claw

noun, often attributive
\ ˈklȯ How to pronounce claw (audio) \

Definition of claw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

claw

verb
clawed; clawing; claws

Definition of claw (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from claw

Noun

clawed \ ˈklȯd How to pronounce claw (audio) \ adjective
clawlike \ ˈklȯ-​ˌlīk How to pronounce claw (audio) \ adjective

Examples of claw in a Sentence

Noun The eagle was carrying a mouse in its sharp claws. The excavating machine's claw dug into the earth. the claw of a hammer Verb How can we stop the cat from clawing the drapes? The dog clawed a hole in the carpet. She tried to claw his face with her fingernails.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Style creators on TikTok are single-handedly causing specific clothing items and accessories to sell out on Amazon—most notably gold hoops, claw clips, and dickey collars. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "20 Viral TikTok Products Amazon Can't Keep in Stock," 15 Apr. 2021 This claw clip set boasts a 4.7-star average rating from 900 Amazon reviewers. Rebecca Rodriguez, NBC News, "Best hair claw clips for 2021 — and how TikTok helped them surge," 3 Mar. 2021 This classic gold claw clip is great for anyone who wants to add a minimalist hair accessory that still exudes plenty of glamour. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, "The Claw Clip Is The Hair Accessory Of 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 His version of the claw has his two right fingers over the top of the shaft instead of resting on the side. New York Times, "The World’s Best Golfers Disagree on How to Grip a Putter," 8 Apr. 2021 Which is also very possibly the date the claw and antlers were born. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers, Chris Woodward plan to ‘cause a little chaos’ on the basepaths this season," 26 Mar. 2021 The images are already iconic; an excavator and bulldozer claw at the muddy bank of the Suez Canal, dwarfed by the gigantic hull of a container ship so clearly and deeply stuck that the action can only be described as futile. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "How big is the boat stuck in the Suez canal?," 26 Mar. 2021 My choice: an Estwing with a smooth face and a straight ripping claw. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 71 Best Tools of 2021," 18 Mar. 2021 The Conestoga Wagon Company has also expanded its offerings to include shower houses and luxury tents complete with claw-foot tubs and full wooden vanities. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "Travel Across 25 U.S. States and Stay in a Modern-day Oregon Trail-style Covered Wagon," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The special election is far from settled, and several other candidates are trying to claw their way to the top. Dallas News, "Race to replace Ron Wright in Congress intensifies as front-runners try to snag spot in runoff," 23 Apr. 2021 The Ducks were able to slowly claw their way back by forcing turnovers, as OSU had eight during the first 12 minutes of the second half. oregonlive, "Oregon State reaches the Pac-12 tournament championship game after whipping Oregon 75-64," 13 Mar. 2021 The Mavs are still trying to claw their way out of the play-in round. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Mavs failed to make splash at the trade deadline, but still found a way to get what they needed," 25 Mar. 2021 American political leaders have learned a few things in the last 12 years, since the nation last tried to claw its way out of an economic hole. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Move Over, Nerds. It’s the Politicians’ Economy Now.," 9 Mar. 2021 Despite trailing by double digits at halftime, Auburn battled for much of the second half and tried to claw its way back into the game. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Auburn commits season-high 23 turnovers, suffers season sweep at hands of rival Alabama," 3 Mar. 2021 The state has to distribute 65% of federal rental funds by Sept. 30 or the federal government can claw it back. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Kresge, credit union offer rent assistance as Detroit nonprofit waits for federal aid," 3 Mar. 2021 This will warn you that if you are evicted the landlord gets to claw that discount back from you. The Salt Lake Tribune, "If you’re a renter in Utah, here are the land mines you need to look out for in the lease agreement," 3 Mar. 2021 Despite a Sabonis banked-in deep shot with 25 seconds to go to close within one possession, the Pacers couldn’t muster enough luck to claw themselves back out a final time, ending on the wrong end of a 17-9 scoring burst from the Knicks to close. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers drop another close game late to Knicks, 110-107," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of claw

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for claw

Noun

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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Time Traveler for claw

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The first known use of claw was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

26 Apr 2021

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“Claw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/claw. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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claw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of claw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of claw (Entry 2 of 2)

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

claw

noun
\ ˈklȯ How to pronounce claw (audio) \

Kids Definition of claw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

claw

verb
clawed; clawing

Kids Definition of claw (Entry 2 of 2)

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

claw

noun
\ ˈklȯ How to pronounce claw (audio) \

Medical Definition of claw

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

Other Words from claw

clawed \ ˈklȯd How to pronounce claw (audio) \ adjective

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