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Meaning of fishtail

fish•tail

Pronunciation: (fish'tāl"), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to swerve or skid from side to side, as the rear end of a car.
  2. to slow an airplane by causing its tail to move rapidly from side to side.
—n.
  1. such a maneuver.
  2. a gas burner having two jets crossing each other so as to produce a flame resembling a fish's tail.
  3. a device having a long, narrow slot at the top, placed over a gas jet, as of a Bunsen burner, to give a thin, fanlike flame.
  4. a setting consisting of four prominent triangular corner prongs to hold the stone.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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