Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A piece forming an end; an appendage.
  • n. Printing An engraving or a design placed as an ornament at the end of a chapter or at the bottom of a page.
  • n. Architecture A beam tailed into a wall. Also called tail beam.
  • n. Music A triangular piece of ebony to which the lower ends of the strings of a violin or other related instruments are attached.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An appendage or appendix
  • n. A triangular piece of metal or ebony to which the strings of a violin, guitar, etc. are attached at the lower end
  • n. A short joist between a header and a wall

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece at the end; an appendage.
  • n. One of the timbers which tail into a header, in floor framing. See Illust. of Header.
  • n. An ornament placed at the bottom of a short page to fill up the space, or at the end of a book.
  • n. A piece of ebony or other material attached to the lower end of a violin or similar instrument, to which the strings are fastened.
  • n. A piece for transmitting motion from the hub of a lock to the latch bolt.
  • n. The part of a telescope containing the adjusting device for the eyepiece, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n.
  • n. A piece forming a tail; a piece at the end; an appendage.
  • n. In zoology, one of the parts or pieces composing the pygidium of an insect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. appendage added to extend the length of something

Etymologies

tail +‎ piece (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I'm having difficulty getting a 'current' standard Lebeda tailpiece which is a much bigger problem,

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • In truth, the Cold War was a tailpiece of World War II in Europe, and thus Eisenhower's labors flowed naturally from Roosevelt's.

    An Empire State of Mind

  • The sticker on the tailpiece of my hardtail clashes with everything.

    Hitting the Road: Unhooking the BRA

  • I put a snob sticker on my tailpiece but it dissolved in rain.

    Putting it Out There: BRAs, Belts, and Cockies

  • One of Bewick's specialties was the tailpiece, a small spot illustration filling the empty space at the end of a chapter.

    Bewick’s Tailpieces

  • Cryptic BBC 2 'Newsnight' tailpiece squeeezed in at the end was on the BURQA after long rambling repeat of BBC propaganda about 'climate change again.

    NO BAN ON THE BURQA

  • I shall add strings so that there are twelve, some attached to the tailpiece and some on the fingerboard, in perfect and consummate harmony.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • That's because the number of interior illustrations has been upped twice and I've decided to include tailpiece illustrations as well as the full-page versions.

    Archive 2009-06-07

  • However, he is sent on a flight to Newfoundland, where another Reindeer crashed, to located wreckage that will prove his assertions of the weak stress points of the tailpiece.

    No Highway in the Sky (1951)

  • The new plane is called the Reindeer, and the unusual tailpiece with the double row of wings does sort of resemble an antler.

    No Highway in the Sky (1951)

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  • On a guitar, the device on the lower bout that anchors the tail end of the strings.

    November 15, 2007