a short nail with a thick head; used to protect the soles of boots
supply with hobnails
A short nail with a thick head, typically used in boot soles.
To fit with hobnails.
a machine for the hobnailing of shoes
To tread down roughly, as with hobnailed shoes.
Your rights and charters hobnailed into slush. uE000291798uE001 Tennyson.
a short, sharp-pointed, large-headed nail, -- used in shoeing houses and for studding the soles of heavy shoes
a clownish person; a rustic
to tread down roughly, as with hobnailed shoes
Origin: [1st hob + nail.]
In footwear, a hobnail is a short nail with a thick head used to increase the durability of boot soles. Hobnailed boots are boots with hobnails, usually installed in a regular pattern, over the sole. They also usually have an iron horseshoe-shaped insert, called a heel iron, to strengthen the heel, and an iron toe-piece. The hobnails project below the sole and provide traction on soft or rocky ground and snow, but they tend to slide on smooth hard surfaces. They have been used since antiquity for inexpensive durable footwear, often by workmen and the military, including as the trench boots of World War I. Important design work for the modern hobnailed boot was done during World War I, e.g. the "Pershing Boot" in the USA. Problems experienced in designing WWI USA army boots were: ⁕Tearing at the backstay: cured by sewing the backstay on with 3 rows of stitching each side. ⁕Letting water in: cured by dubbin. ⁕Rotting in foul conditions in trenches: cured by chrome tanning rather than only using vegetable tanning. ⁕Cold conducting through the hobnails into the feet: that, and need for strength, was cured by three thicknesses of leather in the soles.
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See Hob (1).
The numerical value of hobnail in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of hobnail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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