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Definitions of tail

  1. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To pull or draw by the tail. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To swing with the stern in a certain direction; - said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. remove the stalk of fruits or berries Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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.
  6. the rear part of an aircraft Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the time of the last part of something; "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century"; "the tail of the storm" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. any projection that resembles the tail of an animal Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. A tailed coat; a tail coat. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. In flying machines, a plane or group of planes used at the rear to confer stability. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Limitation; abridgment. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A train or company of attendants; a retinue. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The distal tendon of a muscle. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Same as Tailing, 4. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. The bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. See Tailing, n., 5. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, - as opposed to the head, or the superior part. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. (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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. (aeronautical) pertaining to the tail section of a plane Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  39. Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for tail

  1. Times I put him top o' the list, an' times at the tail – The Splendid Spur by Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  2. The tail hounds were running past outside the covert, and the master had placed himself exactly right for the work in hand. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
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