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Definition of tail:

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