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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


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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