Definitions of nail

  1. succeed at easily; " She sailed through her exams"; " You will pass with flying colors"; " She nailed her astrophysics course"
  2. succeed in obtaining a position; " He nailed down a spot at Harvard"
  3. a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
  4. a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/ 16 of a yard
  5. attach something somewhere by means of nails; " nail the board onto the wall"
  6. locate exactly; " can you pinpoint the position of the enemy?"; " The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome"
  7. complete a pass
  8. take into custody; " the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
  9. To spike, as a cannon.
  10. the horny scale of plate of epidermis at the end of the fingers and toes of man and many apes.
  11. The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera.
  12. The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds.
  13. 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.
  14. A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the sixteenth of a yard.
  15. To fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by means of nails; as, to nail boards to the beams.
  16. To stud or boss with nails, or as with nails.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  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).
  21. To fasten with nails.
  22. Horny scale at the end of the finger or toe; claw; metal spike; measure of two and one fourth inches.
  23. To fasten, as with a nail.
  24. A thing horny plate on the end of a finger of toe.
  25. A metal pin with point at one end and head at the other, for driving into wood.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. To fasten or unite with nails.
  30. The terminal horny plate of finger or toe.

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
  3. Then the long string is tied to the short string a little distance above the nail. – Bob the Castaway by Frank V. Webster
  4. " If I were to act as everybody expects me to, I'd be down there on the floor, now, clawing into the Management tooth and nail. – Time Crime by H. Beam Piper
  5. " Balder has hit the nail on the head, as usual," said Edwin. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  6. They returned almost immediately, and with them came a gentleman who told Mr Ainsworth, after he had been introduced, that he knew more about the church than any one in C-, and could give them the history of every nail and stone, window and door. – Eunice by Margaret Murray Robertson
  7. Grandmother made Susan hunt for her straw hat which, strange to say, was not to be found upon its accustomed nail. – Black-Eyed Susan by Ethel Calvert Phillips
  8. Lying so till the dawn broke and the cocks began to crow, he would then look cautiously forth, and seeing by the grey light that the corners were empty, and that the figure by the door was not the Yew- lane Ghost, but his mother's faded print dress hanging on a nail, would drop his head and fall wearily asleep. – Melchior's Dream and Other Tales by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  9. He had a nail out of one of the shoes they made for the king. – In the Days of the Guild by Louise Lamprey
  10. The whole arrangement was so uncomfortable that it was promptly taken off and hung upon its nail. – The Brass Bound Box by Evelyn Raymond
  11. The narrow nail- studded door of black oak yields slowly to the push- it is not easy to enter, not easy to quit the Present- but once close it, and the living world is gone. – The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies by Walter Besant
  12. In a crisis situation, when you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  13. She then pointed out to me a small white spot on my left thumb nail, which she said always denoted a present. – A Grandmother's Recollections by Ella Rodman
  14. He'd go furder'n that; he'd nail you up to the cross and skin you alive if there was any money in it for him. – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  15. He told me, too, that if I had a knife, and would rub my knife on the magnet, the knife would attract, too; and so I did rub it, and I found that my knife would attract the nail, though not very strong. – Rollo's Experiments by Jacob Abbott
  16. The art of nail- making is easily acquired. – Essays on the Constitution of the United States by Paul Leicester Ford