Definition of nail-plate in English:

nail-plate

noun

  • 1A plate of iron or other metal from which nails are cut; (as a mass noun) such metal plates collectively. Now rare.

  • 2Anatomy and Zoology. The horny part of a fingernail or toenail; the horny wall of a claw.

  • 3Surgery and Joinery. A perforated metal plate through which nails or screws can be inserted, used to join together two pieces of bone, timber, etc.

Origin

Late 18th century. From nail + plate.

Pronunciation

nail-plate

/ˈneɪlpleɪt/