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tailpiece

[teyl-pees] /ˈteɪlˌpis/
noun
1.
a piece added at the end; an end piece or appendage.
2.
Printing. a small decorative design at the end of a chapter or at the bottom of a page.
3.
(in a musical instrument of the viol family) a triangular piece of wood, usually of ebony, to which the lower ends of the strings are fastened.
4.
Also called tail beam. Building Trades. a relatively short beam or rafter inserted in a wall by tailing and supported by a header.
Origin of tailpiece
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; tail1 + piece
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  • tailpiece to the account of the Whitethroat, p. 261—a gibbet in the distance.

    Hanging in Chains Albert Hartshorne
  • For a tailpiece to this chapter one may vignette one of those little affairs.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • The rotation and the music stopped as the tailpiece of the rocket fell open.

    Adolescents Only Irving E. Cox
  • There was nothing else in the rocket, except for the motor built into the tailpiece.

    Adolescents Only Irving E. Cox
  • This weapon is represented in the tailpiece to this chapter.

  • tailpiece to the account of the Arctic Fox, p. 274—a gibbet in the distance; in the foreground two boys hanging a dog.

    Hanging in Chains Albert Hartshorne
  • tailpiece to the account of the Opossum, p. 375—a gibbet in the distance; in the foreground two boys belabouring a donkey.

    Hanging in Chains Albert Hartshorne
  • Dead horses still lay in the road; the tailpiece of a broken cannon was yet there.

  • As a tailpiece to this portion of the subject it is a pleasure to introduce a freak among the native orchards, as shown in Fig. 3.

  • Delightful humour is shown in an often used headpiece and tailpiece, showing villagers chasing a fox and returning home dancing.

    Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for tailpiece

tailpiece

/ˈteɪlˌpiːs/
noun
1.
an extension or appendage that lengthens or completes something
2.
(printing) a decorative design at the foot of a page or end of a chapter
3.
(music) a piece of wood to which the strings of a violin, etc, are attached at their lower end. It is suspended between the taut strings and the bottom of the violin by a piece of gut or metal
4.
(architect) Also called tail beam. a short beam or rafter that has one end embedded in a wall
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