tail·​bone | \ ˈtāl-ˌbōn How to pronounce tailbone (audio) \

Definition of tailbone

1 : a caudal vertebra
2 : coccyx

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Then, roll up onto your tailbone again but instead of passing the ball from your hands to your ankles, keep the ball in between your hands. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Core With This Stability Ball Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Astrid Swan," 10 Apr. 2019 Sit on your tailbone with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Core With This Stability Ball Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Astrid Swan," 10 Apr. 2019 Tuck your tailbone and engage your core, butt, and quads. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Strength Exercises All Beginners Should Learn How to Do," 2 May 2019 The Long or Short of It Call it the Kim Kardashian effect: This season, hairstylists gravitated toward extensions, from the XXL lengths at R13 and Sies Marjan to the tailbone-grazing braids at Tory Burch. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 5 Most Show-Stealing Beauty Trends at New York Fashion Week," 14 Feb. 2019 Keep your chest lifted, your shoulders back, your core contracted, your tailbone dropped, and your head and neck in one line. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Candace Cameron Bure Strengthens Her Quads and Inner Thighs With This 1 Super Tough Move," 8 Oct. 2018 Lay your back on the roller so that your entire spine is supported from your tailbone to your head. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why This Holiday Break Is a Perfect Time to Start Foam-Rolling," 28 Dec. 2018 Switch legs and then open them wide and out to each side, keeping the tailbone down and stomach pulled in and up. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Body-Sculpting Workout Is Top-Model-Approved—And Ready for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018 Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "Burt Reynolds, Star of Film and TV, Dies at Age 82," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of tailbone

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tailbone

: the small bone at the end of the spine


tail·​bone | \ -ˈbōn, -ˌbōn How to pronounce tailbone (audio) \

Medical Definition of tailbone

1 : a caudal vertebra
2 : coccyx

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