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[fing-ger-neyl] /ˈfɪŋ gərˌneɪl/
the nail at the end of a finger.
Printing. a parenthesis.
Origin of fingernail
1200-50; Middle English; see finger, nail Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fingernail
  • Squeezing a chemistry lab down to fingernail size could provide instant medical tests at home and on the battlefield.
  • Neither drama nor characters are shaped so that the viewer is compelled to feel mystified or fingernail-chewing tense.
  • The egg-seller's gaze is drawn toward her bitten fingers where only small stubs of fingernail remain.
  • He could hear nothing but the little rough scratch of her fingernail against the silk.
  • She ran a fingernail around one avocado, splitting the skin, then twisted the fruit in half.
  • Tonight, though, a fingernail crescent provides only a few hours of illumination before retiring below the horizon.
  • Hair- and skin-care products drew eight billion dollars each, while fingernail items alone accounted for a billion.
  • Hair- and skin-care products drew eight billion dollars each, which fingernail items alone accounted for a billion.
  • No biggie, the touchscreen is easy to use with a fingernail.
  • In many cases, you'd better off consulting chicken bones and fingernail clippings.
British Dictionary definitions for fingernail


a thin horny translucent plate covering part of the dorsal surface of the end joint of each finger related adjectives ungual ungular
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Word Origin and History for fingernail

early 13c., from finger (n.) + nail (n.).

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fingernail in Medicine

fingernail fin·ger·nail (fĭng'gər-nāl')
The nail on a finger.

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