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Tail appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Pull a cilia tail I call up.
  • Elle tail-gated a Mini; made tagliatelle.
  • O sod, O tyro, tail laps ’til it’s palliatory to do so!
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun tail:


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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb tail:


Tail is sometimes a misspelling of tale.

The word tail is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun tail

What does tail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: tails

  1. the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic words: appendage / outgrowth / process = a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant
    • more specific terms:
      • rattle = loosely connected horny sections at the end of a rattlesnake's tail
      • brush = a bushy tail or part of a bushy tail
      • bobtail / dock / bob = 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
      • fluke = either of the two lobes of the tail of a cetacean
      • scut = a short erect tail
      • flag = a conspicuously marked or shaped tail
    • 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
    • part: dock = the solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair
  2. the time of the last part of something
    • example: the tail of the storm
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of tail: fag end / tail end
    • more generic words: end / ending = the point in time at which something ends
  3. any projection that resembles the tail of an animal
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonym of tail: tail end
    • more generic word: projection = any solid convex shape that juts out from something
  4. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
  5. a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of tail: shadow / shadower
    • more generic words: follower = someone who travels behind or pursues another; spy = a secret watcher
  6. (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
    • usage: plural / plural form
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • antonym: head
    • more generic words: reverse / verso = the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design
    • part of: coin = a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
  7. the rear part of an aircraft
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of tail: empennage / tail assembly
    • more generic words: back / rear = the side that goes last or is not normally seen
    • part of: fuselage = the central body of an airplane that is designed to accommodate the crew and passengers
    • parts:
      • 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
  8. the rear part of a ship
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of tail: after part / poop / quarter / stern
    • more generic words: back / rear = the side that goes last or is not normally seen
    • part of: ship = a vessel that carries passengers or freight
    • parts:
      • escutcheon = 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

Alternative definition of the noun tail


  1. [anatomy] The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.
  2. The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.
  3. An object or part thereof resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails or other multi-tail whip.
  4. The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage
  5. Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
  6. The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
  7. [statistics] The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
  8. One who surreptitiously follows another.
  9. [cricket] The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
  10. [typography] The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.
  11. [chiefly in plural] The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.
  12. [mathematics] (of a sequence) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.
  13. [context: now colloquial] The buttocks or backside.
  14. [slang] The male member of a person or animal.
  15. [slang, uncountable] Sexual intercourse.
  16. [context: kayaking] the stern; the back of the kayak.

Specialised definition of the noun tail

Glossary of sports / cricket

the weaker batsmen at the end of a team's batting order (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / skiing

the very rearmost section of a ski

the entire rear section, from the back of the binding to the very end

Definition of the verb tail

What does tail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: tailed | tailing | tails

  1. go after with the intent to catch
    • example: Sam cannot tail Sue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jackie accompanied Rose | Jackie chased the thief
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Spatial Preposition] [Location]Jackie chased the thief down the street
      [Agent - being] [Verb] after [Theme]Jackie chased after the thief

      Verbs of Motion (with the same syntax): chase, follow, pursue, shadow, track, trail.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of tail: chase / chase after / dog / give chase / go after / tag / track / trail
    • more generic words: follow / pursue = follow in or as if in pursuit
    • more specific terms:
  2. remove or shorten the tail of an animal
  3. remove the stalk of fruits or berries
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: pinch / top = cut the top off

Alternative definition of the verb tail


  1. [transitive] To surreptitiously follow and observe.


