Definition of tailing in English:


Line breaks: tail|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈteɪlɪŋ


  • 1 (tailings) The residue of something, especially ore: tailings from the mine may contaminate local waterways
    More example sentences
    • Much of the pollution comes from mine tailings, or residues.
    • We've come to the Kennedy Mines Tailing Wheels, which were once these four huge wheels that carried the tailings, or residue, from the mines.
    • Questions about possible adverse health effects from environmental and occupational exposures to uranium have arisen as a result of uranium mining, residual mine tailings, and the use of depleted uranium in the military.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Grain or flour of inferior quality.
    More example sentences
    • Let all the husks, leaves, escaped grain, and other tailings fall directly behind the combine.
  • 2 [mass noun] The action of cutting the stalks or ends off fruit or vegetables: the green beans only needed topping and tailing
    More example sentences
    • Wth a blade only 10cm (4") long, it is used for a host of small jobs in the kitchen, from tipping and tailing vegetables to sectioning fruit.
    • The short sturdy blade is ideal for peeling, carving, cutting, topping and tailing vegetables or fruit that can be held in the hand or placed on a board.
  • 3The part of a beam or projecting brick or stone embedded in a wall.
    More example sentences
    • After tooling, cut off mortar tailings with trowel and brush excess mortar burrs and dust from face of brick.

More definitions of tailing

Definition of tailing in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space