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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The Brumadinho tailings dam disaster in Brazil has killed at least 179 people, with hundreds more missing and feared dead. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazilian Prosecutors Probe More Than 100 Dams Following Deadly Collapse," 13 Mar. 2019 The Brumadinho tailings dam disaster in Brazil has killed at least 179 people, with hundreds more missing and feared dead. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Vale Could Face $7 Billion Fine in Connection With Audit of Mining Dam That Preceded Collapse," 1 Mar. 2019 Search efforts were extremely slow because of the treacherous sea of reddish-brown mud that surged out when the mine tailings dam breached Friday afternoon. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "Searchers probe deep mud from Brazil dam breach; 65 dead," 29 Jan. 2019 But Hicks prefers a two-seamer (also known as a sinker), which gives him that natural tailing action without sacrificing velocity. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "From High School Outfielder to Cardinals Flamethrower," 23 June 2018 The measure tasks a state agency with studying uranium-processing operations and tailings storage in excruciating detail. WSJ, "Virginia Ignores Clear Federal Uranium Law," 25 Nov. 2018 Owners of a uranium deposit in south-central Virginia claim the state mining ban is pre-empted by the federal Atomic Energy Act’s regulation of radiation safety for milling and tailings. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Judges vs. Telepathists," 6 Nov. 2018 According to Earthworks, Freeport sends more than 76 million metric tons of tailings and waste rock into Indonesian rivers every year. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Giant Waste-Spewing Mine Turns Into a Battleground in Indonesia," 5 June 2018 Joint venture partners Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd. have already secured four court extensions to negotiate the settlement of a multibillion-dollar claim stemming from a fatal tailings dam disaster in 2015. Paula Sambo, Bloomberg.com, "Samarco Is Close to a Settlement With Brazil Prosecutors," 14 June 2018

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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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