nail
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nægl; akin to Old High German nagal nail, fingernail, Latin unguis fingernail, toenail, claw, Greek onyx Date: before 12th century 1. a. a horny sheath protecting the upper end of each finger and toe of humans and most other primates b. a structure (as a claw) that terminates a digit and corresponds to a nail 2. a slender usually pointed and headed fastener designed to be pounded in II. transitive verb Date: before 12th century 1. to fasten with or as if with a nail 2. to fix in steady attention <
nailed his eye on the crack
>
3. a. catch, trap b. to expose usually so as to discredit <
nailed the impostor
>
c. to arrest or punish for an offense 4. a. strike, hit b. to put out (a runner) in baseball 5. to perform or complete perfectly or impressively <
nailed a jump shot
>
6. to gain or win decisively — often used with down <
nail down their consent
>
7. to settle, establish, or represent clearly and unmistakably — often used with down <
have nailed down the artist's technique
>
8. usually vulgar to copulate with • nailer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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

  • Nail — Nail, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nailed} (n[=a]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Nailing}.] [AS. n[ae]glian. See {Nail}, n.] 1. To fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by means of nails; as, to nail boards to the beams. [1913 Webster] He is now dead …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • Nail — steht für: Nagel im Englischen Ein angloamerikanisches Maßsystem Eine deutsche Metalcore Band, siehe Nail (Band) Nail (Vorname), einen männlichen Vornamen arabischer Herkunft Nail ist der Familienname folgender Personen: David Nail (* 1979), US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nail — Personnage de Dragon Ball Naissance Namek Origine Namek …   Wikipédia en Français

  • 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 …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • Nail — (spr. Neht), 1) englisches Längenmaß = 21/2 Inches (Zoll); 2) Zollgewicht, in England = 6,53 Zollpfund, in Belgien 5, 42 Zollpfund …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Nail — (engl., spr. nēl, »Nagel«), engl. Längenmaß für Manufakturwaren, = 1/4 Quarter oder 21/4 Inches …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”