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.
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
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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.
Example sentences
  • After tooling, cut off mortar tailings with trowel and brush excess mortar burrs and dust from face of brick.

Words that rhyme with tailing

failing, grayling, mailing, paling, railing, sailing, unavailing, veiling, wailing

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