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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tail \Tail\, a. (Law)
     Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tail \Tail\, n. [AS. taegel, taegl; akin to G. zagel, Icel.
     tagl, Sw. tagel, Goth. tagl hair. [root]59.]
     1. (Zool.) The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior
        appendage of an animal.
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     Note: The tail of mammals and reptiles contains a series of
           movable vertebrae, 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 vertebrae 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.
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     2. Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles,
        in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin.
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              Doretus writes a great praise of the distilled
              waters of those tails that hang on willow trees.
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     3. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of
        anything, -- as opposed to the head, or the superior
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              The Lord will make thee the head, and not the tail.
                                                    xxviii. 13.
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     4. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
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              "Ah," said he, "if you saw but the chief with his
              tail on."                             --Sir W.
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     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
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     6. (Anat.) The distal tendon of a muscle.
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     7. (Bot.) A downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes.
        It is formed of the permanent elongated style.
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     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.
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     9. (Naut.) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which
        it may be lashed to anything.
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     10. (Mus.) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly
         upward or downward from the head; the stem. --Moore
         (Encyc. of Music).
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     11. pl. Same as Tailing, 4.
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     12. (Arch.) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part,
         as a slate or tile.
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     13. pl. (Mining) See Tailing, n., 5.
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     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.
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     16. pl. A tailed coat; a tail coat. [Colloq. or Dial.]
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     17. (Aeronautics) In airplanes, an airfoil or group of
         airfoils used at the rear to confer stability.
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     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 (Zool.), 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.
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              Would she turn tail to the heron, and fly quite out
              another way; but all was to return in a higher
              pitch.                                --Sir P.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tail \Tail\, n. [F. taille a cutting. See Entail, Tally.]
     Limitation; abridgment. --Burrill.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tail \Tail\, 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.
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     2. (Naut.) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; --
        said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down
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     Tail on. (Naut.) See Tally on, under Tally.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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              Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds,
              wherewith he was tailed, continued uncanceled, and
              was called on the next Parliament.    --Fuller.
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     2. To pull or draw by the tail. [R.] --Hudibras.
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     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
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 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; "the fag end of this
         crisis-ridden century"; "the tail of the storm" [syn: fag
         end, tail, tail end]
      3: any projection that resembles the tail of an animal [syn:
         tail, tail end]
      4: 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?" [syn: buttocks, nates,
         arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can,
         fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister,
         posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern,
         seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom,
         behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
      5: a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
         [syn: tail, shadow, shadower]
      6: (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not
         bear the representation of a person's head [ant: head]
      7: the rear part of an aircraft [syn: tail, tail assembly,
      8: the rear part of a ship [syn: stern, after part,
         quarter, poop, tail]
      v 1: go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased
           the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit"
           [syn: chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give
           chase, dog, go after, track]
      2: remove or shorten the tail of an animal [syn: dock, tail,
      3: remove the stalk of fruits or berries

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  267 Moby Thesaurus words for "tail":
     Thule, Ultima Thule, acknowledgments, adherent, affix, aft, after,
     aftermost, afterpart, afterpiece, allonge, appendage, appendix,
     arm, arse, ass, attendant, back, back door, back matter, back seat,
     back side, backside, backward, bastard title, bedog, behind,
     bibliography, bitter end, bottom, bottom dollar, bough, boundary,
     braid, branch, breech, brush, buff, bum, bun, butt, butt end,
     buttocks, can, catch line, catchword, cauda, caudal,
     caudal appendage, caudate, caudated, caudation, caudiform,
     cavaliere servente, chase, cheeks, chignon, coda, codicil, coil,
     colophon, come after, come behind, commentary, conclusive,
     contents, contents page, copyright page, courtier, croup, cue,
     dangler, dedication, definitive, dependent, determinative,
     disciple, dock, dog, enclitic, endleaf, endmost, endpaper,
     endsheet, envoi, epilogue, errata, eventual, extreme, extremity,
     eye, fag end, fan, fanny, fantail, farthest, farthest bound, final,
     flag, flunky, flyleaf, folio, follow, follow a clue, follow up,
     follower, following, fore edge, foreword, front matter, go after,
     go behind, half-title page, hand, hanger-on, head, heel, henchman,
     hind, hind end, hind part, hinder, hindermost, hindhand, hindhead,
     hindmost, homme de cour, hound, hunt down, imp, imprint, index,
     infix, inscription, interlineation, interpolation, introduction,
     joint, jumping-off place, keister, knot, last, leaf, leg, limb,
     limit, limiting, link, lobe, lobule, makeup, marginalia, member,
     move behind, nib, nose, nose out, note, occiput, offshoot, organ,
     page, parasite, partisan, pigtail, pinion, plait, point, polar,
     pole, posterior, postern, postscript, prat, preface, prefix,
     preliminaries, proclitic, public, pursue, pursuer, pursuivant,
     queue, rabbit, ramification, rattail, rear, rear end, rearmost,
     rearward, recto, retrograde, reverse, reverso, rider, rump,
     run down, run to earth, runner, running title, rusty-dusty,
     satellite, scholia, scion, sectary, shadow, signature, smell out,
     sniff out, spray, sprig, spur, stalk, stern, stooge, string along,
     stub, stump, subtitle, successor, suffix, supporter, switch, tab,
     table of contents, tag, tag after, tag along, tag end, tagtail,
     tail end, tailed, tailgate, taillike, tailpiece, tendril, terminal,
     terminating, terminative, text, tip, title, title page, topknot,
     trace, trace down, track, track down, trail, trail after, trailer,
     train, trainbearer, tread close upon, trim size, tuchis, tush,
     tushy, twig, twist, type page, ultimate, verso, votary, wake,
     ward heeler, wing

