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[teyl-pees] /ˈteɪlˌpis/
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.
Origin of tailpiece
1595-1605; tail1 + piece Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tailpiece
  • 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.
  • Stainless steel braided flexible water lines and added tailpiece for drain shall be furnished.
  • At or near the working section belt tailpiece in the air stream ventilating the belt entry.
  • The tailpiece and endpin are found in the lower part of the cello.
British Dictionary definitions for tailpiece


an extension or appendage that lengthens or completes something
(printing) a decorative design at the foot of a page or end of a chapter
(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
(architect) Also called tail beam. a short beam or rafter that has one end embedded in a wall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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