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Nail meaning

nail - 10 dictionary results

  1. 1. complete a pass
  2. 2. take into custody; " the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
  3. 3. To spike, as a cannon.
  4. 4. The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the sixteenth of a yard.
  7. 7. To fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by means of nails; as, to nail boards to the beams.
  8. 8. To stud or boss with nails, or as with nails.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Horny scale at the end of the finger or toe; claw; metal spike; measure of two and one fourth inches.

nail - examples of usage

  1. We lost no more time in talking, but immediately set to work to shut all the doors on the ground floor, and to nail pieces of timber and strong planks against them. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
  2. The art of nail- making is one of the most ancient among us; we may safely charge its antiquity with four figures. - "An History of Birmingham (1783)", William Hutton.
  3. It is also best to trim the nails with a file or with scissors, instead of a knife, as the latter may split or tear the nail, or cut down to the quick. - "A Handbook of Health", Woods Hutchinson.
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