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Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end.
June Carter Cash

Meaning of "tail" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD TAIL

Old English tægel; related to Old Norse tagl horse's tail, Gothic tagl hair, Old High German zagal tail.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF TAIL

tail  [teɪl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF TAIL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Tail is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb tail in English.

WHAT DOES TAIL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

tail

Tail

The tail is the section at the rear end of an animal's body; in general, the term refers to a distinct, flexible appendage to the torso. It is the part of the body that corresponds roughly to the sacrum and coccyx in mammals, reptiles, and birds. While tails are primarily a feature of vertebrates, some invertebrates including scorpions and springtails, as well as snails and slugs, have tail-like appendages that are sometimes referred to as tails. Tailed objects are sometimes referred to as "caudate" and the part of the body associated with or proximal to the tail are given the adjective "caudal".

Definition of tail in the English dictionary

The first definition of tail in the dictionary is the region of the vertebrate body that is posterior to or above the anus and contains an elongation of the vertebral column, esp forming a flexible movable appendage related adjective caudal. Other definition of tail is anything resembling such an appendage in form or position; the bottom, lowest, or rear part. Tail is also the last part or parts.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO TAIL

PRESENT

Present
I tail
you tail
he/she/it tails
we tail
you tail
they tail
Present continuous
I am tailing
you are tailing
he/she/it is tailing
we are tailing
you are tailing
they are tailing
Present perfect
I have tailed
you have tailed
he/she/it has tailed
we have tailed
you have tailed
they have tailed
Present perfect continuous
I have been tailing
you have been tailing
he/she/it has been tailing
we have been tailing
you have been tailing
they have been tailing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I tailed
you tailed
he/she/it tailed
we tailed
you tailed
they tailed
Past continuous
I was tailing
you were tailing
he/she/it was tailing
we were tailing
you were tailing
they were tailing
Past perfect
I had tailed
you had tailed
he/she/it had tailed
we had tailed
you had tailed
they had tailed
Past perfect continuous
I had been tailing
you had been tailing
he/she/it had been tailing
we had been tailing
you had been tailing
they had been tailing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will tail
you will tail
he/she/it will tail
we will tail
you will tail
they will tail
Future continuous
I will be tailing
you will be tailing
he/she/it will be tailing
we will be tailing
you will be tailing
they will be tailing
Future perfect
I will have tailed
you will have tailed
he/she/it will have tailed
we will have tailed
you will have tailed
they will have tailed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been tailing
you will have been tailing
he/she/it will have been tailing
we will have been tailing
you will have been tailing
they will have been tailing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would tail
you would tail
he/she/it would tail
we would tail
you would tail
they would tail
Conditional continuous
I would be tailing
you would be tailing
he/she/it would be tailing
we would be tailing
you would be tailing
they would be tailing
Conditional perfect
I would have tail
you would have tail
he/she/it would have tail
we would have tail
you would have tail
they would have tail
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been tailing
you would have been tailing
he/she/it would have been tailing
we would have been tailing
you would have been tailing
they would have been tailing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you tail
we let´s tail
you tail
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to tail
Past participle
tailed
Present Participle
tailing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH TAIL


ale
eɪl
cocktail
ˈkɒkˌteɪl
dale
deɪl
detail
ˈdiːteɪl
e-mail
ˈiːmeɪl
fail
feɪl
female
ˈfiːmeɪl
jail
dʒeɪl
mail
meɪl
male
meɪl
nail
neɪl
retail
ˈriːteɪl
sale
seɪl
scale
skeɪl
tale
teɪl
thumbnail
ˈθʌmˌneɪl
trail
treɪl
travail
ˈtræveɪl
vale
veɪl
wholesale
ˈhəʊlˌseɪl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TAIL

taikonaut
tail assembly
tail beam
tail coat
tail covert
tail end
tail fan
tail feather
tail gate
tail lamp
tail off
tail out
tail rotor
tail section
tail unit
tail wheel
tail-heavy
tail-light
tail-like
tail-off

WORDS THAT END LIKE TAIL

Abigail
ail
avail
bail
get out of jail
go into detail
Grail
hail
Holy Grail
in detail
nose to tail
on the nail
ponytail
prevail
rail
Royal Mail
sail
snail
vail
webmail

Synonyms and antonyms of tail in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «TAIL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «tail» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of tail

Translation of «tail» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TAIL

Find out the translation of tail to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of tail from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «tail» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

尾巴
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

rabo
570 millions of speakers

English

tail
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पूंछ
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ذَيْل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

хвост
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

rabo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

লেজ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

queue
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ekor
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Schwanz
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

꼬리
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Buntut
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cái đuôi
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வால்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

शेपटी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kuyruk
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

coda
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ogon
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

хвіст
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

coadă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ουρά
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

stert
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

svans
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

hale
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of tail

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TAIL»

The term «tail» is very widely used and occupies the 5.063 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TAIL» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about tail

