cut nail

  1. a nail having a tapering rectangular form with a blunt point, made by cutting from a thin rolled sheet of iron or steel.

Origin of cut nail

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95

Words Nearby cut nail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cut nail in a sentence

  • A cut nail or other piece of metal driven into the slots fastens the jaws on the T-beam.

    Concrete Construction | Halbert P. Gillette
  • Then came a better nail of wrought iron, clumsy but effective; and, later still, the cut nail in sole use a generation ago.

    Old Plymouth Trails | Winthrop Packard