a piece added at the end; an end piece or appendage.
Printing. a small decorative design at the end of a chapter or at the bottom of a page.
(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.
Also called tail beam .Building Trades. a relatively short beam or rafter inserted in a wall by tailing and supported by a header.
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How to use tailpiece in a sentence
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.
They were stretched between the yoke and bridge, or to a tailpiece below the bridge.
Each mat has a red border at its lower end, which forms a satisfactory tailpiece, and unites it with the straight lath.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2) | Georges Perrot
He was not content, like many, with sticking on a tailpiece of application at the end of a long discourse.A Sketch of the Life and Labors of George Whitefield | John Charles Ryle
For example, here is a little tailpiece of Bewick's, to the fable of the Frogs and the Stork.Ariadne Florentina | John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for tailpiece
an extension or appendage that lengthens or completes something
printing a decorative design at the foot of a page or end of a chapter
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
Also called: tail beam architect a short beam or rafter that has one end embedded in a wall
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