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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tailing  \Tail"ing\,  n.  (Elec.) 
  A  prolongation  of  current  in  a  telegraph  line  due  to 
  capacity  in  the  line  and  causing  signals  to  run  together. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tail  \Tail\,  n.  [AS.  t[ae]gel,  t[ae]gl;  akin  to  G.  zagel,  Icel. 
  tagl,  Sw  tagel,  Goth.  tagl  hair.  [root]59.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  terminal,  and  usually  flexible,  posterior 
  appendage  of  an  animal. 
  Note:  The  tail  of  mammals  and  reptiles  contains  a  series  of 
  movable  vertebr[ae],  and  is  covered  with  flesh  and 
  hairs  or  scales  like  those  of  other  parts  of  the  body. 
  The  tail  of  existing  birds  consists  of  several  more  or 
  less  consolidated  vertebr[ae]  which  supports  a  fanlike 
  group  of  quills  to  which  the  term  tail  is  more 
  particularly  applied.  The  tail  of  fishes  consists  of 
  the  tapering  hind  portion  of  the  body  ending  in  a 
  caudal  fin.  The  term  tail  is  sometimes  applied  to  the 
  entire  abdomen  of  a  crustacean  or  insect,  and  sometimes 
  to  the  terminal  piece  or  pygidium  alone. 
  2.  Any  long,  flexible  terminal  appendage;  whatever  resembles, 
  in  shape  or  position,  the  tail  of  an  animal,  as  a  catkin. 
  Doretus  writes  a  great  praise  of  the  distilled 
  waters  of  those  tails  that  hang  on  willow  trees. 
  3.  Hence  the  back  last  lower,  or  inferior  part  of 
  anything  --  as  opposed  to  the  {head},  or  the  superior 
  The  Lord  will  make  thee  the  head,  and  not  the  tail. 
  xxviii.  13. 
  4.  A  train  or  company  of  attendants;  a  retinue. 
  ``Ah,''  said  he  ``if  you  saw  but  the  chief  with  his 
  tail  on.''  --Sir  W. 
  5.  The  side  of  a  coin  opposite  to  that  which  bears  the  head, 
  effigy,  or  date;  the  reverse;  --  rarely  used  except  in  the 
  expression  ``heads  or  tails,''  employed  when  a  coin  is 
  thrown  up  for  the  purpose  of  deciding  some  point  by  its 
  6.  (Anat.)  The  distal  tendon  of  a  muscle. 
  7.  (Bot.)  A  downy  or  feathery  appendage  to  certain  achenes. 
  It  is  formed  of  the  permanent  elongated  style. 
  8.  (Surg.) 
  a  A  portion  of  an  incision,  at  its  beginning  or  end 
  which  does  not  go  through  the  whole  thickness  of  the 
  skin,  and  is  more  painful  than  a  complete  incision;  -- 
  called  also  {tailing}. 
  b  One  of  the  strips  at  the  end  of  a  bandage  formed  by 
  splitting  the  bandage  one  or  more  times. 
  9.  (Naut.)  A  rope  spliced  to  the  strap  of  a  block,  by  which 
  it  may  be  lashed  to  anything 
  10.  (Mus.)  The  part  of  a  note  which  runs  perpendicularly 
  upward  or  downward  from  the  head;  the  stem.  --Moore 
  (Encyc.  of  Music). 
  11.  pl  Same  as  {Tailing},  4. 
  12.  (Arch.)  The  bottom  or  lower  portion  of  a  member  or  part 
  as  a  slate  or  tile. 
  13.  pl  (Mining)  See  {Tailing},  n.,  5. 
  {Tail  beam}.  (Arch.)  Same  as  {Tailpiece}. 
  {Tail  coverts}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  feathers  which  cover  the  bases 
  of  the  tail  quills.  They  are  sometimes  much  longer  than 
  the  quills,  and  form  elegant  plumes.  Those  above  the 
  quills  are  called  the  {upper  tail  coverts},  and  those 
  below,  the  {under  tail  coverts}. 
  {Tail  end},  the  latter  end  the  termination;  as  the  tail  end 
  of  a  contest.  [Colloq.] 
  {Tail  joist}.  (Arch.)  Same  as  {Tailpiece}. 
  {Tail  of  a  comet}  (Astron.),  a  luminous  train  extending  from 
  the  nucleus  or  body,  often  to  a  great  distance,  and 
  usually  in  a  direction  opposite  to  the  sun. 
  {Tail  of  a  gale}  (Naut.),  the  latter  part  of  it  when  the 
  wind  has  greatly  abated.  --Totten. 
  {Tail  of  a  lock}  (on  a  canal),  the  lower  end  or  entrance 
  into  the  lower  pond. 
  {Tail  of  the  trenches}  (Fort.),  the  post  where  the  besiegers 
  begin  to  break  ground,  and  cover  themselves  from  the  fire 
  of  the  place  in  advancing  the  lines  of  approach. 
  {Tail  spindle},  the  spindle  of  the  tailstock  of  a  turning 
  lathe;  --  called  also  {dead  spindle}. 
  {To  turn  tail},  to  run  away  to  flee. 
  Would  she  turn  tail  to  the  heron,  and  fly  quite  out 
  another  way  but  all  was  to  return  in  a  higher 
  pitch.  --Sir  P. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tailing  \Tail"ing\,  n. 
  1.  (Arch.)  The  part  of  a  projecting  stone  or  brick  inserted 
  in  a  wall.  --Gwilt. 
  2.  (Surg.)  Same  as  {Tail},  n.,  8 
  a  . 
  3.  Sexual  intercourse.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
  4.  pl  The  lighter  parts  of  grain  separated  from  the  seed 
  threshing  and  winnowing;  chaff. 
  5.  pl  (Mining)  The  refuse  part  of  stamped  ore,  thrown  behind 
  the  tail  of  the  buddle  or  washing  apparatus.  It  is  dressed 
  over  again  to  secure  whatever  metal  may  exist  in  it 
  Called  also  {tails}.  --Pryce. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  following  surreptitiously;  keeping  under  surveillance; 
  "always  on  guard  against  shadowing  submarines"  [syn:  {shadowing}] 
  n  :  the  act  of  following  someone  secretly  [syn:  {shadowing}] 

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