Definitions of tail

  1. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
  2. To pull or draw by the tail.
  3. To swing with the stern in a certain direction; - said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream.
  4. remove the stalk of fruits or berries
  5. In arch., to fasten by one of its ends into a wall.
  6. the rear part of an aircraft
  7. the time of the last part of something; " the fag end of this crisis- ridden century"; " the tail of the storm"
  8. a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
  9. the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
  10. ( usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
  11. 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.
  12. A tailed coat; a tail coat.
  13. In flying machines, a plane or group of planes used at the rear to confer stability.
  14. Limitation; abridgment.
  15. The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal.
  16. Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin.
  17. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
  18. The distal tendon of a muscle.
  19. A downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style.
  20. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
  21. A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
  22. The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
  23. Same as Tailing, 4.
  24. The bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile.
  25. See Tailing, n., 5.
  26. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, - as opposed to the head, or the superior part.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. ( law) The term applied to an estate which is cut off or limited to certain heirs.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Limitation. An estate in tail, an estate limited to certain heirs.
  35. 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.
  36. Limitation; abridgment; an estate tail, a partial estate cut or carved out of the fee- simple; an estate limited to certain heirs.
  37. ( aeronautical) pertaining to the tail section of a plane
  38. Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail.