• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Tail-end the hind part of any animal, the tip of the tail: the end or finish of anything, the fag-end:
    • ns Tail-end (pl.) inferior corn sorted out from that of better quality
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tægel; Ger. zagel; Goth. tagl, hair.


In literature:

Almost before the echoes of his voice had died away, a shrill voice piped up from the tail end of the chuck wagon.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
This purpose is further aided by the habit the creature has, when angry, of turning the poisonous sting at the end of the tail over the back.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Please you carry the tail end, Freddie.
"The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island" by Laura Lee Hope
Billie, not being in the actual line of fire, only caught the tail end of it, but it was enough to create a misgiving.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
She is raising her tail, at whose end is a horrible sting to clasp thee as with a pair of arms.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
At the top they met the tail end of the gale spending its little remaining force on the mountain's back.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
The tail also is differently shaped from that of an alligator, being wide and flat at the end.
"Harry Escombe" by Harry Collingwood
"The White Squall" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The piece of print is unrolled, and at each end tied to a horse's tail.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
He is not haunted by the ghosts or tail ends of half-finished tasks, of skipped problems; is not kept awake by a troubled conscience.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
What's this canister doing at the end of his tail?
"Blue Jackets" by George Manville Fenn
The sides of his head seemed swollen, and his chest broad, his body lank and lean, ending in a shabby little thin tail.
"Patience Wins" by George Manville Fenn
The end of a clue is often the almost invisible tail of a piece of string.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
The last remark referred to the long tail of the bird, which made the entire length from the bill to the end of it about five feet.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
Was he going to bite off the end of the porcupine's tail?
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
Wendy, Diana, and Miss Hampson, at the tail-end of the crush, tried to scramble on to the step.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
His skin was still smooth, without one hair excepting the bunch on the end of his tail.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
It represented a citizen the skirts of whose frock-coat allowed a tail to be seen with an eye at the end of it.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Pushpots came in with their tail ends low, crudely and cruelly clumsy in their handling.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
All the soljers does, from the Major-Gin'rals down to the tail-end of the mule-whackers.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy

In poetry:

Not like to him that, in past years,
Won fight by fight, and scattered
Whole tribes of dogs with rags of ears
And tail-ends torn and tattered.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
There's a dirty, low-down drunkard, who has wronged a painted doll
With a bullet in the tail-end of his spine
There's a woman with a broken heart, and dislocated neck
Who paints her housemaid's knees with iodine.
"The Dampoor Express" by Billy Bennett
Where is the end of them, the fishermen sailing
Into the wind's tail, where the fog cowers?
We cannot think of a time that is oceanless
Or of an ocean not littered with wastage
Or of a future that is not liable
Like the past, to have no destination.
"Four Quartets 3: The Dry Salvages" by T S Eliot

In news:

We are at the tail end of a Nor'easter here in RI today.
"And this time, it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone" (from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll).
In mid-October, I did exactly that, visiting Niagara County at the tail end of peak foliage season.
Joe Kwon, the kinetic cello-thrasher for The Avett Brothers, wades into The Pig at the tail end of lunch rush.
When it's an injury that happens out of the blue, that's the one that kind of knocks you back on your tail end.
These red, orange and green clouds on Saturn represent the tail end of a 2010/11 massive storm.
Phillips What Happens When You're the Tail End of the Elephant .
As someone born in the late 80?s, I'm just old enough to have caught the tail end of arcades at their peak.
Portions of the cockpit were dangling inside the building, while the tail end fell to the outside between two hangars , Metzig said.
Otherwise that would have been the tail end of this sorry tale.
On the tail end of a season to forget, 180 of the valley's most festive and festooned skiers on Sunday climbed and descended a special-for-this-year route to honor 19th-century mailman Al Johnson.
Persona 4 was originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2008 during the tail end of the console's life cycle.
Make sure two shrimp are tail end out.
From the tail-end of May through August, Thursday is the new Friday and Borio's Party on the Patio is the new Inner Harbor Wednesdays on the Water.
Like other '73 Corvettes, the tail end is the only place you'll see any exterior chrome.

In science:

At zero temperature (T =0) the tail should end exactly at the Fermi level .
Nonquasiparticle states in half-metallic ferromagnet NiMnSb
For every finite set S of vertices and every end ω , there is a unique component C of G − S in which every ray of ω has a tail.
Locally finite graphs with ends: a topological approach
The basic open sets of this space are the components of G − X left by deleting a finite set X of inner points of edges (and an edge-end belongs to the component in which all its rays have a tail).43 If G is connected, as we assume, then this space is compact .
Locally finite graphs with ends: a topological approach
To this end we expand (19) into a finite degree Taylor polynomial while controlling the tail using Lemma 5.7.
The defect variance of random spherical harmonics
At the end, we give a summary of corresponding results concerning lower tail bounds for the Wiener index in section 4.
On tail bounds for random recursive trees
The natural interpretation of this conclusion in the context of the present paper is that the quadrupole oscillations are the tail end of the Price tail of gravitational radiation witnessed by an infaller.
Towards a general description of the interior structure of rotating black holes
To this end, we first expand the expectation using the de finition and standard technique of computing the integral of the tail probabilities.
Weak convergence of stochastic integrals driven by continuous-time random walks
One of the seq uences ends in a tail of 0’s, the other in a tail of 1’s.
Notes on random reals
We would like to propose a test which emphasizes the role of the tails of the distribution (separately for high and low ends), is independent of the normality assumption, simple to apply and has explicitly calculable statistical properties.
A Tail Sensitive Test for Cumulative Distribution Functions
For the large size pairs the important range of the z integral comes from the end-points, where ¯z < 1/[Q2R2 ] (these are the only regions which don’t feel the exponential suppression from the tail of the wavefunction), i.e. the q ¯q pair is produced with a highly asymmetric partitioning of the photon energy.
Photon '97: Theory Summary
Another one which I think belongs to the same class is a suggestion2 that confinement is due to the tail of the instanton distribution over sizes dn/dρ at large ρ: I will return to it at the end of this section.
Partial Summary of Section a (CONFINEMENT Mechanism, Flux Tubes and String)
By the multiplication functoriality and the naturality of σ , δ , b, c-products, atomic wproducts permute towards the right end, in order to obtain a term whose initial part (from the right) consists of atomic w-products and whose tail is a w-free composition of products.
Coherence in Substructural Categories
Apart from the far ends of the tails, the semigroup property (24) is reasonably well satisfied.
Option Pricing from Path Integral for Non-Gaussian Fluctuations. Natural Martingale and Application to Truncated L\'evy Distributions
The q -Exponentials possess two desirable features namely exhibit power law tails in the high end of the distribution and tend toward a Gaussian when q = 1 + 1/K → 1.
The Wick theorem for non-Gaussian distributions and its application for noise filtering of correlated q-Exponentialy distributed random variables
The proof for the vertices in the tail is similar, starting with the vertex that is adjacent to the end of the tail and proceeding inductively towards the root.
A nearly optimal discrete query quantum algorithm for evaluating NAND formulas