"tail" Definition

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

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Word Type: n., a., n., n., n., n., n., n., n., n., n., n., n., n., n., n., v. t., v. t., v. i., v. i.,
Words that start with "tail": 20
Words that end with "tail": 83
Words that contain "tail": 149
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English Dictionary Definition of tail

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