Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The centre in the spindle of a turning lathe.
  • n. The endpin of a musical instrument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The center in the spindle of a turning lathe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a lathe, the tail-piece, or back-center pin.

Etymologies

tail +‎ pin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In original condition most of the old Italian violins would not give further trouble, but some later or middle period ones, instead of the small piece of ebony or other hard substance slightly inserted or laid half way through the table, have an ebony nut going quite through and down in a triangular form nearly to the tailpin.

    The Repairing & Restoration of Violins 'The Strad' Library, No. XII.

  • I just saw a 1965 F-12 on ebay ( "1965 Gibson F-12 Mandolin - F5 F-5 Scroll - PRICE DROP") - not mine, though the missing tailpin had me going - which inspired this action.

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • I had two Barcus-Berry Hot Dots implanted in the feet of the bridge, covered with a veneer, the wires running into the f-holes and out through a 1 / 4 "tailpin endjack.

    Mandolin Cafe News

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