fantail

noun
fan·​tail | \ ˈfan-ˌtāl How to pronounce fantail (audio) \

Definition of fantail

1 : a fan-shaped tail or end
2 : a domestic pigeon having a broad rounded tail often with 30 or 40 feathers
3 : an architectural part resembling a fan
4 : a counter or after overhang of a ship shaped like a duck's bill

Examples of fantail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Esper will deliver his remarks from the fantail of the historic ship, now moored in Pearl Harbor. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "New China report underscores Pentagon narrative of great power competition with Beijing," 2 Sep. 2020 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii — Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command take part in the official 75th World War II Commemoration Ceremony on the fantail of battleship Missouri memorial. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "New China report underscores Pentagon narrative of great power competition with Beijing," 2 Sep. 2020 Some of the crew used a ladder on the fantail, while others went for the open stern notch at the ship’s stern, where heaving lines were thrown to shipmates in the water. David Aaro, Fox News, "Coast Guard scares off shark to protect swimming crew members, video shows," 28 Aug. 2020 Spend a few moments watching the fantail going around. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "This just in: Social-distance cycling OK during coronavirus pandemic," 22 Mar. 2020 Its fantail spins even when the four large vanes don’t. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "This just in: Social-distance cycling OK during coronavirus pandemic," 22 Mar. 2020 Field biologist Mochamad Indrawan of Universitas Indonesia was the first to collect and report the Peleng fantail but was not involved in the current publication. National Geographic, "10 new birds discovered in 'lost world'," 9 Jan. 2020 His was a traditional design with a circular fantail just large enough for two to stand on. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Low-Cost Way to Live Abroad: Buy a Boat," 30 Mar. 2018 His was a traditional design with a circular fantail just large enough for two to stand on. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Low-Cost Way to Live Abroad: Buy a Boat," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fantail

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fantail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fantail. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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