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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.
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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
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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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Past participle: fishtailed
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