[ toh-neyl ]
/ ˈtoʊˌneɪl /


a nail of a toe.
Carpentry. a nail driven obliquely.
Printing Slang. a parenthesis.

verb (used with object)

Carpentry. to secure with oblique nailing.

Origin of toenail

First recorded in 1835–45; toe + nail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for toenail


/ (ˈtəʊˌneɪl) /


a thin horny translucent plate covering part of the dorsal surface of the end joint of each toeRelated adjectives: ungual, ungular
carpentry a nail driven obliquely, as in joining one beam at right angles to another
printing slang a parenthesis


(tr) carpentry to join (beams) by driving nails obliquely
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Medicine definitions for toenail


[ tōnāl′ ]


The thin, horny, transparent plate covering the upper surface of the end of a toe.
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