Meaning of TAIL in English

TAIL

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a dog wags its tail (= moves its tail from side to side to show pleasure )

The dog stood up and wagged his tail.

rats' tails

shirt tail

tail light

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

bushy

No sign of squirrels at ground level, not a print, not a glimpse of a bushy tail .

It had a bushy red tail , which, oddly, Felicia had seen the night before.

All of them give you fair warning of their character by deliberately making themselves conspicuous and waving their bushy tails .

They're rodents - like rats, only with bushy tails .

forked

Larger and rather more uniformly dark than Little Swift, and with a markedly narrower white rump and distinctly forked tail .

Beside him stood a devil in red tights with horns and a forked tail .

Complete white collar, paler rump and less forked tail are best distinctions from winter Whiskered Tern.

In these superb light conditions its deeply forked tail glowed a rich chestnut.

The only large predator of the region with a deeply forked tail , except for the Black Kite.

He is growing horns and a forked tail here!

Narrow, scythe-like wings, short usually forked tail adapted to very fast flight.

Males are slimmer than females, with a more deeply forked tail fin.

long

Heavy head, long tail , rectangular wings.

They grow long tails as material streams away from their rocky cores driven by solar radiation.

It looks like a slightly small-sized cross between a bee and a wasp, but with a longer drooping tail .

A magpie overhead, its long tail black and belly white.

It was a female, explained Bryan, and only the male proudly carries the two extra long black tail feathers.

Males evolved long tails to charm females.

Experiments have shown that female long-tailed widow birds prefer males with the longest tails .

Does it have a long tail ?

short

Smaller and less variable than Desert Lark, from which readily distinguished by dark bar at tip of shorter tail .

All had their manes shorn short but their tails were long, though well groomed.

In fact no other sandgrouse with any black on belly at all has a short tail .

The front wings were less exaggerated, the rear overhang shorter and the tail a little taller.

Juvenile has no crest and shorter tail .

More often seen perched or flying low than soaring, when wings are held slightly crooked and rather short tail is noticeable.

■ NOUN

end

I tie my next colour on to the tail end of the first yarn and pull it straight through.

But this is the tail end of a really big set of stories about royal marriages.

It was the tail end of the season and there was no time for a full-scale tour.

To get him to face forward, I turned him by pushing at his tail end .

Chapter 5 Saturday morning dawned late for me, and I just caught the tail end of Sport on Four.

I did catch the tail end of them in my youth.

It had been a bumpy ride, through the tail end of a thunderstorm.

At the tail end of the nineteenth century, the Viennese politician Karl Lueger founded his power base on an anti-semitic platform.

feather

From a dry stone wall inland, redstarts darted, like orange flames, tail feathers fanned and quivering.

They also made fans of the tail feathers of the scissor-tail flycatcher, which they wore at the shoulder like epaulets.

A barn owl's body feathers are mostly for warmth, while the wing and tail feathers are used for flight.

Then you start fanning your tail feathers and puffing your neck in and out.

Male has white tips to outer tail feathers and three white spots on outer wing quills.

Emperor penguin chicks have a grayish down coat with dark wing and tail feathers , but this odd bird is all white.

The rest of the tail feathers are more manoeuvrable.

fin

He uses his enlarged tail fin to regularly splash them with water, until they hatch about two days later.

Luxurystarved veterans tapped wartime savings to buy record numbers of wraparound windshields and tail fins .

It has no tail fin like those of other fish, merely a fleshy stump.

Picture a shallow pool with a glassy surface, and in the pool picture minnows fluttering their tail fins but otherwise stationary.

Males are slimmer than females, with a more deeply forked tail fin .

It is a conveyance of dreams: chrome, tail fins , pale blue bodywork.

pony

A small beard grew around the mouth and a pony tail weaved down his back.

An older man is walking a girl with a pony tail through a pattern that forms a large triangle.

On others in close-up, her long pony tail swinging, laughing and shouting, eyes dark and glittering.

Butler &038; Wilson earrings, £42 Right: Pull hair into a loose pony tail and secure with a covered elastic band.

Twist pony tail round and make a gap in the middle of the hair above band.

This younger woman was very attractive with a dark complexion and thick black hair tied in a pony tail .

Her shiny, dark hair was done up in a pony tail with a big red bow.

Her hair was scraped back in a pony tail , her face was smeared with mud.

rotor

We have already seen that the weathercock effect due to forward flight makes the tail rotor too effective.

He had Reacher and the gunner lean out to watch the very delicate tail rotor .

This is inserted between the receiver and the tail rotor servo.

Hovering at the front of the clearing, the tail rotor was only a few feet from the rear.

Fig. 5.10 Lateral trim offset due to tail rotor .

My tail rotor spun just a few feet from the ground.

You should see the tail rotor slow right down or even stop.

I was nervous about hitting the tail rotor on the rough ground.

section

The tail section housed emergency rations and first aid kit.

