of nutmeg"
Exact synonyms: Smack
Generic synonyms: Savor, Savour
Derivative terms: Smack, Tasting

9. Noun. A small amount eaten or drunk. "Take a taste--you'll like it"
Exact synonyms: Mouthful
Group relationships: Helping, Portion, Serving
Specialized synonyms: Bit, Bite, Morsel, Sup, Swallow
Generic synonyms: Small Indefinite Amount, Small Indefinite Quantity

10. Verb. Distinguish flavors. "We tasted wines last night"
Generic synonyms: Identify
Derivative terms: Taster

11. Noun. The faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth. "His cold deprived him of his sense of taste"

12. Verb. Experience briefly. "The ex-slave tasted freedom shortly before she died"
Generic synonyms: Experience, Know, Live

13. Noun. A kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds. "A wine tasting"
Exact synonyms: Tasting
Generic synonyms: Perception, Sensing

Definition of Taste

1. v. t. To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow.

2. v. i. To try food with the mouth; to eat or drink a little only; to try the flavor of anything; as, to taste of each kind of wine.

3. n. The act of tasting; gustation.

Definition of Taste

1. Noun. One of the sensations produced by the tongue in response to certain chemicals. ¹

2. Noun. (countable and uncountable): A person’s implicit set of preferences, especially esthetic, though also culinary, sartorial, etc. ¹

3. Noun. (uncountable figuratively): A small amount of experience with something that gives a sense of its quality as a whole. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To sample the flavor of something orally. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To have a '''taste'''. ¹

6. Verb. To experience. ¹

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Definition of Taste

1. to perceive the flavor of by taking into the mouth [v TASTED, TASTING, TASTES] : TASTABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Taste

1. 1. To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow. "Taste it well and stone thou shalt it find." (Chaucer) 2. To try by the touch of the tongue; to perceive the relish or flavor of (anything) by taking a small quantity into a mouth. Also used figuratively. "When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine." (John II. 9) "When Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became incapable of pity or remorse." (Gibbon) 3. To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of. "I tasted a little of this honey." (1 Sam. Xiv. 29) 4. To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience; to undergo. "He . . . Should taste death for every man." (Heb. Ii. 9) 5. To partake of; to participate in; usually with an implied sense of relish or pleasure. "Thou . . . Wilt taste No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary." (Milton) Origin: OE. Tasten to feel, to taste, OF. Taster, F. Tater to feel, to try by the touch, to try, to taste, (assumed) LL. Taxitare, fr. L. Taxare to touch sharply, to estimate. See Tax. 1. The act of tasting; gustation. 2. A particular sensation excited by the application of a substance to the tongue; the quality or savor of any substance as perceived by means of the tongue; flavor; as, the taste of an orange or an apple; a bitter taste; an acid taste; a sweet taste. 3. The one of the five senses by which certain properties of bodies (called their taste, savor, flavor) are ascertained by contact with the organs of taste. Taste depends mainly on the contact of soluble matter with the terminal organs (connected with branches of the glossopharyngeal and other nerves) in the papillae on the surface of the tongue. The base of the tongue is considered most sensitive to bitter substances, the point to sweet and acid substances. 4. Intellectual relish; liking; fondness; formerly with of, now with for; as, he had no taste for study. "I have no taste Of popular applause." (Dryden) 5. The power of perceiving and relishing excellence in human performances; the faculty of discerning beauty, order, congruity, proportion, symmetry, or whatever constitutes excellence, particularly in the fine arts and belles-letters; critical judgment; discernment. 6. Manner, with respect to what is pleasing, refined, or in accordance with good usage; style; as, music composed in good taste; an epitaph in bad taste. 7. Essay; trial; experience; experiment. 8. A small portion given as a specimen; a little piece tastted of eaten; a bit. 9. A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon. Synonym: Savor, relish, flavor, sensibility, gout. Taste, Sensibility, Judgment. Some consider taste as a mere sensibility, and others as a simple exercise of judgment; but a union of both is requisite to the existence of anything which deserves the name. An original sense of the beautiful is just as necessary to aesthetic judgments, as a sense of right and wrong to the formation of any just conclusions or moral subjects. But this "sense of the beautiful" is not an arbitrary principle. It is under the guidance of reason; it grows in delicacy and correctness with the progress of the individual and of society at large; it has its laws, which are seated in the nature of man; and it is in the development of these laws that we find the true "standard of taste." "What, then, is taste, but those internal powers, Active and strong, and feelingly alive To each fine impulse? a discerning sense Of decent and sublime, with quick disgust From things deformed, or disarranged, or gross In species? This, nor gems, nor stores of gold, Nor purple state, nor culture, can bestow, But God alone, when first his active hand Imprints the secret bias of the soul. " (Akenside) Taste of buds, or Taste of goblets, the flask-shaped end organs of taste in the epithelium of the tongue. They are made up of modified epithelial cells arranged somewhat like leaves in a bud. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Taste

taste (current term)
taste blindness
taste bud
taste buds
taste bulb
taste cell
taste cells
taste corpuscle
taste deficiency
taste hairs
taste like chicken
taste of one's own medicine
taste perception

Literary usage of Taste

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"Organs of taste and their functions. ring are bitter, sweet, sour, and saline. ... On its sides are taste-bulbs. Their number and distribution is indicated ..."

2. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"Organs of taste and their functions. ring are bitter, sweet, sour, and saline. ... On its sides are taste-bulbs. Their number and distribution is indicated ..."

3. Kant's Kritik of Judgment by Immanuel Kant (1892)
"places there is a proposition wanting, which, though it has not passed into a proverb, is yet familiar to every one, viz. there may be a quarrel about taste ..."

4. Kant's Kritik of Judgment by Immanuel Kant (1892)
"The universality of the satisfaction is represented in a judgment of taste only as subjective This particular determination of the universality of an ..."

5. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1900)
"But sensations of taste may be provoked by an interrupted induced current, so feeble as not to be felt as an electric current, and so arranged that the make ..."

6. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1911)
"It seemed possible that pink represented a sour-sweet taste. Lemon juice was accordingly sweetened in the hope of producing a pink taste. ..."

7. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"PHYSICAL VIBRATION PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESS taste and smell differentiations of ... Indeed, in the primitive forms of animal life, taste and smell constitute a ..."

8. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"C. Sensations of taste and Smell Sensations of taste and smell may be considered together. Indeed, in the primitive forms of animal life, taste and smell ..."

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