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English noun: nail

1. nail (body) horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits

Broader (hypernym)horny structure, unguis

Narrower (hyponym)fingernail, toenail

Part holonymhalf-moon, lunula, lunule, matrix

Part meronymdactyl, digit, integumentary system

2. nail (artifact) a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener

Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

Narrower (hyponym)brad, clout, clout nail, doornail, eightpenny nail, fourpenny nail, hobnail, sixpenny nail, spike, staple, stub nail, tack, tenpenny nail

Part holonymclinch, head, nailhead, shank, stem

3. nail (quantity) a former unit of length for cloth equal to 1/16 of a yard

Broader (hypernym)linear measure, linear unit

English verb: nail

1. nail (contact) attach something somewhere by means of nails

SamplesNail the board onto the wall.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)attach

2. nail (contact) take into custody

SamplesThe police nabbed the suspected criminals.

Synonymsapprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, pick up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

3. nail (contact) hit hard

SamplesHe smashed a 3-run homer.

Synonymsblast, boom, smash

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hit

4. nail (social) succeed in obtaining a position

SamplesHe nailed down a spot at Harvard.

Synonymsnail down, peg

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win

5. nail (social) succeed at easily

SamplesShe sailed through her exams.
You will pass with flying colors.
She nailed her astrophysics course.

Synonymsace, breeze through, pass with flying colors, sail through, sweep through

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)make it, pass

6. nail (possession) locate exactly

SamplesCan you pinpoint the position of the enemy?.
The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)locate, turn up

7. nail (competition) complete a pass


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)play

Domain categoryfootball, football game

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