tailing

noun
tail·​ing | \ ˈtā-liŋ How to pronounce tailing (audio) \

Definition of tailing

1 : residue separated in the preparation of various products (such as grain or ores) usually used in plural
2 : the part of a projecting stone or brick inserted in a wall

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Examples of tailing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minntac’s ore processing facility in the city of Mountain Iron includes a 13.6 square mile (35.2 square kilometer) tailings basin that holds mine waste and wastewater that’s recycled for further ore processing. Washington Post, "Court rejects Minnesota’s renewal of US Steel mine permit," 9 Dec. 2019 Minntac’s ore processing facility in the city of Mountain Iron includes a 13.6 square mile tailings basin that holds mine waste and wastewater that’s recycled for further ore processing. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "Court rejects Minnesota’s renewal of U.S. Steel’s wastewater permit for Minntac mine," 9 Dec. 2019 The governing Conservative party, led by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, wrote the changed minerals policy, which approved dumping mine tailings in a southern fjord against environmental protests. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 The corps chose not to examine what would happen if a dam holding back the mine tailings were to fail. Los Angeles Times, "This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?," 23 Oct. 2019 The mining company wanted to extract copper and deposit tailings in the fjord. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 In all, these tailings dams, some as high as 40 stories, would extend more than 10 miles. Los Angeles Times, "This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?," 23 Oct. 2019 The collapse in Brumadinho led to reviews of numerous tailings dams found to be similarly vulnerable, endangering thousands of Brazilians living below them. Washington Post, "Brazilian police file first criminal charges over deadly dam collapse," 21 Sep. 2019 What’s known about radiation from mine tailings Researchers still don’t know for certain how or if uranium can be mined safely in the land surrounding the Grand Canyon. Debra Krol, azcentral, "House to vote on permanently banning uranium mines near the Grand Canyon," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of tailing

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tailing was in 1764

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23 Dec 2019

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“Tailing.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailing. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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