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  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.

  1. (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.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1595–1605; tail1 + piece

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British Dictionary definitions for tailpiece


/ (ˈteɪlˌpiːs) /

  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

  1. 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

  2. Also called: tail beam architect a short beam or rafter that has one end embedded in a wall

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