Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: nail – narcotic
nail, n. [OE nœgel, nail.]
- Spike; rivet; short pointed metal piece used to secure a shelter, dwelling, or circus tent.
- Peg; hook; small piece of metal used for suspending something.
- Hanger; [fig.] knob; pommel; [metaphor] plant; branch; tree limb.
- Brad; stud; boss; construction item; small pointed piece of metal with a head for pounding with a hammer into timber; [fig.] instrument of crucifixion (see John 20:25); [metaphor] agony; suffering; excruciating pain.
nail (-s), v. [see nail, n.]
- Push; press; drive; force; impel; pound; hit with a hammer; [fig.] will; insist; assert.
- Shut; close; [fig.] cause to be blind; take the sight from.
- Secure; fasten; fix with a pin; [fig.] finish; [metaphor] heal; seam; suture; sew together; close a wound; (see Isaiah 22:23).
naked, adj. [OE.]
- Defenseless; unarmed; uncovered; vulnerable to attack; without protection from injury; [fig.] mortal; earthly; subject to death; (see Job 1:21).
- Plain; austere; evident; manifest; exposed; undisguised; not hidden; open to view; [fig.] frank; blunt; candid; direct; just; rigorous; severe; stern; strict; straight; unavoidable; painfully honest.
- Deprived; having none; not inclosed; without container.
- Bare; leafless; stripped of leaves; without foliage.
name (-s), n. [OE.] (webplay: fame, honor, species, star).
- Authority; agency; office; representation; honor; sphere of action; power to bless.
- Person; personage; [fig.] God; Deity; divine Being.
- Moniker; appellation; written identity symbol; letters expressing the set of sounds that one is known by.
- Grave inscription.
- Toponym; symbol for a place; [fig.] reputation; eminence; distinction; prestige; status.
- Memory; image; character; personality; existence; life; specified human being.
name (-d), v. [see name, n.]
- Be able to say; be able to explain.
- Say; pronounce; evoke; invoke; conjure; call out.
- Call; identify; appoint.
nameless, adj. [see name, n.]
- Undistinguished; unremarkable; common.
- Anonymous; unknown; unidentified; unfamiliar; strange.
nap, n. [OE hnappian.]
Short sleep; brief period of slumber.
Naples, proper n. [Gk Neapolis, new city.]
City in southern Italy; nineteenth-century kingdom southwest of Rome; Italian province, including the island of Sicily; place only a few miles from Vesuvius.
Napoleon, proper n. [L. nea, new + polis, city + leone, lion = 'Naples' lion'.]
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821); French military commander; European ruler; man who hungered for world power; person who allegedly crowned himself as Emperor of France in 1804; (see ED's letters).
narcotic (-s), n. [Fr.]
Drug; opiate; pharmaceutic; medicine that suppresses pain; [fig.] temporary relief.