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Meaning of CLEW

Pronunciation:  kloo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  evidence that helps to solve a problem
  2. [n]  a ball of yarn or cord or thread
  3. [v]  roll into a ball

CLEW is a 4 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: clue, clue, cue
 See Also: ball, chunk, clod, clump, evidence, footmark, footprint, glob, lump, mark, roll, shadow, sign, step, trace, twine, vestige, wind, wrap



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Clew\, 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. claw. [root]26. Cf. {Knawel}.]
    1. A ball of thread, yarn, or cord; also, The thread itself.
             Untwisting his deceitful clew.        --Spenser.
    2. That which guides or directs one in anything of a doubtful
       or intricate nature; that which gives a hint in the
       solution of a mystery.
             The clew, without which it was perilous to enter the
             vast and intricate maze of countinental politics,
             was in his hands.                     --Macaulay.
    3. (Naut.)
       (a.) A lower corner of a square sail, or the after corner
            of a fore-and-aft sail.
       (b.) A loop and thimbles at the corner of a sail.
       (c.) A combination of lines or nettles by which a hammock
            is suspended.
    {Clew garnet} (Naut.), one of the ropes by which the clews of
       the courses of square-rigged vessels are drawn up to the
       lower yards.
    {Clew line} (Naut.), a rope by which a clew of one of the
       smaller square sails, as topsail, topgallant sail, or
       royal, is run up to its yard.
    {Clew-line block} (Naut.), The block through which a clew
       line reeves. See Illust. of {Block}.
  2. \Clew\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. & vb. n. {Clewing}.] [Cf. D.
    kluwenen. See {Clew}, n.]
    1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.]
             Direct and clew me out the way to happiness. --Beau.
                                                   && Fl.
    2. (Naut.) To move of draw (a sail or yard) by means of the
       clew garnets, clew lines, etc.; esp. to draw up the clews
       of a square sail to the yard.
    {To clew down} (Naut.), to force (a yard) down by hauling on
       the clew lines.
    {To clew up} (Naut.), to draw (a sail) up to the yard, as for