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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 en·tail /ɪnˈte(ə)l, ɛn-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·tail, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Entailed; p. pr. & vb. n. Entailing.]
 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 an ornamental way. [Obs.]
    Entailed with curious antics.   --Spenser.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·tail n.
 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.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: land received by fee tail
      2: the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail
         from a fee simple
      v 1: have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means
           that we have to stop taking long showers" [syn: imply,
      2: impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or
         result; "What does this move entail?" [syn: implicate]
      3: limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of
         heirs [syn: fee-tail]