Tail definitions

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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.

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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.

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The posterior part of an animal, especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body.
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The bottom, rear, or hindmost part, especially:
  • The lowest part of a garment such as a shirt or coat.
  • The rear end of an automobile or other vehicle.
  • The rear portion of the fuselage of an aircraft or the assembly of stabilizing planes and control surfaces in this portion.
  • The vaned rear portion of a bomb or missile.
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A long thin arrangement, part, or structure, often extending from a main structure:
  • A long thin part on some kites that hangs down below the part that catches the wind to provide stability.
  • 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.
  • A braid of hair; a pigtail.
  • A train of followers; a retinue.
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Something that follows something else or takes the last place:
  • The end of a line of persons or things.
  • The short closing line of certain stanzas of verse.
  • The refuse or dross remaining from processes such as distilling or milling.
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The side of a coin not having the principal design.
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The trail of a person or animal in flight.

The police were on the bank robber's tail.

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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.

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A formal evening costume typically worn by men.
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A tailcoat.
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The buttocks.
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Sexual intercourse.
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Women considered as sexual partners.
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Of or relating to a tail or tails.

Tail feathers.

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Situated in the tail, as of an airplane.

A tail gunner.

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To provide with a tail.

Tail a kite.

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To deprive of a tail; dock.
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To serve as the tail or last part of.

The Santa Claus float tailed the parade.

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To connect (often dissimilar or incongruous objects) by the tail or end.

Tail two ideas together.

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To set one end of (a beam, board, or brick) into a wall.
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To follow and keep (a person) under surveillance.
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To become lengthened or spaced when moving in a line.

The patrol tailed out in pairs.

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To be inserted at one end into a wall, as a floor timber or beam.
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To follow.

Tailed after the leader.

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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.

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To go aground with the stern foremost.
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To lie or swing with the stern in a named direction, as when riding at anchor or on a mooring.
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The posterior part of an animal, especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body.
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The bottom, rear, or hindmost part, especially:
  • The lowest part of a garment such as a shirt or coat.
  • The rear end of an automobile or other vehicle.
  • The rear portion of the fuselage of an aircraft or the assembly of stabilizing planes and control surfaces in this portion.
  • The vaned rear portion of a bomb or missile.
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A long thin arrangement, part, or structure, often extending from a main structure:
  • A long thin part on some kites that hangs down below the part that catches the wind to provide stability.
  • 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.
  • A braid of hair; a pigtail.
  • A train of followers; a retinue.
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Something that follows something else or takes the last place:
  • The end of a line of persons or things.
  • The short closing line of certain stanzas of verse.
  • The refuse or dross remaining from processes such as distilling or milling.
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The side of a coin not having the principal design.
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The trail of a person or animal in flight.

The police were on the bank robber's tail.

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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.

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A formal evening costume typically worn by men.
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A tailcoat.
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The buttocks.
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Sexual intercourse.
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Women considered as sexual partners.
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Of or relating to a tail or tails.

Tail feathers.

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Situated in the tail, as of an airplane.

A tail gunner.

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To provide with a tail.

Tail a kite.

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To deprive of a tail; dock.
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To serve as the tail or last part of.

The Santa Claus float tailed the parade.

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To connect (often dissimilar or incongruous objects) by the tail or end.

Tail two ideas together.

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To set one end of (a beam, board, or brick) into a wall.
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To follow and keep (a person) under surveillance.
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To become lengthened or spaced when moving in a line.

The patrol tailed out in pairs.

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To be inserted at one end into a wall, as a floor timber or beam.
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To follow.

Tailed after the leader.

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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.

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To go aground with the stern foremost.
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To lie or swing with the stern in a named direction, as when riding at anchor or on a mooring.
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Limitation of the inheritance of an estate to a particular person and that person's heirs.
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Being in tail.

A tail estate.

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Anything like an animal's tail in form or position.

The tail of a shirt.

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A luminous train behind a comet or meteor.
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The hind, bottom, last, or inferior part of anything.
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The reverse side of a coin.
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A long braid or tress of hair.
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A train of followers or attendants; retinue.
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The lower end of a pool or stream.
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A person or vehicle that follows another, esp. in surveillance.
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The buttocks.
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The bottom of a page.
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The short line or lines ending certain stanzas or verse forms.
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The rear end of an animal's body, esp. when forming a distinct, flexible appendage to the trunk.
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Such an appendage.
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The rear or back section of an aircraft.
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A set of stabilizing planes at the rear of an airplane.
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The rear part of a rocket or missile.
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Full-dress attire for men that includes a tailcoat.
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Sexual intercourse with a woman.
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A woman regarded as a sexual partner.
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At the rear or rear end.
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From the rear.

A tail wind.

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To provide with a tail.
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To cut or detach the tail or taillike part from.
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To form the tail or end of, as of a group or procession; be at the rear or end of.
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To fasten or connect at or by the tail.
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To fasten one end of (a brick, board, etc.) into a wall, etc.
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To follow stealthily; shadow.
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To straggle.
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To become gradually smaller or fainter.
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To be fastened into a wall, etc. by one end.
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To follow close behind.
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Limited in a specific way, as to certain heirs or order of succession.
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The posterior part of an animal, especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body.
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Relating to a tail or tails.

Tail feathers.

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To deprive of a tail; dock.
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The rear, elongated part of many animals, extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body. Tails are used variously for balance, combat, communication, mating displays, fat storage, propulsion and course correction in water, and course correction in air.
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A long, stream of gas or dust forced from the head of a comet when it is close to the Sun. Tails can be up to 150 million km (93 million miles) long, and they always point away from the Sun because of the force of the solar wind. &diamf3; Plasma tails, or ion tails, appear bluish and straight and narrow, and are formed when solar wind forces ionized gas to stream off the coma. Dust tails are wide and curved, and are formed when solar heat forces trails of dust off the coma; solid particles reflecting the Sun's light create their bright yellow color.
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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.
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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.
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Origin of tail

Middle English taille from Old French division from taillier to cut tailor