IPA: nˈeɪɫ


  • The thin, horny plate at the ends of fingers and toes on humans and some other animals.
  • The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera.
  • The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds.
  • The claw of a bird or other animal.
  • A spike-shaped metal fastener used for joining wood or similar materials. The nail is generally driven through two or more layers of material by means of impacts from a hammer or other device. It is then held in place by friction.
  • A round pedestal on which merchants once carried out their business, such as the four nails outside The Exchange, Bristol.
  • An archaic English unit of length equivalent to ¹⁄₂₀ of an ell or ¹⁄₁₆ of a yard (2+¹⁄₄ inches or 5.715 cm).
  • A surname transferred from the nickname.


  • (transitive) To fix (an object) to another object using a nail.
  • (intransitive) To drive a nail.
  • (transitive) To stud or boss with nails, or as if with nails.
  • (slang) To catch.
  • (transitive, slang) To expose as a sham.
  • (transitive, slang) To accomplish (a task) completely and successfully.
  • (transitive, slang) To hit (a target) effectively with some weapon.
  • (transitive, vulgar, slang) Of a male, to engage in sexual intercourse with.
  • (military) To spike, as a cannon.
  • (transitive) To nail down: to make certain, or confirm.

Examples of "nail" in Sentences

  • Double coat roughens the nail.
  • The nail has protruded on the wall.
  • I need a hammer, a rivet and nails.
  • It hits the nail squarely on the head.
  • The blacksmith was bracing a nail into a brad.
  • The brace is then nailed to the plates and the studs.
  • The last nail is using bimbo sexpot Sarah Palin in his campaign.
  • That nail is going to have a headache for some time, thanks to you.
  • The nails on the fingers and toes of the body will readily disconnect.
  • The liver opens to the eyes and manifests in the finger and toe nails.
  • What might make a human toe nail discolor, like to an ugly brown or black
  • A nail avulsion is performed to remove all or part of a chronic ingrown nail.
  • Don't share you coffin nail reek with others who don't smoke and don't ride in your vehicle.
  • San Fran, not only did you hit that ginormous coffin nail right on its head, you made me LOL.
  • Hammering a nail is a wonderful use of the hammer, but using a hammer to cut a wire is foolish.
  • It's a combination of the colors grey and beige and is mostly showing up in nail color options as this year's nod to earth tones.
  • Or maybe he read the script and needed the money so he tried to disguise himself to put off the coffin nail this film has driven into the entire cast.
  • You cannot see the softest and youngest row, or layer, of the nail cells at the base, because a fold of skin, the _nail fold_, has been doubled, or folded, over them to protect them while they are young and soft.
  • Republicans (and some "Blue Dog" democrats) are wholly bought by these corporate interests who are fighting tooth in nail with outright lies, delays, and alliance with people whose real agenda is to hope America fails so that a white republican like Gee Dubya Bush can re-take power and continue our descent into the irrational and ruinous.

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