from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. : A wrought-iron nail heaving a large flat head; -- used for fastening clouts to axletrees, plowshares, etc., also for studding timber, and for various purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short large-headed nail worn in the soles of shoes.
  • n. A nail for securing clouts or small patches of iron, as to the axletree of a carriage. It has a round flat head, round shank, and sharp point.
  • n. Also called clout.


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  • He moved about slowly, like a bear, and somehow seemed to be charmed; but it was different with the lieutenant: he never went near to grumble without putting his foot straight upon the first upright clout-nail, or leaning his arm or hand upon some ticklishly-balanced piece of plank.

    In the King's Name The Cruise of the "Kestrel"


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