from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like the of a fish; acting, or producing something, like the tail of a fish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tail of a fish.
  • n. A thysanurous insect of the family Lepismidæ, as Lepisma domestica or L. saccharina; a silvertail; a silver-fish: in this sense properly fishtail. See Lepisma. Also called fishmoth.
  • Shaped like a fish's tail; resembling a fish's tail in any way.


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  • By the mid-60s two distinct clans clashed on bank holidays: the clean-cut mods in their fish-tail parkas, who listened to R 'n' B and the Who on their scooters and the rougher rockers on their motorbikes.

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  • In thick walls, the fixing is achieved by digging a hole shaped like a fish-tail and leaving a gap of at least 5 cm around the fixing anchor.

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  • He tasted a bit of toasted fish-tail, but as usual lacked appetite.

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  • In the fish-tail the two orifices are bored in the one piece of steatite, and virtually join at their external ends; in the acetylene burner, two separate pieces of steatite, three-quarters of an inch or more apart, carried by completely separate supports, are each drilled with one hole, and the flame stands vertically midway between them.

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  • If acetylene can be consumed without polymerisation in burners of the simple fish-tail or bat's-wing type, it should show a higher illuminating efficiency.

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  • Granjon has concluded from his investigations that the Manchester or fish-tail burners are economical when they consume 0.7 cubic foot per hour and when the pressure is between 2 and 2.4 inches.

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  • This is really nothing but the old fish-tail coal-gas burner -- which yields its flat flame by identical impingement of two gas streams -- modified in detail so that the bulk of the flame should be at a considerable distance from the burner instead of resting directly upon it.

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  • Once he bought her a white evening dress, low neck, fish-tail train, pearls all over the front — cost him one whole week's salary, eighty-five dollars!

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