claw

34 ENTRIES FOUND:

1claw

noun, often attributive \ˈkl\

: 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.

Full Definition of CLAW

1
:  a sharp usually slender and curved nail on the toe of an animal
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
:  one of the pincerlike organs terminating some limbs of various arthropods (as a lobster or scorpion)
4
:  something that resembles a claw; specifically :  the forked end of a tool (as a hammer)
clawed \ˈkld\ adjective
claw·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of CLAW

  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 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

2claw

verb

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

Full Definition of CLAW

transitive verb
:  to rake, seize, dig, or progress with or as if with claws
intransitive verb
:  to scrape, scratch, dig, or pull with or as if with claws

Examples of CLAW

  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.

First Known Use of CLAW

before 12th century

claw

noun \ˈkl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CLAW

: a sharp usually slender and curved nail on the toe of an animal
clawed \ˈkld\ adjective

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