Definition of Tail

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

Group relationships: Craniate, Vertebrate
Specialized synonyms: Rattle, Brush, Bob, Bobtail, Dock, Caudal Appendage, Uropygium, Oxtail, Fluke, Scut, Flag
Terms within: Dock
Generic synonyms: Appendage, Outgrowth, Process

2. Verb. Go after with the intent to catch. "They tail the car down the avenue"; "The dog chased the rabbit"
Exact synonyms: Chase, Chase After, Dog, Give Chase, Go After, Tag, Track, Trail
Specialized synonyms: Tree, Quest, Hound, Hunt, Trace, Run Down
Generic synonyms: Follow, Pursue
Derivative terms: Chase, Chaser, Chaser, Tag, Tailing, Track, Tracker, Tracking, Trailing
Also: Chase Away, Tag Along

3. Noun. The time of the last part of something. "The tail of the storm"
Exact synonyms: Fag End, Tail End
Generic synonyms: End, Ending

4. Verb. Remove or shorten the tail of an animal.
Exact synonyms: Bob, Dock
Generic synonyms: Cut
Derivative terms: Bob, Dock

5. Noun. Any projection that resembles the tail of an animal.
Exact synonyms: Tail End
Generic synonyms: Projection

6. Verb. Remove the stalk of fruits or berries.
Generic synonyms: Pinch, Top

7. Noun. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on. "Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
Exact synonyms: Arse, Ass, Backside, Behind, Bottom, Bum, Buns, Butt, Buttocks, Can, Derriere, Fanny, Fundament, Hind End, Hindquarters, Keister, Nates, Posterior, Prat, Rear, Rear End, Rump, Seat, Stern, Tail End, Tooshie, Tush
Generic synonyms: Body Part
Group relationships: Body, Torso, Trunk
Derivative terms: Posterior

8. Noun. A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements.
Exact synonyms: Shadow, Shadower
Generic synonyms: Follower, Spy
Derivative terms: Shadow, Shadow

9. Noun. (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head.
Generic synonyms: Reverse, Verso
Language type: Plural, Plural Form
Group relationships: Coin
Antonyms: Head

10. Noun. The rear part of an aircraft.
Exact synonyms: Empennage, Tail Assembly
Group relationships: Fuselage
Terms within: Horizontal Tail, Stabilizer, Vertical Tail
Generic synonyms: Back, Rear

11. Noun. The rear part of a ship.
Exact synonyms: After Part, Poop, Quarter, Stern
Terms within: Escutcheon, Skeg
Generic synonyms: Back, Rear
Group relationships: Ship

Definition of Tail

1. n. Limitation; abridgment.

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

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

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

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

6. n. 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.

7. n. In flying machines, a plane or group of planes used at the rear to confer stability.

Definition of Tail

1. Noun. (anatomy) The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus. ¹

2. Noun. The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin. ¹

3. Noun. An object or part thereof resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails or other multi-tail whip. ¹

4. Noun. The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage ¹

5. Noun. ''Specifically,'' the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind. ¹

6. Noun. The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part. ¹

7. Noun. (statistics) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; ''as'', a long tail. ¹

8. Noun. One who surreptitiously follows another. ¹

9. Noun. (cricket) The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers. ¹

10. Noun. (typography) The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in ''g'', ''q'' or ''y''. ¹

11. Noun. (chiefly in the plural) The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse. ¹

12. Noun. (mathematics) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on. ¹

13. Noun. (context: now colloquial) The buttocks or backside. ¹

14. Noun. (slang) The male member of a person or animal. ¹

15. Noun. (slang uncountable) Sexual intercourse. ¹

16. Noun. (context: kayaking) the stern; the back of the kayak. ¹

17. Noun. (legal) limitation of inheritance to certain heirs. ¹

18. Verb. (transitive) To surreptitiously follow and observe. ¹

19. Adjective. (legal) Limited. ¹

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Definition of Tail

1. to provide with a tail (a hindmost part) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Tail

1. 1. The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal. The tail of mammals and reptiles contains a series of movable vertebrae, and is covered with flesh and hairs or scales like those of other parts of the body. The tail of existing birds consists of several more or less consolidated vertebrae which supports a fanlike group of quills to which the term tail is more particularly applied. The tail of fishes consists of the tapering hind portion of the body ending in a caudal fin. The term tail is sometimes applied to the entire abdomen of a crustacean or insect, and sometimes to the terminal piece or pygidium alone. 2. Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin. "Doretus writes a great praise of the distilled waters of those tails that hang on willow trees." (Harvey) 3. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, as opposed to the head, or the superior part. "The Lord will make thee the head, and not the tail." (Deut. Xxviii. 13) 4. A train or company of attendants; a retinue. ""Ah," said he, "if you saw but the chief with his tail on."" (Sir W. Scott) 5. 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. 6. The distal tendon of a muscle. 7. A downy or feathery appendage to certain achens. It is formed of the permanent elongated style. 8. 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. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times. 9. A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything. 10. The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem. 11. Same as Tailing. 12. The bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile. 13. See Tailing. Tail beam. Same as Tailpiece. Tail of a comet, the post where the besiegers begin to break ground, and cover themselves from the fire of the place, in advancing the lines of approach. Tail spindle, the spindle of the tailstock of a turning lathe; called also dead spindle. To turn tail, to run away; to flee. "Would she turn tail to the heron, and fly quite out another way; but all was to return in a higher pitch." (Sir P. Sidney) Origin: AS. Taegel, taegl; akin to G. Zagel, Icel. Tagl, Sw. Tagel, Goth. Tagl hair. 59. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tail

tail-specific protease
tail away
tail between one's legs
tail block
tail bone
tail bud
tail coat
tail dragger
tail draggers
tail end

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