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English noun: tail

1. tail (animal) the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body


Broader (hypernym)appendage, outgrowth, process


Narrower (hyponym)bob, bobtail, brush, caudal appendage, dock, flag, fluke, oxtail, rattle, scut, uropygium


Part holonymdock


Part meronymcraniate, vertebrate

2. tail (time) the time of the last part of something


SamplesThe fag end of this crisis-ridden century.
The tail of the storm.


Synonymsfag end, tail end


Broader (hypernym)end, ending

3. tail (shape) any projection that resembles the tail of an animal


Synonymstail end


Broader (hypernym)projection

4. tail (body) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on


SamplesHe deserves a good kick in the butt.
Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?.


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


Broader (hypernym)body part


Part meronymbody, torso, trunk

5. tail (person) a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements


Synonymsshadow, shadower


Broader (hypernym)follower, spy

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


Broader (hypernym)reverse, verso


Part meronymcoin


Domain usageplural, plural form


Antonymshead

7. tail (artifact) the rear part of an aircraft


Synonymsempennage, tail assembly


Broader (hypernym)back, rear


Part holonymhorizontal tail, stabilizer, vertical tail


Part meronymfuselage

8. tail (artifact) the rear part of a ship


Synonymsafter part, poop, quarter, stern


Broader (hypernym)back, rear


Part holonymescutcheon, skeg


Part meronymship


English verb: tail

1. tail (motion) go after with the intent to catch


SamplesThe policeman chased the mugger down the alley.
The dog chased the rabbit.


ExamplesSam cannot tail Sue


Synonymschase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, track, trail


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)follow, pursue


Narrower (hyponym)hound, hunt, quest, run down, trace, tree

2. tail (contact) remove or shorten the tail of an animal


Synonymsbob, dock


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cut

3. tail (contact) remove the stalk of fruits or berries


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pinch, top









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