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Definition of Tailings

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act of following
Tailings Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of petroleum Industry
Leftovers from a refining process; refuse material separated as residue.
Tailings Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
EIA Energy Glossary
The remaining portion of a metal-bearing ore consisting of finely ground rock and process liquid after some or all of the metal, such as uranium, has been extracted.
Source: Energy Information Administration, 2006
Tailings Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Tailings, also called mine dumps, culm dumps, slimes, tails, refuse, leach residue or slickens, are the materials left over after the process of separating the valuable fraction from the uneconomic fraction (gangue) of an ore. Tailings are distinct from overburden, which is the waste rock or other material that overlies an ore or mineral body and is displaced during mining without being processed. The amount of tailings can be large, ranging from 90–98% for some copper ores to 20–50% of the other (less valuable) minerals.

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Tailings Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
EPA Glossary of Climate Change Terms
Rock and other waste materials removed as impurities when minerals are mined and mineral deposits are processed. These materials are usually dumped on the ground or into ponds.
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EPA Terms of Environment
Residue of raw material or waste separated out during the processing of crops or mineral ores.
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Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
The waste material remaining after metal is extracted from ore.
Tailings Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
CDC Radiological Terms
 waste rock from mining operations that contains concentrations of mineral ore that are too low to make typical extraction methods economical.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ( About )
Tailings Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
WordNet 2.0

1. the act of following someone secretly
(synonym) shadowing
(hypernym) pursuit, chase, following
(derivation) chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track

1. following surreptitiously; keeping under surveillance; "always on guard against shadowing submarines"
(synonym) shadowing
(similar) following