noun, Also, tail spin
spin (def 23).
a sudden and helpless collapse into failure, confusion, or the like.
verb (used without object), tailspinned, tailspinning.
to take or experience a sudden and dramatic downturn:
After the mill closes, the local economy may tailspin.
(aeronautics) another name for spin (sense 16)
(informal) a state of confusion or panic
see: go into a tailspin
noun 1. a movable or sliding support for the dead center of a lathe or grinder. noun 1. a casting that slides on the bed of a lathe in alignment with the headstock and is locked in position to support the free end of a workpiece
A tail-strict function evaluates every cons cell in its (list) argument. It will therefore fail to terminate if its argument is an infinite list or if any tail of its argument fails to terminate. The archetypal tail-strict function is length. See also Head-strict, Hyper-strict.
noun 1. the water in a tailrace.
- Tail wheel
noun 1. a wheel fitted to the rear of a vehicle, esp the landing wheel under the tail of an aircraft