(noun, verb)


1. horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits

Definition categories: body, unguis

2. a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener

Definition categories: man–made, fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

3. a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard

Definition categories: quantity

Sentences with nail as a noun:

- When I'm nervous I bite my nails.


1. attach something somewhere by means of nails

- nail the board onto the wall

Definition categories: contact, attach

2. take into custody

Similar word(s): apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab

Definition categories: contact, clutch, prehend, seize

3. hit hard

Similar word(s): blast, boom, smash

Definition categories: contact, hit

4. succeed in obtaining a position

- He nailed down a spot at Harvard

Similar word(s): peg

Definition categories: social, succeed, win

5. succeed at easily

- She nailed her astrophysics course

Similar word(s): ace

Definition categories: social, pass

6. locate exactly

- The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome

Similar word(s): pinpoint

Definition categories: possession, locate

7. complete a pass

Similar word(s): complete

Definition categories: competition, play

Sentences with nail as a verb:

- He nailed the placard to the post.

- He used the ax head for nailing.

- I really nailed that test.

- There’s a benefit gala at the Boston Pops tonight, and... well, I’m trying to nail the flautist. - Brian Griffin in the TV series Family Guy