Medieval Glossary


A nail is an English measurement of length equal to two and one-quarter inches (2.25 inches). The nail is one sixteenth (1/16) of a yard, and it corresponds to the length of the last two joints of the middle finger.

Related term(s): Inch; Yard; Cubit; Span
Category: Weights and Measures
Added: 10.05.04
Source information: Nicholson, Edward. Men and Measures. London: Smith, Elder, and Company, 1912. (p. 58)


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