Above: Tim Benson's Swallow Tail has extra leading edges for the tail section .

The bridge is a simple, chromed, face-mounted affair, with the strings located through the turned-up tail section .

shirt

His shirt tails would come askew, his sleeves ride up.

I stuffed my shirt tail back into my trousers and tried to straighten my tie.

But a long shirt tail flopped down around his thighs.

■ VERB

turn

She wanted to turn tail and run, but she couldn't have stood herself if she appeared such a coward.

He caught sight of a few others, but they turned tail and vanished when they saw him through the mist.

If one animal suddenly turns tail , it is liable to be attacked and might get injured.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a sting in the tail

An omelette of rumour, speculation and downright lies, with many a sting in the tail.

And there was a sting in the tail, he warned finally.

But there's a sting in the tail.

My stories from Lesbos seemed to carry a sting in the tail for both cultures.

bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Christie was there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, at 6:30 a.m.

can't make head or/nor tail of sth

hot on sb's trail/tail

But they were hot on the trail of a loathsome whine as the party in another mess pined for better days.

Lieutenant Ward Bond was at the wheel of the police convertible hot on his tail.

Once again Biddy / Beth flees, but both the Toddler and McGarr are hot on her trail.

in rats' tails

like a dog with two tails

nose to tail

A golden yellow line replaces that of the Redline Rasbora, and follows an almost identical path from nose to tail.

He led his female into a cave where they spawned nose to tail in typical mouthbrooder fashion.

However, when they move around they can form a procession, following each other nose to tail like a miniature train.

She says it's less noise, and traffic which used to be nose to tail now flows freely.

The basic leopard is spotted almost from nose to tail.

top and tail

Lengthier ones such as those in support of specific discovery are not suited and the standard part becomes little more than the top and tail.

Peel off the tough outer skin of the silk squash, or top and tail the courgettes.

There is no need to top and tail them.

There will be four engines in operation with two trains to push, pull, top and tail, and double-head.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Taffy always wags her tail when I come home.

the tail of a comet

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Andersson tackled the question directly by experimentally altering the tail lengths of the males.

Can you think of a sympathetic animal with a hairless tail ?

It is a conveyance of dreams: chrome, tail fins, pale blue bodywork.

Luxurystarved veterans tapped wartime savings to buy record numbers of wraparound windshields and tail fins.

Miller noticed that, among the swallows he studied, the longest tails of the males were also the most symmetrical.

The crews work their tail off and then only get six hours of rest a day.

When I pedal-turned the tail away from the flames, my door flew open.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

away

Since then it's tailed away .

off

Use of mundic tailed off in the Fifties.

When I tailed off he sat nodding, like a doctor considering a diagnosis.

He said it would also be operated with shorter trains, reflecting a tailing off in the capital's explosive population growth.

During the low-water flows, trout fishing was exceptional and has been since, although it has tailed off somewhat.

For example writers usually form the beginnings of words reasonably well, but often this tails off towards the ends of words.

Over the last week, Hasbro shares ran up as high as 46 3 / 4 before tailing off .

Beyond a certain point however, the amount of improvement tailed off with increase in context.

Eventually, our contact tailed off , and I thought no more about her until her name recently surfaced on front pages.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a sting in the tail

An omelette of rumour, speculation and downright lies, with many a sting in the tail.

And there was a sting in the tail, he warned finally.

But there's a sting in the tail.

My stories from Lesbos seemed to carry a sting in the tail for both cultures.

bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Christie was there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, at 6:30 a.m.

can't make head or/nor tail of sth

hot on sb's trail/tail

But they were hot on the trail of a loathsome whine as the party in another mess pined for better days.

Lieutenant Ward Bond was at the wheel of the police convertible hot on his tail.

Once again Biddy / Beth flees, but both the Toddler and McGarr are hot on her trail.

in rats' tails

like a dog with two tails

nose to tail

A golden yellow line replaces that of the Redline Rasbora, and follows an almost identical path from nose to tail.

He led his female into a cave where they spawned nose to tail in typical mouthbrooder fashion.

However, when they move around they can form a procession, following each other nose to tail like a miniature train.

She says it's less noise, and traffic which used to be nose to tail now flows freely.

The basic leopard is spotted almost from nose to tail.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A group of photographers tailed the couple all over London.

He claims police have been tailing him for several months.

That police car has been tailing us for the last 5 miles.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Cars and small vans, with only disrepair in common, were head to tail , headlights burning, a few yards away.

During the low-water flows, trout fishing was exceptional and has been since, although it has tailed off somewhat.

He said it would also be operated with shorter trains, reflecting a tailing off in the capital's explosive population growth.

Over the last week, Hasbro shares ran up as high as 46 3 / 4 before tailing off.

The emissary of the Barbeques had tailed Mitchell as far as the top of the beach and hesitated to come closer.

When I tailed off he sat nodding, like a doctor considering a diagnosis.

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