Translation of nail in Spanish:


clavo, n.

Pronunciation /neɪl//neɪl/


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    clavo masculine
    (smaller) puntilla feminine
    • However, one thing is certain that it's time to get out the nails and hammer, locate the wood and wheels and build your own flying machine.
    • It was a long piece of wood connected to a smaller piece of wood by some nails and a screw.
    • My grandad was an engineer by trade and we had loads of tools and boxes of nails, screws, hooks and no end of other fixings.
    • I cut two big pieces of wood and drove nails into them and tied them together.
    • When choosing nails, bolts, screws and metal fasteners, use only hot dipped galvanized fasteners.
    • After all, those pockets could come in handy when you're juggling hammers, nails and screws.
    • Once I had it positioned, I used wood glue and brad nails from the inside to permanently fasten the front oak trim piece with no visible fasteners.
    • I mean people talk about how you'd like to see children play out practical games, if you like, give them a hammer and nails and a piece of wood.
    • The gypsum board must be attached to the wood furring strips or underlying masonry using nails or screws.
    • Bolts, nails and other metal scrap are dangerously strewn about on the bridges posing threat not only to the pedestrians but to the vehicles as well.
    • If you look closely, you can see some of the nails poking through the wood and it feels authentically gutsy.
    • One is a collection with dresses in black and white geometric patterns decorated with black leather and metal ornamental nails.
    • Built on sloping ground, the two-storey houses are made of wood held together by wooden nails and wedges with no iron or steel used.
    • The health and safety regulations included ensuring any wood collected had no nails in it and all materials prior to burning had to be fenced off.
    • Wood formwork designed for internal vibration is usually joined by nails between the stud and face sheet and between the stud and the walers.
    • My salvation came in the form of a little nail driven deep in the wood.
    • I also need a hammer and nails, picture hooks and the step ladder.
    • Some residents had complained about sharp wood splinters and nails encroaching upon the children's play area in the park.
    • Now, the trick is to hit the flat part of the nail with the flat part of the hammer, thus driving it into the wood.
    • Not only that: the lines and shadows that make up the drawing are created entirely from masonry nails.
  • 2

    uña feminine
    to cut one's nails cortarse las uñas
    • she bites her nails se come las uñas
    • before noun nail polish / (US) enamel / (British) varnish esmalte de uñas
    • nail polish / (US) enamel or (British also) varnish remover quitaesmalte
    • She placed her finger on the edge of the glass, scraping her nail across its surface.
    • Women have come to realize that they don't need to settle for a man with out-of-control eyebrows, chewed up nails, and dirty toenails.
    • Longitudinal striations are accentuated ridges in the nail surface that can occur as a normal part of the aging process.
    • Laura started biting the nail on her right index finger.
    • To avoid ingrown toenails, cut your nails straight across.
    • Muscles, organs, hair, nails and ligaments are all composed of protein, so it's obvious why protein is an important part of the diet.
    • She kept her index finger in her mouth, biting the nail to keep her sane.
    • The surface of the nails were smooth and without any defects.
    • Debris from under fingernails should be removed with a nail cleaner under running water.
    • Choking back my breath to keep from crying out I clutched at my chest and felt my nails bite into the flesh of my palms.
    • Alex was clearly nervous, because she kept bending and flexing her fingers, and her nails were bitten down to the flesh.
    • The sisters had their nails done together, recently splurging an extra $5 to have tiny flowers painted on their wine-colored toes.
    • The dorsal fold that lies on the surface of the nail is the eponychium, or cuticle.
    • Keratin is an extremely tough protein material that comprises the bulk of hair, nails and horny tissue.
    • Your nail bed is the skin beneath the nail plate.
    • In the grand scheme of things, dry skin, rough nails and cracked fingertips are not serious health problems.
    • Make sure you get in between the fingers and under the nails where uninvited germs like to hang out.
    • The rest of the nail bed provides a surface for the growing nail to slide over as it advances at the rate of about 0.1 mm/day.
    • For example - I know that vitamin E is good for human hair, nails, and skin - so does this apply to cats as well?
    • Some of those patients had toenails so thick that they had outgrown the average nail clipper long ago.

