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Noun: nail  neyl
  1. A thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
  2. Horny plate covering and protecting the upper part of the end of the fingers and toes
  3. The claw of an animal
  4. [archaic] A former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard
Verb: nail  neyl
  1. Attach something somewhere by means of nails
    "nail the board onto the wall";
    - nail down
  2. [informal] Take into custody
    "the police nailed the suspected criminals";
    - collar [informal], apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab [informal], cop [informal], pinch [Brit, informal], nick [Brit, informal]
  3. Hit with great force
    "He nailed a 3-run homer";
    - smash, boom, blast
  4. [informal] Succeed in obtaining a position
    "He nailed down a spot at Harvard";
    - nail down [informal], peg [informal]
  5. [informal] Easily do well at; pass perfectly
    "She nailed her astrophysics course";
    - breeze through [informal], ace, pass with flying colors [US], sweep through, sail through, pass with flying colours [Brit, Cdn]
  6. [informal] Locate exactly
    "The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome";
    - pinpoint
  7. [informal] (football) complete a pass
    - complete
  8. [N. Amer, vulgar] (of a man) have sexual intercourse with

Derived forms: nails, nailing, nailed

See also: sail, specify

Type of: attach, bring home the bacon [informal], clutch, come through, come up trumps [Brit, informal], deliver the goods, fastener, fastening, fixing, hit, holdfast, horny structure, linear measure, linear unit, locate, make it, make the grade [N. Amer], pass, play, prehend [archaic], seize, succeed, turn up, turn up trumps [Brit, informal], unguis, win

Part of: dactyl, digit, integumentary system

Encyclopedia: Nail, David