From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), from (etyl) . In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head'' and ''tail .
(anatomy) The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.
The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.
An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails.
* (rfdate), Harvey:
- Most primates have a tail and fangs.
The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage.
Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
(statistics) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as , a long tail.
One who surreptitiously follows another.
(cricket) The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
(typography) The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g'', ''q'' or ''y .
(chiefly, in the plural) The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.
(mathematics) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.
- Doretus writes a great praise of the distilled waters of those tails that hang on willow trees.
The buttocks or backside.
* 1499 , (John Skelton), The Bowge of Courte :
- A sequence is said to be ''frequently '' if every tail of the sequence contains .
- By Goddis sydes, syns I her thyder broughte, / She hath gote me more money with her tayle / Than hath some shyppe that into Bordews sayle.
(slang) The male member of a person or animal.
- They were wont to wipe their tailes .
(slang, uncountable) Sexual intercourse.
- After the burly macho nudists' polar bear dip, their tails''' were spectacularly shrunk, so they looked like an immature kid's innocent '''tail .
(kayaking) The stern; the back of the kayak.
The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything.
* Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 13:
- I'm gonna get me some tail tonight.
A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
* (rfdate), Walter Scott:
- The Lord will make thee the head, and not the tail .
(anatomy) The distal tendon of a muscle.
A downy or feathery appendage of certain achens, formed of the permanent elongated style.
(surgery) 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.
One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
(nautical) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
(music) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
- "Ah," said he, "if you saw but the chief with his tail on."
(mining) A tailing.
(architecture) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile.
* ass, poontang, poon, tang, pussy, punani
* chase one's tail
* have the world by the tail
* tail covert
* tail feather
* tail fin
* tail lamp
* tail light
* turn tail
To follow and observe surreptitiously.
(architecture) To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in'' or ''into
(nautical) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor.
- Tail that car!
To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
- This vessel tails downstream.
To pull or draw by the tail.
- Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds, wherewith he was tailed , continued uncancelled.
From (etyl), probably from a shortened form of entail .
(legal) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed.
- estate tail
(legal) Limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.
- tail male — limitation to male heirs
- in tail — subject to such a limitation
(ichthyology) Describing the symmetric tail of a fish that has two lobes extending from the end of the vertebral column.