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NAIL, n. If the word was originally applied to a claw or talon, the primary sense may be to catch, or it may be a shoot.

1. The claw or talon of a fowl or other animal.

2. The horny substance growing at the end of the human fingers and toes.

3. A small pointed piece of metal, usually with a head, to be driven into a board or other piece of timber, and serving to fasten it to other timber. The larger kinds of instruments of this sort are called spikes; and a long thin kind with a flattish head, is called a brad.

4. A stud or boss; a short nail with a large broad head.

5. A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the 16th of a yard.

6. On the nail, in hand; immediately; without delay or time of credit; as, to pay money on the nail.

7. To hit the nail on the head, to hit or touch the exact point.

NAIL, v.t.

1. To fasten with nails; to unite, close or make compact with nails.

2. To stud with nails.

3. To stop the vent of a cannon; to spike.



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NAIL, n. If the word was originally applied to a claw or talon, the primary sense may be to catch, or it may be a shoot.

1. The claw or talon of a fowl or other animal.

2. The horny substance growing at the end of the human fingers and toes.

3. A small pointed piece of metal, usually with a head, to be driven into a board or other piece of timber, and serving to fasten it to other timber. The larger kinds of instruments of this sort are called spikes; and a long thin kind with a flattish head, is called a brad.

4. A stud or boss; a short nail with a large broad head.

5. A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the 16th of a yard.

6. On the nail, in hand; immediately; without delay or time of credit; as, to pay money on the nail.

7. To hit the nail on the head, to hit or touch the exact point.

NAIL, v.t.

1. To fasten with nails; to unite, close or make compact with nails.

2. To stud with nails.

3. To stop the vent of a cannon; to spike.

NAIL, n. [Sax. nægel; Sw. G. and D. nagel; Dan. nagle; Russ. nagot; Sans. naga or nakha. If the word was originally applied to a claw or talon, the primary sense may be to catch, or it may be a shoot.]

  1. The claw or talon of a fowl or other animal.
  2. The horny substance growing at the end of the human fingers and toes.
  3. A small pointed piece of metal, usually with a head, to be driven into a board or other piece of timber, and serving to fasten it to other timber. The larger kinds of instruments of this sort are called spikes; and a long thin kind with a flattish head, is called a brad.
  4. A stud or boss; a short nail with a large broad head. – Swift.
  5. A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the 16th of a yard. On the nail, in hand; immediately; without delay or time of credit; as, to pay money on the nail. To hit the nail on the head, to hit or touch the exact point.

NAIL, v.t.

  1. To fasten with nails; to unite, close or make compact with nails.
  2. To stud with nails. The rivets of your arms were nail'd with gold. – Dryden.
  3. To stop the vent of a cannon; to spike.

Nail
  1. 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. Chaucer.

    * The nails are strictly homologous with hoofs and claws. When compressed, curved, and pointed, they are called talons or claws, and the animal bearing them is said to be unguiculate; when they incase the extremities of the digits they are called hoofs, and the animal is ungulate.

  2. 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. Chaucer.

  3. The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera.

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  4. To stud or boss with nails, or as with nails.

    The rivets of your arms were nailed with gold. Dryden.

  5. A slender, pointed piece of metal, usually with a head, used for fastening pieces of wood or other material together, by being driven into or through them.

    * The different sorts of nails are named either from the use to which they are applied, from their shape, from their size, or from some other characteristic, as shingle, floor, ship-carpenters', and horseshoe nails, roseheads, diamonds, fourpenny, tenpenny (see Penny, a.), chiselpointed, cut, wrought, or wire nails, etc.

  6. 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. Goldsmith.

  7. A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the sixteenth of a yard.

    Nail ball (Ordnance), a round projectile with an iron bolt protruding to prevent it from turning in the gun. -- Nail plate, iron in plates from which cut nails are made. -- On the nail, in hand; on the spot; immediately; without delay or time of credit; as, to pay money on the nail. "You shall have ten thousand pounds on the nail." Beaconsfield. -- To hit the nail on the head, to hit most effectively; to do or say a thing in the right way.

  8. To spike, as a cannon.

    [Obs.] Crabb.

    To nail a lie or an assertion, etc., to detect and expose it, so as to put a stop to its currency; -- an expression probably derived from the former practice of shopkeepers, who were accustomed to nail bad or counterfeit pieces of money to the counter.

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Nail

NAIL, noun If the word was originally applied to a claw or talon, the primary sense may be to catch, or it may be a shoot.

1. The claw or talon of a fowl or other animal.

2. The horny substance growing at the end of the human fingers and toes.

3. A small pointed piece of metal, usually with a head, to be driven into a board or other piece of timber, and serving to fasten it to other timber. The larger kinds of instruments of this sort are called spikes; and a long thin kind with a flattish head, is called a brad.

4. A stud or boss; a short nail with a large broad head.

5. A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the 16th of a yard.

6. On the nail in hand; immediately; without delay or time of credit; as, to pay money on the nail

7. To hit the nail on the head, to hit or touch the exact point.

NAIL, verb transitive

1. To fasten with nails; to unite, close or make compact with nails.

2. To stud with nails.

3. To stop the vent of a cannon; to spike.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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