clew

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1clew

noun \ˈklü\

Definition of CLEW

1
:  a ball of thread, yarn, or cord
2
:  clue 1
3
a :  a lower corner or only the after corner of a sail
b :  a metal loop attached to the lower corner of a sail
c plural :  a combination of lines by which a hammock is suspended

Origin of CLEW

Middle English clewe, from Old English cliewen; akin to Old High German kliuwa ball, Sanskrit glauḥ lump
First Known Use: before 12th century

2clew

verb

Definition of CLEW

transitive verb
1
:  to roll into a ball
2
:  clue
3
:  to haul (a sail) up or down by ropes through the clews

First Known Use of CLEW

15th century

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