- The definition of a nail is a narrow piece of metal with a sharp point and usually with a flat head used for holding things together or hanging objects.
An example of a nail is what someone would hammer into the wall in order to hang a picture.
- Nail is defined as a thin tough covering that grows from the tips of the fingers and toes.
An example of a nail is what would be cared for and painted during a manicure.
- Nail means to attach or join.
An example of to nail is joining two pieces of wood together while building a table.
Nails on a mans fingers.
nail definition by Webster's New World
- a thin, horny covering that grows out over the upper tip of a finger or toe
- a similar growth on a toe of a bird, reptile, etc.; claw
- a tapered piece of metal, commonly pointed and having a flattened head, driven with a hammer, and used to hold pieces or parts together, to hang things on, etc.
- an old cloth measure, equal to 2 inches
Origin: Middle English naile ; from Old English nægl, akin to German nagel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form onogh, nail from source Sanskrit áṅghri-, foot, Classical Greek onyx, nail, Classical Latin unguis, fingernail
- to attach or fasten together or onto something else with or as with nails
- to secure, hold, or fasten shut with nails
- to fix (the eyes, attention, etc.) steadily on an object
- to discover or expose (a lie, etc.)
- Informal to catch, capture, seize, or intercept
- Informal to hit squarely
Origin: ME nailen < OE mæglan
nail definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A slim, pointed piece of metal hammered into material as a fastener.
- a. A fingernail or toenail.b. A claw or talon.
- Something resembling a nail in shape, sharpness, or use.
- A measure of length formerly used for cloth, equal to 1/16 yard (5.7 centimeters).
- To fasten, join, or attach with or as if with a nail.
- To cover, enclose, or shut by fastening with nails: nail up a window.
- To keep fixed, motionless, or intent: Fear nailed me to my seat.
- Slang a. To stop and seize; catch: Police nailed the suspect.b. To detect and expose: nailed the senator in a lie; nail corruption before it gets out of control.
- Slang a. To strike or bring down: nail a bird in flight; nail a running back.b. To perform successfully or have noteworthy success in: nailed the dive; nailed the exam.
- Baseball To put out (a base runner).
Origin: Middle English, from Old English nǽgl, fingernail, toenail; see nogh- in Indo-European roots.
- nailˈer noun
left to right: common, finishing, ring, and roofing nails
nail - Medical Definition
- A fingernail or toenail.
- A slender rod used in operations to fasten together the divided extremities of a broken bone.
nail - Phrases/Idioms
hard as nails
hit the nail on the head
- to fasten tightly with nails
- to settle definitely; clinch
- to fasten with nails to a wall or at some height
- to fasten (a door, window, etc.) tightly with nails