nail file


Definition of nail file

: a small narrow instrument (as of metal or cardboard) with a rough or emery surface that is used for shaping fingernails

Examples of nail file in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pair comes with a free nail file for the finer details. Popular Science, "Dog nail clippers and grinders for well-manicured paws," 17 June 2020 Latrice Knighton, a Wauwatosa mom to twin toddlers, has gone online to order bubble bath, a face mask, foot stone, nail files and a new shade of fingernail polish. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A slower-paced, stay-at-home Mother's Day gives moms a rare opportunity to think about what they really want," 29 Apr. 2020 In the clip, Dean carefully buffs away his wife's polish with a nail file. Photo: Michael Tran/getty Images.,, "Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys Win Funniest Quarantine Manicure Video," 15 Apr. 2020 Use a nail file to buff away the surface layer of manicure. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Gel Nail Polish at Home Quickly — Without Totally Ruining Your Nails," 30 Mar. 2020 For this part, a cheap, rough nail file works better than your nice metal one. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "How To Remove a Dip Powder Manicure At Home When You Can’t Make It to the Salon," 3 Apr. 2020 Smith and Atroch, 2010 Arapaima scales can be used as nail files or ornaments. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 25 Feb. 2020 Then, using the grittier side of your nail file, buff away about two-thirds of the polish from your nails, being careful not to file all the way down to your nail bed. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "How to Remove Dip Nails at Home," 7 Apr. 2020 Sawing back and forth will gum up your nail file with acrylic, rendering it useless, Ms. Logan said. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "How to Remove Your Acrylics or Gels at Home," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nail file

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nail file was in 1862

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28 Jun 2020

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“Nail file.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nail file

: a small, flat piece of metal or cardboard that has a rough surface and that is used for shaping your fingernails

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