a piece added at the end; an end piece or appendage.
Printing. a small decorative design at the end of a chapter or at the bottom of a page.
(in a musical instrument of the viol family) a triangular piece of wood, usually of ebony, to which the lower ends of the strings are fastened.
Also called tail beam. Building Trades. a relatively short beam or rafter inserted in a wall by tailing and supported by a header.

1595–1605; tail1 + piece

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tailpiece (ˈteɪlˌpiːs)
1.  an extension or appendage that lengthens or completes something
2.  printing a decorative design at the foot of a page or end of a chapter
3.  music a piece of wood to which the strings of a violin, etc, are attached at their lower end. It is suspended between the taut strings and the bottom of the violin by a piece of gut or metal
4.  architect Also called: tail beam a short beam or rafter that has one end embedded in a wall

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Condensate may terminate indirectly into a properly trapped and vented plumbing
  receptor or directly into its tailpiece.
One thing he in particular did not want to be doing was shoveling the belt line
  around the stacker-blender tailpiece.
The meter has no tailpiece, and no provision is made for cable suspension.
Tailpiece shall be equipped with fixed chrome strainer.
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