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nail

Definitions

  • Nail and Screw Cabinet
    Nail and Screw Cabinet
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v nail complete a pass
    • v nail take into custody "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
    • v nail attach something somewhere by means of nails "nail the board onto the wall"
    • v nail hit hard "He smashed a 3-run homer"
    • v nail locate exactly "can you pinpoint the position of the enemy?","The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome"
    • v nail succeed at easily "She sailed through her exams","You will pass with flying colors","She nailed her astrophysics course"
    • v nail succeed in obtaining a position "He nailed down a spot at Harvard"
    • n nail a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
    • n nail horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
    • n nail a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard
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Additional illustrations & photos:

9 Toe-nailed 9 Toe-nailed
let Yer Nails Grow; Ye'll Need 'em' 097 let Yer Nails Grow; Ye'll Need 'em' 097
Some nails, spikes, staples, and other iron hardware used at Jamestown over 300 years ago Some nails, spikes, staples, and other iron hardware used at Jamestown over 300 years ago
Seeking of Rusty Pins and Old Nails--2-30-210 Seeking of Rusty Pins and Old Nails--2-30-210
The queen puts a poisoned nail into the oar The queen puts a poisoned nail into the oar
Heel and sole nailed Heel and sole nailed
child with rusty nail injury child with rusty nail injury

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Manicuring the nails has been done by people for more than 4,000 years
    • Nail A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the sixteenth of a yard.
    • Nail A slender, pointed piece of metal, usually with a head{2}, used for fastening pieces of wood or other material together, by being driven into or through them.
    • Nail (Zoöl) The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera.
    • Nail (Anat) the horny scale of plate of epidermis at the end of the fingers and toes of man and many apes. "His nayles like a briddes claws were."
    • Nail (Zoöl) The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds.
    • Nail To fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by means of nails; as, to nail boards to the beams. "He is now dead, and nailed in his chest."
    • Nail To fasten, as with a nail; to bind or hold, as to a bargain or to acquiescence in an argument or assertion; hence, to catch; to trap. "When they came to talk of places in town, you saw at once how I nailed them."
    • Nail To spike, as a cannon.
    • Nail To stud or boss with nails, or as with nails. "The rivets of your arms were nailed with gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The thumbnail grows the slowest; the middle nail grows the fastest.
    • n nail A thin, flat, blunt layer of horn growing on the upper side of the end of a finger or toe. A nail, technically called unguis, consists of horny substance, which is condensed and hardened epidermis, the same as that forming the horns, hoofs, and claws of various animals. A claw is a sharp curved nail; a hoof is a blunt nail large enough to inclose the end of a digit. The white mark at the base of the human nail is called the lunula.
    • n nail In entomology, the uncus.
    • n nail In ornithology, the hard horny end of the bill of any lamellirostral bird, as a duck or goose. It is usually quite distinct from the skinny part of the bill, and resembles a human finger-nail. A similar formation, bnt more claw-like, occupies the end of the upper mandible of various other water-birds, as the pelican.
    • n nail The callosity on the inner side of a horse's leg near the knee or the hock.
    • n nail A pin or slender piece of metal used for driving through or into wood or other material for the purpose of holding separate pieces together, or left projecting that things may be hung on it. Nails usually taper to a point (often blunt), are flattened transversely at the larger end (the head), and are rectangular or round in section. Very large and heavy nails are called spikes; and a small and thin nail, with a head but slightly defined, is called a brad. There are three leading distinctions of iron nails as respects the modes of manufacture—wrought, cut, and cast. Nails are said to be 6-pound nails, 8-pound nails, etc., according as 1,000 of the variety in question weigh 6 pounds or 8 pounds, etc.; hence such phrases as sixpenny, eightpenny, and tenpenny nails, in whieh penny is a corruption of pound. See penny, 6.
    • n nail A stud or boss; a short metallic pin with a broad head serving for ornament.
    • n nail Same as shooting-needle.
    • n nail A unit of English cloth-measure, 2¼ inches, or of a yard. Abbreviated n.
    • n nail A weight of eight pounds: generally applied to articles of food.
    • nail To fix or fasten with a nail or with nails; drive nails into for the purpose of fastening or securing: often with a preposition and an object, or with an adverb, to denote the result: as, to nail up a box; to nail a shelf to the wall; to nail down the hatches; to nail a joist into place; to nail it back.
    • nail To stud with nails.
    • nail Figuratively, to pin down and hold fast; make secure: as, to nail a bargain.
    • nail To secure by a prompt action; catch.
    • nail To make certain; attest; confirm; clinch.
    • nail To trip up; detect and expose, as in an error.
    • nail To spike (a cannon).
    • nail Nautical, to spoil; frustrate the purpose of; make unlucky: as, to nail the trip (that is, spoil the voyage).
    • n nail A straight stamping-tool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The lunula is the half-moon shaped pale area at the bottom of finger nails.
    • n Nail nāl one of the flattened, elastic, horny plates placed as protective coverings on the dorsal surface of the terminal phalanges of the fingers and toes: the claw of a bird or other animal: a thin pointed piece of metal for fastening wood: a measure of length (2¼ inches)
    • v.t Nail to fasten with nails: to make certain: to confirm, pin down, hold fast: to catch or secure through promptitude; to trip up or expose
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Quotations

