Definition of tailpiece in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtālˌpēs/


1A final or end part of something, in particular.
1.1A part added to the end of a story or piece of writing.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2A small decorative design at the foot of a page or the end of a chapter or book.
Example sentences
  • 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’.
1.3The piece at the base of a violin or other stringed instrument to which the strings are attached.
Example sentences
  • 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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