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Definition of Tail


  1. 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.
  2. A tailed coat; a tail coat.
  3. In flying machines, a plane or group of planes used at the rear to confer stability.
  4. Limitation; abridgment.
  5. Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail.
  6. The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal.
  7. Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin.
  8. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, -- as opposed to the head, or the superior part.
  9. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
  10. 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.
  11. The distal tendon of a muscle.
  12. A downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style.
  13. 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.
  14. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
  15. A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
  16. The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
  17. Same as Tailing, 4.
  18. The bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile.
  19. See Tailing, n., 5.
  20. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
  21. To pull or draw by the tail.
  22. To hold by the end; -- said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; -- with in or into.
  23. To swing with the stern in a certain direction; -- said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream.

Tail Quotations

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Desmond Tutu

What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you - what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind - you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn't a strategy.
Jeff Bezos

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
Mark Twain

To have news value is to have a tin can tied to one's tail.
T. E. Lawrence

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
Larry Bird
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Tail Translations

tail in Afrikaans is stert
tail in Danish is hale
tail in Dutch is schaduwen
tail in German is Ende, Rest, Ende, Schwanz
tail in Italian is coda
tail in Latin is penis
tail in Norwegian is hale
tail in Portuguese is cauda
tail in Spanish is rabo
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