  • Sir Walter Scott
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    “A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.”
  • William Ellery Channing
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    “He is to be educated not because he's to make shoes, nails, and pins, but because he is a man.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
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    “A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.”
  • Denis Diderot
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    “Sentences are like sharp nails, which force truth upon our memories.”
  • Denis Diderot
    Denis%20Diderot
    “Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.”
  • John Burroughs
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    “Some men are like nails, very easily drawn; others however are more like rivets never drawn at all.”

Idioms

Fight tooth and nail - If someone will fight tooth and nail for something, they will not stop at anything to get what they want. ('Fight tooth and claw' is an alternative.)
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Hard as nails - A person who is as hard as nails is either physically tough or has little or no respect for other people's feelings.
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Hit the nail on the head - If someone hits the nail on the head, they are exactly right about something.
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Nail in the coffin - A nail in someone or something's coffin is a problem or event that is a clear step towards an inevitable failure.
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Nail-biter - If a game, election, contest, etc, is a nail-biter, it is exciting because the competitors are so close that it is impossible to predict the result.
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One nail drives out another - A new pain or problem will stop you worrying or feeling bad about something else.
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Pay on the nail - If you pay on the nail, you pay promptly in cash.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. nægel, akin to D. nagel, OS. & OHG. nagal, G. nagel, Icel. nagl, nail (in sense 1), nagli, nail (in sense 3), Sw. nagel, nail (in senses 1 and 3), Dan. nagle, Goth. ganagljan, to nail, Lith. nagas, nail (in sense 1), Russ. nogote, L. unguis, Gr. "o`nyx, Skr. nakha,. √259

Usage

In literature:

Then he laid the board down again upon the stakes, and nailed the ends of the board to them.
"Rollo's Experiments" by Jacob Abbott
Well, I'll promise you them and with big nails, too.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
A gauge-mark one inch from posts, bottom, &c., is the place to nail these strips; very small nails or tacks will hold them.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
He put one little carpet nail into each end of the strap.
"Rollo's Philosophy. [Air]" by Jacob Abbott
That done, he found a hammer and nails, and muffling the hammer with his handkerchief, as quietly as possible nailed the boards into place.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
It is, as a rule, but slightly elevated, is usually dark in color, and of the size of a pea or finger-nail.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The nail file and nail scissors must be used as often as possible.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
CHARACTERS IN FINGER NAILS.
"Cupology" by Clara
Of course it goes without saying, that requisite is perfect cleanliness of both the hands and nails.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
He nailed en he nailed.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Keep the nails cut close.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
And from the pavement I saw that the man's nails were as blue as pieces of turquoise.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
He had a long stick with a nail in the end, and a small basket because there wasn't much to pick up.
"The Backwash of War" by Ellen N. La Motte
It is covered with a green mantle, sprinkled with yellow flowers, and nailed down with little red nails.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Some little boys and girls do not clean their nails every day.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Charles was much surprised at the whiteness of her nails.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Suppose we lay a nail on the surface of a bowl of water.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
All at once a thought came which sent the blood flushing up into the boy's cheeks, and nailed him, as it were, to the window.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
May God set a nail to your skull, and pound it with a hammer as Jael did to Sisera!...
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
SULPHUR exists in the bones, muscles, hair, and nails.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
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In poetry:

