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  • Tail (noun)

    The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.

    "Most primates have a tail and fangs."

  • Tail (noun)

    An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails.

  • Tail (noun)

    The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything.

  • Tail (noun)

    The feathers attached to the pygostyle of a bird.

  • Tail (noun)

    The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.

  • Tail (noun)

    The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage.

  • Tail (noun)

    The visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.

  • Tail (noun)

    The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.

  • Tail (noun)

    The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.

  • Tail (noun)

    One who surreptitiously follows another.

  • Tail (noun)

    The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.

  • Tail (noun)

    The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.

  • Tail (noun)

    The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.

  • Tail (noun)

    All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.

    "A sequence (a_n) is said to be frequently 0 if every tail of the sequence contains 0."

  • Tail (noun)

    The buttocks or backside.

  • Tail (noun)

    The penis of a person or animal.

  • Tail (noun)

    Sexual intercourse.

    "I'm gonna get me some tail tonight."

  • Tail (noun)

    The stern; the back of the kayak.

  • Tail (noun)

    A train or company of attendants; a retinue.

  • Tail (noun)

    The distal tendon of a muscle.

  • Tail (noun)

    A filamentous projection on the tornal section of each hind wing of certain butterflies.

  • Tail (noun)

    A downy or feathery appendage of certain achens, formed of the permanent elongated style.

  • Tail (noun)

    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.

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

    A tailing.

  • Tail (noun)

    The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile.

  • Tail (noun)

    A tailcoat.

  • Tail (noun)

    Limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.

    "tail male — limitation to male heirs"

    "in tail — subject to such a limitation"

  • Tail (verb)

    To follow and observe surreptitiously.

    "Tail that car!"

  • Tail (verb)

    To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into

  • Tail (verb)

    To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor.

    "This vessel tails downstream."

  • Tail (verb)

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

  • Tail (verb)

    To pull or draw by the tail.

  • Tail (adjective)

    Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed.

    "estate tail"

  • Tale (noun)

    An account of an asserted fact or circumstance; a rumour; a report, especially an idle or malicious story; a piece of gossip or slander; a lie.

    "Don't tell tales!"

  • Tale (noun)

    A rehearsal of what has occurred; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story.

    "the Canterbury Tales"

  • Tale (noun)

    A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration.

  • Tale (noun)

    The fraudulent opportunity presented by a confidence man to the mark or victim.

  • Tale (noun)

    Number; tally; quota.

  • Tale (noun)

    Account; estimation; regard; heed.

  • Tale (noun)

    Speech; language.

  • Tale (noun)

    A speech; a statement; talk; conversation; discourse.

  • Tale (noun)

    A count; declaration.

  • Tale (noun)

    A number of things considered as an aggregate; sum.

  • Tale (noun)

    A report of any matter; a relation; a version.

  • Tale (verb)

    To speak; discourse; tell tales.

  • Tale (verb)

    To reckon; consider (someone) to have something.

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  • Tail (noun)

    the hindmost part of an animal, especially when prolonged beyond the rest of the body, such as the flexible extension of the backbone in a vertebrate, the feathers at the hind end of a bird, or a terminal appendage in an insect

    "the dog's tail began to wag frantically"

  • Tail (noun)

    a slender backward prolongation of each hindwing in some butterflies.

  • Tail (noun)

    a thing resembling an animal's tail in its shape or position, typically extending downwards or outwards at the end of something

    "the tail of a capital Q"

  • Tail (noun)

    the rear part of an aeroplane, with the tailplane and rudder

    "the fuselage tapers sharply towards the tail"

  • Tail (noun)

    the lower or hanging part of a garment, especially the back of a shirt or coat

    "he stormed off, the tails of his jacket flapping behind him"

    "he wiped his hands on the tail of his grubby vest"

  • Tail (noun)

    a tailcoat, or a man's formal evening suit with a tailcoat

    "the men looked debonair in white tie and tails"

  • Tail (noun)

    the luminous trail of particles following a comet.

  • Tail (noun)

    the lower end of a pool or stream

    "shallow riffles and the tails of pools are prime feeding areas"

  • Tail (noun)

    the exposed end of a slate or tile in a roof

    "the slates are dressed with the bevelled tail and edge characteristic of thick, square stone roofing"

  • Tail (noun)

    an extremity of a curve approaching the horizontal axis of a graph, especially that of a frequency distribution.

