Definition of Tail fin

1. Noun. A stabilizer that is part of the vertical tail structure of an airplane.

Exact synonyms: Tailfin, Vertical Fin, Vertical Stabiliser, Vertical Stabilizer
Generic synonyms: Stabilizer
Group relationships: Vertical Tail



2. Noun. One of a pair of decorations projecting above the rear fenders of an automobile.
Exact synonyms: Fin, Tailfin
Group relationships: Auto, Automobile, Car, Machine, Motorcar
Generic synonyms: Decoration, Ornament, Ornamentation
Derivative terms: Fin

3. Noun. The tail of fishes and some other aquatic vertebrates.
Exact synonyms: Caudal Fin
Generic synonyms: Fin
Specialized synonyms: Heterocercal Fin, Homocercal Fin
Group relationships: Fish

Definition of Tail fin

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of tailfin) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tail Fin

tail-bays
tail-flower
tail-specific protease
tail away
tail between one's legs
tail block
tail bone
tail bud
tail coat
tail dragger
tail draggers
tail end
tail ends
tail feather
tail fin (current term)
tail fins
tail fold
tail gate
tail gunner
tail lamp
tail lift
tail lifts
tail of caudate nucleus
tail of dentate gyrus
tail of helix
tail of pancreas
tail off
tail pad

Literary usage of Tail fin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Gentleman's Magazine (1880)
"93) the permanent tail-fin becomes marked out and defined from the primitive fin, ... The permanent tail-fin appears almost like a second anal fin (Fig. ..."

2. Elements of Geology: A Text-book for Colleges and for the General Reader by Joseph Le Conte (1903)
"There is still a third style in which the tail-fin is vertebrated but yet ... If, in the other case, we had a vertebrated tail-fin, in this we have legged ..."

3. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology by Francis Maitland Balfour (1881)
"The ventral lobe with its rays continues to grow more prominent and causes the tail fin to become bilobed (fig. 36 B); there being a dorsal embryonic lobe ..."

4. Design in Nature: Illustrated by Spiral and Other Arrangements in the by James Bell Pettigrew (1908)
"The opening and closing movements seen in all the fins are particularly observable in the caudal or tail fin which is divided into two portions. Flo. 1. ..."

5. Geology, Physical and Historical by Herdman Fitzgerald Cleland (1916)
"Evolution of the tail fin of fishes, backbone turning up- (After Dean.) A, embryonic tail fin; C, uneven- war(Js with an unequal lobed tail fin of the Port ..."

6. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology by Francis Maitland Balfour (1885)
"The ventral lobe with its rays continues to grow more prominent and causes the tail fin to become bilobed (fig. 36 B); there being a dorsal embryonic lobe ..."

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