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Nail appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Nail Lillian!
  • Nail a tin Italian.
  • Stab nail at ill Italian bats.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb nail:


The word nail is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun nail

What does nail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: nails

  1. horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic terms: horny structure / unguis = any rigid body structure composed primarily of keratin
    • more specific words:
    • part of: integumentary system = the skin and its appendages; dactyl / digit = a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates
    • parts:
      • root = the embedded part of a bodily structure such as a tooth, nail, or hair
      • half-moon / lunula / lunule = the crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernail
      • matrix = the formative tissue at the base of a nail
  2. a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
  3. a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard

Alternative definition of the noun nail


  1. The thin, horny plate at the ends of fingers and toes on humans and some other animals.
  2. A spike-shaped metal fastener used for joining wood or similar materials. The nail is generally driven through two or more layers of material by means of impacts from a hammer or other device. It is then held in place by friction.
  3. One of the four round pedestals (the nails) in Bristol, on which merchants once carried out their business.
  4. An archaic English unit of length equivalent to 1/16th of a yard (2.25 inches).

Definition of the verb nail

What does nail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: nailed | nailing | nails

  1. attach something somewhere by means of nails
  2. take into custody
  3. hit hard
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of nail: blast / boom / smash
    • more generic word: hit = deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  4. succeed in obtaining a position
  5. succeed at easily
  6. locate exactly
    • example: The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of nail: pinpoint
    • more generic terms: locate / turn up = discover the location of; determine the place of
  7. complete a pass

Alternative definition of the verb nail


  1. [transitive] To fix (an object) to another object using a nail.
  2. [intransitive] To drive a nail.
  3. [slang] To catch.
  4. [transitive, slang] To expose as a sham.
  5. [transitive, slang] To accomplish (a task) completely and successfully.
  6. [transitive, slang] To hit (a target) effectively with some weapon.
  7. [transitive, slang] Of a male, to engage in sexual intercourse with.


  1. Nail is a fictional character from Buffet Titanic.
  2. Nail is a fictional character from the 2007 film In Bar.
  3. Nail is a fictional character from the anime series Dragon Ball Z.
  4. Nail is a fictional character from the 1977 film Summer City.
  5. Nail is a fictional character in the 2004 film The Seat Filler.
  6. Nail is a fictional character from the 1997 film American Punks.

There are other characters with in their name, like Nail Biter, Rusty Nail and Nail clipper.


  1. "Nail" is the fourth studio album by Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel. It was released in October 1985, through record labels Self Immolation and Some Bizzare.
  2. "Nail" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "Nail" is a musical album of Throttlerod.
    • released on (9 years ago)


  1. Nail: Relics that are claimed to be the Holy Nails with which Christ was crucified are objects of veneration among some Christians, i.e., among Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox. In Christian symbolism and art they figure among the Instruments of the Passion or Arma Christi, the objects associated with Jesus' Passion. Like the other Instruments the Holy Nails have become an object of veneration among many Christians and have been pictured in paintings and supposedly recovered.
  2. Nail a.k.a. CD244 is a protein.
  3. Nail a.k.a. CD244 molecule, natural killer cell receptor 2B4 is a gene.
    • also known as NK cell activation inducing ligand NAIL, CD244 natural killer cell receptor 2B4, natural killer cell receptor 2B4

Phrases with Nail

Phrases starting with the word Nail:

  1. Nail Bar
  2. nail set
  3. Nail bomb
  4. nail down
  5. Nail file
  6. nail hole
  7. Nail-Bomb
  8. Nail Biter

Phrases ending with the word Nail:

  1. Pk Nail
  2. Door Nail
  3. Door-Nail
  4. stub nail
  5. clout nail
  6. Clout-Nail
  7. Rusty Nail
  8. Straw Nail
  9. Bright Nail
  10. casing nail
  11. coffin nail
  12. common nail

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Nail

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Google previewTooth and Nail (2010)

The Story of the Rabbit in Australia by Brian Coman

Tooth & Nail is a beautifully written and wonderfully entertaining history of the rabbit in Australia.

Google previewTextbook of Clinical Pediatrics (2012)

by A. Y. Elzouki, H. A. Harfi, F. B. Stapleton, H. Nazer, William Oh, R. J. Whitley

The nail is the biggest cutaneous appendage. It is an integral part of the functional unit tip of the...

The nail is a window to the bed permitting the vascular supply and blood oxygenation to be evaluated. Even subtle color changes can be seen ...

Google previewAnatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals (2015)

by Professor Eastern Florida State College Jahangir Moini

A nail is a modification of the epidermis that contains hard keratin.

Google previewTarot and the Path of Initiation (2013)

by Henry Ho

The Nail is a phallic symbol; it is the erect penis whilst the Yod is the flaccid penis . Hence the Son is the natural evolution of the Father . The path of Vau lies between Chokmah and Chesed . Again we have the image of a father and son .

Google previewHe Did This Just for You (2005)

by Max Lucado

The nail is the nail ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

Material; as, copper nail, lor sheathing of ships, metal covering of roofs. Galvanized, plated with zinc, etc. 7. Mode of manufacture ; as, wrought, cut, cast. The accompanying cut shows some of the peculiarities as to heads, points, and thickness.

Google previewA philosophical dictionary, from the Fr. [by J.G. Gurton]. (1824)

by Voltaire

NAIL. We only ask here, from the censors of books, permission to transcribe from that which the Dominican • missionary Labat, proveditor of the holy office, has written concerning the nails of the cross, into which it is more than probable no nail ...

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Quotes about Nail

A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.
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Scrabble value of N1A1I1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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