tail: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (tāl), [key]
- the hindmost part of an animal, esp. that forming a distinct, flexible appendage to the trunk.
- something resembling or suggesting this in shape or position: the tail of a kite.
- the luminous stream extending from the head of a comet.
- the reverse of a coin (opposed to head).
- the after portion of an airplane or the like.
- Seetail coat.
- the tapering skirts or ends at the back of a coat, esp. a tail coat.
- men's full-dress attire.
- Distilling.alcohol obtained in the final distillation. Cf.head(def. 22).
- the buttocks or rump.
- a person who trails or keeps a close surveillance of another, as a detective or spy: The police decided to put a tail on the suspect.
- the trail of a fleeing person or animal: They put a detective on his tail.
- a woman considered as a sexual object.
- the hinder, bottom, or end part of anything; the rear.
- a final or concluding part of a sentence, conversation, social gathering, etc.; conclusion; end: The tail of the speech was boring. Toward the tail of the concert I'd begun to get tired.
- the inferior or unwanted part of anything.
- a long braid or tress of hair.
- an arrangement of objects or persons extending as or as if a tail.
- a line of persons awaiting their turns at something; queue.
- a retinue; train.
- the lower part of a pool or stream.
- the exposed portion of a piece of roofing, as a slate.
- the bottom of a page or book.
- the lower portion of a type, as of g, y, or Q.
- The sight of superior forces made the attackers turn tail.
- to turn one's back on, as in aversion or fright.
- to run away from difficulty, opposition, etc.; flee:The sight of superior forces made the attackers turn tail.
- utterly humiliated; defeated; cowed: They were forced to retreat with their tails between their legs.
- coming from behind: a tail breeze.
- being in the back or rear: the tail section of a plane.
- to follow in order to hinder escape of or to observe: to tail a suspect.
- to form or furnish with a tail.
- to form or constitute the tail or end of (a procession, retinue, etc.).
- to terminate; come after or behind; follow like a tail.
- to join or attach (one thing) at the tail or end of another.
- to fasten (a beam, stone, etc.) by one end (usually fol. by in or into).
- to dock the tail of (a horse, dog, etc.).
- to follow close behind: She always tails after her sister.
- to disappear gradually or merge into: The path tails off into the woods.
- to form, or move or pass in, a line or column suggestive of a tail: The hikers tailed up the narrow path.
- (of a boat) to have or take a position with the stern in a particular direction.
- (of a beam, stone, etc.) to be fastened by one end (usually fol. by in or into).
Pronunciation: (tāl), [key]
— Law. Law.
- the limitation of an estate to a person and the heirs of his or her body, or some particular class of such heirs.
- limited to a specified line of heirs; being in tail.
- tail (Thesaurus)