having or exhibiting something that provokes or arouses expectation, interest, or desire, especially that which remains unobtainable or beyond one’s reach:
a tantalizing taste of success.
verb (used with object), tantalized, tantalizing.
to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by arousing expectations that are repeatedly disappointed.
(transitive) to tease or make frustrated, as by tormenting with the sight of something greatly desired but inaccessible
adjective 1. having or exhibiting something that provokes or arouses expectation, interest, or desire, especially that which remains unobtainable or beyond one’s reach: a tantalizing taste of success.
adjective, Chemistry. 1. containing trivalent tantalum. adjective 1. of or containing tantalum in the trivalent state
noun, Chemistry. 1. a gray, hard, rare, metallic element occurring in columbite and tantalite and usually associated with niobium: used, because of its resistance to corrosion by most acids, for chemical, dental, and surgical instruments and apparatus. Symbol: Ta; atomic weight: 180.948; atomic number: 73; specific gravity: 16.6. noun 1. a hard greyish-white metallic element […]
noun, plural Tantaluses for 2. 1. Classical Mythology. a Phrygian king who was condemned to remain in Tartarus, chin deep in water, with fruit-laden branches hanging above his head: whenever he tried to drink or eat, the water and fruit receded out of reach. 2. (lowercase) Chiefly British. a stand or rack containing visible decanters, […]