nail

A nail is the pointed piece of metal that you pound with a hammer when you're building something. When you go to a nail salon, however, don't bring a pack of nails; bring your toes and fingers instead!

When construction workers pound nails into wood, they nail them. Another kind of nail is the one at the end of each of your fingers and toes. In addition to hitting a nail, the verb version of nail also means "to arrest," "to succeed easily," and "to hit." Nail polish is what you use to color the nails on your hands (or feet), and when you "hit the nail on the head," you get the exact right answer.

Primary Meanings of nail

1.
nv
a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
attach something somewhere by means of nails
2.
n
horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
3.
n
a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard
4.
v
take into custody
5.
v
hit hard
6.
v
succeed at easily
7.
v
locate exactly
Full Definitions of nail
1

n a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener

Types:
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brad
a small nail
clout, clout nail
a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood
doornail
a nail with a large head; formerly used to decorate doors
eightpenny nail
a nail 2.5 inches long
fourpenny nail
a nail 1.5 inches long
hobnail
a short nail with a thick head; used to protect the soles of boots
sixpenny nail
a nail 2 inches long
spike
a large stout nail
staple
a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables
stub nail
a short thick nail
tack
a short nail with a sharp point and a large head
tenpenny nail
a nail 3 inches long
carpet tack
used to nail down carpets
drawing pin, pushpin, thumbtack
a tack for attaching papers to a bulletin board or drawing board
tintack
tack or small nail of tinned iron
Type of:
fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

v attach something somewhere by means of nails

nail the board onto the wall”
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached
2

n horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits

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fingernail
the nail at the end of a finger
toenail
the nail at the end of a toe
thumbnail
the nail of the thumb
ingrown toenail, onyxis
toenail having its free tip or edges embedded in the surrounding flesh
Type of:
horny structure, unguis
any rigid body structure composed primarily of keratin
3

n a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard

Type of:
linear measure, linear unit
a unit of measurement of length
4

v take into custody

Synonyms:
apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, pick up
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab
5

v hit hard

Synonyms:
blast, boom, smash
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
6

v succeed at easily

“She nailed her astrophysics course”
Synonyms:
ace, breeze through, pass with flying colors, sail through, sweep through
Type of:
make it, pass
go successfully through a test or a selection process

v succeed in obtaining a position

“He nailed down a spot at Harvard”
Synonyms:
nail down, peg
Type of:
bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
attain success or reach a desired goal

v complete a pass

Synonyms:
complete
Type of:
play
participate in games or sport
7

v locate exactly

“The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome”
Synonyms:
pinpoint
Type of:
locate, turn up
discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining

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