Meaning of NAIL in English

I. ˈnāl noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nægl; akin to Old High German nagal nail, fingernail, Latin unguis fingernail, toenail, claw, Greek onyx

Date: before 12th century


a. : a horny sheath protecting the upper end of each finger and toe of humans and most other primates

b. : a structure (as a claw) that terminates a digit and corresponds to a nail

2. : a slender usually pointed and headed fastener designed to be pounded in

II. transitive verb

Date: before 12th century

1. : to fasten with or as if with a nail

2. : to fix in steady attention

nail ed his eye on the crack


a. : catch , trap

b. : to expose usually so as to discredit

nail ed the impostor

c. : to arrest or punish for an offense


a. : strike , hit

b. : to put out (a runner) in baseball

5. : to perform or complete perfectly or impressively

nail ed a jump shot

6. : to gain or win decisively — often used with down

nail down their consent

7. : to settle, establish, or represent clearly and unmistakably — often used with down

have nail ed down the artist's technique

8. usually vulgar : to copulate with

• nail·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.