tail fin


Definition of tail fin

1 : the terminal fin of a fish or cetacean

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Recent Examples on the Web That then set up them pulling out the tail fin piece from the ocean. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Manifest creator breaks down that (literally) explosive season 2 finale," 7 Apr. 2020 Vipers are a little simpler-looking—one engine, one vertical tail fin. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Everything to know about the fighter jets in the ‘America Strong’ flyovers," 1 May 2020 But an open tail fin stabilized the fish, no matter how the body was angled. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "How the World’s Squarest Fish Gets Around," 15 Apr. 2020 Once that tail fin becomes worldwide news very early in season three, the entire globe is going to be asking that question and that’s going to point fingers at the passenger. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Manifest creator breaks down that (literally) explosive season 2 finale," 7 Apr. 2020 The same playbook that dreamed up Cadillac’s space-age tail fins was soon designing sleek Frigidaire iceboxes. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, "Is Amazon Unstoppable?," 10 Oct. 2019 The ranch was created by Stanley Marsh and The Ant Farm in 1974, and the classic cars trace the evolution of the tail fin from 1949 to 1964, said Bryan Brumley, who works for the property owners and is an administrator of the Facebook page. NBC News, "Fire breaks out at Texas landmark Cadillac Ranch," 10 Sep. 2019 A few years ago, after a visit to Teotihuacán, the members of the band Iron Maiden got a scholar to translate their song titles into a Mayan language called Yucatec and had the hieroglyphs printed on the tail fin of their 747. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "At the British Library, Writing Is a Work of Art," 29 July 2019 Additionally, salmon caught in the personal use fishery must be marked by clipping the tips of their tail fins before they’re concealed from view or transported from the fishing site. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Kenai River dipnetting opens Wednesday - and fish counts are promising," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of tail fin

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tail fin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tail%20fin. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tail fin

: a fin at the back end of a fish, whale, etc.
: a decorative part on the back of a car that is shaped like a fish's fin

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