Definitions

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

  • n. A wooden block built into a masonry wall to hold nails that support joinery structures.
  • n. A wooden peg or pin.
  • n. Eggnog.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wooden block, the size of a brick, built into a wall, as a hold for the nails of woodwork.
  • n. One of the square logs of wood used in a pile to support the roof of a mine.
  • n. A treenail to fasten the shores.
  • n. Short for noggin.
  • n. Short for eggnog.
  • n. A dark-skinned person; nig-nog.
  • v. to fill in, as between scantling, with brickwork.
  • v. to fasten, as shores, with treenails.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A noggin.
  • n. A kind of strong ale.
  • n. eggnog.
  • n. A wooden block, of the size of a brick, built into a wall, as a hold for the nails of woodwork.
  • n. One of the square logs of wood used in a pile to support the roof of a mine.
  • n. A treenail to fasten the shores.
  • transitive v. To fill in, as between scantling, with brickwork.
  • transitive v. To fasten, as shores, with treenails.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ship carpentry, to secure by a nog or treenail.
  • To fill with brickwork. See nogging.
  • n. A wooden pin; specifically, in ship carpentry, a treenail driven through the heel of each shore that supports the ship on the slip.
  • n. One of the pins or combinations of pins and antifriction rollers in the lever of a clutch-coupling, attached to the inner sides of the bifurcations of the clutch-lever, and working in a groove turned in and entirely around the movable part of the clutch, for sliding the latter along the feather of the rotating shaft to engage it with its counterpart on the shaft to be rotated.
  • n. A brick-shaped piece of wood inserted in an internal wall; a timber-brick.
  • n. In mining, a cog; a square block of wood used to build up a chock or cog-pack for supporting the roof in a coal-mine.
  • n. plural The shank-bones.
  • n. A little pot; a mug; a noggin.
  • n. A kind of strong ale.

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

  • n. a wooden block built into a masonry wall so that joinery structure can be nailed to it
  • n. a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface

Etymologies

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • I miss it too. Would be nice to have back. :-)

    November 24, 2009

  • I miss the link to Online Etymological Dictionary such as we used to have on YOW. Any reason why it isn't included in the sources referred to when clicking Etymologies above?

    I was looking for the etymology of the nog component of egg-nog.

    November 19, 2009

  • "Nog, a name given by shipwrights to a tree-nail drove through the heel of each shore that supports the ship on the slip."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 321

    October 13, 2008