Definitions of tail

  1. the rear part of a ship
  2. remove or shorten the tail of an animal
  3. the rear part of an aircraft
  4. the time of the last part of something; " the fag end of this crisis- ridden century"; " the tail of the storm"
  5. a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
  6. the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
  7. ( usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
  8. any projection that resembles the tail of an animal
  9. remove the stalk of fruits or berries
  10. ( aeronautical) pertaining to the tail section of a plane
  11. go after with the intent to catch; " The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; " the dog chased the rabbit"
  12. In some forms of rope- laying machine, pieces of rope attached to the iron bar passing through the grooven wooden top containing the strands, for wrapping around the rope to be laid.
  13. A tailed coat; a tail coat.
  14. In flying machines, a plane or group of planes used at the rear to confer stability.
  15. Limitation; abridgment.
  16. Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail.
  17. The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal.
  18. Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin.
  19. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
  20. The distal tendon of a muscle.
  21. A downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style.
  22. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
  23. A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
  24. The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
  25. Same as Tailing, 4.
  26. The bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile.
  27. See Tailing, n., 5.
  28. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
  29. To pull or draw by the tail.
  30. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, - as opposed to the head, or the superior part.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. To swing with the stern in a certain direction; - said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream.
  34. The end, or a prolongation of the end, of the backbone of an animal's body, usually hanging loose; the back, last, or lesser part of anything; as, the tail- end of a storm; anything hanging; in law, a limitation of ownership.
  35. The end of the backbone of an animal, generally hanging loose, and hairy: anything resembling a tail in appearance, position, etc.: the back, lower, or hinder part of anything: anything long and hanging, as a catkin, train of a comet, etc.
  36. ( law) The term applied to an estate which is cut off or limited to certain heirs.
  37. Hinder prolongation of an animal's backbone; the tuft of hair or feathers growing from it; hinder end of anything; anything like a tail; train.
  38. The appendage at the hindmost part of the body of many animals; the hinder part of anything; any flap, stem, appendage, etc.; the reverse of a coin.
  39. Limitation. An estate in tail, an estate limited to certain heirs.
  40. The part which terminates an animal body; the hinder part of anything; a shoot or projection hanging loosely from the hinder part; the bottom or lower part of anything; anything long and pendent; the end or spent part.
  41. In arch., to fasten by one of its ends into a wall.
  42. Limitation; abridgment; an estate tail, a partial estate cut or carved out of the fee- simple; an estate limited to certain heirs.

Usage examples for tail

  1. Times I put him top o' the list, an' times at the tail. – The Splendid Spur by Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  2. The tail hounds were running past outside the covert, and the master had placed himself exactly right for the work in hand. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  3. Then you'll have half his head end, and half his tail end, and so will I." " Oh, yes!" – Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue by Laura Lee Hope
  4. You know, he said, I can't make head or tail out of this business. – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann
  5. But oh, that kitty's tail! – Jimmy, Lucy, and All by Sophie May
  6. That is, if you had a tail. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Big Woods by Laura Lee Hope
  7. So off they went to the other end of the table, and got the tail in order. – Tales of the Toys, Told by Themselves by Frances Freeling Broderip
  8. He never lost a tail yet. – Whispering Wires by Henry Leverage
  9. And I think she was even more pleased with Twinkle Tail, for she agreed to get married to him at once. – Little Jack Rabbit and the Squirrel Brothers by David Cory
  10. You see, my memory ain't any longer than a toad's tail. – Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color by Brander Matthews
  11. I realized that I had stepped on his tail. – Atlantida by Pierre Benoit
  12. She might just have caught him with the tail of her eye, not enough to swear by, but enough to wonder; and afterwards she would have put that and that together. – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  13. Billy came to Miss Laura so young that his tail had not been cut off, and she would not have it done. – Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders
  14. Can't make head nor tail to it. – Curlie Carson Listens In by Roy J. Snell
  15. You know that a snake held by his tail does not know in the least what to do with himself. – Abbé Aubain and Mosaics by Prosper Mérimée
  16. You had a lovely long tail in those days. – The Sun's Babies by Edith Howes
  17. Couldn't you see whether or not he has a tail?" – Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories by Thornton W. Burgess
  18. But the tail trembled still; the green eyes were still wild and eager. – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney