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Nail vs. Nil

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Nailnoun

The thin, horny plate at the ends of fingers and toes on humans and some other animals.

‘When I'm nervous I bite my nails.’;

Nilnoun

Nothing; zero.

Nailnoun

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

Nildeterminer

No, not any.

Nailnoun

The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds.

Nilverb

Will not.

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Nailnoun

The claw of a bird or other animal.

Nilnoun

Nothing; of no account; worthless; - a term often used for canceling, in accounts or bookkeeping.

Nailnoun

A spike-shaped metal fastener used for joining wood or similar materials. The nail is generally driven through two or more layers of material by means of impacts from a hammer or other device. It is then held in place by friction.

Nilnoun

A special value for a variable used in certain computer languages to mean no assigned value, to be distinguished from the value zero.

Nailnoun

A round pedestal on which merchants once carried out their business, such as the four nails outside The Exchange, Bristol.

Nilnoun

a quantity of no importance;

‘it looked like nothing I had ever seen before’; ‘reduced to nil all the work we had done’; ‘we racked up a pathetic goose egg’; ‘it was all for naught’; ‘I didn't hear zilch about it’;

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Nailnoun

An archaic English unit of length equivalent to 1/20th of an ell or 1/16th of a yard (2.25 inches or 5.715 cm).

Nailverb

(transitive) To fix (an object) to another object using a nail.

‘He nailed the placard to the post.’;

Nailverb

(intransitive) To drive a nail.

‘He used the ax head for nailing.’;

Nailverb

(transitive) To stud or boss with nails, or as if with nails.

Nailverb

(slang) To catch.

Nailverb

To expose as a sham.

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Nailverb

To accomplish (a task) completely and successfully.

‘I really nailed that test.’;

Nailverb

To hit (a target) effectively with some weapon.

Nailverb

Of a male, to engage in sexual intercourse with.

Nailverb

To spike, as a cannon.

Nailverb

(transitive) To nail down: to make certain, or confirm.

Nailnoun

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.’;

Nailnoun

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

Nailnoun

A slender, pointed piece of metal, usually with a head{2}, used for fastening pieces of wood or other material together, by being driven into or through them.

Nailnoun

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

Nailverb

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.’;

Nailverb

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

‘The rivets of your arms were nailed with gold.’;

Nailverb

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.’;

Nailverb

To spike, as a cannon.

Nailnoun

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

Nailnoun

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

Nailnoun

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

Nailverb

attach something somewhere by means of nails;

‘nail the board onto the wall’;

Nailverb

take into custody;

‘the police nabbed the suspected criminals’;

Nailverb

hit hard;

‘He smashed a 3-run homer’;

Nailverb

succeed in obtaining a position;

‘He nailed down a spot at Harvard’;

Nailverb

succeed at easily;

‘She sailed through her exams’; ‘You will pass with flying colors’; ‘She nailed her astrophysics course’;

Nailverb

locate exactly;

‘can you pinpoint the position of the enemy?’; ‘The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome’;

Nailverb

complete a pass

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