transitive verb

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    sheer panic nailed him to the spot se quedó clavado en el sitio de puro pánico
    • Boards nailed on tree trunks frequently advertise computer training institutes, he said.
    • Every opening was sealed and covered with a thick sheet of wood seemingly screwed down and into the frame with thick bolts at each corner and nailed along every edge.
    • I've got most of the roof done, and all I need to do there is nail a few more boards to it and smear that roofing tar across it.
    • The block and facings were then attached to a quadrant-shaped board nailed to the underside of the carcass.
    • Nobody plays at the park anymore, except for small children, and the school has been locked up, boards nailed over the windows, for the last ten years.
    • Toe board jacks nailed to the roof support you and your materials with a 2 by 6 plank.
    • All windows had been nailed shut with boards, and the men especially complained about the darkness.
    • The two of them pulled the shelves away from the door and removed the boards that had been nailed over it from the wall, and then stopped to catch their breath.
    • The coffin will be placed on a catafalque of rough pine boards, nailed together and covered with black cloth, which was first used for Abraham Lincoln's funeral.
    • Traditionally, skirting boards are nailed to the wall using oval or lost head nails which can then be punched into the board.
    • Water gushed through as they began to nail another board in place.
    • We nailed boards, tar-paper and old paneling over our broken windows.
    • Every foot or so along the twenty-five foot climb from ground to balcony a board had been nailed to the front: an easy ladder to the trap door.
    • Finally, glue or nail an edging strip to the skirting board.
    • Nadia flicked the small wind chimes she'd nailed to the edge of her desk, taking comfort is the light echoes.
    • Following local custom, they write the names of the crew and the dates of their stay on a board that is nailed to the wall of the original Portuguese chapel.
    • Do not nail the edge rafters where the sheathing meets until the adjoining sheet is in place.
    • Secure each additional board to the furring strips by nailing diagonally through the top edge of the tongue.
    • Or were the flags put up in order to deflect racial tension, as if to brace for the worst, akin to Floridians nailing boards over their windows before the hurricanes hit.
    • So the shelter was finished, the tin roof nailed down and the walls re-enforced.
  • 2

    • 2.1informal (apprehend)

      coger Spain
      trincar Spain informal
      • Though not his most attractive feature, it may well be the one that nails his killer.
      • He only has an hour to nail his boss, the real killer, before being identified himself.
      • He knows that nailing cops is a rough task for even the most diligent prosecutor.
      • The principle of the police being able to view encrypted data, so that they can nail paedophiles, drug dealers, etc, has some genuine merits.
      • Federal prosecutors, at least in those cities, should be applauded for doing their best to nail cops suspected of abuse.
      • It seemed like no problem nailing Oswald as the assassin.
      • The technique is not unlike nailing the murderous Al Capone for tax evasion.
      • Scottish police hope eventually to nail the criminal as a direct result of traces of sweat he left behind on torch batteries.
      • The police, through hours and hours and hours of work, nailed that criminal.
      • And it's our duty as citizens to give police a fighting chance to nail them.
      • Maybe it's true they can't easily get hard evidence to nail the culprits.
      • The only people who can nail the perpetrators are the reporters who heard the leaks.
      • It is a year since she was buried, yet we are no closer to nailing her killers
      • Unlike now when households harbour criminals and share the loot, police will always find it difficult to nail the thieves.
      • ASBOs allow the police to nail people for offences too minor to be criminal.
      • Retailers should do everything they can to nail store thieves.
      • And you know, again, it's so hard to nail these white collar criminals, because they get the best legal talent.
      • The rise in burglaries has disappointed police who have introduced two ‘target squads’ to nail burglars and car thieves.
      • Bosses at the coach company are offering a cash reward to anyone who helps nail the thugs responsible for a £15,000 wrecking spree.
      • Detectives hunting a gunman who executed a father-of-three in a gangland murder have appealed to the criminal underworld to help nail the killer.
      • Catching him up on a financial technicality is akin to nailing Capone on tax evasion.

    • 2.2informal (obtain, secure)

      hacerse con informal
      you nailed it! ¡le acertaste!

    • 2.3informal (expose)

      (lie) poner al descubierto
      • But many white-collar crime experts question whether a similar tactic could nail this pair.
      • It nails the lie that there can't be any alternative outside of this Party.
      • Of course, each has a deep dark secret that the film painstakingly exposes, but attentive viewers will nail them all well before the end.
      • Must we wait another twenty years to nail this other lie to the wall as by then it will be too late for this radio station.
      • The referendum will give pro-Europeans the chance to nail these lies.
      • The book sets out to nail the lies and myths about the man, to set the record straight.
      • We had already nailed the lies of the Prime Minister and his Chancellor.
      • Moreover, they had a refreshing ability to avoid being nailed by those same tabloids that uncovered acts of debauchery by British players on a depressingly regular basis.
      • The Clerk of the Senate nailed that lie five years ago when he pointed out the Constitution makes clear federal law takes precedence over state law.
      • Secondly, Ryder recurrently nailed the more pained aspects of the human condition with laser-like insight.
      • Let me finally nail the lie that service pensions are free.
      • A scientist involved in embryonic stem cell research nails the Senator's lies about the matter.

    • 2.4US Sport

      (in league) eliminar
      • The Heriot's cover nailed him and the chance was lost.
      • The object is to hit your opponent while avoiding being nailed yourself.
      • If we're going to fine people for hitting quarterbacks and receivers with the top of their helmets, we have to nail Hampton as well.
      • He nailed the Expos player twice in a game last week.
      • The sharpshooter kept the West in the game down the stretch, nailing a couple jumpers to keep the score close.
      • Muriel meanwhile nailed Crystal with a shot when her back was turned.
      • She nailed both of her shots to even the score at 50 apiece.
      • Then he's going to have to throw the ball back into the infield, and sometimes, there's going to be a guy trying to take an extra base, and Chuck is going to have to try to nail him.
      • After being nailed by three successive left hooks flush on the face, he was sent to the canvas for a mandatory count.
      • He held a narrow 8-7 advantage at the first bell, but turned on the style in the second round and nailed his opponent with some brilliant combinations.
      • A linebacker came up and nailed him head-on, stopped him cold.