to swerve or skid from side to side, as the rear end of a car.
to slow an airplane by causing its tail to move rapidly from side to side.
such a maneuver.
a gas burner having two jets crossing each other so as to produce a flame resembling a fish's tail.
a device having a long, narrow slot at the top, placed over a gas jet, as of a Bunsen burner, to give a thin, fanlike flame.
Jewelry. a setting consisting of four prominent triangular corner prongs to hold the stone.
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How to use fishtail in a sentence
Small and with a fishtail and fins, he is a goalkeeping genius defying physical laws.
In a vermillion fishtail gown and a bright green headdress almost a foot high, she commands the room—Queen for the day.A Brilliant Film About the Women Who Saved Liberia | Rachel Syme | November 15, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hooyah followed within hailing distance, and they kept the same relative positions until they reached fishtail Gulch.Red Hunters And the Animal People | Charles A. Eastman
At times, too, he was active with his Grenatenwerfer, known to the troops as the Pineapples or fishtail.The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918 | Frederick William Bewsher
It is necessary in this case to split it and join the two pieces with a fishtail splice in the handle.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow | Saxton Pope
Yet either the batwing or the fishtail tip can be used in any common burner except the argand.
Uncle John appeared unwilling to abandon the fishtail wenches, and countered with classical texts.Wilderness of Spring | Edgar Pangborn
British Dictionary definitions for fishtail (1 of 2)
an aeroplane manoeuvre in which the tail is moved from side to side to reduce speed
a nozzle having a long narrow slot at the top, placed over a Bunsen burner to produce a thin fanlike flame
to slow an aeroplane by moving the tail from side to side
to drive with the rear of the vehicle moving from side to side in an uncontrolled fashion
British Dictionary definitions for fish tail (2 of 2)
a step in ballroom dancing in which the feet are quickly crossed
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