[teɪl] or [tel]


(noun.) the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body.

(noun.) the rear part of an aircraft.

(noun.) (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head.

(noun.) a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements.

(noun.) any projection that resembles the tail of an animal.

(verb.) remove the stalk of fruits or berries.

Edited by Ivan--From WordNet


(n.) Limitation; abridgment.

(a.) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail.

(n.) The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal.

(n.) Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin.

(n.) Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, -- as opposed to the head, or the superior part.

(n.) A train or company of attendants; a retinue.

(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.

(n.) The distal tendon of a muscle.

(n.) A downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style.

(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.

(n.) One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.

(n.) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.

(n.) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.

(n.) Same as Tailing, 4.

(n.) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile.

(n.) See Tailing, n., 5.

(v. t.) To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.

(v. t.) To pull or draw by the tail.

(v. i.) To hold by the end; -- said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; -- with in or into.

(v. i.) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; -- said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream.

Edited by Craig

Synonyms and Synonymous

n. [1]. End, extremity, fag-end, hinder part.[2]. Skirt, flap.[3]. (Mus.) Stem (of a note).

Editor: Madge


n. (law) the term applied to an estate which is cut off or limited to certain heirs.—ns. Tail′āge Tall′āge.

n. the posterior extremity of an animal its caudal appendage: anything resembling a tail in appearance position &c.: the back lower or hinder part of anything: a retinue suite: a queue or body of persons in single file: anything long and hanging as a catkin train of a comet long curl of hair &c.: in Turkey a horse-tail formerly carried before a pasha as an emblem of relative rank.—n. Tail′-board the board at the hinder end of a cart or wagon which can be let down or removed for convenience in unloading.—adj. Tailed having a tail of a specified kind.—ns. Tail′-end the hind part of any animal the tip of the tail: the end or finish of anything the fag-end: (pl.) inferior corn sorted out from that of better quality; Tail′-feath′er one of the rectrices or rudder-feathers of a bird's tail; Tail′-gate the aft or lower gate of a canal lock.—n.pl. Tail′ings refuse dregs.—adj. Tail′less having no tail.—ns. Tail′piece a piece at the tail or end esp. of a series as of engravings; Tail′pipe the suction pipe in a pump.—v.t. to fasten something to the tail of as a dog to fix something to one by way of joke.—ns. Tail′race the channel in which water runs away below a mill-wheel; Tail′rope in coal-mining a rope extending from the hind part of a car or kibble in a slightly inclined passage by means of which the empties are drawn 'inby ' while the loaded cars are drawn 'outby.'—Lay or Put salt on the tail of (see Salt); Make neither head nor tail of anything (see Head); Turn tail to run away to shirk a combat; Twist the lion's tail (U.S.) to goad or insult the pacific and long-suffering British public feeling for political purposes in America; With the tail between the legs in a cowardly way after the manner of a beaten cur when he sneaks away.

Checker: Wayne

Unserious Contents or Definition

To dream of seeing only the tail of a beast, unusual annoyance is indicated where pleasures seemed assured. To cut off the tail of an animal, denotes that you will suffer misfortune by your own carelessness. To dream that you have the tail of a beast grown on you, denotes that your evil ways will cause you untold distress, and strange events will cause you perplexity.

Typist: Mag

Unserious Contents or Definition

n. The part of an animal's spine that has transcended its natural limitations to set up an independent existence in a world of its own. Excepting in its foetal state Man is without a tail a privation of which he attests an hereditary and uneasy consciousness by the coat-skirt of the male and the train of the female and by a marked tendency to ornament that part of his attire where the tail should be and indubitably once was. This tendency is most observable in the female of the species in whom the ancestral sense is strong and persistent. The tailed men described by Lord Monboddo are now generally regarded as a product of an imagination unusually susceptible to influences generated in the golden age of our pithecan past.

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