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nail

 
 
pronunciation:
neIl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
hit the nail on the head, nail down
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a slim, pointed metal rod, usu. topped by a flat head, that can be hammered into a material such as wood in order to fasten or reinforce.
 
similar words:
brad, pin, rivet, spike, tack
definition 2: a horny growth at the end of a finger or toe; fingernail or toenail.
synonyms:
fingernail, toenail
similar words:
unguis
phrase: hit the nail on the head
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: nailed, nailing, nails
definition 1: to fasten or reinforce with a nail or nails.
synonyms:
clinch, fasten, hammer
similar words:
affix, attach, fix, join, pin, reinforce, rivet, secure
definition 2: to shut in or shut up with nails.
Nail the door shut.
synonyms:
hammer, secure
similar words:
clinch, fasten, fix
definition 3: to fix (the attention or gaze) on something.
synonyms:
fasten, fix, focus
similar words:
concentrate, direct
definition 4: (informal) to catch or grab hold of; nab.
synonyms:
catch, nab
similar words:
apprehend, bag, capture, grab, hook, seize, snag, snare, snatch
definition 5: (informal) to hit or strike, esp. by throwing or shooting.
He nailed me on the head with the baseball.
synonyms:
bang, bop, hammer, hit, strike
similar words:
drill, smack, sock, whack, whale
phrase: nail down
Word Builder: kinds of nails
  • fingernail:
    the nail at the end of each finger.
  • toenail:
    the nail at the end of each toe.
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