• (law) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed.

    "estate tail"


  • (slang, uncountable) Sexual intercourse.

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

  • (law) Limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.

    "tail male — limitation to male heirsin tail — subject to such a limitation"

  • A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
  • The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.
  • (surgery) 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.
  • Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
  • (music) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
  • One who surreptitiously follows another.
  • (colloquial, dated) A tailcoat.
  • (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.
  • (slang) The male member of a person or animal.

    "After the burly macho nudists' polar bear dip, their tails were spectacularly shrunk, so they looked like an immature kid's innocent tail."

  • The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything.
  • (anatomy) The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.

    "Most primates have a tail and fangs."

  • A downy or feathery appendage of certain achens, formed of the permanent elongated style.
  • The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage.
  • (nautical) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
  • (statistics) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
  • (architecture) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile.
  • (typography) The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.
  • (now colloquial, chiefly US) The buttocks or backside.
  • (kayaking) The stern; the back of the kayak.
  • (anatomy) The distal tendon of a muscle.
  • An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails.
  • One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
  • The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
  • (mining) A tailing.
  • (cricket) The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
  • (mathematics) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.

    "A sequence is said to be frequently if every tail of the sequence contains ."


  • To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
  • (nautical) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor.

    "This vessel tails downstream."

  • (architecture) To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into
  • To pull or draw by the tail.
  • (transitive) To follow and observe surreptitiously.

    "Tail that car!"

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