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claw

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noun, often attributive \ ˈklȯ \

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 (such as a lobster or scorpion)
4 :something that resembles a claw; specifically :the forked end of a tool (such 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

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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


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claw

verb

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 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.

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First Known Use of claw

before 12th century



CLAW Defined for English Language Learners

claw

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noun

Definition of claw for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


claw

verb

Definition of claw for English Language Learners

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


CLAW Defined for Kids

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claw

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noun \ ˈklȯ \

Definition of claw for Students

1 :a sharp usually thin and curved nail on the finger or toe of an animal (as a cat or bird)
2 :the end of a limb of some animals (as an insect, scorpion, or lobster) that is pointed or used for grasping

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claw

verb

Definition of claw for Students

clawed; clawing
:to scratch, seize, or dig with claws or fingers
  • They clawed a hole in the beach sand.

Medical Dictionary

claw

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noun \ ˈklȯ \

medical Definition of claw

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

clawed

play \ˈklȯd\ adjective

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