Definitions for nailneɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a slender, rod-shaped piece of metal, typically having a pointed tip and a flattened head, made to be hammered into wood or other material as a fastener or support.

  2. a thin, horny plate, consisting of modified epidermis, growing on the upper side of the end of a finger or toe.

  3. a former measure of length for cloth, equal to 2¼ in. (6.4 cm).

  4. (v.t.)to fasten with a nail or nails.

  5. to enclose or shut by nailing (often fol. by up).

  6. to keep firmly in one place or position.

  7. Informal. to catch or seize.

  8. to accomplish perfectly:

    the only gymnast to nail the dismount.

  9. nail down, to make final; settle once and for all.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for nail:

  1. hit the nail on the head, to say or do exactly the right thing.

    Category: Idiom

  2. nail in someone's or something's coffin,something that hastens the demise or failure of a person or thing:

    Every moment's delay is another nail in his coffin.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of nail:

bef. 900; (n.) ME nayl(l), OE nægl, c. OFris neil, OS, OHG nagal (G Nagel), ON nagl fingernail; akin to OIr ingen, L unguis, Gk ónyx

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nail(noun)

    horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits

  2. nail(noun)

    a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener

  3. nail(verb)

    a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard

  4. nail(verb)

    attach something somewhere by means of nails

    "nail the board onto the wall"

  5. collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop(verb)

    take into custody

    "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"

  6. smash, nail, boom, blast(verb)

    hit hard

    "He smashed a 3-run homer"

  7. nail down, nail, peg(verb)

    succeed in obtaining a position

    "He nailed down a spot at Harvard"

  8. breeze through, ace, pass with flying colors, sweep through, sail through, nail(verb)

    succeed at easily

    "She sailed through her exams"; "You will pass with flying colors"; "She nailed her astrophysics course"

  9. pinpoint, nail(verb)

    locate exactly

    "can you pinpoint the position of the enemy?"; "The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome"

  10. complete, nail(verb)

    complete a pass

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nail(noun)ˈeɪl

    a pointed piece of metal with a flat top, used with a hammer to attach or hang things

    a two-inch steel nail; a hammer and nails

  2. nailˈeɪl

    a fingernail or toenail

    My nails need to be cut.

  3. nail(verb)ˈeɪl

    to hit a nail with a hammer

    She nailed the boards together.; as he nailed it into the wall

  4. nailˈeɪl

    to do sth successfully

    He nailed his first dive.

  5. nailˈeɪl

    to catch and punish sb for doing sth wrong

    The police finally nailed him for dealing drugs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nail(noun)

    the horny scale of plate of epidermis at the end of the fingers and toes of man and many apes

  2. Nail(noun)

    the basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera

  3. Nail(noun)

    the terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds

  4. Nail(noun)

    a slender, pointed piece of metal, usually with a head, used for fastening pieces of wood or other material together, by being driven into or through them

  5. Nail(adj)

    a measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the sixteenth of a yard

  6. Nail(noun)

    to fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by means of nails; as, to nail boards to the beams

  7. Nail(noun)

    to stud or boss with nails, or as with nails

  8. Nail(noun)

    to fasten, as with a nail; to bind or hold, as to a bargain or to acquiescence in an argument or assertion; hence, to catch; to trap

  9. Nail(noun)

    to spike, as a cannon


  1. Nail

    In woodworking and construction, a nail is a pin-shaped, object of metal used as a fastener, peg to hang something, or sometimes a decoration. Generally nails have a point on one end and a head on the other. Formerly wrought iron, today's nails are typically made of steel, often dipped or coated to prevent corrosion in harsh conditions or improve adhesion. Ordinary nails for wood are usually of a soft, low-carbon or "mild" steel. Nails for concrete are harder, with 0.5-0.75% carbon. Nails are typically driven into the workpiece by a hammer, a pneumatic nail gun, or a small explosive charge or primer. A nail holds materials together by friction in the axial direction and shear strength laterally. The point of the nail is also sometimes bent over or clinched after driving to prevent falling out. Nails are made in a great variety of forms for specialized purposes. The most common is a wire nail. Other types of nails include pins, tacks, brads, and spikes.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nail' in Nouns Frequency: #1853

Anagrams of nail

  1. Anil

  2. INLA

  3. Lani

  4. Lina

Translations for nail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a piece of horn-like substance which grows over the ends of the fingers and toes to protect them

I've broken my nail; toe-nails; Don't bite your finger-nails.

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