Definition of tailpiece in English:


Line breaks: tail|piece
Pronunciation: /ˈteɪlpiːs


  • 1A part added to the end of a story or piece of writing: there was a tailpiece to the article
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    • I am surprised that you have not included something in your Chiel tailpiece about the humorous story that the public were satisfied with municipal services.
    • Mind you… this to all Chiel correspondents… don't stop the jokes coming; a lot are very useful in this column as tailpieces and filler stories.
    • Bessie Howard is now in a retirement home in Johannesburg and the tailpiece, together with this story, will be going to her.
  • 1.1A small decorative design at the foot of a page or the end of a chapter or book.
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    • Bewick's small drawings, called ‘tailpieces ' were referred to humorously by him as ‘talepieces', as he said they were ‘seldom without an endeavour to illustrate some truth or point moral’.
  • 2The piece at the base of a violin or other stringed instrument to which the strings are attached.
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    • The internal block at the bottom holds the tail button to which the tailpiece (which holds the strings) is hitched.
    • The fingerboard and tailpiece are now usually of ebony (boxwood was formerly used) Just within the margins of belly and back, a groove in the wood is filled with ‘purfling’: thin strips of some other wood, contrasting in colour and pattern.
    • The strings had snapped, the fingerboard was half off, the ornate bridge had shattered and the tailpiece had fallen off.

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