tail fin
noun Date: 1681 1. the terminal fin of a fish or cetacean 2. fin 2b

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tail fin — 1. a fixed or adjustable fin on the rear of a rocket, car, etc.: sometimes written tailfin n. 2. Zool. a movable fin that forms the tail of a fish, the fluke of a whale, etc. * * * …   Universalium

  • tail fin — 1. a fixed or adjustable fin on the rear of a rocket, car, etc.: sometimes written tailfin n. 2. Zool. a movable fin that forms the tail of a fish, the fluke of a whale, etc …   English World dictionary

  • tail fin — ► NOUN 1) Zoology a fin at the posterior end of a fish s body. 2) a projecting vertical surface on the tail of an aircraft, housing the rudder and providing stability. 3) an upswept projection on each rear corner of a motor car, popular in the… …   English terms dictionary

  • tail fin — tail′ fin n. 1) ich the terminal vertical fin of a fish 2) aum See under fin I, 6) • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • tail fin — noun 1. a stabilizer that is part of the vertical tail structure of an airplane • Syn: ↑vertical stabilizer, ↑vertical stabiliser, ↑vertical fin, ↑tailfin • Hypernyms: ↑stabilizer • Part Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tail fin — n. fin attached to the fish s tail; decorative protrusion resembling a fin on a car s rear fender; stabilizer being a part of the upright tail structure of a plane …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tail fin — noun 1》 Zoology a fin at the posterior extremity of a fish s body, typically continuous with the tail. 2》 a projecting vertical surface on the tail of an aircraft, housing the rudder. 3》 an upswept projection on each rear corner of a car, popular …   English new terms dictionary

  • tail fin — A vertical fin on the back of the rear fenders. Copied from a lockheed P38 fighter plane, Cadillac introduced tail fins on a coupe in 1948; they were a fashion until the 1960s …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • tail fin — the fin at the end of the body. Also called the caudal fin …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • tail fin. — 1. See caudal fin. 2. Auto. See under fin1 (def. 7). [1675 85] * * * …   Universalium

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