Definition of Nail in English :

Define Nail in English

Nail meaning in English

Meaning of Nail in English

Pronunciation of Nail in English

Nail pronunciation in English

Pronounce Nail in English


see synonyms of nail


1. nail

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

2. nail

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

3. nail

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


4. nail

attach something somewhere by means of nails

Example Sentences:
'nail the board onto the wall'

5. apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, nail, pick up

take into custody

Example Sentences:
'the police nabbed the suspected criminals'

6. blast, boom, nail, smash

hit hard

Example Sentences:
'He smashed a 3-run homer'

7. nail, nail down, peg

succeed in obtaining a position

Example Sentences:
'He nailed down a spot at Harvard'

8. ace, breeze through, nail, pass with flying colors, sail through, sweep through

succeed at easily

Example Sentences:
'She sailed through her exams'
'You will pass with flying colors'
'She nailed her astrophysics course'

9. nail, pinpoint

locate exactly

Example Sentences:
'can you pinpoint the position of the enemy?'
'The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome'

10. complete, nail

complete a pass

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of nail
a fastening device usually made from round or oval wire, having a point at one end and a head at the other
anything resembling such a fastening device, esp in function or shape
the horny plate covering part of the dorsal surface of the fingers or toes
fingernail, toenail ▶ Related adjectives: ungual, ungular
the claw of a mammal, bird, or reptile
5. slang
a hypodermic needle, used for injecting drugs
a unit of length, formerly used for measuring cloth, equal to two and a quarter inches
7.  a nail in one's coffin
8.  bite one's nails
9.  hard as nails
10.  hit the nail on the head
11.  on the nail
verb (transitive)
to attach with or as if with nails
13. informal
to arrest or seize
14. informal
to hit or bring down, as with a shot
I nailed the sniper
15. informal
to expose or detect (a lie or liar)
to fix or focus (one's eyes, attention, etc) on an object
to stud with nails
18.  nail it

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see synonyms of nail
a thin, horny covering that grows out over the upper tip of a finger or toe
a similar growth on a toe of a bird, reptile, etc.; claw
a tapered piece of metal, commonly pointed and having a flattened head, driven with a hammer, and used to hold pieces or parts together, to hang things on, etc.
an old cloth measure, equal to 214 inches
verb transitive
to attach or fasten together or onto something else with or as with nails
to secure, hold, or fasten shut with nails
to fix (the eyes, attention, etc.) steadily on an object
to discover or expose (a lie, etc.)
8.  Informal
to catch, capture, seize, or intercept
9.  Informal
to hit squarely

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of nail
1. A slim, pointed piece of metal hammered into material as a fastener.
a. A fingernail or toenail.
b. A claw or talon.
3. Something resembling a nail in shape, sharpness, or use.
4. A measure of length formerly used for cloth, equal to 1/16 yard (5.7 centimeters).
tr.v. nailed, nail·ing, nails
1. To fasten, join, or attach with or as if with a nail.
2. To cover, enclose, or shut by fastening with nails: nail up a window.
3. To keep fixed, motionless, or intent: Fear nailed me to my seat.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Baseball To put out (a base runner).
7. Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.

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