  • Tail (noun)

    the end of a long train or line of people or vehicles

    "a catering truck at the tail of the convoy"

  • Tail (noun)

    the final, more distant, or weaker part of something

    "the tail of a hurricane"

  • Tail (noun)

    the end of the batting order, with the weakest batsmen

    "McDermott worked his way through the tail, finishing with ten wickets"

  • Tail (noun)

    a person secretly following another to observe their movements

    "I can't put a tail on him, I don't know where he's gone"

  • Tail (noun)

    a person's buttocks

    "the coach kicked Ryan in his tail"

  • Tail (noun)

    a woman's genitals.

  • Tail (noun)

    women collectively regarded in sexual terms

    "I was getting worried that both of us would be chasing tail and getting into trouble for the rest of our lives"

  • Tail (noun)

    the side of a coin without the image of a head on it (used when tossing a coin to determine a winner)

    "the chances of heads and tails in the long run are equal"

  • Tail (noun)

    limitation of ownership, especially of an estate or title limited to a person and their direct descendants

    "the land was held in tail general"

  • Tail (verb)

    follow and observe (someone) closely, especially in secret

    "a flock of paparazzi had tailed them all over London"

  • Tail (verb)

    follow

    "they went to their favourite cafe—Owen and Sally tailed along"

  • Tail (verb)

    (of an object in flight) drift or curve in a particular direction

    "the next pitch tailed in on me at the last second"

  • Tail (verb)

    remove the stalks or ends of (fruit or vegetables) in preparation for cooking.

  • Tail (verb)

    pull on the end of (a rope) after it has been wrapped round the drum of a winch a few times, in order to prevent slipping when the winch rotates.

  • Tail (verb)

    join (one thing) to another.

  • Tail (verb)

    provide with a tail

    "her calligraphy was topped by banners of black ink and tailed like the haunches of fabulous beasts"

  • Tale (noun)

    a fictitious or true narrative or story, especially one that is imaginatively recounted

    "she enjoyed hearing others tell their tales"

    "a delightful children's tale"

    "tales of witches and warlocks"

  • Tale (noun)

    a lie.

  • Tale (noun)

    a number or total

    "an exact tale of the dead bodies"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Tail (noun)

    Limitation; abridgment.

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

    A train or company of attendants; a retinue.

  • Tail (noun)

    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.

  • Tail (noun)

    The distal tendon of a muscle.

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

    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.

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

    Same as Tailing, 4.

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

    See Tailing, n., 5.

  • Tail (noun)

    the long visible stream of gases, ions, or dust particles extending from the head of a comet in the direction opposite to the sun.

  • Tail (noun)

    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.

  • Tail (noun)

    A tailed coat; a tail coat.

  • Tail (noun)

    In airplanes, an airfoil or group of airfoils used at the rear to confer stability.

  • Tail (noun)

    the buttocks.

  • Tail (noun)

    sexual intercourse, or a woman used for sexual intercourse; as, to get some tail; to find a piece of tail. See also tailing{3}.

  • Tail (adjective)

    Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail.

  • Tail

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

  • Tail

    To pull or draw by the tail.

  • Tail (verb)

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

  • Tail (verb)

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

  • Tale (noun)

    See Tael.

  • Tale (noun)

    That which is told; an oral relation or recital; any rehearsal of what has occured; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story.

  • Tale (noun)

    A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration; a count, in distinction from measure or weight; a number reckoned or stated.

  • Tale (noun)

    A count or declaration.

  • Tale (verb)

    To tell stories.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

    the time of the last part of something;

    "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century"

    "the tail of the storm"

  • Tail (noun)

    any projection that resembles the tail of an animal

  • Tail (noun)

    the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on;

    "he deserves a good kick in the butt"

    "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"

  • Tail (noun)

    a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

  • Tail (noun)

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

  • Tail (noun)

    the rear part of an aircraft

  • Tail (noun)

    the rear part of a ship

  • Tail (verb)

    go after with the intent to catch;

    "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"

    "the dog chased the rabbit"

  • Tail (verb)

    remove or shorten the tail of an animal

  • Tail (verb)

    remove the stalk of fruits or berries

  • Tale (noun)

    a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program;

    "his narrative was interesting"

    "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"

  • Tale (noun)

    a trivial lie;

    "he told a fib about eating his spinach"

    "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"

Princeton's WordNet

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