nail

noun
\ ˈnāl How to pronounce nail (audio) \

Definition of nail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a horny sheath protecting the upper end of each finger and toe of humans and most other primates
b : a structure (such as a claw) that terminates a digit and corresponds to a nail
2 : a slender usually pointed and headed fastener designed to be pounded in

nail

verb
nailed; nailing; nails

Definition of nail (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten with or as if with a nail
2 : to fix in steady attention nailed his eye on the crack
3a : catch, trap
b : to expose usually so as to discredit
c : to arrest or punish for an offense
4a : to hit or strike in a forceful manner : whack sense 1a nailed the ball nailed him on the head with a rock
b : to put out (a runner) in baseball
5 : to perform or complete perfectly or impressively nailed a jump shot
6 : to gain or win decisively often used with down nail down their consent
7 : to settle, establish, or represent clearly and unmistakably often used with down
8 usually vulgar : to copulate with

Other Words from nail

Verb

nailer noun

Examples of nail in a Sentence

Noun a hammer and some nails I get my nails done at the beauty salon every other week. a pair of nail clippers Verb Nail the picture to the wall. All the doors were nailed shut. He got nailed by his parents while trying to sneak out of the house. He got nailed for not paying his taxes. The FBI has nailed the hackers. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Spa has ten rooms, including several treatment suites equipped with trendy amenities like a Quartz Crystal massage bed, a Spa Wave Bed and a Bastien Gonzalez nail salon. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 31 May 2022 Marin Slanina, owner of Star Sailor, says there were just two days between robberies, leaving her beer bar, a hair salon and a nail salon to deal with broken windows and empty cash boxes. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 23 May 2022 Police said the explosion happened inside the nail salon just after police arrived. Lorraine Taylor, Fox News, 17 May 2022 The nail salon is a luxury for some moms, so bringing the luxury to their home could be a good gift idea. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 3 May 2022 The awardees include an urgent care center, a grocery store, a community kitchen, seafood restaurant, nail salon and a boutique bar. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 3 May 2022 In 2016, Nina Park went into the business of crafting and selling nail wraps online. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 23 May 2022 Biotin, sometimes referred to as vitamin B7, is the lifeblood of skin, nail and hair health. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 All of Krok's work is hand-painted, and one of her appointments can take anywhere from two to four hours, which includes removing previous polish and sculpting the nail to her liking before starting the design. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But so was the dialogue, and this is where Cerda really nails it. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, 20 June 2017 Marist coach Colleen Biebel also sent Garofalo, who was nailed at home on a perfect relay throw from Barrington shortstop Julia Kozar. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, 10 June 2017 And making sure Johnson nailed all those backing vocals. Matt Wake, AL.com, 9 June 2017 Some houses had bathtubs, mirrors, furniture, crosses nailed to the wall. Washington Post, 5 June 2017 By nailing down Chance as the festival’s finale, before even his star-making turn at this year’s Grammy Awards, Sasquatch! grabbed one of this year’s marquee live acts for their youthful audience. Charles R. Cross, The Seattle Times, 24 May 2017 Why does Apple nail what channel the Cavs game is on but Google does not? Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, 18 May 2017 Finally, in 2011, Shell and Eni paid the government $1.3 billion, including about $200 million as a signature bonus -- a onetime fee charged by some oil-producing nations -- to nail down the contract once and for all. Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg.com, 9 May 2017 How could anyone nail both the keys and the rhythms with perfect accuracy? David Pogue, Scientific American, 3 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of nail

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nail

Noun

Middle English, from Old English nægl; akin to Old High German nagal nail, fingernail, Latin unguis fingernail, toenail, claw, Greek onyx

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“Nail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nail. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for nail

nail

noun
\ ˈnāl How to pronounce nail (audio) \

Kids Definition of nail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tough covering protecting the upper end of each finger and toe
2 : a slender pointed piece of metal driven into or through something for fastening

nail

verb
nailed; nailing

Kids Definition of nail (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten with or as if with a nail

nail

noun
\ ˈnā(ə)l How to pronounce nail (audio) \

Medical Definition of nail

1 : a horny sheath of thickened and condensed epithelial stratum lucidum that grows out from a vascular matrix of dermis and protects the upper surface of the end of each finger and toe of humans and most other primates and that is strictly homologous with the hoof or claw of other mammals from which it differs chiefly in shape and size

called also nail plate

2 : a structure (as a claw) that terminates a digit and corresponds to a nail
3 : a rod (as of metal) used to fix the parts of a broken bone in normal relation a medullary nail

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