American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small brush with firm bristles used for scrubbing the hands and cleaning the fingernails and toenails.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small brush for cleaning the finger-nails.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A brush for cleaning the nails.
- n. a brush used to clean a person's fingernails
“Indeed, while Victorians bathed regularly and believed in fresh air, they generally had only one toothbrush per household; the family toothbrush, if you will, in much the same way that families now have one nailbrush, or one shoe-polishing kit.”
“His wiry, bony hands ignore a nailbrush and the luxury of lemon.”
“Or stolen the missing nailbrush in the upstairs loo? ”
“In the soft light his hands glow pink from the half-hour hot-water-and-nailbrush treatment he performs as part of his evening toilette.”
“Clive returned from the washroom where he'd spent a quarter of an hour scraping at the coal-dust with the nailbrush.”
“To keep them clean, the nailbrush and soap and water should be used once or oftener daily, as circumstances demand.”
“Occasionally a little pumice stone, in impalpable powder, or powdered cuttlefish bone, putty powder (polisher's peroxide of tin), may be used along with water and a piece of wash-leather, flannel, or the nailbrush, for the same purpose.”
“The nails should have a vigorous rubbing with a good nailbrush in the morning before your meals and before you go to bed at night.”
“The upper surfaces of the nails should on no account be touched with the knife, as is so often done, the nailbrush being amply sufficient to keep them clean, without impairing their smooth and polished surfaces.”
“It contained in its small compass an extraordinary number of things -- changes of under flannels, extra socks, an abdominal belt, and, in an inclosure, towel, soap, toothbrush, nailbrush and tooth powder.”
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