Character 4
Hyphenation nail
Pronunciations /neɪl/

Definitions and meanings of "Nail"

What do we mean by nail?

A slim, pointed piece of metal hammered into material as a fastener. noun

A fingernail or toenail. noun

A claw or talon. noun

Something resembling a nail in shape, sharpness, or use. noun

A measure of length formerly used for cloth, equal to 1/16 yard (5.7 centimeters). noun

To fasten, join, or attach with or as if with a nail. transitive verb

To cover, enclose, or shut by fastening with nails. transitive verb

To keep fixed, motionless, or intent. transitive verb

To stop and seize; catch. transitive verb

To detect and expose. transitive verb

To strike or bring down. transitive verb

To perform successfully or have noteworthy success in. transitive verb

To put out (a base runner). transitive verb

To have sexual intercourse with. transitive verb

To discover or establish conclusively. phrasal verb

To win. phrasal verb

To specify or fix. phrasal verb

The thin, horny plate at the ends of fingers and toes on humans and some other animals.

The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera.

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

The claw of a bird or other animal.

A spike-shaped metal fastener used for joining wood or similar materials. The nail is generally driven through two or more layers of material by means of impacts from a hammer or other device. It is then held in place by friction.

A round pedestal on which merchants once carried out their business, such as the four nails outside The Exchange, Bristol.

An archaic English unit of length equivalent to 1/20 of an ell or 1/16 of a yard (2 1/4 inches or 5.715 cm).

Synonyms and Antonyms for Nail

The word "nail" in example sentences

You cannot see the softest and youngest row, or layer, of the nail cells at the base, because a fold of skin, the _nail fold_, has been doubled, or folded, over them to protect them while they are young and soft. ❋ Woods Hutchinson (1896)

Hammering a nail is a wonderful use of the hammer, but using a hammer to cut a wire is foolish. ❋ SVGL (2009)

It's a combination of the colors grey and beige and is mostly showing up in nail color options as this year's nod to earth tones. ❋ Meredith Fineman (2010)

Or maybe he read the script and needed the money so he tried to disguise himself to put off the coffin nail this film has driven into the entire cast. ❋ Unknown (2010)

What Gerald Bullet says is, “He not only hits the nail on the head: he goes on hammering, in a frenzy of argumentative zeal, long after the nail is driven home.” ❋ Unknown (2010)

Republicans (and some "Blue Dog" democrats) are wholly bought by these corporate interests who are fighting tooth in nail with outright lies, delays, and alliance with people whose real agenda is to hope America fails so that a white republican like Gee Dubya Bush can re-take power and continue our descent into the irrational and ruinous. ❋ Unknown (2009)

Don't share you coffin nail reek with others who don't smoke and don't ride in your vehicle. ❋ Unknown (2009)

San Fran, not only did you hit that ginormous coffin nail right on its head, you made me LOL. ❋ Unknown (2009)

That nail is going to have a headache for some time, thanks to you. ❋ Unknown (2009)

The last nail is using bimbo sexpot Sarah Palin in his campaign. ❋ Unknown (2010)

I do not expect any long-term nail-biters to be pleased by being reminded (yet again) about the "bad" side of their habit. ❋ Unknown (2010)

An iron nail is positioned so that it nearly touches the mercury. ❋ Unknown (2008)

James Brolin (for what his son Josh is up to, see below) will replacehim and Kirstie Alley will play a veterinarian who fails to remove a nail from the head of her niece (Jessica Biel) in the movie. ❋ Unknown (2008)

Lets watch tonight as another nail is hammered into the police coffin and society in general. on October 6, 2008 at 6: 39 pm | Reply bret maye ❋ Inspector Gadget (2008)

Overall Tooth and nail is an enjoyable end of the world movie and was one of the better movies at Horrorfest 07. ❋ Unknown (2007)

DONNA BRAZILE, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: I'm not ready to put the name nail in the coffin of the public option. ❋ Unknown (2009)

Despite the U.S. men having already qualified for the semifinals, one of four teams to advance to the medal round at the Torino Olympics, the U.S. curling dads were in nail biting overdrivefor Monday's game against Canada at the Pinerolo Palaghiaccio. ❋ Unknown (2006)

Avon has upped the ante in nail care with its groundbreaking dry nail enamel, the first in the world to do so, this revolutionary new product provides a complete manicure in minutes with no down time. ❋ Unknown (2006)

Even when Clemson won, it came in nail-biting, edge-of-your seat fashion - remember Gaines Adams 'blocked field goal return touchdown that turned things around in the Tigers' 27-17 victory last year? ❋ Unknown (2006)

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