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tail lamp

(Automotive Engineering) other names for rear light


[ˈteɪllaɪt] N (US) → piloto m, luz f trasera, calavera f (Mex)


(teil) noun
1. the part of an animal, bird or fish that sticks out behind the rest of its body. The dog wagged its tail; A fish swims by moving its tail.
2. anything which has a similar function or position. the tail of an aeroplane/comet.
to follow closely. The detectives tailed the thief to the station.
having a (certain size, type etc of) tail. a black-tailed duck; a long-tailed dog.
tails noun, adverb
(on) the side of a coin that does not have the head of the sovereign etc on it. He tossed the coin and it came down tails.
a call showing that a person has chosen that side of the coin when tossing a coin to make a decision etc.
ˌtail-ˈend noun
the very end or last part. the tail-end of the procession.
ˈtail-light noun
the (usually red) light on the back of a car, train etc. He followed the tail-lights of the bus.
tail wind
a wind coming from behind. We sailed home with a tail wind.
tail off
1. to become fewer, smaller or weaker (at the end). His interest tailed off towards the end of the film.
2. (also tail away) (of voices etc) to become quieter or silent. His voice tailed away into silence.
References in classic literature ?
Um," said the other man, as the tail-lights of the train grew small.
It features a flatter bonnet and a more steeply raked windscreen, a short overhang and BMW's familiar L-shaped tail-light clusters
We detected 5,711 faults relating to tyres, 5,702 cases where vehicles lacked a tail-light, 4,796 faults of lacking security and safety accessories, 4,402 faults relating to unclear plates, and 2,999 cases of lacking roadworthiness in vehicles," he added.
It may be just me, but I regularly wonder - as I sit tail-light to tail-light in another contra-flow-that the tunnels are run for the benefit of the tunnel authorities rather than the driver.
For the first time, witnesses were able to give information about licence plates on vehicles seen fleeing the scene on Monday, including a light Chevrolet Astro van with a burned-out rear tail-light.
The new grade does not accept metallization without special treatment, and so is not being offered for head-light and tail-light housings.