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Definitions of nail

  1. To spike, as a cannon. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To fasten with such a piece of metal; to secure or make certain; to hold down tightly: as, to nail an argument; to expose; as, to nail a lie. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To fasten with nails. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To fasten, as with a nail. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. attach something somewhere by means of nails; "nail the board onto the wall" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. locate exactly; "can you pinpoint the position of the enemy?"; "The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. complete a pass Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. To fasten or stud with nails; to spike. On the nail, at once. To hit the nail on the head, to touch or seize the exact point. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To fasten or unite with nails. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. the horny scale of plate of epidermis at the end of the fingers and toes of man and many apes. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by means of nails; as, to nail boards to the beams. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To stud or boss with nails, or as with nails. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The horny substance at the ends of the human fingers and toes; the claws of a bird or animal; a measure two and one-fourth inches long; a pointed piece of metal, furnished with a head, and used for driving into woodwork, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. The horny scale at the end of the human fingers and toes: the claw of a bird or other animal: a pointed spike of metal for fastening wood: a measure of length (2 1/4 inches). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Horny scale at the end of the finger or toe; claw; metal spike; measure of two and one fourth inches. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. A thing horny plate on the end of a finger of toe. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. A metal pin with point at one end and head at the other, for driving into wood. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. The horny substance at the end of the human fingers and toes; the claw or talon of an animal; a small pointed piece of metal to fasten wood; a measure of length, 2 1/2 or 2 1/4 inches. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. One of the flat horny substances at the ends of the fingers and toes; a pointed piece of iron or other metal, commonly with a head, used to fasten wood-work; a measure of length, one-sixteenth of a yard. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. The terminal horny plate of finger or toe. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  27. A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the sixteenth of a yard. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for nail

  1. What he saw made him get a chair and, standing on it, take the picture from its nail – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  2. That nail on the door! – The Love Affairs of Pixie by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
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