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Nale vs. Nail

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Nalenoun

(obsolete) ale

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.’;

Nalenoun

(obsolete) An alehouse.

Nailnoun

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

Nalenoun

Ale; also, an alehouse.

‘Great feasts at the nale.’;

Nailnoun

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

Nailnoun

The claw of a bird or other animal.

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.

Nailnoun

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

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.

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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