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

  • n. See tailgate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hinged board or hatch at the rear of a vehicle that can be lowered for loading and unloading; a tailgate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The board at the rear end of a cart or wagon, which can be removed or let down, for convenience in loading or unloading.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The board at the hinder end of a cart or wagon, which can be removed or let down for convenience in unloading.
  • n. In a ship, the carved work between the cheeks, fastened to the knee of the head.

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

  • n. a gate at the rear of a vehicle; can be lowered for loading


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  • He gripped the tailboard and weighed the distance between us and our pursuers.


  • I was into that wagon in a twinkling, bawling to the driver to go like blazes, and blasting away over the tailboard with an Adams six-shooter in each fist.


  • The sergeant, in the act of climbing over the tailboard, let out a hell of a shriek; I glimpsed his face, red and staring, and his arm flung out to point, and then his eyes stared horribly, and he slumped down into the dust, with a throwing assegai between his shoulders, his limbs thrashing wildly.


  • He had got a Martini from one of the wounded men who were lying pale and silent behind us in the jolting wagon, and now he snuggled the butt into his shoulder, keeping the barrel clear of the rattling tailboard, and let off four shots as fast as he could eject and reload.


  • It seemed that he had decorated his lorry with a shoe on the radiator and another on the tailboard at the back.

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  • As he rode up to Anson Mills, I noticed young Standing Bear in war-bonnet and leggings, with lance and carbine, at the head of one of the lines; I beckoned him to the tailboard and asked him what was up.


  • Somehow they kept me aloft long enough to get an arm round a stanchion and a leg over the tailboard.


  • Ahead of me, Grattan was swinging himself from his saddle over the tailboard of a wagon, and farther ahead the savaneros of the mule-train were doing likewise, their mules running free.


  • She was a smart girl, and since I was sleeping out most of the time, it was the simplest thing for her to slip over the tailboard in the small hours, creep into my little tent, and roger the middle watch away.


  • Female voices screamed as I was dragged staggering along, hands clutched at my arms and collar, and I was pulled bodily against the tailboard with my legs going like pistons in mid-air.



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