Nail - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |neɪl|  American pronunciation of the word nail
Brit.  |neɪl|  British pronunciation of the word nail


- horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
- a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
- a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard


- attach something somewhere by means of nails
nail the board onto the wall
- take into custody (syn: apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, pick up)
- hit hard (syn: blast, boom, smash)
- succeed in obtaining a position (syn: nail down, peg)
He nailed down a spot at Harvard
- succeed at easily (syn: ace)
She nailed her astrophysics course
- locate exactly (syn: pinpoint)
The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome
- complete a pass (syn: complete)

Extra examples

I get my nails done at the beauty salon every other week.

Nail the picture to the wall.

All the doors were nailed shut.

He got nailed by his parents while trying to sneak out of the house.

He got nailed for not paying his taxes.

The FBI has nailed the hackers.

He drove a nail into the board.

The lid was nailed down, so we couldn't get it off.

He nailed his eye on the wrecks.

The key was hanging on a nail by the door.

She hammered a nail into the wall.

I've broken my nail.

Stop biting your nails!

She sat painting her nails (=putting a coloured substance on them).

He still had dirt under his nails.

Phrasal verbs

nail down  — succeed in obtaining a position

Word forms

I/you/we/they: nail
he/she/it: nails
present participle: nailing
past tense: nailed
past participle: nailed
singular: nail
plural: nails
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