  1. "Tail" is the first single by Powderfinger from their debut album Parables for Wooden Ears. The music video for "Tail" appeared on the bonus DVD of Dream Days at the Hotel Existence. The version used in the video is shorter and slightly different in instrumentation.
  2. "Tail" is a musical single of Powderfinger.
    • released on (20 years ago)
  3. "Tail" is a musical EP of The Hummingbirds.
    • released in (22 years ago)


  1. tail is a program on Unix and Unix-like systems used to display the tail end of a text file or piped data.
  2. The tail of the horse and other equines consists of two parts, the dock and the skirt. The dock consists of the muscles and skin covering the coccygeal vertebrae. The term "skirt" refers to the long hairs that fall below the dock. On a horse, long, thick tail hairs begin to grow at the base of the tail, and grow along the top and sides of the dock, In donkeys and other members of Equus asinus, as well as some mules, the zebra and the wild Przewalski's horse, the dock has short hair at the top of the dock, with longer, coarser skirt hairs beginning to grow only toward the bottom of the dock. Hair does not grow at all on the underside of the dock.
  3. The Tail mansion is one of the Twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese constellations. It is one of the eastern mansions of the Azure Dragon.

Phrases with Tail

Phrases starting with the word Tail:

  1. tail end
  2. tail fin
  3. tail off
  4. Tail Pad
  5. Tail Away
  6. tail bone
  7. tail coat
  8. tail gate
  9. tail lamp
  10. Tail lift

Phrases ending with the word Tail:

  1. E-Tail
  2. T-tail
  3. Fat tail
  4. fee tail
  5. fee-tail
  6. pen-tail
  7. rat-tail
  8. high-tail
  9. kite tail
  10. Long tail

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Tail

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Google previewThe Language of Dogs (2014)

by Justin Silver, David Donnenfeld

wagging tail is the sign of a happy dog.

A tail at mid-height means the dog is relaxed, while a high tail is a sign of a dog attempting to threaten and establish dominance.

Google previewLearn to Knit on Long Looms (2010)

by Anne Bipes

The beginning tail is the first 6 inches or so before the yarn is used to cast on or continue the knitting. The ending tail is the last 6 inches or so after the last stitch or bind off. Wrap the Loom: To put the yarn on the pegs in a certain order until all ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Natural History

The tail is an important part in distinguishing many of the lizards ot this family, and its characters form an easy means of...

Probably the thorny tail is a means of defence, as if one of these lizards can but get its head and body well within its ...

Google previewThe Labrador Retriever Handbook (2001)

by Audrey Pavia

TailThe tail is a distinguishing feature ...

Google previewThe (old) Farmer's Almanack (1908)

by Robert Bailey Thomas

The Tail is a hollow, gaseous cone of light which is invariably seen with bright comets, and sometimes, though of diminished length, with faint ones. Its direction from the Comet is nearly opposite the Sun, though this direction is somewhat ...

Google previewBotanical Terminology; Or Dictionary Explaining the Terms Most Generally Employed in Systematic Botany (1826)

by G. N. Lloyd

a tail is an elongated generally feathery appendage attached to some seeds, which is formed of the permanent style, as is exemplified in the genus Clematis.

Google previewThe Complete English–Maori Dictionary (2012)

by Bruce Biggs

tail feathers hikumaaroo, hukumaro, hurumaeko, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica, Or a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1810)

Oriental dog; tail, slender; ears. self to be taken back . It lived in this way for several weeks, and appears to have died in consequence ...

Google previewStitch Encyclopedia: Crochet (2014)

An Illustrated Guide to the Essential Crochet Stitches by Bunka Gakuen

Thread the tail into the back ofthe stitches. Pull the needle through and insert it into the last double crochet ofthe round. This chain becomes the top of the 3- chain turning chain Pull the tail, adjusting it to the same size as the other Thread a yarn ...

Google previewHats and Headwear around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia (2013)

A Cultural Encyclopedia by Beverly Chico

because its tail resembles the bird. An ancient Japanese legend re- fers to the crow as a sacred messenger from the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Animals (2004)

A Complete Visual Guide by Fred Cooke

raises its tail and pops its cloaca to distract predators from attacking its head. The prairie ringneck snake ( Diadophis pimctatus) is black dorsally: when threatened, it hides its head in its coils ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

Sensory neurons Interneurons Motor neurons Tail Head Mechanosensation ALMAVM PLM AVD Forward Backward A Figure 1 stimulus is repeated, the magnitude and frequency of reversals gradually decrease to an asymptotic level until the ...

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Scrabble value of T1A1I1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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