Meaning of tailpiece

tail•piece

Pronunciation: (tāl'pēs"), [key]
— n.
  1. a piece added at the end; an end piece or appendage.
  2. a small decorative design at the end of a chapter or at the bottom of a page.
  3. (in a musical instrument of the viol family) a triangular piece of wood, usually of ebony, to which the lower ends of the strings are fastened.
  4. a relatively short beam or rafter inserted in a wall by tailing and supported by a header.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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