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A short nail with a thick head used to protect the soles of shoes or boots.
Having or decorated with a raised pattern of bumps resembling such nails.

[hob, peg, projection (obsolete) + nail.]

hob′nailed′ adj.


(Clothing & Fashion)
a. a short nail with a large head for protecting the soles of heavy footwear
b. (as modifier): hobnail boots.
[C16: from hob1 (in the archaic sense: peg) + nail]
ˈhobˌnailed adj



a large-headed nail for protecting the soles of heavy boots and shoes.
[1585–95; hob1 + nail]
hob′nailed`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hobnail - a short nail with a thick headhobnail - a short nail with a thick head; used to protect the soles of boots
nail - a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
Verb1.hobnail - supply with hobnails
furnish, provide, supply, render - give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"


[ˈhɒbneɪl] Nclavo m (de botas)


nSchuhnagel m, → Schuhzwecke f
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Hobnail, the reformer; and Reverend Jul Bat, who has converted the whole torrid zone in his Sunday school; and Signor Torre del Greco, who extinguished Vesuvius by pouring into it the Bay of Naples; Spahi, the Persian ambassador; and Tul Wil Shan, the exiled nabob of Nepaul, whose saddle is the new moon.
That is all very true," said the Republican Form of Government, putting on its hobnail shoes; "but consider how I thrill you every Fourth of July.
One's shoes must be strong and heavy, and have pointed hobnails in them.
The floor was seemingly inches deep, except where there were recent footsteps, in which on holding down my lamp I could see marks of hobnails where the dust was cracked.
This was characterized by a pseudoinfiltrative appearance of tubular-glandular structures with a pseudocystic appearance, lined by a single layer of cuboidal epithelium with a hobnail appearance and focal atypias due to a degenerative process (Fig.
The writer, broadcaster and historian will return to a time when the conquest of the world's highest peak represented the last great challenge of exploration and saw Irvine and George Mallory set out on their final 800 metres to the top dressed in gabardine and hobnail boots, and tied together by just a thin cotton rope.
Wearing gabardine and hobnail boots, and tied together by a thin cotton rope, they were headed for the summit of the highest mountain on Earth.
This sumptuously photographed film, which had a modest cinema release last September, follows Anker's attempt to find out if Mallory and Irvine, in their gabardine clothes and hobnail boots, could have succeeded in getting to the top.
The current transurethral resection specimen showed a proliferation of numerous small tubular structures with attenuated hobnail cells, haphazard growth pattern, luminal blue mucin, and mild degenerative nuclear atypia, arranged in small groups and individually within the superficial lamina propria and muscle fibers.
No you can't and you better not," she said as we left her in a garret bedroom at York university, after unpacking her digging clothes, waterproof, hobnail boots (steel toe caps were mandatory) and gardening gloves.
The "clous de Paris" hobnail motif, echoed on the movement and the rubber strap, evokes the grand watchmaking traditions and places the TAG Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE 1 VINTAGE firmly in line with the history of timepieces.