What does the word tail mean?

Usage examples for tail

  1. I can't make top nor tail of it. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  2. But when I looks at this tail in my hand, I feel as if I could still give her more. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  3. Chad's eyes flashed and he caught the man by the coat- tail. – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox