(n.) One who tends; one who takes care of any person or thing; a nurse.
(n.) A vessel employed to attend other vessels, to supply them with provisions and other stores, to convey intelligence, or the like.
(n.) A car attached to a locomotive, for carrying a supply of fuel and water.
(n.) An offer, either of money to pay a debt, or of service to be performed, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture, which would be incurred by nonpayment or nonperformance; as, the tender of rent due, or of the amount of a note, with interest.
(n.) Any offer or proposal made for acceptance; as, a tender of a loan, of service, or of friendship; a tender of a bid for a contract.
(n.) The thing offered; especially, money offered in payment of an obligation.
(n.) Regard; care; kind concern.
(superl.) Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or hard; delicate; as, tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit.
(superl.) Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
(superl.) Physically weak; not hardly or able to endure hardship; immature; effeminate.
(superl.) Susceptible of the softer passions, as love, compassion, kindness; compassionate; pitiful; anxious for another's good; easily excited to pity, forgiveness, or favor; sympathetic.
(superl.) Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
(superl.) Careful to save inviolate, or not to injure; -- with of.
(superl.) Unwilling to cause pain; gentle; mild.
(superl.) Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic; as, tender expressions; tender expostulations; a tender strain.
(superl.) Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate; as, a tender subject.
(superl.) Heeling over too easily when under sail; -- said of a vessel.
(v. t.) To offer in payment or satisfaction of a demand, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture; as, to tender the amount of rent or debt.
(v. t.) To offer in words; to present for acceptance.
(v. t.) To have a care of; to be tender toward; hence, to regard; to esteem; to value.
(n.) A small insectivore (Centetes ecaudatus), native of Madagascar, but introduced also into the islands of Bourbon and Mauritius; -- called also tanrec. The name is applied to other allied genera. See Tendrac.