tailing

noun
tail·ing | \ˈtā-liŋ \

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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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 Opponents fear the dredging would create excessive noise and a massive cloud of turbidity in the water as tailings are released, driving away salmon, seals, migratory birds and other animals that hunters depend on for food. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Gold seekers with big plans for Nome area – including TV show – draw opposition," 1 May 2018 The underground mine produced relatively little tailings waste. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, "Amid the ruins of the Kennecott mine, a quiet new look at a unique slice of history," 26 June 2018 Few investors have publicly seized on the tailings mess as a reason to shun Freeport. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Giant Waste-Spewing Mine Turns Into a Battleground in Indonesia," 5 June 2018 Today, the Scott resembles a postindustrial sacrifice zone, its once lush floodplain buried under heaps of mine tailings. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 Other winners on the annual list were energy giant Exxon Mobil, which returned to the number two spot, and e-tailing and delivery conglomerate Amazon, which moved into the top ten for the first time and now ranks eighth. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Big winners on 'Fortune 500' list: Walmart; Exxon Mobil; Amazon," 21 May 2018 Any tailings piles will be leveled to blend into the bottom of the channel, the company's application says. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Gold seekers with big plans for Nome area – including TV show – draw opposition," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of tailing

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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