Associations to the word «Tail»

Wiktionary

TAIL, noun. (anatomy) The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.
TAIL, noun. The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.
TAIL, noun. An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails.
TAIL, noun. The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage.
TAIL, noun. Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
TAIL, noun. The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
TAIL, noun. (statistics) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
TAIL, noun. One who surreptitiously follows another.
TAIL, noun. (cricket) The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
TAIL, noun. (typography) The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.
TAIL, 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.
TAIL, noun. (mathematics) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.
TAIL, noun. (now colloquial) (chiefly US) The buttocks or backside.
TAIL, noun. (slang) The male member of a person or animal.
TAIL, noun. (slang) (uncountable) Sexual intercourse.
TAIL, noun. (kayaking) The stern; the back of the kayak.
TAIL, noun. The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything.
TAIL, noun. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
TAIL, noun. (anatomy) The distal tendon of a muscle.
TAIL, noun. A downy or feathery appendage of certain achens, formed of the permanent elongated style.
TAIL, noun. (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.
TAIL, noun. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
TAIL, noun. (nautical) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
TAIL, noun. (music) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
TAIL, noun. (mining) A tailing.
TAIL, noun. (architecture) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile.
TAIL, noun. (colloquial) (dated) A tailcoat.
TAIL, verb. (transitive) To follow and observe surreptitiously.
TAIL, verb. (architecture) To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into
TAIL, verb. (nautical) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor.
TAIL, verb. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
TAIL, verb. To pull or draw by the tail.
TAIL, adjective. (legal) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed.
TAIL, noun. (legal) Limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.
TAIL AWAY, verb. (intransitive) To gradually subside or diminish; to tail off.
TAIL BETWEEN ONE'S LEGS, adverb. (idiomatic) A reaction to a confrontation, specifically one with excessive shame and hurt pride.
TAIL BLOCK, noun. (nautical) A block having a rope about it, and on an end hanging several feet from it.
TAIL BONE, noun. Alternative form of tailbone
TAIL CALL, noun. (programming) A function call that is itself the last instruction in a function.
TAIL DRAGGER, noun. (colloquial) one who delays or is constantly late.
TAIL DRAGGER, noun. (aviation) Alternative form of taildragger
TAIL DRAGGERS, noun. Plural of tail dragger
TAIL END, noun. The rear end of anything; of a person or animal, the butt, buttocks; hindquarters, rump.
TAIL END, noun. (figurative) The last part of a period of time, event, or situation; the concluding or final part.
TAIL END CHARLIE, noun. (chiefly British) (slang) (in World War II) the last aircraft in a formation
TAIL END CHARLIE, noun. (chiefly British) (slang) (in World War II) the rear gunner in a bomber
TAIL END CHARLIE, noun. The man guarding the rear of a patrol.
TAIL END CHARLIES, noun. Plural of Tail End Charlie
TAIL ENDS, noun. Plural of tail end
TAIL FIN, noun. Alternative spelling of tailfin
TAIL FINS, noun. Plural of tail fin
TAIL GUNNER, noun. One who operates the gun or guns in the tail of a military aircraft, usually a bomber.
TAIL GUNNER, noun. (colloquial) One whose function in an organization is to defend it from attackers, for example, in public relations or public affairs.
TAIL GUT, noun. Alternative form of tailgut
TAIL GUTS, noun. Plural of tail gut
TAIL IN, verb. (architecture) To fasten by one of the ends into a wall or some other support.
TAIL LIFT, noun. A mechanical device permanently fitted to the back of a vehicle, designed to facilitate the transfer of goods from ground level onto the vehicle.
TAIL LIFTS, noun. Plural of tail lift
TAIL LIGHT, noun. Alternative form of taillight
TAIL NUMBER, noun. Alternative form of tailnumber
TAIL OFF, verb. To gradually subside or diminish; to tail away
TAIL PAD, noun. (surfing) A deck grip pad at the rear (ie. tail) of a surfboard, for the surfer's back foot to stand on.
TAIL PADS, noun. Plural of tail pad
TAIL POLE, noun. Alternative form of tail-pole
TAIL POLES, noun. Plural of tail pole
TAIL RECURSION, noun. (programming) The technique of writing a function so that recursive calls are only done immediately before function return, particularly when recursive control structures are used in place of iterative ones.
TAIL RECURSIVE, noun. (computing)A style of programming in which all functions are written so that recursive calls are made nowhere but immediately before function return.
TAIL RECURSIVE, adjective. (computing)A program or function that is written or can be rewritten in a tail recursive style.
TAIL RHYME, noun. Rhyme in which the rhyming lines in each verse are followed by a shorter line; these shorter lines sometimes rhyme with each other
TAIL RHYMES, noun. Plural of tail rhyme
TAIL SLIDE, noun. Alternative form of tailslide
TAIL WAGGING THE DOG, noun. (idiomatic) A minor or secondary part of something controlling the whole.

Dictionary definition

TAIL, noun. The posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body.
TAIL, noun. The time of the last part of something; "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century"; "the tail of the storm".
TAIL, noun. Any projection that resembles the tail of an animal.
TAIL, noun. 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?".
TAIL, noun. A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements.
TAIL, noun. (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head.
TAIL, noun. The rear part of an aircraft.
TAIL, noun. The rear part of a ship.
TAIL, verb. Go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit".
TAIL, verb. Remove or shorten the tail of an animal.
TAIL, verb. Remove the stalk of fruits or berries.

Wise words

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery