nail nail  /ˈneɪl/


  1. (n) horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
  2. (n) a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
  3. (n) a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard
  4. (v) attach something somewhere by means of nails
  5. (v) take into custody
  6. (v) hit hard
  7. (v) succeed in obtaining a position
  8. (v) succeed at easily
  9. (v) locate exactly
  10. (v) complete a pass


Derived Word(s)


  1. Odeur 53, created in 1998, has notes of nail polish and burnt rubber.
  2. The Beijing nail house mentioned here has been torn down.
  3. When Ulli Sommer, a 41-year-old engineer and avid cyclist, started thinking about ideal car design a few years ago, the first image that came to mind was a nail.


  1. VIDEO: Nail polish-covered turtle rescued by wildlife center

    A wildlife center is trying to find out more about a pregnant, painted turtle that was found covered in nail polish and glitter. The paint is bad for the turtle because it makes her more visible to predators. Source: The News Leader
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Hattiesburg American

  2. Nail Salon robbery suspects in custody

    Amarillo, TX - A man and woman are behind bars after an armed robbery at an Amarillo nail salon
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KFDA-TV Amarillo

  3. Nail Trend Alert: Textured, Matte Polishes

    (Danica Lo / StyleBistro) Deborah Lippman's new punk rock nail collection Tired of your run-of-the-mill pretty, shiny nail polishes in neutrals, pinks, and reds? Looking for something tough to gird your nail beds with this season? Check out Deborah Lippmann's latest—a trio of Punk Rock-inspired spackle-texture matte polishes, all part of a limited-edition release designed with texture in mind ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: StyleBistro


  1. "What's really frustrating me right now is that you've got these same banks who benefited from taxpayer assistance who are fighting tooth and nail with their lobbyists . . . up on Capitol Hill, fighting against financial regulatory control,"...
    on Dec 13, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

  2. "John McCain hit the nail on the head," said Romney.
    on Sep 4, 2008 By: Mitt Romney Source: KTLA

  3. "Sometimes you're the hammer, sometimes you're the nail. I was the nail," said seven-time champion Armstrong after a puncture cost him dear. "I have 20 days now to be the hammer. We'll stay in the race and keep trying."
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Lance Armstrong Source: BBC Sport

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