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[fing-ger-neyl] /ˈfɪŋ gərˌneɪl/
the nail at the end of a finger.
Printing. a parenthesis.
Origin of fingernail
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at finger, nail Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He gave up the fingernail as a lost cause, and begged the moral dilemma to go away a while.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • A black pellet the size of his fingernail dropped into his palm.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • It was a slender lead, but the only one large enough to get even a fingernail grip on.

    Twelve Times Zero Howard Carleton Browne
  • She had been having trouble with her pen point and was picking at it with her fingernail.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • Deftly he slit the paper with his fingernail and removed a strip of it, revealing a listening device.

  • He nodded toward the ape-man, while with his own fingernail he wrote.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • He took it with him to the nearest bank, feeling its folded bulk and running a fingernail along the serrated edge.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • She said he reminded her of the new moon when it is no bigger than a fingernail.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
  • Almost every caruncle present after 50 days could be flicked off easily with a probe or fingernail.

British Dictionary definitions for fingernail


a thin horny translucent plate covering part of the dorsal surface of the end joint of each finger related adjectives ungual ungular
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fingernail

early 13c., from finger (n.) + nail (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fingernail in Medicine

fingernail fin·ger·nail (fĭng'gər-nāl')
The nail on a finger.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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