- 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 116 yard (5.7 centimeters).
transitive verbnailed, nail·ing, nails
- 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).
- Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.
Origin of nailMiddle English from Old English nægl fingernail, toenail ; see nogh- in Indo-European roots.
left to right: common, finishing, ring, and roofing nails