You had no wealth of love. You failed
For that. Your heart may never cling
To men upon their crosses nailed,
To brothers sadly travailing.
"To A Politician" by Edward Dyson
I, I alone, have done the deed!
'Tis I thy sacred flesh have torn;
My sins have caused thee, Lord, to bleed,
Pointed the nail, and fixed the thorn.
"Hymn XXIII: Extended on a Cursed Tree" by Charles Wesley
The hands whose touch sent thrills of joy
Through nerves unstrung and palsied rame,
The feet that travelled for our need,
Were nailed unto the cross of shame.
"Go Work in My Vineyard" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
'Since you've played these pranks and given no sign,
You shall crave this man of yours; pine and pine
With sighings sore,
'Till I've starved your love for him; nailed you mine.
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
Kindle me to constant fire,
Lest the nail be but a nail!
Give me wings of great desire,
Lest I look within, and fail!
Red of heat, the furnace light,
White of heat, fix on my sight.
"The Song Of Theodolinda" by George Meredith
Believe that Christ, when nail'd unto the tree,
For thee was sacrific'd, and di'd for thee!
Believe that he, to buy the soul, did bleed:
'Tis then! 'tis thus, thou eatest Christ indeed!
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard

In news:

David Nail is pretty much one of those singers who can sing just about anything and nail it (no pun intended) on the first try.
Nail Fertilizer to Revive Weak Nails.
Sheryl Macauley Average Time: 3 mins per nail Suggested Price: $3 per nail.
Audrey Watabe Average Time: 5-7 mins per nail Suggested Price: $5 per nail.
NAIL IT is the first lifestyle magazine for women who love nails.
Olivia Gordon Average Time: 7 mins per nail Suggested Price: $5 per nail.
Tami Toft-Hobson Average Time: 10 mins per nail Suggested Price: $7 per nail.
Sheryl Macauley Average Time: 20-30 mins per nail Suggested Price: $7-$10 per nail.
Sonya Veloz Average Time: 3 minutes per nail Suggested Price: $3 per nail.
Tami Toft Hobson Average Time: 10 minutes per nail Suggested Price: $5 per nail.
Nail Art Nail Designs Savvy Salon Nail Salons .
If this year's caviar, velvet and sequin nail art trends weren't enough to satisfy your beauty senses, then OPI's new 'Liquid Sand ' nail products just might.
Olivia Gordon Average Time: 7 minutes per nail Suggested Price: $5 per nail.
Sheryl Macauley Average Time: 5-10 mins per nail Suggested Price: $3 per nail.
Izabella Kurdian Average Time: 7-10 mins per nail Suggested Price: $5-$7 per nail.
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In science:

Figure 2: Illustration of the nailer and the nail.
Packing identical simple polygons is NP-hard
These ideas help to nail down the probability that a graph with 1 2 n edges is planar, as shown in section 15.
The birth of the giant component
One end of the hollow cylinder is sealed by a paper. A nail with the large velocity V flies towards the open end.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
The hat of the nail is larger than the diameter of the cylinder, and their proper lengths are equal.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
In the cylinder’s frame the nail is contracted γ -times and, consequently, cannot perforate the paper.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
But in the nail’s frame it’s the cylinder that’s length-contracted and consequently the paper is pierced.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
In the nail’s frame it is clear that the paper is punched, so the whole question is how this is achieved in the cylinder’s rest frame.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
In this frame, at the moment of collision, the tip of the nail is at a distance L γ from the beginning of the cylinder.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
In the cylinder’s rest frame, the tip of the nail runs away from this signal at a rate V .
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
L and, hence, the nail will punch the paper before its tip stops.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
However, in this paper our aim is to understand some general phenomena and we focus on orders of magnitude rather than on nailing down sharp constants.
On combinatorial testing problems
In order to nail down the real γ -ray emitter, continuous observations by VLBIs are quite important.
Hadronic gamma-ray emission from extragalactic mini radio lobes
As difficult as it is to nail down the mass on some of these systems, it is even more difficult to measure black hole spin, even though it plays a direct, and important, role in accretion disk physics.
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory
This paper aims to nail down the correctness of these derivations further and, in the process, uncover even more structure.
From Mathematics to Abstract Machine: A formal derivation of an executable Krivine machine
The key branching ratios ψ ′ → π 0hc and hc → γ ηc have been nailed down, so the absolute hc cross sections/branching ratios are available. A new prolific production mode of hc has been found: e+e− → π+π−hc .
A Review of h_c(1P1), eta_c(1S) and eta_c(2S)
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