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clew

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noun \ˈklü\

Definition of clew

  1. 1 :  a ball of thread, yarn, or cord

  2. 2 :  clue 1

  3. 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


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clew

verb

Definition of clew

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to roll into a ball

  3. 2 :  clue

  4. 3 :  to haul (a sail) up or down by ropes through the clews



15th Century

First Known Use of clew

15th century


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