- The definition of a tail is the rear end of an animal's body that usually forms a flexible appendage.
An example of a tail is what a dog wags when it's happy.
- Tail is defined as the rear, bottom or last portion of something or a long bundle of hair.
- An example of a tail is the rear end of an airplane.
- An example of a tail is the reverse side of a coin.
- An example of a tail is the portion of long hair bundled at the top of a samurai's head.
A couple of dogs tails.
- the rear end of an animal's body, esp. when forming a distinct, flexible appendage to the trunk
- such an appendage
- anything like an animal's tail in form or position: the tail of a shirt
- a luminous train behind a comet or meteor
- the hind, bottom, last, or inferior part of anything
- the reverse side of a coin
- a long braid or tress of hair
- a train of followers or attendants; retinue
- the lower end of a pool or stream
- the rear or back section of an aircraft
- a set of stabilizing planes at the rear of an airplane
- the rear part of a rocket or missile
- full-dress attire for men
- Informal a person or vehicle that follows another, esp. in surveillance
- Slang the buttocks
- Slang, Vulgar
- sexual intercourse with a woman
- a woman regarded as a sexual partner
- Printing the bottom of a page
- Prosody the short line or lines ending certain stanzas or verse forms
Origin of tailMiddle English ; from Old English tægel, akin to Old High German zagel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form de-, to tear, tear off from source Sanskrit saśā, fringe
- at the rear or rear end
- from the rear: a tail wind
- to provide with a tail
- to cut or detach the tail or taillike part from
- to form the tail or end of, as of a group or procession; be at the rear or end of
- to fasten or connect at or by the tail
- to fasten one end of (a brick, board, etc.) into a wall, etc.: with in or on
- ☆ Slang to follow stealthily; shadow
- to straggle
- to become gradually smaller or fainter: with off or away
- to be fastened into a wall, etc. by one end: said of a brick or board
- ☆ Informal to follow close behind
- Naut. to go aground or be anchored stern foremost
on someone's tail☆
with one's tail between one's legs
Origin of tailMiddle English taile ; from Old French taille, a cutting ; from taillier: see tailor
- The posterior part of an animal, especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body.
- The bottom, rear, or hindmost part, especially:a. The lowest part of a garment such as a shirt or coat.b. The rear end of an automobile or other vehicle.c. The rear portion of the fuselage of an aircraft or the assembly of stabilizing planes and control surfaces in this portion.d. The vaned rear portion of a bomb or missile.
- A long thin arrangement, part, or structure, often extending from a main structure:a. A long thin part on some kites that hangs down below the part that catches the wind to provide stability.b. The long stream of gas and dust that is illuminated and directed away from the head of a comet when it is close to the sun.c. A braid of hair; a pigtail.d. A train of followers; a retinue.
- Something that follows something else or takes the last place:a. The end of a line of persons or things.b. The short closing line of certain stanzas of verse.c. The refuse or dross remaining from processes such as distilling or milling.
- tailsa. A formal evening costume typically worn by men.b. A tailcoat.
- often tails (used with a sing. verb) The side of a coin not having the principal design.
- The trail of a person or animal in flight: The police were on the bank robber's tail.
- A person assigned or employed to follow and report on someone else's movements and actions: The police put a tail on the suspected drug dealer.
- a. Slang The buttocks.b. Vulgar Slang Sexual intercourse.c. Offensive Slang Women considered as sexual partners.
- Of or relating to a tail or tails: tail feathers.
- Situated in the tail, as of an airplane: a tail gunner.
verbtailed, tail·ing, tails
- To provide with a tail: tail a kite.
- To deprive of a tail; dock.
- To serve as the tail or last part of: The Santa Claus float tailed the parade.
- To connect (often dissimilar or incongruous objects) by the tail or end: tail two ideas together.
- To set one end of (a beam, board, or brick) into a wall.
- Informal To follow and keep (a person) under surveillance.
- To become lengthened or spaced when moving in a line: The patrol tailed out in pairs.
- To be inserted at one end into a wall, as a floor timber or beam.
- Informal To follow: tailed after the leader.
- Nautical a. To go aground with the stern foremost.b. To lie or swing with the stern in a named direction, as when riding at anchor or on a mooring.
- Sports To veer from a straight course in the direction of the dominant hand of the player propelling the ball: a pitch that tails away from the batter.
Origin of tailMiddle English, from Old English tægel.
Origin of tailMiddle English taille, from Old French, division, from taillier, to cut; see tailor.
- (anatomy) 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.
- The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.
- An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails.
- The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage
- Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
- The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
- (statistics) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
- One who surreptitiously follows another.
- (cricket) The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
- (typography) The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.
- (chiefly in the plural) The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.
- (mathematics) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.
- A sequence is said to be frequently if every tail of the sequence contains .
- (now colloquial, chiefly US) The buttocks or backside.
- (slang) 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
- (slang, uncountable) Sexual intercourse.
- I'm gonna get me some tail tonight.
- (kayaking) the stern; the back of the kayak.
- (law) limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.
- tail male limitation to male heirs
- in tail subject to such a limitation
- The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything.
- A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
- (anatomy) The distal tendon of a muscle.
- A downy or feathery appendage of certain achens, formed of the permanent elongated style.
- (surgery) 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.
- One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
- (nautical) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
- (music) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
- (mining) A tailing.
- (architecture) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile.
(third-person singular simple present tails, present participle tailing, simple past and past participle tailed)
- To follow and observe surreptitiously.
- Tail that car!
- (architecture) To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into
- (nautical) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor.
- This vessel tails downstream.
- To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
- To pull or draw by the tail.
- (law) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed.
- estate tail
From Middle English tail, tayl, teil, from Old English tæġel, tæġl (“tail”), from Proto-Germanic *taglaz, *taglą (“hair, fiber; hair of a tail”), from Proto-Indo-European *doḱ- (“hair of the tail”), from Proto-Indo-European *deḱ- (“to tear, fray, shred”). Cognate with Scots tail (“tail”), Dutch teil (“tail, haulm, blade”), Low German tagel (“a twisted scourge, a whip of thongs and ropes, a rope”), German Zagel (“tail”), Danish dialectal tavl (“hair of the tail”), Swedish tagel (“hair of the tail, horsehair”), Norwegian tagl (“tail”), Icelandic tagl (“tail, horsetail, ponytail”), Gothic (tagl). In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail. [script?]
tail - Investment & Finance Definition
- In Treasury auctions, the difference between the lowest competitive bid that was accepted and the average bid by all of those offering to buy the particular Treasury security.
- In the insurance industry, the time between when premiums are received and benefits need to be paid. For example, a reinsurance company, which provides coverage to other insurance companies, has a long tail because their coverage is called on only if the insurance company incurred certain amounts of losses.