Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In ship carpentry, to secure by a nog or treenail.
  • To fill with brickwork. See nogging.
  • noun A little pot; a mug; a noggin.
  • noun A kind of strong ale.
  • noun A wooden pin; specifically, in ship carpentry, a treenail driven through the heel of each shore that supports the ship on the slip.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A brick-shaped piece of wood inserted in an internal wall; a timber-brick.
  • noun 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.
  • noun plural The shank-bones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A noggin.
  • noun A kind of strong ale.
  • noun eggnog.
  • noun A drink make from eggs beaten with milk, cream, and sugar, often spiked with rum or other alcoholic liquor, and sometimes seasoned with cinnamon; usually spelled eggnog. It is a traditional drink served at social gatherings during the Christmas season.
  • noun A wooden block, of the size of a brick, built into a wall, as a hold for the nails of woodwork.
  • noun One of the square logs of wood used in a pile to support the roof of a mine.
  • noun (Shipbuilding) A treenail to fasten the shores.
  • transitive verb To fill in, as between scantling, with brickwork.
  • transitive verb (Shipbuilding) To fasten, as shores, with treenails.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

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  • "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

  • 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

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

    November 24, 2009