fundament vs tail what difference

what is difference between fundament and tail

English

Etymology

From Middle English, from Old French fundement, fondement, from Latin fundāmentum (foundation), from fundō (I lay the bottom, I found). Doublet of fondamento.

Noun

fundament (plural fundaments)

  1. Foundation.
  2. (humorous) The bottom; the buttocks or anus.
    • 1703, Thomas Gibson, The anatomy of humane bodies epitomized:
      It [the Sphincter Ani] serves to purse up the Fundament, and so hinders the involuntary Evacuation of the Fæces.
    • 1861, Aristotle (pseud.), Aristotle’s Works: containing directions for midwives, and counsel and advice to child-bearing women with various useful remedies., page 119
      ANOTHER defect that new-born infants are liable to is, to have their fundaments closed up; by which they can never evacuate the new excrements engendered by the milk they suck []
    • 1864, Alfred Fennings, Fennings’ everybody’s doctor; or, When ill, how to get well, page 9
      Bathe the parts frequently with cold water, and, if there be much pain at stool, always squirt up the fundament, beforehand, with a syringe, half a teacupful of cold water.
    • 2008, Eric Summers, Ride Me Cowboy: Erotic Tales of the West, page 38[1]:
      I flinched when he touched my rosebud, but pretty soon I was fucking his mouth like it was Hector’s fundament.
  3. The underlying basis or principle for a theoretical or mathematical system.

Related terms

  • fundamental

Translations


Dutch

Etymology

From Middle Dutch fondament, from Old French fundement, fondement, from Latin fundamentum (foundation), from fundō (I lay the bottom, I found).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌfʏn.daːˌmɛnt/
  • Hyphenation: fun‧da‧ment
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Noun

fundament n (plural fundamenten, diminutive fundamentje n)

  1. basis
  2. foundation, basis
    Synonym: fundering

Related terms

  • fundamenteel

Descendants

  • Negerhollands: fondament
  • Indonesian: fundamen
  • Papiamentu: fondement

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Latin fundamentum

Noun

fundament n (definite singular fundamentet, indefinite plural fundament or fundamenter, definite plural fundamenta or fundamentene)

  1. a foundation

Related terms

  • fundamental

References

  • “fundament” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Latin fundamentum

Noun

fundament n (definite singular fundamentet, indefinite plural fundament, definite plural fundamenta)

  1. a foundation

Related terms

  • fundamental

References

  • “fundament” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /funˈda.mɛnt/

Noun

fundament m inan

  1. foundation (lowest and supporting part or member of a wall)

Declension


Romanian

Etymology

From French fondement

Noun

fundament n (plural fundamente)

  1. foundation

Declension



English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: tāl, IPA(key): /teɪl/
  • Homophones: tale, tael
  • Rhymes: -eɪl

Etymology 1

From Middle English tail, tayl, teil, from Old English tæġl (tail), from Proto-Germanic *taglaz, *taglą (hair, fiber; hair of a tail), from Proto-Indo-European *doḱ- (hair of the tail), from Proto-Indo-European *deḱ- (to tear, fray, shred). Cognate with Scots tail (tail), Dutch teil (tail, haulm, blade), Low German Tagel (twisted scourge, whip of thongs and ropes; end of a rope), German Zagel (tail), dialectal Danish tavl (hair of the tail), Swedish tagel (hair of the tail, horsehair), Norwegian tagl (tail), Icelandic tagl (tail, horsetail, ponytail), Gothic ???????????????? (tagl, hair). In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

Noun

tail (plural tails)

  1. (anatomy) The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.
  2. An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o’-nine-tails.
  3. The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything.
  4. The feathers attached to the pygostyle of a bird.
  5. The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft’s fuselage, containing the tailfin.
    • 1862, Ballou’s Dollar Monthly Magazine (volume 16, page 83)
      It was soon over, and the unmoved magistrate calmly ordained that Deborah Williams, Elizabeth and Faith Wilson, should be tied to a cart’s tail, and thus led through the principal streets of the town, receiving during their progress twenty lashes each, well laid on, upon the naked back.
  6. The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage.
  7. (astronomy) The visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
  8. The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
  9. (statistics) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
  10. One who surreptitiously follows another.
  11. (cricket) The lower order of batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
  12. (typography) The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.
    Synonym: descender
  13. (chiefly in the plural) The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.
  14. (mathematics) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.
  15. (now colloquial, chiefly US) The buttocks or backside.
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
      By Goddis sydes, syns I her thyder broughte, / She hath gote me more money with her tayle / Than hath some shyppe that into Bordews sayle.
  16. (slang) The penis of a person or animal.
  17. (slang, uncountable) Sexual intercourse.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:copulation
  18. (kayaking) The stern; the back of the kayak.
  19. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
  20. (anatomy) The distal tendon of a muscle.
  21. (entomology) A filamentous projection on the tornal section of each hind wing of certain butterflies.
  22. A downy or feathery appendage of certain achens, formed of the permanent elongated style.
  23. (surgery) A portion of an incision, at its beginning or end, which does not go through the whole thickness of the skin, and is more painful than a complete incision; called also tailing.
  24. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
  25. (nautical) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
  26. (music) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
  27. (mining) A tailing.
  28. (architecture) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile.
  29. (colloquial, dated) A tailcoat.
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See also
  • caudal

Verb

tail (third-person singular simple present tails, present participle tailing, simple past and past participle tailed)

  1. (transitive) To follow and observe surreptitiously.
    Tail that car!
  2. (architecture) To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into
  3. (nautical) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor.
    This vessel tails downstream.
  4. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
    • Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds, wherewith he was tailed, continued uncancelled.
  5. To pull or draw by the tail.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Anglo-Norman, probably from a shortened form of entail.

Adjective

tail

  1. (law) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed.
    estate tail

Noun

tail

  1. (law) Limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.
    tail male — limitation to male heirs
    in tail — subject to such a limitation

Related terms

  • entail

References

Anagrams

  • ATLI, Ital, Ital., LIAT, LITA, Lita, TILA, Ta-li, Tila, alit, alti, ital, ital., lait, tali

Middle English

Noun

tail

  1. Alternative form of tayl

Welsh

Noun

tail m (plural teiliau)

  1. shit, dung

Derived terms

  • maer biswail

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