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Origin and Meaning of Tandem

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective and adverb Tan"dem
One after another; -- said especially of horses harnessed and driven one before another, instead of abreast.

Etymology: L. tandem at length (of time only), punningly taken as meaning, lengthwise

noun Tan"dem
  1. A team of horses harnessed one before the other."He drove tandems." [Thackeray.]
  2. A tandem bicycle or other vehicle.
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  1. A bicycle with two sets of pedals and two seats
  2. An arrangement of two or more objects or persons one behind another
  3. One behind the other ("ride tandem on a bicycle built for two" and "riding horses down the path in tandem")

From Latin tandem (“at length, at last (of time)”), from tam (“so”) + suffix -dem. Sense of bicycles with two seats from 1884.

  1. A bicycle in which two people sit one behind the other, both able to pedal but only the person in front able to steer
    We used to ride this .
  2. An arrangement of two or more objects arranged one behind the other.
    The ponies are driven in .

tandem was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Dutch, French, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish

Fun Facts about the name Tandem

  • When was the first name Tandem first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Tandem is Monday, July 18th, 1983.
  • How unique is the name Tandem? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Tandem. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Tandem: Your name in reverse order is Mednat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tndmea. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Tandem born Apr 14, 1981

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA North-East approximately on 1400. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.