In woodworking and construction, a nail is a pin-shaped object of metal used as a fastener, peg to hang something, or sometimes a decoration. Generally nails have a point on one end and a head on the other. Formerly wrought iron, today's nails are typically made of steel, often dipped or coated to prevent corrosion in harsh conditions or improve adhesion. Ordinary nails for wood are usually of a soft, low-carbon or "mild" steel . Nails for concrete are harder, with 0.5-0.75% carbon.

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  1. 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.
  2. The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera.
  3. The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds.
  4. 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.
  5. One of the four round pedestals (the nails) in Bristol, on which merchants once carried out their business.
  6. 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).


  1. To fix (an object) to another object using a nail.
    He nailed the placard to the post.
  2. To drive a nail.
    He used the ax head for nailing.
  3. To catch.
  4. To expose as a sham.
  5. To accomplish (a task) completely and successfully.
    I really nailed that test.
  6. To hit (a target) effectively with some weapon.
  7. Of a male, to engage in sexual intercourse with.
    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

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