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Meaning of ENTAIL

Pronunciation:  en'teyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  land received by fee tail
  2. [v]  impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result; "What does this move entail?"
  3. [v]  have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

ENTAIL is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: implicate, imply, mean
 See Also: acres, bring about, demesne, estate, land, landed estate, necessitate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En*tail"\, n. [OE. entaile carving, OF. entaille, F., an
    incision, fr. entailler to cut away; pref. en- (L. in) +
    tailler to cut; LL. feudum talliatum a fee entailed, i. e.,
    curtailed or limited. See {Tail} limitation, {Tailor}.]
    1. That which is entailed. Hence: (Law)
       (a) An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a
           particular class of issue.
       (b) The rule by which the descent is fixed.
                 A power of breaking the ancient entails, and of
                 alienating their estates.         --Hume.
    2. Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio. [Obs.] ``A
       work of rich entail.'' --Spenser.
  2. \En*tail"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Entailed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Entailing}.] [OE. entailen to carve, OF. entailler. See
    {Entail}, n.]
    1. To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a
       person and his descendants or a certain line of
       descendants; -- said especially of an estate; to bestow as
       an heritage.
             Allowing them to entail their estates. --Hume.
             I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs
             forever.                              --Shak.
    2. To appoint hereditary possessor. [Obs.]
             To entail him and his heirs unto the crown. --Shak.
    3. To cut or carve in a ornamental way. [Obs.]
             Entailed with curious antics.         --Spenser.
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