a. pulled or drawn tight; kept in trim shape; neat and tidy
The captain maintained that he ran a taut ship.
Sentence in Classic:
Her nerves taut with suspense, she turned on him as swiftly as an angry cat, hot words bubbling to her lips, but he stopped them with a gesture.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
She knew from his taut expression that he was not listening to Aunt Bessie but herding his own thoughts, and that he would interrupt her bluntly.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis Context
As they went cutting sidewise through the water, the sails bellied taut, with the wind filling and overflowing them.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin Context