Definition of Nail

1. Noun. Horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits.

Group relationships: Integumentary System, Dactyl, Digit
Generic synonyms: Horny Structure, Unguis
Terms within: Half-moon, Lunula, Lunule, Matrix
Specialized synonyms: Fingernail, Toenail

2. Verb. Attach something somewhere by means of nails. "Nail the board onto the wall"
Generic synonyms: Attach
Also: Nail Down
Derivative terms: Nailer

3. Noun. A thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener.

4. Verb. Take into custody. "The police nabbed the suspected criminals"
Exact synonyms: Apprehend, Arrest, Collar, Cop, Nab, Pick Up
Generic synonyms: Clutch, Prehend, Seize
Derivative terms: Apprehender, Apprehension, Arrest, Collar, Cop, Pickup

5. Noun. A former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard.
Generic synonyms: Linear Measure, Linear Unit

6. Verb. Hit hard. "He smashed a 3-run homer"
Exact synonyms: Blast, Boom, Smash
Generic synonyms: Hit
Derivative terms: Blast, Smash, Smasher

7. Verb. Succeed in obtaining a position. "He nailed down a spot at Harvard"

8. Verb. Succeed at easily. "She nailed her astrophysics course"
Exact synonyms: Ace, Breeze Through, Pass With Flying Colors, Sail Through, Sweep Through
Generic synonyms: Make It, Pass
Derivative terms: Ace

9. Verb. Locate exactly. "The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome"
Exact synonyms: Pinpoint
Generic synonyms: Locate, Turn Up
Derivative terms: Pinpoint

10. Verb. Complete a pass.
Exact synonyms: Complete
Category relationships: Football, Football Game
Generic synonyms: Play
Derivative terms: Completion

Definition of Nail

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

2. v. t. To fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by means of nails; as, to nail boards to the beams.

Definition of Nail

1. Noun. The thin, horny plate at the ends of fingers and toes on humans and some other animals. ¹

2. Noun. 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. ¹

3. Noun. One of the four round pedestals (the nails) in Bristol, on which merchants once carried out their business. ¹

4. Noun. An archaic English unit of length equivalent to 1/20th of an ell or 1/16th of a yard (2.25 inches or 5,715 cm). ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To fix (an object) to another object using a nail. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To drive a nail. ¹

7. Verb. (slang) To catch. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive slang) To expose as a sham. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive slang) To accomplish (a task) completely and successfully. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive slang) To hit (a target) effectively with some weapon. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive slang) Of a male, to engage in sexual intercourse with. ¹

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Definition of Nail

1. to fasten with a nail (a slender piece of metal) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Nail

1. 1. The horny scale of plate of epidermis at the end of the fingers and toes of man and many apes. "His nayles like a briddes claws were." (Chaucer) The nails are strictly homologous with hoofs and claws. When compressed, curved, and pointed, they are called talons or claws, and the animal bearing them is said to be unguiculate; when they incase the extremities of the digits they are called hoofs, and the animal is ungulate. 2. The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera. The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds. 3. 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. The different sorts of nails are named either from the use to which they are applied, from their shape, from their size, or from some other characteristic, as shingle, floor, ship-carpenters', and horseshoe nails, roseheads, diamonds, fourpenny, tenpenny (see Penny), chiselpointed, cut, wrought, or wire nails, etc. 4. A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the sixteenth of a yard. Nail ball, a round projectile with an iron bolt protruding to prevent it from turning in the gun. Nail plate, iron in plates from which cut nails are made. On the nail, in hand; on the spot; immediately; without delay or time of credit; as, to pay money on the nail. "You shall have ten thousand pounds on the nail." . To hit the nail on the head, to hit most effectively; to do or say a thing in the right way. Origin: AS. Naegel, akin to D. Nagel, OS OHG. Nagal, G. Nagel, Icel. Nagl, nail (in sense 1), nagli nail (in sense 3), Sw. Nagel nail (in senses 1 and 3), Dan. Nagle, Goth. Ganagljan to nail, Lith. Nagas nail (in sense 1), Russ. Nogote, L. Unguis, Gr, Skr. Nakha. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nail

naiad family
nail-patella syndrome
nail-tailed kangaroo
nail-tailed wallaby
nail Jell-O to a tree
nail bar
nail bed
nail beds
nail biter

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