tail

1.
n. & v.
1 the hindmost part of an animal, esp. when prolonged beyond the rest of the body.
2 a a thing like a tail in form or position, esp. something extending downwards or outwards at an extremity. b the rear end of anything, e.g. of a procession. c a long train or line of people, vehicles, etc.
3 a the rear part of an aeroplane, with the tailplane and rudder, or of a rocket. b the rear part of a motor vehicle.
4 the luminous trail of particles following a comet.
5 a the inferior or weaker part of anything, esp. in a sequence. b Cricket the end of the batting order, with the weakest batsmen.
6 a the part of a shirt below the waist. b the hanging part of the back of a coat.
7 (in pl.) colloq. a a tailcoat. b evening dress including this.
8 (in pl.) the reverse of a coin as a choice when tossing.
9 colloq. a person following or shadowing another.
10 an extra strip attached to the lower end of a kite.
11 the stem of a note in music.
12 the part of a letter (e.g. y) below the line.
13 a the exposed end of a slate or tile in a roof. b the unexposed end of a brick or stone in a wall.
14 the slender backward prolongation of a butterfly's wing.
15 a comparative calm at the end of a gale.
16 a calm stretch following rough water in a stream.
—v.
1 tr. remove the stalks of (fruit).
2 tr. & (foll. by after) intr. colloq. shadow or follow closely.
3 tr. provide with a tail.
4 tr. dock the tail of (a lamb etc.).
5 tr. (often foll. by on to) join (one thing to another).
Phrases and idioms:
on a person's tail closely following a person. tail back (of traffic) form a tailback. tail covert any of the feathers covering the base of a bird's tail feathers. tail-end
1 the hindmost or lowest or last part.
2 (sense 5 of the n.). tail-ender a person at the tail-end of something, esp. in cricket and athletic races. tail in fasten (timber) by one end into a wall etc. tail-light (or -lamp) US a light at the rear of a train, motor vehicle, or bicycle.
tail off (or away)
1 become fewer, smaller, or slighter.
2 fall behind or away in a scattered line. tail-off n. a decline or gradual reduction, esp. in demand. tail-race the part of a mill-race below the water-wheel. tail-skid a support for the tail of an aircraft when on the ground. tail wind a wind blowing in the direction of travel of a vehicle or aircraft etc. with one's tail between one's legs in a state of dejection or humiliation. with one's tail up in good spirits; cheerful.
Derivatives:
tailed adj. (also in comb.). tailless adj.
Etymology: OE taeliggl, taeliggel f. Gmc
2.
n. & adj. Law
—n. limitation of ownership, esp. of an estate limited to a person and that person's heirs.
—adj. so limited (estate tail; fee tail).
Phrases and idioms:
in tail under such a limitation.
Etymology: ME f. OF taille notch, cut, tax, f. taillier cut ult. f. L talea twig

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  • 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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