nail


nail
nail [nāl]
n.
[ME naile < OE nægl, akin to Ger nagel < IE base * onogh, nail > Sans áṅghri-, foot, Gr onyx, nail, L unguis, fingernail]
1.
a) a thin, horny covering that grows out over the upper tip of a finger or toe
b) a similar growth on a toe of a bird, reptile, etc.; claw
2. a tapered piece of metal, commonly pointed and having a flattened head, driven with a hammer, and used to hold pieces or parts together, to hang things on, etc.
3. an old cloth measure, equal to 21/ 4 inches
vt.
[ME nailen < OE mæglan]
1. to attach or fasten together or onto something else with or as with nails
2. to secure, hold, or fasten shut with nails
3. to fix (the eyes, attention, etc.) steadily on an object
4. to discover or expose (a lie, etc.)
5. Informal to catch, capture, seize, or intercept
6. Informal to hit squarely
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hard as nails
callous, unfeeling, remorseless, etc.
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hit the nail on the head
to do or say whatever is exactly right or to the point
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nail down
1. to fasten tightly with nails
2. to settle definitely; clinch
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nail up
1. to fasten with nails to a wall or at some height
2. to fasten (a door, window, etc.) tightly with nails

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Nail — (n[=a]l), n. [AS. n[ae]gel, 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nail — may refer to: Nail (anatomy), toughened keratin at the end of an animal digit Nail (beak), a plate of hard horny tissue at the tip of some bird beaks Nail (fastener), the pin shaped fastener used in engineering, woodworking and construction Nail… …   Wikipedia

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  • nail — ► NOUN 1) a small metal spike with a broadened flat head, hammered in to join things together or to serve as a hook. 2) a horny covering on the upper surface of the tip of the finger and toe in humans and other primates. ► VERB 1) fasten with a… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Nail —   [neɪl; englisch »Nagel«], frühere britische Längeneinheit, 1 Nail = 2¼ Inch = 5,715 cm.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • nail — [v1] fasten, fix with pointed object attach, beat, bind, drive, hammer, hit, hold, join, pin, pound, secure, sock*, spike, strike, tack, whack*; concepts 85,160,189 Ant. unfasten, unnail nail [v2] capture, arrest apprehend, bag, catch, collar*,… …   New thesaurus

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