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10 QUOTES WITH «TAIL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word tail.
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Princess Anne
When I appear in public people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth, paw the ground and swish my tail - none of which is easy.
2
W. H. Auden
In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.
3
Red Barber
Running like a bunny with his tail on fire.
4
Tom Berenger
I came in on the tail end of the old school of Hollywood.
5
Jeff Bezos
What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you - what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind - you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn't a strategy.
6
Josh Billings
Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.
7
Larry Bird
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
8
John Henry Carver
In the tail above the giant resonance, you can get not just one neutron emitted but two, three, four or five, and so there are a lot of things one can measure, looking at the competition with the emission of neutrons and protons and so on.
9
June Carter Cash
Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end.
10
Chanakya
The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the tail of a dog which neither covers its rear end, nor protects it from the bites of insects.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TAIL»

Discover the use of tail in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to tail and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of ...
Examines how technology has changed the face of the marketplace, offering an abundance of variety to consumers who want more of a choice, and can get it because of the commercial viability of distribution, manufacturing, and marketing.
Chris Anderson, 2006
2
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book, beautifully illustrated in cut-paper collage, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
Steve Jenkins, Robin Page, 2009
3
The Complete Nose to Tail: A Kind of British Cooking
This collection of recipes includes traditional favourites like Eccles cakes, devilled kidneys, and seed cake with a glass of Madeira, as well as many St. John classics for more adventurous gastronomes - roast bone marrow and parsley salad, ...
Fergus Henderson, 2012
4
The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic ...
This groundbreaking book is the first to both identify the wide range of political risks that global firms face and show investors how to effectively manage them.
Ian Bremmer, Preston Keat, 2009
5
Heavy-Tail Phenomena: Probabilistic and Statistical Modeling
This comprehensive text gives an interesting and useful blend of the mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools used in heavy-tail analysis.
Sidney I. Resnick, 2007
6
Henry the Dog with No Tail
Envious of the other dogs that have tails, Henry, an Australian shepherd, goes in search of a tail of his own, but in the end he decides he is happy the way he is.
Kate Feiffer, 2007
7
Chasing the Dragon's Tail: The Theory and Practice of ...
The text introduces Dr Manaka's major clinical and theoretical accomplishments by describing how the 'X-signal system' is the foundation of human topography, function, and response.
Yoshio Manaka, Kazuko Itaya, Stephen Birch, 1995
8
As Much as a Rat's Tail: An Irreverent Look at Language ...
This is the Korean not covered in the language books, full of color and infused with philosophy.
Peter/ Nicholas Liptak, Siwoo Lee, Si Woo Lee, 2010
9
Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs of a Tuskegee ...
Describes the childhood, military training, and post-war civilian life of African American pilot Alexander Jefferson, who was gunned down by Germans in 1944, survived for months in prison camps, and was freed by American forces.
Alexander Jefferson, 2005
10
The Tail of Emily Windsnap
This enchanting fantasy deals with universal themes of family, friendship, love and justice - all handled with the lightness of touch for which Liz Kessler is so well known.
Liz Kessler, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «TAIL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term tail is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Sea horse's square tail could inspire future armored robots
With an equine head and a prehensile tail, the sea horse seems as odd as it is adorable -- but these strange little creatures are tougher than they look. Scientists ... «Los Angeles Times, Jul 15»
2
Tail lamp problem prompts Mercedes recall
DETROIT - Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides. «CBS News, Mar 15»
3
Red Arrows reveal new union jack tail design
Squadron Leader David Montenegro said the new tail fin "perfectly illustrates the spirit of the Red Arrows" and reflected British excellence. He said it represented ... «BBC News, Feb 15»
4
Crashed AirAsia's tail hoisted from sea; no black boxes
Investigators lifted the tail portion of the AirAsia plane out of the Java Sea on Saturday, two weeks after it went down killing 162 people on board, but the ... «USA TODAY, Jan 15»
5
Tail of crashed AirAsia flight found
The tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been found, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what ... «Aljazeera.com, Jan 15»
6
How Do Lizards Regrow Their Tails? Study Discovers 'Genetic Recipe'
Lizards, when confronted by hawks or sadistic children, have a neat trick for escaping: they can lose their tail and then regrow a new one. Scientists now think ... «NBCNews.com, Aug 14»
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Flying dino had long, feathery tail
Like Microraptor, the new specimen had feathers on all four limbs; but its feathery tail, which takes up about 30% of its total length, is the longest known among ... «Science AAAS, Jul 14»
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TAIL! SPIN! to Open Off-Broadway After Acclaimed Run at FringeNYC
Tail! Spin!, the breakout hit of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, earning unanimous rave reviews, with its entire run selling out in record time, ... «Broadway World, Jul 14»
9
Man Dies In Eating Contest: Walter Eagle Tail Chokes To Death …
A man died in an eating contest over the Fourth of July holiday. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, was in the midst of a hot dog eating contest in Custer, South Dakota when ... «The Inquisitr, Jul 14»
10
Extra Leg? Kangaroos Walk with a Little Help from Their Tails
Five legs are better than four for kangaroos. A new study finds that 'roos use their tail as an extra leg when walking. Though kangaroos are famous for hopping, ... «LiveScience.com, Jul 14»
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