Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An awl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An awl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See nawl.

Etymologies

Either from Icelandic (see needle) or from an awl, like newt, from ewt. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are now attacking me because I have hit the nall on the head.

    Open Thread for The Weekend

  • There was the horrid howl of a passing cannon-nall somewhere near; there were two jets of water from the surface of the sea, one on each quarter, and that was all Hornblower saw or heard of the broadside.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • A cannon-nall had come skipping towards them over the surface, to make its final plunge a cable's length away.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • A cannon-nall had skipped from the top of one wave crest and plunged into the next.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • The scream of a cannon-nall and a simultaneous crash.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • Along with the sound and the flash came the rending crash of splintered woodwork, the loud ringing noise as a cannon-nall hit the breech of a gun, the shriek of the flying splinters, and following on that came the screaming of a wounded man, cutting through the sudden new stillness.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • You've clearly learned a lot about resilience, perseverance and dedication from your mother -- nall valuable life lessons.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Now being from somewhere other than Texas, I was under the impression it was pronounced pedd-er-nall-is.

    humor « WordPress.com Tag Feed

  • May 22, 2006: WKYC began broadcasting nall of our local newscasts in high definition, becoming the 2nd station in the market to do so.

    undefined

  • O es ch So il us nt mu nall eeti Lik e ar nd nk tike m un cit y,

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.