Definition for Nail

nail, n. [OE nœgel, nail.]

  1. Spike; rivet; short pointed metal piece used to secure a shelter, dwelling, or circus tent.
  2. Peg; hook; small piece of metal used for suspending something.
  3. Hanger; [fig.] knob; pommel; [metaphor] plant; branch; tree limb.
  4. 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.

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