nail Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
noun a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
noun a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard
verb attach something somewhere by means of nails
- nail the board onto the wall
verb take into custody
nab; cop; pick up; apprehend; arrest; collar.
- the police nabbed the suspected criminals
verb hit hard
smash; blast; boom.
- He smashed a 3-run homer
verb succeed in obtaining a position
nail down; peg.
- He nailed down a spot at Harvard
verb succeed at easily
sweep through; ace; sail through; pass with flying colors; breeze through.
- She sailed through her exams
- You will pass with flying colors
- She nailed her astrophysics course
verb locate exactly
- can you pinpoint the position of the enemy?
- The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome
verb complete a pass
(Anat.) 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.
(Zoöl.) (a) The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera. (b) The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds.
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.
A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the sixteenth of a yard.
Nail transitive verb
To fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by means of nails; as, to. nailboards to the beams
He is now dead, and nailed in his chest. Chaucer.
To stud or boss with nails, or as with nails.
The rivets of your arms were nailed with gold. Dryden.
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.
When they came to talk of places in town, you saw at once how I nailed them. Goldsmith.
To spike, as a cannon.Obs. Crabb.