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definitions - tailing

tail (v. trans.)

1.remove the stalk of fruits or berries

2.remove or shorten the tail of an animal

3.go after with the intent to catch"The policeman chased the mugger down the alley" "the dog chased the rabbit"

4.(colloquial)follow, usually without the person's knowledge"The police are shadowing her"

tail (n.)

1.a hair style that draws the hair back so that it hangs down in back of the head like a pony's tail

2.the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body

3.the rear part of a ship

4.the rear part of an aircraft

5.(usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head

6.the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on"he deserves a good kick in the butt" "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"

7.a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

8.any projection that resembles the tail of an animal

9.the time of the last part of something"the fag end of this crisis-ridden century" "the tail of the storm"

tailing (adj.)

1.following surreptitiously; keeping under surveillance"always on guard against shadowing submarines"

tailing (n.)

1.the act of following someone secretly

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Merriam Webster

TailTail (?), n. [F. taille a cutting. See Entail, Tally.] (Law) Limitation; abridgment. Burrill.

Estate in tail, a limited, abridged, or reduced fee; an estate limited to certain heirs, and from which the other heirs are precluded; -- called also estate tail. Blackstone.

TailTail, a. (Law) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail.

TailTail, n. [AS. tægel, tægl; akin to G. zagel, Icel. tagl, Sw. tagel, Goth. tagl hair. √59.]
1. (Zoöl.) The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal.

☞ The tail of mammals and reptiles contains a series of movable vertebræ, and is covered with flesh and hairs or scales like those of other parts of the body. The tail of existing birds consists of several more or less consolidated vertebræ which supports a fanlike group of quills to which the term tail is more particularly applied. The tail of fishes consists of the tapering hind portion of the body ending in a caudal fin. The term tail is sometimes applied to the entire abdomen of a crustacean or insect, and sometimes to the terminal piece or pygidium alone.

2. Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin.

Doretus writes a great praise of the distilled waters of those tails that hang on willow trees. Harvey.

3. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, -- as opposed to the head, or the superior part.

The Lord will make thee the head, and not the tail. Deut. xxviii. 13.

4. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.

“Ah,” said he, “if you saw but the chief with his tail on.” Sir W. Scott.

5. The side of a coin opposite to that which bears the head, effigy, or date; the reverse; -- rarely used except in the expression “heads or tails,” employed when a coin is thrown up for the purpose of deciding some point by its fall.

6. (Anat.) The distal tendon of a muscle.

7. (Bot.) A downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style.

8. (Surg.) (a) A portion of an incision, at its beginning or end, which does not go through the whole thickness of the skin, and is more painful than a complete incision; -- called also tailing. (b) One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.

9. (Naut.) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.

10. (Mus.) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem. Moore (Encyc. of Music).

11. pl. Same as Tailing, 4.

12. (Arch.) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile.

13. pl. (Mining) See Tailing, n., 5.

14. (Astronomy) the long visible stream of gases, ions, or dust particles extending from the head of a comet in the direction opposite to the sun.

15. pl. (Rope Making) In some forms of rope-laying machine, pieces of rope attached to the iron bar passing through the grooven wooden top containing the strands, for wrapping around the rope to be laid.

16. pl. A tailed coat; a tail coat. [Colloq. or Dial.]

17. (Aëronautics) In airplanes, an airfoil or group of airfoils used at the rear to confer stability.

18. the buttocks. [slang or vulgar]

19. sexual intercourse, or a woman used for sexual intercourse; as, to get some tail; to find a piece of tail. See also tailing{3}. [slang and vulgar]

Tail beam. (Arch.) Same as Tailpiece. -- Tail coverts (Zoöl.), the feathers which cover the bases of the tail quills. They are sometimes much longer than the quills, and form elegant plumes. Those above the quills are called the upper tail coverts, and those below, the under tail coverts. -- Tail end, the latter end; the termination; as, the tail end of a contest. [Colloq.] -- Tail joist. (Arch.) Same as Tailpiece. -- Tail of a comet (Astron.), a luminous train extending from the nucleus or body, often to a great distance, and usually in a direction opposite to the sun. -- Tail of a gale (Naut.), the latter part of it, when the wind has greatly abated. Totten. -- Tail of a lock (on a canal), the lower end, or entrance into the lower pond. -- Tail of the trenches (Fort.), the post where the besiegers begin to break ground, and cover themselves from the fire of the place, in advancing the lines of approach. -- Tail spindle, the spindle of the tailstock of a turning lathe; -- called also dead spindle. -- To turn tail, to run away; to flee.

Would she turn tail to the heron, and fly quite out another way; but all was to return in a higher pitch. Sir P. Sidney.

TailTail, v. t.
1. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded. [Obs.]

Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds, wherewith he was tailed, continued uncanceled, and was called on the next Parliament. Fuller.

2. To pull or draw by the tail. [R.] Hudibras.

To tail in or To tail on (Arch.), to fasten by one of the ends into a wall or some other support; as, to tail in a timber.

TailTail, v. i.
1. (Arch.) To hold by the end; -- said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; -- with in or into.

2. (Naut.) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; -- said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream.

Tail on. (Naut.) See Tally on, under Tally.

TailingTail"ing (?), n.
1. (Arch.) The part of a projecting stone or brick inserted in a wall. Gwilt.

2. (Surg.) Same as Tail, n., 8 (a).

3. Sexual intercourse. [Obs.] Chaucer.

4. pl. The lighter parts of grain separated from the seed threshing and winnowing; chaff.

