Definition of tailing in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈteɪlɪŋ


1 (tailings) The residue of something, especially ore: tailings from the mine may contaminate local waterways
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • After tooling, cut off mortar tailings with trowel and brush excess mortar burrs and dust from face of brick.

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