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  1. the rear part of a ship Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. remove or shorten the tail of an animal Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the rear part of an aircraft Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the time of the last part of something; "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century"; "the tail of the storm" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. any projection that resembles the tail of an animal Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. remove the stalk of fruits or berries Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. (aeronautical) pertaining to the tail section of a plane Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. In some forms of rope-laying machine, pieces of rope attached to the iron bar passing through the grooven wooden top containing the strands, for wrapping around the rope to be laid. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A tailed coat; a tail coat. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. In flying machines, a plane or group of planes used at the rear to confer stability. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Limitation; abridgment. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A train or company of attendants; a retinue. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. The distal tendon of a muscle. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Same as Tailing, 4. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. The bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. See Tailing, n., 5. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To pull or draw by the tail. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, - as opposed to the head, or the superior part. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. The side of a coin opposite to that which bears the head, effigy, or date; the reverse; - rarely used except in the expression heads or tails, employed when a coin is thrown up for the purpose of deciding some point by its fall. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. A portion of an incision, at its beginning or end, which does not go through the whole thickness of the skin, and is more painful than a complete incision; - called also tailing. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To hold by the end; - said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; - with in or into. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. To swing with the stern in a certain direction; - said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. The end, or a prolongation of the end, of the backbone of an animal's body, usually hanging loose; the back, last, or lesser part of anything; as, the tail-end of a storm; anything hanging; in law, a limitation of ownership. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  37. The acuity at end of organ. Bony extremity of animals beginning just above rectum. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  38. The end of the backbone of an animal, generally hanging loose, and hairy: anything resembling a tail in appearance, position, etc.: the back, lower, or hinder part of anything: anything long and hanging, as a catkin, train of a comet, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  39. (law) The term applied to an estate which is cut off or limited to certain heirs. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  40. Hinder prolongation of an animal's backbone; the tuft of hair or feathers growing from it; hinder end of anything; anything like a tail; train. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  41. The appendage at the hindmost part of the body of many animals; the hinder part of anything; any flap, stem, appendage, etc.; the reverse of a coin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. The hinder part of an animal, which proceeds from the extremity of the vertebrae, as in quadrupeds, birds, and fishes; the lower part as inferior; the back or hinder part of anything; anything long and hanging like a tail, as a catkin; the part of a note running upward or downward. To turn tail, to run away. Tail of a comet, a luminous train extending from its nucleus. Tail of the trenches, the post where the besiegers of a fort begin to break ground. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  43. Limitation. An estate in tail, an estate limited to certain heirs. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  44. The part which terminates an animal body; the hinder part of anything; a shoot or projection hanging loosely from the hinder part; the bottom or lower part of anything; anything long and pendent; the end or spent part. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  45. In arch., to fasten by one of its ends into a wall. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  46. Limitation; abridgment; an estate tail, a partial estate cut or carved out of the fee-simple; an estate limited to certain heirs. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  47. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, -- as opposed to the head, or the superior part. mso.anu.edu.au
  48. The side of a coin opposite to that which bears the head, effigy, or date; the reverse; -- rarely used except in the expression "heads or tails," employed when a coin is thrown up for the purpose of deciding some point by its fall. mso.anu.edu.au
  49. A portion of an incision, at its beginning or end, which does not go through the whole thickness of the skin, and is more painful than a complete incision; -- called also tailing. mso.anu.edu.au
  50. To hold by the end; -- said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; -- with in or into. mso.anu.edu.au
  51. To swing with the stern in a certain direction; -- said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream. mso.anu.edu.au
  52. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, as opposed to the head, or the superior part. dictgcide_fs
  53. The side of a coin opposite to that which bears the head, effigy, or date; the reverse; rarely used except in the expression dictgcide_fs
  54. A portion of an incision, at its beginning or end, which does not go through the whole thickness of the skin, and is more painful than a complete incision; called also tailing. dictgcide_fs