5. pl. (Mining) The refuse part of stamped ore, thrown behind the tail of the buddle or washing apparatus. It is dressed over again to secure whatever metal may exist in it. Called also tails. Pryce.

6. (Elec.) A prolongation of current in a telegraph line, due to capacity in the line and causing signals to run together.

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synonyms - tailing

tailing (adj.)

shadowing

tailing (n.)

shadowing

see also - tailing

tail (v. trans.)

hunt, shadowing, tailing, tracking, trailing scent

tail (n.)

big-bottomed, caudal, natal, spank head, heads

tailing (n.)

shadow, tail

phrases

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analogical dictionary

 

MESH root[Hyper.]

Tail (n.) [MeSH]










 

factotum[Domaine]

part[Domaine]

convexity, convex shape[Hyper.]

projection[Hyper.]

tail (n.)



tail (v. tr.) [colloquial]






tail (v. tr.)




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Tail

                   
  A lion's tail

The tail is the section at the rear end of an animal's body; in general, the term refers to a distinct, flexible appendage to the torso. It is the part of the body that corresponds roughly to the sacrum and coccyx in mammals, reptiles, and birds. While tails are primarily a feature of vertebrates, some invertebrates including scorpions and springtails, as well as snails and slugs, have tail-like appendages that are sometimes referred to as tails. Tailed objects are sometimes referred to as "caudate" and the part of the body associated with or proximal to the tail are given the adjective "caudal".

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  Alopex lagopus (arctic fox) sleeping with its tail wrapped as a blanket.

Animal tails are used in a variety of ways. They provide a source of locomotion for fish and some other forms of marine life. Many land animals use their tails to brush away flies and other biting insects. Some species, including cats and kangaroos, use their tails for balance; and some, such as New World monkeys and opossums, have what are known as prehensile tails, which are adapted to allow them to grasp tree branches.

Tails are also used for social signaling. Some deer species flash the white underside of their tails to warn other nearby deer of possible danger, and canids (including domestic dogs) indicate emotions through the positioning and movement of their tails. Some species' tails are armored, and some, such as the those of scorpions, contain venom.

Some species of lizard can detach ("cast") their tails from their bodies. This can help them to escape from predators, which are either distracted by the wriggling detached tail, or left with only the tail while the rest of the lizard flees. Tails cast in this manner generally grow back over time, though the replacement is typically darker in colour than the original.

The tails of most birds end in long feathers called rectrices. These feathers are used as a rudder, helping the bird to steer and maneuver in flight; they also help the bird to balance while it is perched. In some species—such as birds of paradise, lyrebirds, and most notably peafowl—modified tail feathers play an important role in courtship displays. The extra-stiff tail feathers of other species, including woodpeckers and woodcreepers, allow them to brace themselves firmly against tree trunks.

The tails of grazing animals, such as horses, are used both to sweep away insects, and positioned or moved in ways that indicate the animal's physical or emotional state.

  Types

  • A scut is a short, erect tail. Hares, rabbits, and deer have scuts.
  • A prehensile tail is a tail that can grasp or hold objects. Examples are monkeys, rats and snakes (prehensile body).

  Human tails

Human embryos have a tail that measures about one-sixth of the size of the embryo itself.[1] As the embryo develops into a fetus, the tail is absorbed by the growing body. The developmental tail is thus a human vestigial structure.[2][3] Infrequently,[clarification needed] a child is born with a "soft tail", which contains no vertebrae, but only blood vessels, muscles and nerves, although there have been several documented cases of tails containing cartilage or up to five vertebrae.[4] Some of these tails may in fact be sacrococcygeal teratomas. A man named Chandre Oram, who lives in West Bengal, a state in India, is famous because of his 33-centimetre (13 in) tail. It is not believed to be a true tail, however, but rather a case of spina bifida.

Humans have a "tail bone" (the coccyx) attached to the pelvis, in the same place which other mammals have tails. The tail bone is formed of fused vertebrae, usually four, at the bottom of the vertebral column. It does not protrude externally, but retains an anatomical purpose: providing an attachment for muscles like the gluteus maximus.[citation needed]

  Folklore about tails

  • The Japanese have a tradition that some animals can become Yokai by acquiring extra tails and thus gain supernatural powers.
  • Some parts of the world the tail of an ox is used by a shamaness as an implement in their blessing rituals.
  • A superstition shown in older cartoons says that pouring salt on a bird's tail feathers will keep it from flying.[clarification needed]
  • In the Dutch language, the at sign (@) is called Apenstaartje, literally translated as (little) monkey-tail.

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  See also

  References

  1. ^ "Human fetuses have tails, proving that evolution is true". The Free Lance-Star. July 5, 2005. http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2005/072005/07052005/109580. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Human tail–caudal appendage: tethered cord". Nature. February 1, 2008. http://www.nature.com/jp/journal/v28/n7/full/jp200839a.html. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  3. ^ "The 'human tail' causing tethered cervical cord". Nature (journal). November 14, 2006. http://www.nature.com/sc/journal/v45/n8/full/3101988a.html. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  4. ^ Mouied Alashari, Joy Torakawa: True Tail in a Newborn, Pediatric Dermatology 12(3), pp 263–266, 2008
   
               

Tailing

                   

Tailing may refer to:

  • Tailings, the material left over after the extraction of ore from its host material
  • Lamb marking, a process applied in sheep husbandry, typically involving removal of a sheep's tail
  • Tailgating, driving on a road too closely behind another vehicle
  • Surveillance, following someone's movements

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