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

  • n. A large-headed nail.
  • idiom dead as a doornail Undoubtedly dead.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A nail with a wide head, traditionally used in the construction and ornamentation of wooden doors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The nail or knob on which in ancient doors the knocker struck; -- hence the old saying, “As dead as a doornail.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large nail or stud fixed in a door to receive the blow of a knocker of simple form.

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

  • n. a nail with a large head; formerly used to decorate doors


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