  55. the long visible stream of gases, ions, or dust particles extending from the head of a comet in the direction opposite to the sun. dictgcide_fs
  56. In airplanes, an airfoil or group of airfoils used at the rear to confer stability. dictgcide_fs
  57. sexual intercourse, or a woman used for sexual intercourse; as, to get some tail; to find a piece of tail. See also tailing{3}. dictgcide_fs
  58. To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into. dictgcide_fs
  59. To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream. dictgcide_fs
  60. t[=a]l, n. the posterior extremity of an animal, its caudal appendage: anything resembling a tail in appearance, position, &c.: the back, lower, or hinder part of anything: a retinue, suite: a queue or body of persons in single file: anything long and hanging, as a catkin, train of a comet, long curl of hair, &c.: in Turkey, a horse-tail, formerly carried before a pasha as an emblem of relative rank.--n. TAIL'-BOARD, the board at the hinder end of a cart or wagon, which can be let down or removed, for convenience in unloading.--adj. TAILED, having a tail of a specified kind.--ns. TAIL'-END, the hind part of any animal, the tip of the tail: the end or finish of anything, the fag-end: (pl.) inferior corn sorted out from that of better quality; TAIL'-FEATH'ER, one of the rectrices or rudder-feathers of a bird's tail; TAIL'-GATE, the aft or lower gate of a canal lock.--n.pl. TAIL'INGS, refuse, dregs.--adj. TAIL'LESS, having no tail.--ns. TAIL'PIECE, a piece at the tail or end, esp. of a series, as of engravings; TAIL'PIPE, the suction pipe in a pump.--v.t. to fasten something to the tail of, as a dog, to fix something to one by way of joke.--ns. TAIL'RACE, the channel in which water runs away below a mill-wheel; TAIL'ROPE, in coal-mining, a rope extending from the hind part of a car or kibble in a slightly inclined passage, by means of which the empties are drawn 'inby,' while the loaded cars are drawn 'outby.'--LAY, or PUT, SALT ON THE TAIL OF (see SALT); MAKE NEITHER HEAD NOR TAIL OF ANYTHING (see HEAD); TURN TAIL, to run away, to shirk a combat; TWIST THE LION'S TAIL (U.S.), to goad or insult the pacific and long-suffering British public feeling for political purposes in America; WITH THE TAIL BETWEEN THE LEGS, in a cowardly way, after the manner of a beaten cur when he sneaks away. [A.S. tægel; Ger. zagel; Goth. tagl, hair.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  61. t[=a]l, n. (law) the term applied to an estate which is cut off or limited to certain heirs.--ns. TAIL'[=A]GE, TALL'[=A]GE. [Fr. taille, cutting. Cf. Entail.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  62. [Latin] A appendage projecting from the hinder and end of an animal; usually containing a series of movable vertebrae. na
  63. [Latin] Anything like a t.; a thin, tapering end or appendage; as T. of the pancreas. na
  64. Hindmost part of animal esp. when prolonged beyond rest of body, as dog WAG s his t., tail WAG s dog, dog has his t. between his legs (as sign of alarm or dejection; often fig. of person), turn t., turn one\'s back, run away, twist the LION\'s t., drop pinch of SALT on t. of, PASHA of three &c. tt.; thing like or suggesting t. in shape or position, hind or lower or subordinate or inferior part, slender part or prolongation, as t. (luminous train) of comet, t. (outer corner) of the eye, t. (end) of procession &c., t. margin (at foot of page), followed by a t. (long train) of attendants, at the t. (back) of a cart, t. (string& paper appendage at lower end) of a kite, cow\'s-t., frayed end of rope &c., t. (=STEM) of musical note, t. (part below line) of a g &c., t. (exposed end) of slate or tile in roof, t. (unexposed end) of brick or stone in wall, t. (slender backward prolongation) of butterfly\'s wing, t. (comparative calm at end) of a gale, t. (calm stretch following rough water) of a stream, t. of the trenches (fortif.), part first made by advancing party, make HEAD or t. of, PIGTAIL; (pl.) =t.-coat, as boys go into tt. at sixteen; t.-bay, part of canal lock between t.-gate and lower pond; t.-board, hinged or removable back of cart; t.-coat, man\'s morning or evening coat with long skirt divided at back into tt. and cut away in front; t.-gate, lower gate of canal lock; t.-piece, decoration in blank space at end of chapter &c., triangular piece of wood to which lower ends of strings are fastened in some musical instruments; t.-pipe, suction-pipe of pump, (v.t.) fasten something to t. of (dog, fig. person); t.-race, part of mill-race below water-wheel. Hence (-)tailed, tailless, aa. (Vb) furnish with t.; (colloq.) remove the ends of (fruit); join (thing on to another); t. after, follow closely; t. away or off, (of persons, dogs, &c.) fall behind or away in scattered line; t. in, fasten (timber) by one end into wall &c.; t. to the tide, t. up and down stream, (of anchored vessel) swing up and down with tide. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  65. (law). Limited ownership; estate limited to a person& heirs of his body; (adj.) so limited, esp. estate t. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  66. (Tossing) t. or usu. tt., reverse of coin turned upwards. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  67. In the human embryo, a conical caudal appendage visible during the fifth and sixth weeks; in other mammals, the vertebrae posterior to the sacrum, together with their muscles and integument; in general, any slender terminal prolongation. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  68. [O.Fr.,] (Leg.) Limitation ; abridgment. Blackstone defines an estate in tail as an abridged or reduced fee, limited to certain heirs, other heirs being excluded. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  69. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic,Gothic] Any long, flexible, terminal appendage ; the part of an animal which terminates its body behind;- hence, the back, lower, or inferior part of any thing;- the side of a coin opposite to that which bears the head or effigy ;-any thing hanging down ; a catkin ;-the long end of a block strap;- in music, the upward or downward line of a minim, crotchet, &c.; -a retinue ; the followers of a chieftain. Cabinet Dictionary
  70. n. [French] Limitation ; abridgment. Estate in tail, an estate limited to certain heirs, and from which the other heirs are precluded. Cabinet Dictionary

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