tail meaning

[ teil ] Pronunciation:   "tail" in a sentence
Noun: tail  teyl
  1. The posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body 
  2. The time of the last part of something
    "the tail of the storm"
    - fag end, tail end 
  3. Any projection that resembles the tail of an animal
    - tail end 
  4. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    - buttocks, nates, butt, backside, bum, buns [N. Amer], can [N. Amer], fundament, hindquarters, hind end, posterior, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail end, tooshie, tush [N. Amer], bottom, behind, derriere, heinie [US], derrière 
  5. A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
    - shadow, shadower 
  6. (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head 
  7. The rear part of an aircraft
    - tail assembly, empennage 
  8. The rear part of a ship
    - stern, after part, quarter, poop
Verb: tail  teyl
  1. Go after with the intent to catch
    - chase, chase after, trail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track 
  2. Remove or shorten the tail of an animal
    - dock, bob 
  3. Remove the stalk of fruits or berries

Sounds like: tale, tael, taille

Derived forms: tails, tailing, tailed

See also: caudal, tailing

Type of: appendage, back, body part, cut, end, ending, follow, follower, outgrowth, pinch, process, projection, pursue, rear, reverse, spy, top, verso

Antonym: head

Part of: body, coin, craniate, fuselage, ship, torso, trunk, vertebrate

Encyclopedia: Tail


Exposed lower portion of a slate shingle.




See rafter tail.


See lookout.

1) Part of a probability distribution representing events of low probability.


extreme value theory, fat tails.

2) Decimals or small fractions following the whole-figure sum in a bond issue bid.

3) The pool of assets backing an asset-backed security.

1. The decay of a waveform from maximum amplitude to zero amplitude.
2. Any pulse that follows a main pulse as a result of the main pulse.

taillight monitor An electronic device for warning a motorist of taillight failure.

(1) The difference between the average price in Treasury auctions and the stopout price. (2) A future money market instrument (one available some period hence) created by buying an existing instrument and financing the initial portion of its life with a term repo. (3) The extreme ends under a probability curve. (4) The odd amount in an MBS pool.


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  1. fit the tail assembly to the fuselage.
  2. cars were inching, bonnet to tail.
  3. am i to wear a dinner-jacket or tails?
  4. i didn't fault a man for chasing tail.
  5. the peacock spreads his splendid tail.

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