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TAIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tail mean? 

TAIL (noun)
  The noun TAIL has 8 senses:

1. the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
2. the time of the last part of something
3. any projection that resembles the tail of an animal
4. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
5. a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
6. (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
7. the rear part of an aircraft
8. the rear part of a ship

  Familiarity information: TAIL used as a noun is common.


TAIL (verb)
  The verb TAIL has 3 senses:

1. go after with the intent to catch
2. remove or shorten the tail of an animal
3. remove the stalk of fruits or berries

  Familiarity information: TAIL used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TAIL (noun)


Sense 1tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("tail" is a kind of...):

appendage; outgrowth; process (a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant)

Meronyms (parts of "tail"):

dock (the solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tail"):

flag (a conspicuously marked or shaped tail)

rattle (loosely connected horny sections at the end of a rattlesnake's tail)

bob; bobtail; dock (a short or shortened tail of certain animals)

caudal appendage (tail especially of a mammal posterior to and above the anus)

uropygium (posterior part of a bird's body from which the tail feathers grow)

oxtail (the skinned tail of cattle; used especially for soups)

fluke (either of the two lobes of the tail of a cetacean)

scut (a short erect tail)

Holonyms ("tail" is a part of...):

craniate; vertebrate (animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium)


Sense 2tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The time of the last part of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

tail end; fag end; tail

Context examples:

the fag end of this crisis-ridden century / the tail of the storm

Hypernyms ("tail" is a kind of...):

end; ending (the point in time at which something ends)


Sense 3tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any projection that resembles the tail of an animal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

tail end; tail

Hypernyms ("tail" is a kind of...):

projection (any solid convex shape that juts out from something)


Sense 4tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

nates; keister; hindquarters; hind end; tooshie; fanny; derriere; prat; buttocks; buns; rear end; posterior; behind; tush; ass; arse; fundament; seat; backside; rump; bottom; stern; tail end; can; rear; tail; bum; butt

Context examples:

he deserves a good kick in the butt / are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?

Hypernyms ("tail" is a kind of...):

body part (any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity)

Holonyms ("tail" is a part of...):

body; torso; trunk (the body excluding the head and neck and limbs)


Sense 5tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

shadower; tail; shadow

Hypernyms ("tail" is a kind of...):

follower (someone who travels behind or pursues another)

spy (a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people)


Sense 6tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("tail" is a kind of...):

reverse; verso (the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design)

Domain usage:

plural; plural form (the form of a word that is used to denote more than one)

Holonyms ("tail" is a part of...):

coin (a metal piece (usually a disc) used as money)

Antonym:

head ((usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head)


Sense 7tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The rear part of an aircraft

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

empennage; tail assembly; tail

Hypernyms ("tail" is a kind of...):

back; rear (the side that goes last or is not normally seen)

Meronyms (parts of "tail"):

horizontal tail (the horizontal stabilizer and elevator in the tail assembly of an aircraft)

stabilizer (airfoil consisting of a device for stabilizing an aircraft)

vertical tail (the vertical airfoil in the tail assembly of an aircraft)

Holonyms ("tail" is a part of...):

fuselage (the central body of an airplane that is designed to accommodate the crew and passengers (or cargo))


Sense 8tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The rear part of a ship

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

after part; stern; poop; tail; quarter

Hypernyms ("tail" is a kind of...):

back; rear (the side that goes last or is not normally seen)

Meronyms (parts of "tail"):

escutcheon ((nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed)

skeg (a brace that extends from the rear of the keel to support the rudderpost)

Holonyms ("tail" is a part of...):

ship (a vessel that carries passengers or freight)


TAIL (verb)


Sense 1tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go after with the intent to catch

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

chase; tail; dog; give chase; go after; chase after; trail; track; tag

Context examples:

The policeman chased the mugger down the alley / the dog chased the rabbit

Hypernyms (to "tail" is one way to...):

follow; pursue (follow in or as if in pursuit)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tail"):

tree (chase an animal up a tree)

quest (search the trail of (game))

hound; hunt; trace (pursue or chase relentlessly)

run down (pursue until captured)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot tail Sue


Sense 2tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove or shorten the tail of an animal

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

tail; bob; dock

Hypernyms (to "tail" is one way to...):

cut (separate with or as if with an instrument)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3tail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove the stalk of fruits or berries

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "tail" is one way to...):

pinch; top (cut the top off)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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