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teɪltail

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tailnoun

    the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body

  2. fag end, tail, tail endnoun

    the time of the last part of something

    "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century"; "the tail of the storm"

  3. tail, tail endnoun

    any projection that resembles the tail of an animal

  4. buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, assnoun

    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?"

  5. tail, shadow, shadowernoun

    a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

  6. tailnoun

    (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head

  7. tail, tail assembly, empennagenoun

    the rear part of an aircraft

  8. stern, after part, quarter, poop, tailverb

    the rear part of a ship

  9. chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, trackverb

    go after with the intent to catch

    "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit"

  10. dock, tail, bobverb

    remove or shorten the tail of an animal

  11. tailverb

    remove the stalk of fruits or berries

Wiktionary

  1. tailnoun

    The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.

    Most primates have a tail, and even early humans did.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  2. tailnoun

    The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.

    When a grumpy client of the frat's annual carwash complained the tail of his menure-soiled tractor wasn't completely cleaned, the poor pledges had to drop trou and bend over to get their own tails paddled in public.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  3. tailnoun

    An object or part thereof resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails or other multi-tail whip.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  4. tailnoun

    The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  5. tailnoun

    Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  6. tailnoun

    The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  7. tailnoun

    The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  8. tailnoun

    One who surreptitiously follows another.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  9. tailnoun

    The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  10. tailverb

    To surreptitiously follow and observe.

    Tail that car!

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  11. tailnoun

    The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  12. tailnoun

    The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  13. tailnoun

    All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.

    A sequence uE00026906uE001 is said to be frequently uE00026907uE001 if every tail of the sequence contains uE00026908uE001.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  14. tailnoun

    The buttocks or backside.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  15. tailnoun

    The male member of a person or animal.

    After the burly macho nudists' polar bear dip, their tails were spectacularly shrunk, so they looked like an immature kid's innocent tail

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  16. tailnoun

    Sexual intercourse.

    I'm gonna get me some tail tonight.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  17. tailnoun

    the stern; the back of the kayak.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  18. tailnoun

    limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

  19. tailadjective

    Limited.

    Etymology: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tailnoun

    limitation; abridgment

  2. Tailadjective

    limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail

  3. Tailnoun

    the terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal

  4. Tailnoun

    any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin

  5. Tailnoun

    hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, -- as opposed to the head, or the superior part

  6. Tailnoun

    a train or company of attendants; a retinue

  7. Tailnoun

    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

  8. Tailnoun

    the distal tendon of a muscle

  9. Tailnoun

    a downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style

  10. Tailnoun

    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

  11. Tailnoun

    one of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times

  12. Tailnoun

    a rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything

  13. Tailnoun

    the part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem

  14. Tailnoun

    same as Tailing, 4

  15. Tailnoun

    the bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile

  16. Tailnoun

    see Tailing, n., 5

  17. Tailverb

    to follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded

  18. Tailverb

    to pull or draw by the tail

  19. Tailverb

    to hold by the end; -- said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; -- with in or into

  20. Tailverb

    to swing with the stern in a certain direction; -- said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream

Freebase

  1. Tail

    The tail is the section at the rear end of an animal's body; in general, the term refers to a distinct, flexible appendage to the torso. It is the part of the body that corresponds roughly to the sacrum and coccyx in mammals, reptiles, and birds. While tails are primarily a feature of vertebrates, some invertebrates including scorpions and springtails, as well as snails and slugs, have tail-like appendages that are sometimes referred to as tails. Tailed objects are sometimes referred to as "caudate" and the part of the body associated with or proximal to the tail are given the adjective "caudal".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tail

    tāl, 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.]

  2. Tail

    tāl, n. (law) the term applied to an estate which is cut off or limited to certain heirs.—ns. Tail′āge, Tall′āge. [Fr. taille, cutting. Cf. Entail.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tail

    A rope spliced into the strop or round of any block, leaving a long end for making fast to rigging, spars, &c.--To tail on to a bank. To be aground abaft only.--To tail up or down a stream. When at anchor in a river, is as a ship's stern swings.

Editors Contribution

  1. tail

    A component of an aircraft created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The tail rotor on the plane does have a role to play in balance and for other purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 28, 2020  
  2. tail

    An element on the body of a specific type of animal.

    A cat, dog and fox have a tail.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 19, 2020  

Entomology

  1. Tail

    an elongated terminal segment of the abdomen: the cauda in plant lice: elongated processes on the secondaries, in some Lepidoptera and Neuroptera.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tail' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3679

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tail' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3333

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tail' in Nouns Frequency: #1329

Anagrams for tail »

  1. alit, ital, lati, LIAT, tali

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tail in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of tail in a Sentence

  1. KIZZA RONALD:

    When fighting corruption, always remember that a dog can't bite its own tail!

  2. Zhou Zhonghe:

    We've found strange combinations for tail feathers that we just don't see in living birds.

  3. President Trump:

    Thank you, Mr. President Trump, i want to challenge you on one of the statements that you made in the tail end of the campaign.

  4. Wan Zulkiflee:

    We are at the tail end of the process and are confident of the outcome.

  5. Leonardo Sanchez:

    I didn’t have time to look for the head, it was buried by brush so I grabbed it by the tail.

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    • A. ternion
    • B. peccadillo
    • C. vigorish
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