n : a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who
was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to
legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an
apple from his son's head with his crossbow (which he did
successfully without mishap) [syn: Tell
, William Tell
v 1: express an idea, etc. in words; "He said that he wanted to
marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your
opinion" [syn: state
2: let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
3: narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened";
"The father told a story to his child" [syn: narrate
4: give instructions to or direct somebody to do something; "I
said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the
shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
5: discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy"
6: inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell
you that man is a crook!" [syn: assure
7: give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague"
8: mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
, tell apart