tail

tail
tail1 [tāl]
n.
[ME < OE tægel, akin to OHG zagel < IE base * de-, to tear, tear off > Sans saśā, fringe]
1.
a) the rear end of an animal's body, esp. when forming a distinct, flexible appendage to the trunk
b) such an appendage
2. anything like an animal's tail in form or position [the tail of a shirt]
3. a luminous train behind a comet or meteor
4. the hind, bottom, last, or inferior part of anything
5. [often pl.] the reverse side of a coin
6. a long braid or tress of hair
7. a train of followers or attendants; retinue
8. the lower end of a pool or stream
9.
a) the rear or back section of an aircraft
b) a set of stabilizing planes at the rear of an airplane
c) the rear part of a rocket or missile
10. [pl.]
a) TAILCOAT
b) full-dress attire for men
11. Informal a person or vehicle that follows another, esp. in surveillance
12. Slang the buttocks
13. [Vulgar Slang]
a) sexual intercourse with a woman
b) a woman regarded as a sexual partner
14. Printing the bottom of a page
15. Prosody the short line or lines ending certain stanzas or verse forms
adj.
1. at the rear or rear end
2. from the rear [a tail wind]
vt.
1. to provide with a tail
2. to cut or detach the tail or taillike part from
3. to form the tail or end of, as of a group or procession; be at the rear or end of
4. to fasten or connect at or by the tail
5. to fasten one end of (a brick, board, etc.) into a wall, etc.: with in or on
6. Slang to follow stealthily; shadow
vi.
1. to straggle
2. to become gradually smaller or fainter: with off or away
3. to be fastened into a wall, etc. by one end: said of a brick or board
4. Informal to follow close behind
5. Naut. to go aground or be anchored stern foremost
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☆ on someone's tail
following or shadowing someone closely
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turn tail
to run from danger, difficulty, hardship, etc.
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with one's tail between one's legs
in defeat or in escape from expected defeat, esp. with fear or dejection
tailless
adj.
taillike
adj.
tail2 [tāl]
n.
[ME taile < OFr taille, a cutting < taillier: see TAILOR]
ENTAIL (n. 2 & 3)
adj.
limited in a specific way, as to certain heirs or order of succession

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  • Tail — Tail, n. [AS. t[ae]gel, t[ae]gl; akin to G. zagel, Icel. tagl, Sw. tagel, Goth. tagl hair. [root]59.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal. [1913 Webster] Note: The tail of mammals and reptiles… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tail — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda tail (que significa cola en inglés) es un programa de los sistemas tipo Unix, que muestra las últimas líneas de uno o más archivos de texto. tail imprimirá por defecto a la salida estándar las últimas diez líneas de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • tail — (que significa cola en inglés) es un programa de los sistemas tipo Unix, que muestra las últimas líneas de uno o más archivos de texto. tail imprimirá por defecto a la salida estándar las últimas diez líneas de sus datos de entrada. Tanto las… …   Wikipedia Español

  • tail — 1 n [Anglo French, literally, cutting, from Old French, from taillier to cut, prune] 1: the condition of being limited or restricted by entailing a tenant in tail 2: entail (2) tail 2 adj: limited as to tenure see al …   Law dictionary

  • tail — ► NOUN 1) the hindmost part of an animal, especially when extended beyond the rest of the body. 2) something extending downwards, outwards, or back like an animal s tail. 3) the rear part of an aircraft, with the tailplane and rudder. 4) the… …   English terms dictionary

  • Tail — утилита в UNIX, выводящая несколько (по умолчанию 10) последних строк из файла. Синтаксис tail [параметры] имя файла Ключ n <количество строк> (или просто <количество строк>) позволяет изменить количество выводимых строк: tail 20… …   Википедия

  • tail — tail  утилита в UNIX, выводящая несколько (по умолчанию 10) последних строк из файла. Синтаксис tail [параметры] имя файла Ключ n <количество строк> (или просто <количество строк>) позволяет изменить количество выводимых строк:… …   Википедия

  • Tail — Tail, v. t. 1. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds, wherewith he was tailed, continued uncanceled, and was called on the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tail — Tail, n. [F. taille a cutting. See {Entail}, {Tally}.] (Law) Limitation; abridgment. Burrill. [1913 Webster] {Estate in tail}, a limited, abridged, or reduced fee; an estate limited to certain heirs, and from which the other heirs are precluded;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tail — Tail, a. (Law) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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