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claw

play
noun, often attributive \ˈklȯ\

Simple Definition of claw

  • : a sharp curved part on the toe of an animal (such as a cat or bird)

  • : a body part of an animal (such as a lobster or crab) that is used for gripping and holding things

  • : a part on a tool or machine that is used for gripping, digging, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of claw

  1. 1 :  a sharp usually slender and curved nail on the toe of an animal

  2. 2 :  any of various sharp curved processes especially at the end of a limb (as of an insect); also :  a limb ending in such a process

  3. 3 :  one of the pincerlike organs terminating some limbs of various arthropods (as a lobster or scorpion)

  4. 4 :  something that resembles a claw; specifically :  the forked end of a tool (as a hammer)

clawed

play \ˈklȯd\ adjective

clawlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of claw in a sentence

  1. The eagle was carrying a mouse in its sharp claws.

  2. The excavating machine's claw dug into the earth.

  3. the claw of a hammer



Origin and Etymology of claw

Middle English clawe, from Old English clawu hoof, claw; akin to Old Norse klō claw, and probably to Old English cliewen ball — more at clew


First Known Use: before 12th century


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claw

verb

Simple Definition of claw

  • : to scratch, grip, or dig with claws or fingers

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of claw

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to rake, seize, dig, or progress with or as if with claws

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to scrape, scratch, dig, or pull with or as if with claws

Examples of claw in a sentence

  1. How can we stop the cat from clawing the drapes?

  2. The dog clawed a hole in the carpet.

  3. She tried to claw his face with her fingernails.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of claw

before 12th century



CLAW Defined for Kids

1

claw

play
noun \ˈklȯ\

Definition of claw for Students

  1. 1 :  a sharp usually thin and curved nail on the finger or toe of an animal (as a cat or bird)

  2. 2 :  the end of a limb of some animals (as an insect, scorpion, or lobster) that is pointed or used for grasping




2

claw

play
verb

Definition of claw for Students

clawed

clawing

  1. :  to scratch, seize, or dig with claws or fingers <They clawed a hole in the beach sand.>




Medical Dictionary

claw

play
noun \ˈklȯ\

Medical Definition of claw

  1. :  a sharp usually slender and curved nail on the toe of an animal

clawed

\ˈklȯd\play adjective



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