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fish·tail

 (fĭsh′tāl′)
adj.
Resembling or suggestive of the tail of a fish in shape or movement.
intr.v. fish·tailed, fish·tail·ing, fish·tails
1. To have the rear end of a forward-moving vehicle swerve from side to side out of control: The truck fishtailed on the icy road.
2. To swing the tail of an airplane from side to side in order to reduce speed.

fishtail

(ˈfɪʃˌteɪl)
n
1. (Aeronautics) an aeroplane manoeuvre in which the tail is moved from side to side to reduce speed
2. (Chemistry) a nozzle having a long narrow slot at the top, placed over a Bunsen burner to produce a thin fanlike flame
vb (intr)
3. (Aeronautics) to slow an aeroplane by moving the tail from side to side
4. (Automotive Engineering) to drive with the rear of the vehicle moving from side to side in an uncontrolled fashion

fish•tail

(ˈfɪʃˌteɪl)

v.i.
1. to have the back end skid uncontrollably from side to side.
2. to slow an airplane by causing its tail to move rapidly from side to side.
[1925–30; Amer.]

fishtail


Past participle: fishtailed
Gerund: fishtailing

Imperative
fishtail
fishtail
Present
I fishtail
you fishtail
he/she/it fishtails
we fishtail
you fishtail
they fishtail
Preterite
I fishtailed
you fishtailed
he/she/it fishtailed
we fishtailed
you fishtailed
they fishtailed
Present Continuous
I am fishtailing
you are fishtailing
he/she/it is fishtailing
we are fishtailing
you are fishtailing
they are fishtailing
Present Perfect
I have fishtailed
you have fishtailed
he/she/it has fishtailed
we have fishtailed
you have fishtailed
they have fishtailed
Past Continuous
I was fishtailing
you were fishtailing
he/she/it was fishtailing
we were fishtailing
you were fishtailing
they were fishtailing
Past Perfect
I had fishtailed
you had fishtailed
he/she/it had fishtailed
we had fishtailed
you had fishtailed
they had fishtailed
Future
I will fishtail
you will fishtail
he/she/it will fishtail
we will fishtail
you will fishtail
they will fishtail
Future Perfect
I will have fishtailed
you will have fishtailed
he/she/it will have fishtailed
we will have fishtailed
you will have fishtailed
they will have fishtailed
Future Continuous
I will be fishtailing
you will be fishtailing
he/she/it will be fishtailing
we will be fishtailing
you will be fishtailing
they will be fishtailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fishtailing
you have been fishtailing
he/she/it has been fishtailing
we have been fishtailing
you have been fishtailing
they have been fishtailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fishtailing
you will have been fishtailing
he/she/it will have been fishtailing
we will have been fishtailing
you will have been fishtailing
they will have been fishtailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fishtailing
you had been fishtailing
he/she/it had been fishtailing
we had been fishtailing
you had been fishtailing
they had been fishtailing
Conditional
I would fishtail
you would fishtail
he/she/it would fishtail
we would fishtail
you would fishtail
they would fishtail
Past Conditional
I would have fishtailed
you would have fishtailed
he/she/it would have fishtailed
we would have fishtailed
you would have fishtailed
they would have fishtailed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fishtail - slow down by moving the tail sideways; "The airplane fishtailed on the runway"
decelerate, slow down - reduce the speed of; "He slowed down the car"
Translations
queue-de-poisson
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