tailing

Definitions

  • 36 Fox tail tenon
    36 Fox tail tenon
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tailing the act of following someone secretly
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Eagle tail. Arikara Eagle tail. Arikara
The Fox without a Tail The Fox without a Tail
The Pig's Tail The Pig's Tail
A kitten looks worried, as a puppy destroys a flower bed while it's trying to catch its own tail A kitten looks worried, as a puppy destroys a flower bed while it's trying to catch its own tail
LONG-TAILED TIT LONG-TAILED TIT
HORSE-TAIL HORSE-TAIL
"You could tie a knot  on your tail "You could tie a knot on your tail
Skin impression from the tail of a Trachodon Skin impression from the tail of a Trachodon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "comet" comes from the Greek word "kometes" meaning long hair and referring to the tail
    • Tailing (Elec) A prolongation of current in a telegraph line, due to capacity in the line and causing signals to run together.
    • Tailing (Surg) Same as Tail n., 8 .
    • Tailing Sexual intercourse.
    • Tailing The lighter parts of grain separated from the seed threshing and winnowing; chaff.
    • Tailing (Arch) The part of a projecting stone or brick inserted in a wall.
    • Tailing (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Great Comet of 1843 had a tail that was over 300 kilometres long.
    • n tailing In elect.: In telegraphy, especially through cables, the discharge current due to the capacity of the line which continues to flow for an appreciable time after the signaling impulse has been received and modifies the character of the latter.
    • n tailing In automatic teleg., a mark, on the recording-tape of a receiving instrument, which is not caused by the signaling impulse proper but by the discharge current from the line.
    • n tailing In prospecting for coal, the outcrop of a carbon-carrying stratum at the surface of the ground. Called also smut and blossom. The vein peters out at the surface, or tails away to nothing, but leaves a stain under weathering.
    • n tailing In building, same as tail, 5 .
    • n tailing In surgery, same as tail, 5 .
    • n tailing plural The parts or a part of any incoherent or fluid material separated as refuse, or separately treated as inferior in quality or value; leavings; remainders; dregs. The tailings of grain are the lighter kernels blown away from the rest in winnowing; of flour, the inferior kind separated from the better in bolting. Tanning-liquor that has become “sour” or impure is called tailings. In metallurgy tailings are the part rejected in washing an ore that has passed through the screens of a stamp-mill, the worthless slimes left after the valuable portion has been separated by dressing or concentration. The part rejected as tailings may, however, at a future time he worked over and made to undergo still further concentration. The sand, gravel, and cobbles which pass through the sluices in hydraulic mining were formerly generally designated as tailings; of late years, and especially in State and United States legislative documents, they have been called “mining debris” or simply “debris.”
    • n tailing In calico-printing, a fault of impression on some part of the fabric, when the colors are blurred or altogether absent, through some defect in operation or treatment.
    • n tailing A reckoning; tally; account.
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Quotations

  • Spencer Tracy
    Spencer Tracy
    “There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.”
  • Arnold Toynbee
    Arnold Toynbee
    “America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.”
  • John Dryden
    John%20Dryden
    “Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.”
  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want to.”
  • Fran Lebowitz
    Fran%20Lebowitz
    “If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater suggest that he wear a tail.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.”

Idioms

Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion - This means that it is better to be the head or at the top of something that isn't very important or prestigious than a small or unimportant member of something big.
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Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed - If someone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are full of energy and enthusiasm.
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Chase your tail - If you are chasing your tail, you are very busy but not being very productive.
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Have your tail up - If someone has their tail up, they are optimistic and expect to be successful.
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Head nor tail - If you can't make head nor tail of something, you cannot understand it at all or make any sense of it.
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Work your tail off - If you work your tail off, you work extremely hard.
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Usage

In literature:

