tail
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tægel; akin to Old High German zagal tail, Middle Irish dúal lock of hair Date: before 12th century 1. the rear end or a process or prolongation of the rear end of the body of an animal 2. something resembling an animal's tail in shape or position: as a. a luminous stream of particles, gases, or ions extending from a comet especially in the antisolar direction b. the rear part of an airplane consisting usually of horizontal and vertical stabilizing surfaces with attached control surfaces 3. retinue 4. plural a. tailcoat b. full evening dress for men 5. a. buttocks, butt b. usually vulgar sexual intercourse 6. the back, last, lower, or inferior part of something 7. tailing 1 — usually used in plural 8. the reverse of a coin — usually used in plural <
tails, I win
>
9. one (as a detective) who follows or keeps watch on someone 10. the blank space at the bottom of a page 11. a location immediately or not far behind <
had a posse on his tail
>
tailed adjectivetailless adjectivetaillike adjective II. verb Date: 1523 transitive verb 1. to connect end to end 2. a. to remove the tail of (an animal) ; dock b. to remove the stem or bottom part of <
topping and tailing gooseberries
>
3. a. to make or furnish with a tail b. to follow or be drawn behind like a tail 4. to follow for purposes of surveillance intransitive verb 1. to form or move in a straggling line 2. to grow progressively smaller, fainter, or more scattered ; abate — usually used with off <
productivity is tailing off — Tom Nicholson
>
3. to swing or lie with the stern in a named direction — used of a ship at anchor 4. tag II • tailer noun III. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from tailler Date: 14th century entail 1a IV. adjective Etymology: Middle English taille, from Anglo-French taylé, past participle of tailler to cut, limit — more at tailor Date: 15th century limited as to tenure ; entailed

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  • Tail — Tail, n. [AS. t[ae]gel, t[ae]gl; akin to G. zagel, Icel. tagl, Sw. tagel, Goth. tagl hair. [root]59.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal. [1913 Webster] Note: The tail of mammals and reptiles… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tail — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda tail (que significa cola en inglés) es un programa de los sistemas tipo Unix, que muestra las últimas líneas de uno o más archivos de texto. tail imprimirá por defecto a la salida estándar las últimas diez líneas de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • tail — (que significa cola en inglés) es un programa de los sistemas tipo Unix, que muestra las últimas líneas de uno o más archivos de texto. tail imprimirá por defecto a la salida estándar las últimas diez líneas de sus datos de entrada. Tanto las… …   Wikipedia Español

  • tail — 1 n [Anglo French, literally, cutting, from Old French, from taillier to cut, prune] 1: the condition of being limited or restricted by entailing a tenant in tail 2: entail (2) tail 2 adj: limited as to tenure see al …   Law dictionary

  • tail — tail1 [tāl] n. [ME < OE tægel, akin to OHG zagel < IE base * dek̑ , to tear, tear off > Sans saśā, fringe] 1. a) the rear end of an animal s body, esp. when forming a distinct, flexible appendage to the trunk b) such an appendage 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • tail — ► NOUN 1) the hindmost part of an animal, especially when extended beyond the rest of the body. 2) something extending downwards, outwards, or back like an animal s tail. 3) the rear part of an aircraft, with the tailplane and rudder. 4) the… …   English terms dictionary

  • Tail — утилита в UNIX, выводящая несколько (по умолчанию 10) последних строк из файла. Синтаксис tail [параметры] имя файла Ключ n <количество строк> (или просто <количество строк>) позволяет изменить количество выводимых строк: tail 20… …   Википедия

  • tail — tail  утилита в UNIX, выводящая несколько (по умолчанию 10) последних строк из файла. Синтаксис tail [параметры] имя файла Ключ n <количество строк> (или просто <количество строк>) позволяет изменить количество выводимых строк:… …   Википедия

  • Tail — Tail, v. t. 1. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds, wherewith he was tailed, continued uncanceled, and was called on the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tail — Tail, n. [F. taille a cutting. See {Entail}, {Tally}.] (Law) Limitation; abridgment. Burrill. [1913 Webster] {Estate in tail}, a limited, abridged, or reduced fee; an estate limited to certain heirs, and from which the other heirs are precluded;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tail — Tail, a. (Law) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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