tenpenny nail
noun Etymology: from its original price per hundred Date: 15th century a nail three inches (7.6 centimeters) long

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  • tenpenny nail — noun a nail 3 inches long • Hypernyms: ↑nail * * * noun Etymology: so called from its original price per hundred : a nail 3 inches long * * * tenpenny nail noun 1. Formerly, a nail sold at tenpence a hundred 2. A large nail • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nail (fastener) — A pile of nails. In woodworking and construction, a nail is a pin shaped, sharp object of hard metal or alloy used as a fastener. Formerly wrought iron, today s nails are typically made of steel, often dipped or coated to prevent corrosion in… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 ball — Nail 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),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nail plate — Nail 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),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenpenny — [ten′pen΄ē, ten′pə nē] adj. 1. worth ten (esp. Brit.) pennies 2. designating a nail three inches long …   English World dictionary

  • nail — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. fingernail, toenail, ungula; talon, claw; tack, brad, spoke; hobnail, clout; pin, peg. v. t. pin, fix; informal, capture, catch. See junction, restraint. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. brad, pin, peg, hob,… …   English dictionary for students

  • nail set — noun A punch that drives in a nail so that its head is level with or below the surface. In an emergency a nail set can be made in a few minutes from a tenpenny or other large nail. Cut off the point with hack saw or grinding wheel, clamp the nail …   Wiktionary

  • tenpenny — /ten pen ee, peuh nee/, adj. 1. noting a nail 3 in. (7.6 cm) in length. Symbol: 10d. 2. worth or costing 10 cents. [1400 50; late ME; see TEN, PENNY] * * * …   Universalium

  • tenpenny — ten•pen•ny [[t]ˈtɛnˌpɛn i, pə ni[/t]] adj. 1) bui noting a nail 3 in. (7.6 cm) in length. Symbol: 10d 2) worth or costing ten cents • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

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