intransitive verb Date: 1927 1. to swing the tail of an airplane from side to side to reduce speed especially when landing 2. to have the rear end slide from side to side out of control while moving forward <
the car fishtailed on the icy curve

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Fishtail — may refer to one of the following*Fishtail (tool), a wood carving tool *Fishtail gauge *Fishtail, Montana, a town *Fishtail (Quickstep), a Quickstep dance figure *Fishtail palm (genus Caryota ) *Fishtail parka, the US Army s M 65 parka *Fishtail… …   Wikipedia

  • fishtail — v. t. (aeronautics) to slow down by moving the tail sideways, of an airplane. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fishtail — v. i. to have the rear end skid from side to side, out of control: said of automobiles or other vehicles. [PJC] {Fish tail burner}, a gas burner that gives a spreading flame shaped somewhat like the tail of a fish. {Fish tail propeller}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fishtail — Fishtail. См. «Рыбий хвост». (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • fishtail — (n.) 1840, from FISH (Cf. fish) (n.) + TAIL (Cf. tail) (n.). As a verb, 1927, originally of aircraft, later automobiles. Related: Fishtailed; fishtailing …   Etymology dictionary

  • fishtail — ► NOUN ▪ a thing resembling a fish s tail in shape or movement. ► VERB ▪ travel with a side to side motion …   English terms dictionary

  • fishtail — [fish′tāl΄] vi. 1. to swing the tail of an airplane from side to side in order to reduce speed after landing 2. to move forward with a side to side, swinging motion of the rear end [the car fishtailed on the icy hill] …   English World dictionary

  • fishtail — UK [ˈfɪʃˌteɪl] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms fishtail : present tense I/you/we/they fishtail he/she/it fishtails present participle fishtailing past tense fishtailed past participle fishtailed if a vehicle fishtails, its back end moves from …   English dictionary

  • fishtail — noun 1》 an object which is forked like a fish s tail. 2》 an uncontrolled sideways movement of the back of a motor vehicle. verb make a fishtail movement …   English new terms dictionary

  • fishtail — /ˈfɪʃteɪl/ (say fishtayl) verb (i) 1. to slow an aeroplane by causing its tail to move rapidly from side to side. 2. (of a ship, boat, etc.) to move forward through the water with a side to side whipping motion of the stern. 3. (of a motor… …   Australian English dictionary

  • fishtail — in. [for the rear of a car] to whip back and forth like a fish moving its tail. □ The caddy fishtailed on the curb and almost spun around. □ It’s easy to fishtail in wet weather …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”