Crossword clues for tail
- Following detective
- Peacock's distinctive feature
- Apt attachment to the ends of 30-, 37-, 59- and 62-Across
- Follow, as a suspect
- What a donkey gets at a children's party
- What you might catch a tiger by, in a saying
- Follower, as in espionage
- Comet part
- Showy peacock feature
- End of the lion
- Spy, at times
- Homophone for 57-Down
- See 35-Across
- Cow's fly swatter
- Succulent lobster piece
- Part that wags
- Follow around, as a detective might
- Ape's lack
- Prehensile ___
- It's turned before bolting
- Meaty lobster part
- Word before (or synonymous with) end
- Bushy part of a squirrel
- The time of the last part of something
- The rear part of a ship
- The rear part of an aircraft
- (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
- A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
- The posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
- The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
- Kind of fin
- Dog, in a way
- Head's opposite
- Peacock's pride
- Party game pin-on
- Cow's flyswatter
- Follow closely
- Plane section
- Mermaid feature
- Deer's scut
- Dinosaur's weapon
- Lobster order
- Lobster part
- Lobster serving
- Surveil, in a way
- Follow furtively
- Site of the 9-Across on an old nickel
- It may be docked
- Detective, at times
- Investigator, at times
- Caboose, e.g.
- Kite part
- Final portion
- Comet feature
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tail \Tail\, a. (Law) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail.
Tail \Tail\, n. [AS. t[ae]gel, t[ae]gl; akin to G. zagel, Icel. tagl, Sw. tagel, Goth. tagl hair. [root]59.]
(Zo["o]l.) The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal.
Note: The tail of mammals and reptiles contains a series of movable vertebr[ae], 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 vertebr[ae] 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.
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.
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.
A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
``Ah,'' said he, ``if you saw but the chief with his tail on.''
--Sir W. Scott.
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.
(Anat.) The distal tendon of a muscle.
(Bot.) A downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style.
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.
(Naut.) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
(Mus.) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
--Moore (Encyc. of Music).
pl. Same as Tailing, 4.
(Arch.) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile.
pl. (Mining) See Tailing, n., 5.
(Astronomy) the long visible stream of gases, ions, or dust particles extending from the head of a comet in the direction opposite to the sun.
pl. (Rope Making) 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.
pl. A tailed coat; a tail coat. [Colloq. or Dial.]
(A["e]ronautics) In airplanes, an airfoil or group of airfoils used at the rear to confer stability.
the buttocks. [slang or vulgar]
sexual intercourse, or a woman used for sexual intercourse; as, to get some tail; to find a piece of tail. See also tailing. [slang and vulgar]
Tail beam. (Arch.) Same as Tailpiece.
Tail coverts (Zo["o]l.), the feathers which cover the bases of the tail quills. They are sometimes much longer than the quills, and form elegant plumes. Those above the quills are called the upper tail coverts, and those below, the under tail coverts.
Tail end, the latter end; the termination; as, the tail end of a contest. [Colloq.]
Tail joist. (Arch.) Same as Tailpiece.
Tail of a comet (Astron.), a luminous train extending from the nucleus or body, often to a great distance, and usually in a direction opposite to the sun.
Tail of a gale (Naut.), the latter part of it, when the wind has greatly abated.
Tail of a lock (on a canal), the lower end, or entrance into the lower pond.
Tail of the trenches (Fort.), 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.
Tail \Tail\, n. [F. taille a cutting. See Entail, Tally.]
Estate in tail, a limited, abridged, or reduced fee; an
estate limited to certain heirs, and from which the other
heirs are precluded; -- called also estate tail.
Tail \Tail\, v. t.
To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded. [Obs.]
Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds, wherewith he was tailed, continued uncanceled, and was called on the next Parliament.
To pull or draw by the tail. [R.]
To tail in or To tail on (Arch.), to fasten by one of the ends into a wall or some other support; as, to tail in a timber.
Tail \Tail\, v. i.
(Arch.) To hold by the end; -- said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; -- with in or into.
(Naut.) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; -- said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream.
Tail on. (Naut.) See Tally on, under Tally.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"limitation of ownership," a legal term, early 14c. in Anglo-French; late 13c. in Anglo-Latin, in most cases a shortened form of entail.
"hindmost part of an animal," Old English tægl, tægel "a tail," from Proto-Germanic *tagla- (cognates: Old High German zagal, German Zagel "tail," dialectal German Zagel "penis," Old Norse tagl "horse's tail," Gothic tagl "hair"), from PIE *doklos, from suffixed form of root *dek- (2) "something long and thin" (referring to such things as fringe, lock of hair, horsetail; cognates: Old Irish dual "lock of hair," Sanskrit dasah "fringe, wick"). According to OED, the primary sense, at least in Germanic, seems to have been "hairy tail," or just "tuft of hair," but already in Old English the word was applied to the hairless "tails" of worms, bees, etc. But Buck writes that the common notion is of "long, slender shape." As an adjective from 1670s.\n
\nMeaning "reverse side of a coin" (opposite the side with the head) is from 1680s; that of "backside of a person, buttocks" is recorded from c.1300; slang sense of "pudenda" is from mid-14c.; that of "woman as sex object" is from 1933, earlier "act of copulation" with a prostitute (1846). Of descending strokes of letters, from 1590s.\n
\nTails "coat with tails" is from 1857. The tail-race (1776) is the part of a mill race below the wheel. To turn tail "take flight" (1580s) originally was a term in falconry. The image of the tail wagging the dog is attested from 1907. Another Old English word for "tail" was steort (see stark).
1520s, "attach to the tail," from tail (n.1). Meaning "move or extend in a way suggestive of a tail" is from 1781. Meaning "follow secretly" is U.S. colloquial, 1907, from earlier sense of "follow or drive cattle." Related: Tailed; tailing. Tail off "diminish" is attested from 1854.