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TAIL. An estate tail is an estate of inheritance, to a man or a woman and 
  his or her heirs of his or her body, or heirs of his body of a particular 
  description, or to several persons and the heirs of their bodies, or the 
  heirs generally or specially of the body or bodies of one person, or several 
  bodies. Prest. on Estates, 355; Cruise, tit. 2, c. 1, s. 12. 
       2. Estates tail, as qualified "in their limitation and extent, are of 
  several sorts. They have different denominations, according to the 
  circumstances under which, or the persons to whom they are limited. They are 
  usually divided into estates tail general or special. 
       3. But they may be more advantageously arranged under the following 
       4.-1. As to the extent of the degree to which the estates may descend, 
  they are, 1st, general; 2d, qualified. 
       5.-2. As to the sex of the person who may succeed, they are, 1st. 
  General, as extending to males or females of the body, without exception. 
  2d. Special, as admitting only one sex to the succession, and excluding the 
  other sex. 
       6.-3. As to the person by whom or by whose body those heirs are to be 
  begotten, they are either, 1st. General, as to all the heirs of the body of 
  a man or woman. 2d. Special, as to the heirs of the body of a man or woman 
  begotten by a particular person, or to the heirs of the two bodies of a man 
  and woman. On the several species of estates tail noticed under this 
  division, it may be observed, that the same estate may at the same time, be 
  general in one respect; as, for example, to all the heirs of the body in 
  whatever degree they are related; and may be, special in another respect, as 
  that these heirs shall be males, &c. Prest. on Estates, 383, 4. 
       7. The law relating to entails is diversified in the several states. In 
  Indiana and Louisiana they never existed they are unknown in Illinois and 
  Vermont. In Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and New York, estates tail 
  are converted into estates in fee simple by statute; and they may be barred 
  by a simple conveyance in Pennsylvania. In Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi, 
  New Jersey, Connecticut and North Carolina, they have been modified, and in 
  Georgia, they have been abolished without reservation. Griff. Reg. h.t. 
  Vide, generally, 8 Vin. Ab. 227 to 272; 10 Id. 257 to 269; 20 Id. 163; Bac. 
  Ab. Estate in tail; 4 Com. Dig. 17; 4 Kent, Com. 12; Bouv. Inst. Index, 
  h.t.; and. 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 188, where an attempt is made to prove that an 
  estate resembling an estate tail was not unknown to the Romans. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  TAIL, n.  The part of an animal's spine that has transcended its
  natural limitations to set up an independent existence in a world of
  its own.  Excepting in its foetal state, Man is without a tail, a
  privation of which he attests an hereditary and uneasy consciousness
  by the coat-skirt of the male and the train of the female, and by a
  marked tendency to ornament that part of his attire where the tail
  should be, and indubitably once was.  This tendency is most observable
  in the female of the species, in whom the ancestral sense is strong
  and persistent.  The tailed men described by Lord Monboddo are now
  generally regarded as a product of an imagination unusually
  susceptible to influences generated in the golden age of our pithecan

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