from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Tamerlane 1336-1405. Mongolian conqueror who led his nomadic hordes from their capital at Samarqand in central Asia to overrun vast areas of Persia, Turkey, Russia, and India.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A Tatar conquerer, also called Timur or Timour (tē*môr") or Timur Bey, also Timur-Leng ('Timur the Lame'), which was corrupted to Tamerlane. He was born in Central Asia, 1333: died 1405. Though he claimed descent from Jenghiz Khan, it is believed that he was in fact descended from a follower of the Khan. He became a ruler about 1370 of a realm whose capital was Samarkand; conquered Persia, Central Asia, and in 1398 a great part of India, including Delhi; waged war with the Turkish Sultan Bajazet I. (Beyazid), whom he defeated at Ancyra in 1402 and took prisoner; and died while preparing to invade China. He is the Tamerlaine of the plays.
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- n. Mongolian ruler of Samarkand who led his nomadic hordes to conquer an area from Turkey to Mongolia (1336-1405)
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I crossed the Straits in good order, but came to grief in Eastern Siberia -- all because of Tamerlane is the excuse I have grown accustomed to making.
"Ay, him they call Tamerlane, because he is shorn of two toes."
Lame, whom we call Tamerlane, with sixty thousand men; after Tamerlane,
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A hitman has been sent to to developing country of Turaqistan to kill an oil official and protect the interests of an American corporation called Tamerlane that have contracts to rebuild there.
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But, from contemporary evidence, it is clear that he had gained some experience in the provinces before he made his first appearance on the London boards, when his Tamerlane was a decided failure.