Etymology 1 n. 1 (context anatomy English) The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus. 2 The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin. 3 An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails. 4 The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage. 5 ''Specifically,'' the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind. 6 The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part. 7 (context statistics English) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; ''as'', a long tail. 8 One who surreptitiously follows another. 9 (context cricket English) The last four or five batsman in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers. 10 (context typography English) The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in ''g'', ''q'' or ''y''. 11 (context chiefly in the plural English) The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse. 12 (context mathematics English) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on. 13 (context now colloquial chiefly US English) The buttocks or backside. 14 (context slang English) The male member of a person or animal. 15 (context slang uncountable English) sexual intercourse. 16 (context kayaking English) The stern; the back of the kayak. 17 The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything. 18 A train or company of attendants; a retinue. 19 (context anatomy English) The distal tendon of a muscle. 20 A downy or feathery appendage of certain achens, formed of the permanent elongated style. 21 (context surgery English) 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. 22 One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times. 23 (context nautical English) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything. 24 (context music English) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem. 25 (context mining English) A tailing. 26 (context architecture English) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile. 27 (cx colloquial dated English) A tailcoat. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To follow and observe surreptitiously. 2 (context architecture English) To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with ''in'' or ''into'' 3 (context nautical English) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor. 4 To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded. 5 To pull or draw by the tail. Etymology 2
(context legal English) limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed. n. (context legal English) Limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.
n. the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
any projection that resembles the tail of an animal [syn: tail end]
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?" [syn: buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
(usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head [ant: head]
A tail is the section at the rear end of an animal's body, a distinct, flexible appendage to the torso.
Tail or tails may also refer to:
tail is a program on Unix and Unix-like systems used to display the tail end of a text file or piped data.
The Tail mansion (尾宿, pinyin: Wěi Xiù) is one of the Twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese constellations. It is one of the eastern mansions of the Azure Dragon.
"Tail" is the first single by Powderfinger from their debut album Parables for Wooden Ears. The music video for "Tail" appeared on the bonus DVD of Dream Days at the Hotel Existence. The version used in the video is shorter and slightly different in instrumentation.
The tail is the section at the rear end of an animal's body; in general, the term refers to a distinct, flexible appendage to the torso. It is the part of the body that corresponds roughly to the sacrum and coccyx in mammals, reptiles, and birds. While tails are primarily a feature of vertebrates, some invertebrates including scorpions and springtails, as well as snails and slugs, have tail-like appendages that are sometimes referred to as tails. Tailed objects are sometimes referred to as "caudate" and the part of the body associated with or proximal to the tail are given the adjective "caudal".
The tail of the horse and other equines consists of two parts, the dock and the skirt. The dock consists of the muscles and skin covering the coccygeal vertebrae. The term "skirt" refers to the long hairs that fall below the dock. On a horse, long, thick tail hairs begin to grow at the base of the tail, and grow along the top and sides of the dock. In donkeys and other members of Equus asinus, as well as some mules, the zebra and the wild Przewalski's horse, the dock has short hair at the top of the dock, with longer, coarser skirt hairs beginning to grow only toward the bottom of the dock. Hair does not grow at all on the underside of the dock.
The tail is used by the horse and other equidae to keep away biting insects, and the position and movement of the tail may provide clues to the animal's physical or emotional state. Tail carriage may also be a breed trait. Tails of horses are often groomed in a number of ways to make them more stylish for show or practical for work. However, some techniques for managing the tails of horses are also controversial and may constitute animal cruelty.
Usage examples of "tail".
Round the corner of the narrow street there came rushing a brace of whining dogs with tails tucked under their legs, and after them a white-faced burgher, with outstretched hands and wide-spread fingers, his hair all abristle and his eyes glinting back from one shoulder to the other, as though some great terror were at his very heels.
He fastened the tails of the albacore together, hoisted the burden of more than two hundredweight to one shoulder, and led the way up the steep path.
Jumping unsteadily to his feet, he whirled to find the creature crouched in the tail of the cart, arms outstretched as if to gather both Alec and him to its breast.
Others milled happily around Alec, slapping him with their plumed tails and sniffing hopefully at the swans hanging at his saddlebow.
Hair that was turned up at the ends of it into little curls by the wind fell all about him--over his eyes, spreading into an American sharp-pointed beard under his chin, making his legs like the legs of an Eskimo, waving in frantic agitation all round his stump of a tail.
Our alpenstocks and muslin tails compelled attention, and as we moved through the village we gathered a considerable procession of little boys and girls, and so went in some state to the castle.
I once saw her gallop down a steep hill in the Arboretum to escape a dog, a German shepherd puppy that had trotted up to her, its tail wagging, for a head pat.
But it is clear that the tail is not the only appendage the Bavian has.
Sir Gervas rode at the head of his musqueteers, whose befloured tails hung limp and lank with the water dripping from them.
Unlike hydra, they have clearly defined head and tail ends, and a much more elaborate behavioural repertoire.
Tail wagging, he ushered me into the sitting room, where he and Bev were watching TV.
The rest of the way back to The Mirage, Hawk and I had a lengthy discussion as to who would tail Bibi in the morning and who would sleep in.
Every minute the king passed her sofa, Biche raised her beautiful head and greeted her royal friend with an intelligent and friendly glance and a gentle wagging of her tail, and this salutation was returned each time by Frederick before he passed on.
Only when collision seemed inevitable did the German pilot lose his nerve and swerve, and Biggies whirled round on his tail in the lightning right-hand turn for which the Camel was famous.
Mr Mouse scampered away and Blinky saw his tail disappear round the bin.