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nail

noun [C]  us   /neɪl/

nail noun [C] (METAL)

a thin piece of metal having a pointed end that is forced into wood or another substance by hitting the other end with a hammer, and is used esp. to join two pieces or to hold something in place

nail noun [C] (BODY PART)

the hard, smooth part at the upper end of each finger and toe

nail

verb [T]  us   /neɪl/

nail verb [T] (FASTEN)

to attach or fasten with a nail or nails: [M] Workmen were nailing down the carpet. If you nail something shut, you put nails in it to fasten it so that it cannot easily be opened: He nailed the box shut. infml To nail someone is to catch someone in a dishonest or illegal act: We finally nailed the guys dumping garbage in the park.
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Translations of “nail”
in Arabic مِسْمار, ظِفْر…
in Korean 못, 손톱…
in Malaysian kuku, paku…
in French ongle, clou…
in Turkish çivi, tırnak…
in Italian chiodo, unghia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 金屬, 釘,釘子…
in Russian гвоздь, ноготь…
in Polish gwóźdź, paznokieć…
in Vietnamese móng, cái đinh…
in Spanish uña, clavo…
in Portuguese prego, unha…
in Thai เล็บ, ตะปู…
in German der Nagel, nagel…
in Catalan clau, ungla…
in Japanese くぎ, (手足の)つめ…
in Indonesian kuku, paku…
in Chinese (Simplified) 金属, 钉,钉子…
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