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Tail meaning

tail - 25 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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?"
  2. 2. go after with the intent to catch; " The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; " the dog chased the rabbit"
  3. 3. A tailed coat; a tail coat.
  4. 4. In flying machines, a plane or group of planes used at the rear to confer stability.
  5. 5. Limitation; abridgment.
  6. 6. Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail.
  7. 7. The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal.
  8. 8. Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin.
  9. 9. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
  10. 10. The distal tendon of a muscle.
  11. 11. A downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style.
  12. 12. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
  13. 13. A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
  14. 14. The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
  15. 15. Same as Tailing, 4.
  16. 16. The bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile.
  17. 17. See Tailing, n., 5.
  18. 18. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
  19. 19. To pull or draw by the tail.
  20. 20. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, - as opposed to the head, or the superior part.
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. To hold by the end; - said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; - with in or into.
  24. 24. To swing with the stern in a certain direction; - said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream.
  25. 25. 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.

tail - examples of usage

  1. Three of them, however, turned tail, one alone having the courage to attack him. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. To help himself along, he used frequently to catch hold of the animal's tail. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. Looking down at Twinkle- tail where he lay, she said aloud: " I wish Jeffrey was here. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
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