Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The thin, horny, transparent plate covering the upper surface of the end of a finger.

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  • n. The hard, flat translucent covering near the tip of a human finger, useful for scratching and fine manipulation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the nail at the end of a finger

Etymologies

finger +‎ nail (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If 10,000 manufacturing jobs paying $20/hr go away and 10,000 new jobs in fingernail salons (Hi, Virginia Postel!) are created which pay $10/hr, the net impact to the "jobs" statistic is nil.

    Jobs and Creative Destruction, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • DENVER (AP) - Carmelo Anthony had a nasty red scratch running down his left cheek courtesy of a fingernail from a Los Angeles Clippers player.

    USATODAY.com

  • Cobwebs form at the outer corners of his eyes, and dried grime thick enough to scrape off with a fingernail is caked behind his right ear.

    Excerpt: The Distance Between Us by Masha Hamilton

  • Eventually, the patients will express surprise that the transmitter installed in their fingernail is suddenly no longer there or that his or her powers don’t work in my presence.

    365 tomorrows » 2010 » April : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • First of all, I ` m certain, based on the evidence that we know and the fact that she broke no less than four fingernails, that she fought ferociously with her attacker, which to me also demonstrates why there was not DNA in her fingernail beds because it was probably in the long part of her fingernail, which is lost somewhere at the crime scene.

    CNN Transcript Mar 13, 2006

  • I do the best I can with girls who are afraid to break a fingernail.

    Brooke

  • The standard test is to check thickness with a fingernail, which is a very accurate test for an experienced glazer.

    8. Preparation of glazes

  • It's okay if men are tough and scruffy at times (isn't that the appeal of the beheady, out-camping-in-the-woods 5 0'clock shadow?) and there's nothing sexier than a man who still knows how to make things with his hands (and possibly break a fingernail) - a dying art, one would think, if you consider the success of the book "The Dangerous Book For Boys."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • A farm accident where liquid ammonia enters the eye or a deep corneal scratch from a fingernail are a couple of events that could make a transplant medically necessary.

    columbiatribune.com stories

  • In several cases, sustained pressure on the fingertips during EVAs caused intense pain and led to the astronauts 'nails detaching from their nailbeds, a condition called fingernail delamination.

    National Geographic News

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