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tail

1
1. 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
2. the rear part of an aircraft including the fin, tail plane, and control surfaces; empennage
3. Astronomy the luminous stream of gas and dust particles, up to 200 million kilometres long, driven from the head of a comet, when close to the sun, under the effect of the solar wind and light pressure
4. Angling the lowest fly on a wet-fly cast
5. a final short line in a stanza
6. the lower end of a pool or part of a stream

tail

2 Property law
1. the limitation of an estate or interest to a person and the heirs of his body
2. (of an estate or interest) limited in this way

tail

Short for comet tail.

Tail

 

a more or less isolated and mobile posterior section of the body in vertebrates that performs various functions.

In fishes the tail section is not sharply differentiated from the body and is usually equipped with a large fin—the main organ of locomotion. The tail of terrestrial vertebrates does not perform a locomotive function, although in many animals, for example, caudate amphibians and reptiles, it serves as an auxiliary organ of locomotion. In extant birds the caudal section proper of the spine is shortened; in Carinatae it is represented by five to seven vertebrae that are concresced into the coccyx, or pygostyle, which supports the rectrices. The tail of mammals is a slender, mobile appendage of varying length; the skeletal axis consists of three to 49 free vertebrae.

The tail may be prehensile, serving as an aid in climbing (opossums, certain anteaters and monkeys, raccoons). It may serve as an organ of support and a rudder in some jumping animals (kangaroos, jerboas, great jerboas), or it may act as a parachute (squirrels, dormouses). The short tail of whales and sirens has developed a fin and, thus, performs a locomotive function. Some animals, for example, horses and cattle, drive away flying insects with their tails. In a number of mammals the tail is reduced.

In the human embryo a tail appears at the end of the first month or the beginning of the second. With normal development it disappears during the third month. The presence of a tail in a human in the postembryonic period is an example of atavism.

What does it mean when you dream about a tail?

A tail can refer to excitement, as in a dog that wags its tale, or the opposite, as when a tail is dragged between one’s legs. There are numerous idioms involving this word, and dreams in which a tail is featured can be alluding to the meaning of any one of them: “turn tail,” “on someone else’s coattails,” a “tail wagging the dog,” or the “tail end” of something.

tail

[tāl]
(aerospace engineering)
The rear part of a body, as of an aircraft or a rocket.
The tail surfaces of an aircraft or a rocket.
(astronomy)
The part of a comet that extends from the coma in a direction opposite to the sun; it consists of dust and gas that have been blown away from the coma by the solar wind and the sun's radiation pressure.
(electronics)
A small pulse that follows the main pulse of a radar set and rises in the same direction.
The trailing edge of a pulse.
(mathematics)
For a stochastic process represented by x (t1), x (t2),…, the process obtained by deleting the first n terms, for some n.
(vertebrate zoology)
The usually slender appendage that arises immediately above the anus in many vertebrates and contains the caudal vertebrae.
The uropygium, and its feathers, of a bird.
The caudal fin of a fish or aquatic mammal.

tail

1. Exposed lower portion of a slate shingle.
2. Tailing.
3.See rafter tail.
4.See lookout.

tail

tail
tail
i. The rear part of a body, as of an aircraft, a rocket, etc.
ii. The tail surfaces of an aircraft or rocket.
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One of the tail-end growers told the court that while they were not able to get water even for drinking, landowners in two other subdivisions Chang and Tando Allahyar were cultivating 100pc of their lands, adding that there were 65 direct outlets along the canal system.
They said that growers of tail-end water share for 0.5 million acrs of fertile land of district was theft by installing illegal obstructions on Akram and Phuleli canals adding that huge amount of water was also diverted by illegal flood canals to 2 lacs acrs land od Sukkur barrage .
It is our prime duty to make assure the availability of water till the tail-end growers and residents.
The LPA was last observed at 505 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, while the tail-end of the cold front is affecting Eastern Visayas, and the northeast monsoon affecting Luzon.
The state weather bureau said Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy and will experience isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.For Tuesday and Wednesday, the PAGASA said the diffused tail-end of a cold front will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with rainshowers and thunderstorms in Samar provinces, Southern Leyte, Surigao provinces, Davao Oriental and Dinagat Islands and Siargao Island.
He assured farmers of Badin district that he would take up the issue of nagging water crisis in the tail-end areas for the past many months.
BADIN -- A large number of growers and farmers staged a 20-kilometers march on foot from Kadhan town to Badin city headquarter on Sunday to register protest against 'artificial' water shortage in the tail-end district Badin.
BADIN -- The issue of canal water shortage across the district would be resolved soon and water supply to tail-end areas would be ensured.
The chief minister directed Irrigation department to further focus on proper distribution of water, particularly to the tail-end. 'The growers are staging protests, this is not good.
KARACHI -- Sindh Caretaker Chief Minister (CM) Fazl Ur-Rehman has said that since there was water shortage in the country, therefore there should be sagacious distribution of water up to the tail-end and to the city of Karachi.
The country will generally have cloudy skies and isolated rainshowers on Saturday due to the effects of the tail-end of a cold front and the northeast monsoon, the state weather bureau said.
By Wednesday until Friday, PAGASA said the moderately-strong northeasterlies will become lighter by Friday and will continue to be experienced throughout the country, while the tail-end of a cold front will affect the Visayas, then Mindanao toward the end of the week.