Definition: (1) The last item of a list. (2) All but the first item of a list; the list following the head.
See also head.
Note: The first definition is common when building lists from other language constructs, such as C pointers. The second definition occurs in languages with primitive list types, such as ML or Lisp.
If you have suggestions, corrections, or comments, please get in touch with Paul E. Black.
Entry modified 17 December 2004.
HTML page formatted Fri Mar 25 16:20:35 2011.
Cite this as:
Paul E. Black, "tail", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/tail.html