clew

  • 1 Clew — (kl[=u]), Clue Clue, n. [OE. clewe, clowe, clue, AS. cleowen, cliwen, clywe ball of thread; akin to D. kluwen, OHG. chliwa, chliuwa, G. dim. kleuel, kn[ a]uel, and perch. to L. gluma hull, husk, Skr. glaus sort of ball or tumor. Perch. akin to E …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Clew — Clew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clewed} p. pr. & vb. n. {Clewing}.] [Cf. D. kluwenen. See {Clew}, n.] 1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Direct and clew me out the way to happiness. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 clew — or clue [klo͞o] n. [ME cleue < OE cliwen, akin to Du klüwen & dissimilated Ger knäuel < IE base * gel : see CLAW] 1. a ball of thread or yarn: in Greek legend, a thread is used by Theseus as a guide out of the labyrinth 2. archaic sp. of… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 clew up — 1. To draw up the lower edges of a square sail ready for furling (nautical) 2. To tie up loose ends (figurative) • • • Main Entry: ↑clew …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 5 Clew — Clew, Bai an der Westküste der Grafschaft Mayo in der irischen Provinz Connaught, darin über 300 kleine Inseln u. Klippen …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 6 clew — index catchword Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 clew — (n.) ball of thread or yarn, northern English and Scottish relic of O.E. cliewen sphere, ball, skein, probably from W.Gmc. *kleuwin (Cf. O.S. cleuwin, Du. kluwen), from P.Gmc. *kliwjo , from I.E. *gleu gather into a mass, conglomerate (see CLAY… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 clew — see clue …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 clew — /klooh/, n. 1. clue (def. 1). 2. Naut. either lower corner of a square sail or the after lower corner of a fore and aft sail. See diag. under sail. 3. a ball or skein of thread, yarn, etc. 4. Usually, clews. the rigging for a hammock. 5. Theat. a …

    Universalium

  • 10 clew — 1. noun /kluː/ a) A ball of thread or yarn. on one side of her lay a pair of carpet slippers and on the other a ball of red wool, the leading filament of which she would tug at every now and then with the immemorial elbow jerk of a Zemblan… …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 Clew — This unusual name is of Anglo Saxon origin, and is a peculiarly Devonshire variant of the topographical surname found elsewhere in England as Clough . The surname denoted someone who lived near a precipitous slope, in a ravine or steep sided… …

    Surnames reference

  • 12 clew — /klu/ (say klooh) noun 1. a ball or skein of thread, yarn, etc. 2. Obsolete a clue. 3. (plural or singular) the rigging for a hammock. 4. Nautical either lower corner of a square sail or the after lower corner of a fore and aft sail. –verb (t) 5 …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 clew — See clue, clew …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 14 clew — kluː n. ball of yarn; corner of a sail (Nautical) v. raise or lower using a clew (Nautical); roll into a ball, coil …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 15 clew — [klu:] noun 1》 the lower or after corner of a sail. 2》 (clews) Nautical the cords by which a hammock is suspended. 3》 archaic a ball of thread. 4》 archaic variant of clue. verb (clew a sail up/down) draw a sail up or let it down by the clews when …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 clew — I. noun Etymology: Middle English clewe, from Old English cliewen; akin to Old High German kliuwa ball, Sanskrit glauḥ lump Date: before 12th century 1. a ball of thread, yarn, or cord 2. clue 1 3. a. a lower corner or only the after corner of a… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 clew — corner of a fish net …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 18 clew — see clue * * * [kluː] see clue …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 clew — corner of sail with hole to attach ropes Nautical Terms …

    Phrontistery dictionary

  • 20 clew up — draw a sail up to the yard to be rolled up tightly …

    English contemporary dictionary


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