The way Gid's bus'ness is tied up jest at present would put a knot into the tail of 'most any kind of a temper.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
The tail also shows a limited flexibility.
"Dinosaurs" by William Diller Matthew
Toby looked around as if to make sure that the children were safely seated before starting off, and he switched his long tail.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony" by Laura Lee Hope
The dog seemed pleased when he saw the children, and wagged his tail.
"Six Little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's" by Laura Lee Hope
The mother cat begins the play by slowly moving her tail.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
Then the monkey whose tail was pulled, reached out his paw, through the wires of his cage, and caught hold of the tail of a green parrot.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home" by Laura Lee Hope
There I went to see Spotted Tail's band, and learn all I could of Indian life.
"Three Years on the Plains" by Edmund B. Tuttle
His bushy tail, of which he was so proud, had become very heavy.
"Mother West Wind's Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
Don't wag your tail so near my ship, or you'll upset her before I beat Jan in the race!
"The Curlytops and Their Pets" by Howard R. Garis
There shrieked the great "Caffre eagle," and side by side with him the short-tailed and singular "bateleur.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

Her back gaed up, an' her tail grew big,
While her een turn'd roun' an' reid;
"What can ail her the nicht?" ask'd Gibby, an' shook,
Wi' meikle doot, his heid.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
And her sheep were gone, and hope she had none.
For now was no trail behind them.
Yes, there they were! long-tailed and fair!
But to see was not to find them!
"Little Bo-Peep" by George MacDonald
But what will she say, if, one fine day,
When they've got their bushiest tails,
Their grown-up game should be just the same,
And again she must follow mere trails?
"Little Bo-Peep" by George MacDonald
The little dog rolls over half awake,
Stretches his paws, yawns, looking up at you,
Wags his tail very slightly for your sake,
That you may feel he is unhappy too.
"Solitude" by Harold Monro
He has ta'en the ford at that stream tail;
I wot he swam both strong and steady;
But the stream was broad, and his strength did fail,
And he never saw his bonny ladye.
"Annan Water" by Andrew Lang
"They've taken their tails, but they've left their trails,
And so I shall follow and find them!"
For wherever a tail had dragged a trail
The grass lay bent behind them.
"Little Bo-Peep" by George MacDonald

In news:

Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center holds Neekahna, a red-tailed hawk whose left eye was damaged when she was hit by a car.
Scarlett Begonia 's chef Joel Huff leaves nothing behind at this snout-to-tail dinner.
Scarlett Begonia Snout-to-Tail Beef Dinner.
Chef Joel Huff's Snout-to-Tail Beef Dinner Saturday night at Scarlett Begonia .
Gay Lyons' People & Parties: Black Tie and Tails benefits canine cancer research.
When we tailed Jana Hunter and Co.
Department of Energy hosts talks Wednesday on tailings.
She believes she is a wolf — technically, a werewolf — and so she wears a tail.
Does your local dog park need to put a little more wag in its tail.
But The E-tailing Group finds one in eight e-retailers rate themselves as amateurs.
So, our last workshop secession finished up all the basic fuselage, wing and tail construction completed and we have the landing gear and the engine and radio equipment installed.
Position posted by Wag N' Tails.
"Gyrs" are among the largest falcons in the world, with the female—the larger of the sexes—outranking even a Red-tailed Hawk in size.
Earth passes through the tail of Halley 's comet.
' Haywire ' kicks tail, plain and simple.
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In science:

Of interest is the tail behavior of the total transmission time SjKj under the assumption that the tail of Xj i or Kj is regularly varying.
Tails of random sums of a heavy-tailed number of light-tailed terms
On the other hand, since ¯∆ strongly depends on the Landau tail, large statistics are needed in order to significantly populate the tail and hence obtain a reliable estimation of ¯∆.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
As a consequence, the tail constant of R is expressed as the product of the tail constant of the absolute maximum of the random walk times the expectation of a functional of some random walk which comes from the part of the tra jectory near its maximum.
A probabilistic representation of constants in Kesten's renewal theorem
We combine standard techniques used in tail bounds for sums of t-wise independent random variables with the technique of Janson , and in this manner obtain a tail bound for sums of random variables that are both t-wise independent and have local dependencies.
t-Wise Independence with Local Dependencies
What can we say about the tail behavior of the survival probability then? Well, actually there is no tail behavior because there is no tail at all! And this is true for any locally finite trap intensity! More precisely, the following holds.
Branching diffusions, superdiffusions and random media
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