tail


tail
I.
/teɪl / (say tayl)

noun
1. the hindmost part of an animal, posterior to the vent, especially when forming a distinct flexible appendage to the trunk.
2. something resembling or suggesting this in shape or position: the tail of a kite.
3. the hinder, bottom, or concluding part of anything; the rear.
4. the rear of a mob of sheep or cattle.
5. the small piece of electrical wiring from a meter or mains to which wiring from a house is attached.
6. the final or concluding part of anything, as in cricket, the last people to bat.
7. the inferior or refuse part of anything.
8. a long braid or tress of hair.
9. Astronomy the luminous stream of dust and gas particles extending from the head of a comet.
10. (plural) Colloquial the reverse of a coin.
11. (plural) (in two-up) the falling of the coins so that both tails are upward.
12. an arrangement of objects or persons which extends like a tail.
13. a downward stroke, as of a printed or written letter, the stem of a musical note, etc.
14. retinue.
15. Aeronautics the stabilising and control surfaces at the after end of an aircraft.
16. (plural)
a. the skirts of certain coats, as a swallow-tailed coat.
b. swallow-tailed coat.
c. full-dress attire.
17. the lower part of a pool or section of a stream.
18. Printing, Bookbinding the bottom of a page or book.
19. Colloquial a person who follows another, especially one who is employed to do so in order to observe or hinder escape.
20. Colloquial the buttocks.
21. Colloquial sexual intercourse.
22. Colloquial people viewed collectively as sexual objects.
adjective
23. coming from behind: a tail thrust.
24. being at the back or rear: a tail-light.
verb (t)
25. to form or furnish with a tail.
26. to form or constitute the tail or end of (a procession, etc.).
27. to terminate; follow like a tail.
28. to join or attach (one thing) at the tail or end of another.
29. to tend or herd (sheep or cattle).
30. to dock the tail of: tailed lambs.
31. Botany to remove the style (def. 16) of.
32. to seize by the tail: to tail an otter.
33. Colloquial to follow in order to hinder escape or to observe: to tail a suspect.
verb (i)
34. to form or move in a line or continuation suggestive of a tail: hikers tailing up a narrow path.
35. (of a boat, etc.) to have or take a position with the stern in a particular direction.
36. Colloquial to follow close behind.
phrase
37. a bit (or piece) of tail, Colloquial a person considered as a sexual object.
38. chase one's tail, Colloquial to be very busy trying to catch up with tasks which have accumulated.
39. tail away (or off), to decrease gradually; decline: *His strong voice fading abruptly, tailing off –james mcqueen, 1984.
40. tail in, Building Trades
a. to fasten (a beam, etc.) by building one of its ends into a wall.
b. (of a beam, etc.) to be fastened by the end built into a wall.
41. tail out, to guide (timber) as it comes off the saw.
42. tail them, Two-up to throw the coins with the result that both fall tails upward.
43. turn tail,
a. to turn the back, as in aversion or fright.
b. to run away; flee.
44. with one's tail between one's legs, in a state of utter defeat or humiliation; abjectly.
{Middle English; Old English tægel; compare Middle High German zagel tail, penis}
tailless, adjective
II.
/teɪl / (say tayl) Law

noun
1. the limitation of an estate to a person and the heirs of that person's body, or some particular class of such heirs.
adjective
2. limited to a specified line of heirs; being in tail.
{Middle English, from Old French taille cutting, tax, from taillier (verb) cut}
tailless, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Tail — Tail, n. [AS. t[ae]gel, t[ae]gl; akin to G. zagel, Icel. tagl, Sw. tagel, Goth. tagl hair. [root]59.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal. [1913 Webster] Note: The tail of mammals and reptiles… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • tail — 1 n [Anglo French, literally, cutting, from Old French, from taillier to cut, prune] 1: the condition of being limited or restricted by entailing a tenant in tail 2: entail (2) tail 2 adj: limited as to tenure see al …   Law dictionary

  • tail — tail1 [tāl] n. [ME < OE tægel, akin to OHG zagel < IE base * dek̑ , to tear, tear off > Sans saśā, fringe] 1. a) the rear end of an animal s body, esp. when forming a distinct, flexible appendage to the trunk b) such an appendage 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • tail — ► NOUN 1) the hindmost part of an animal, especially when extended beyond the rest of the body. 2) something extending downwards, outwards, or back like an animal s tail. 3) the rear part of an aircraft, with the tailplane and rudder. 4) the… …   English terms dictionary

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  • tail — tail  утилита в UNIX, выводящая несколько (по умолчанию 10) последних строк из файла. Синтаксис tail [параметры] имя файла Ключ n <количество строк> (или просто <количество строк>) позволяет изменить количество выводимых строк:… …   Википедия

  • Tail — Tail, v. t. 1. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds, wherewith he was tailed, continued uncanceled, and was called on the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tail — Tail, n. [F. taille a cutting. See {Entail}, {Tally}.] (Law) Limitation; abridgment. Burrill. [1913 Webster] {Estate in tail}, a limited, abridged, or reduced fee; an estate limited to certain heirs, and from which the other heirs are precluded;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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