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.


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  • 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

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  • 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

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