tail off

Definition of tail off

  1. :  to become smaller or quieter in a gradual way Our productivity tailed off last year. She started to ask a question and then her voice tailed off.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the rear end or a process or prolongation of the rear end of the body of an animal

    :  something resembling an animal's tail in shape or position: such as

    :  a luminous stream of particles, gases, or ions extending from a comet especially in the antisolar direction

  1. :  to connect end to end

    :  to remove the tail of (an animal) :  dock

    :  to remove the stem or bottom part of

  1. :  entail

  1. :  limited as to tenure :  entailed

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

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contemplative of or relative to the past

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