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tail1 (teɪl)
1.  the region of the vertebrate body that is posterior to or above the anus and contains an elongation of the vertebral column, esp forming a flexible movable appendageRelated: caudal
2.  anything resembling such an appendage in form or position; the bottom, lowest, or rear part: the tail of a shirt
3.  the last part or parts: the tail of the storm
4.  the rear part of an aircraft including the fin, tailplane, and control surfaces; empennage
5.  astronomy the luminous stream of gas and dust particles, up to 200 million kilometres long, driven from the head of a comet, when close to the sun, under the effect of the solar wind and light pressure
6.  the rear portion of a bomb, rocket, missile, etc, usually fitted with guiding or stabilizing vanes
7.  a line of people or things
8.  a long braid or tress of hair: a ponytail; a pigtail
9.  angling Also called: tailfly the lowest fly on a wet-fly cast
10.  a final short line in a stanza
11.  informal a person employed to follow and spy upon another or others
12.  See buttock an informal word for buttocks
13.  taboo, slang
 a.  the female genitals
 b.  a woman considered sexually (esp in the phrases piece of tail, bit of tail)
14.  printing
 a.  the margin at the foot of a page
 b.  the bottom edge of a book
15.  the lower end of a pool or part of a stream
16.  informal the course or track of a fleeing person or animal: the police are on my tail
17.  (modifier) coming from or situated in the rear: a tail wind
18.  turn tail to run away; escape
19.  with one's tail between one's legs in a state of utter defeat or confusion
20.  to form or cause to form the tail
21.  to remove the tail of (an animal); dock
22.  (tr) to remove the stalk of: to top and tail the gooseberries
23.  (tr) to connect (objects, ideas, etc) together by or as if by the tail
24.  informal (tr) to follow stealthily
25.  (Austral) (tr) to tend (cattle) on foot
26.  (intr) (of a vessel) to assume a specified position, as when at a mooring
27.  to build the end of (a brick, joist, etc) into a wall or (of a brick, etc) to have one end built into a wall
Related: caudal
[Old English tægel; related to Old Norse tagl horse's tail, Gothic tagl hair, Old High German zagal tail]

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