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  1. nail
    IPA[nāl]
  2. noun

    • 1. a small metal spike with a broadened flat head, driven typically into wood with a hammer to join things together or to serve as a peg or hook:

      don't try and hammer nails into the ceiling joists a masonry nail
      Synonym : pin, spike, tack, rivet, hobnail, panel pin, tin tack, brad, sprig, clout nail, sparable
    • 2. a horny covering on the upper surface of the tip of the finger and toe in humans and other primates:

      she began to bite her nails a pair of nail clippers
    • 3. an animal's claw:

      the clicking of a dog's nails on a wooden floor
    • 4. a hard growth on the upper mandible of some soft-billed birds.

    • 5. a measure of length for cloth, equal to 21/4 inches.

    • 6. a measure of wool, beef, or other commodity, roughly equal to 7 or 8 pounds.

    verb

    • 1. fasten to a surface or to something else with a nail or nails:

      nail the edge framing to the wall the teacher was nailing up the lists
    • 2. expose (someone) as deceitful or criminal; catch or arrest:

      have you nailed the killer?
      Synonym : catch, capture, apprehend, arrest, take into custody, seize, take in, bring in, collar, nab, cop, run in, pull in, pick up, bust, pinch, nick, nobble
    • 3. expose (a lie or other instance of deception).

      Synonym : expose, reveal, uncover, unmask, bring to light, lay bare, smoke something out, unearth, detect, identify, discover
    • 4. (of a fielder) put (a runner) out by throwing to a base:

      he dropped a perfect throw home that should have nailed Joe by yards
    • 5. (of a player) defeat or outwit (an opponent):

      Navratilova tried to nail her on the backhand side
    • 6. (of a player) secure (a victory) conclusively:

      there's no doubt I had chances to nail it in the last set
    • 7. tackle (the quarterback or ballcarrier), especially at or behind the line of scrimmage.

    • 8. perform (an action or task) perfectly:

      she absolutely nailed the high notes I guess they were indeed impressed (nailed it!)
    • 9. (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (someone).

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: nail, plural noun: nails

    • v.: verb: nail, 3rd person present: nails, gerund or present participle: nailing, past tense: nailed, past participle: nailed

    • noun

      a small metal spike with a broadened flat head, driven into wood to join things together or to serve as a hook:

      a horny covering on the upper surface of the tip of the finger and toe in humans and other primates:

    • verb

      fasten with a nail or nails:

      detect or catch (someone, especially a suspected criminal):

    • adjective

      fastened or constructed with nails:

      having fingernails or toenails of a specified kind:

    • adjective

      fastened or constructed with nails:

      having fingernails or toenails of a specified kind:

    • noun

      a situation causing great anxiety or tension:

      a person who bites their fingernails:

    • noun

      a small brush designed for cleaning the fingernails and toenails.
    • adjective

      causing great anxiety or tension:
    • noun

      a small conical nail-shaped gall that forms on the leaves of lime trees in response to the presence of mites.
    • noun

      a person employed to give manicures, pedicures, and other cosmetic treatments for the nails:
    • noun

      the condition of a structure which is held together with corroded nails.
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