Complete Definition of "tail"

Image:Ring_tailed_lemurs.jpg|thumb|A ring-tailed lemur with a long tail
English

Etymology
From OE. tæġel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

Pronunciation
audio|en-us-tail.ogg|Audio (US)
Homophone: tale

Noun
en-noun

  1. anatomy The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.
  2. The tail-end of a creature (buttocks, even if tailless) or object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.

#: When a grumpy client of the frat's annual carwash complained the tail of his menure-soiled tractor wasn't completely cleaned, the poor pledges had to drop trou and bend over to get their own tails paddled in public

  1. An object or part thereof resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails or other multi-tail whip.
  2. Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
  3. The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
  4. statistics The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
  5. One who surreptitiously follows another.
  6. Cricket The last four or five batsman|batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
  7. Typography The lower loop of the letters g, q, and y in the roman alphabet.
  8. especially|in plural The side of a coin not bearing the head; the reverse.
  9. slang male member of a person animal.

#: ''After the burly macho nudists' polar bear dip, their tails were spectacularly shrunk, so they looked like an immature kid's innocent tail

  1. slang sexual intercourse|Sexual intercourse.
Translations
trans-top|tail of animal
Arabic: ARchar|Ø°Ùب unicode|(ðánab) m
Aragonese: coda f
Bosnian: rep#Bosnian|rep m
Catalan: cua f
Chinese: 尾巴 (wÄibÄ)
Croatian: rep#Croatian|rep m
Czech: ocas m
Danish: hale#Danish|hale c
Dutch: staart m
Finnish: häntä (of cats, dogs etc.), pyrstö (of birds and fish)
French: queue#French|queue f
Frisian: sturt
German: Schwanz m
Hebrew: he-translation|×× ×|zanáv m
Hungarian: farok
Icelandic: hali m (of cattle, in addition to reptiles, amphibians, and basically all animals that do not fall into the other categories; also used for inanimate objects and figuratively), skott n or rófa f (of a cat, dog, monkey, etc.),tagl (of a horse), dindill m (the small fluffy tail of sheep, rabbits, etc.), stél n (of birds), sporður m (of fish)
Indonesian: ekor, buntut
Italian: coda#Italian|coda f
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Japanese: 尻尾 (ãã£ã½, shippo)
Korean: 꼬리 (kkori)
Kuna: bunnu
Kurdish: KUchar|Ú©ÙÚ©
Latin: cauda
Latvian: aste f
Malayalam: വാലàµâ (vaal)
Norwegian: hale m
Portuguese: rabo m, cauda f
Polish: ogon m
Russian: ÑвоÑÑ (xvost) m
Serbian:

Slovak: chvost m
Spanish: cola#Spanish|cola f
Swahili: mkia (nc 3/4)
Swedish: svans c
Tagalog: buntot n
Telugu: à°¤à±à° (tOka)
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trans-top|comet tail
Arabic: ARchar|Ø°Ùب unicode|(ðánab) m
Dutch: staart m
Finnish: pyrstö
French: queue f
German: Schweif m
Hebrew: he-translation|ש×××|shovál m
Icelandic: hali m
Italian: chioma f
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Latvian: aste f
Malayalam: വാലàµâ (vaal)
Norwegian: hale m
Polish: ogon m
Russian: ÑвоÑÑ (xvost) m
Swedish: svans c
Telugu: à°¤à±à° (tOka)
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trans-top|surreptitious follower
Arabic: ARchar|Ø°Ùب unicode|(ðánab) m
Dutch: achtervolger m
Finnish: varjostaja
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Norwegian: forfølger m
Russian: ÑвоÑÑ (xvost) m
Swedish: förföljare c
Telugu: à°¤à±à° (tOka)
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trans-top|cricket term
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trans-top|buttocks
Dutch: achtereinde, achterste, achterwerk, zitvlak n
German: Hintern, Hinterteil, GesäÃ
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trans-top|the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin
Dutch: staart, staartstuk n
Hebrew: he-translation|×× ×|zanáv m
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Russian: ÑвоÑÑ (xvost) m
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trans-top|(typography) The lower loop of the letters g, q and y of the roman alphabet
Dutch: staart
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trans-top|The side of a coin not bearing the head
Dutch: munt
Hebrew: he-translation|פ××|páli m
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Kurdish: KUchar|Ø®Ùâت
Russian: ÑеÑка (réška) m
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Ido: kaudo

Derived terms
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cat-o'-nine-tails
coattail
cocktail
shirttail
tailback
tailcoat
tail covert
tail-end
tail feather
tail fin
mid3
tailgate
tail lamp
tail light
tail-off
tailpiece
tailpipe
tailplane
tail-race
mid3
tail-skid
tailspin
tailstock
tailwheel
tailwind
wagtail
whitetail
yellowtail
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Verb
en-verb

  1. transitive To surreptitiously follow and observe.

Translations
trans-top|to tail
Dutch: schaduwen
Finnish: varjostaa
Dutch: beschatten
Hebrew: he-translation|××× ×|zinév
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Norwegian: forfølge, skygge
Slovak: sledovať
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Category:1000 English basic words

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