clog

noun
\ˈkläg, ˈklȯg\

Definition of clog 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a weight attached especially to an animal to hinder motion

b : something that shackles or impedes : encumbrance sense 1

c : a mass of material that blocks movement through a pipe or vessel clearing a clog in the kitchen sink

2 : a shoe, sandal, or overshoe having a thick typically wooden sole

clog

verb
clogged; clogging

Definition of clog (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to impede with a clog : hinder

b : to halt or retard the progress, operation, or growth of : encumber restraints that have been clogging the market— T. W. Arnold

2a : to fill beyond capacity : overload cars clogged the main street often used with up petty cases clogging up the courts

b : to cause blockage in often used with up arteries clogged up by cholesterol

intransitive verb

1 : to become filled with extraneous matter often used with up

2 : to unite in a mass : clot

3 : to dance a clog dance

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Other Words from clog

Verb

clogger \ˈklä-gər, ˈklȯ- \ noun

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Verb

hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, manacle mean to hinder or impede in moving, progressing, or acting. hamper may imply the effect of any impeding or restraining influence. hampered the investigation by refusing to cooperate trammel suggests entangling by or confining within a net. rules that trammel the artist's creativity clog usually implies a slowing by something extraneous or encumbering. a court system clogged by frivolous suits fetter suggests a restraining so severe that freedom to move or progress is almost lost. a nation fettered by an antiquated class system shackle and manacle are stronger than fetter and suggest total loss of freedom. a mind shackled by stubborn prejudice a people manacled by tyranny

Examples of clog in a Sentence

Noun

There's a clog in the kitchen sink. a liquid chemical that gets rid of clogs

Verb

The sink was clogged by dirt and grease. The drain clogs easily because the opening is so small.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In this case, that means pairing the classic Croc with a white tube sock affixed to the body of the clog. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "These Crocs-with-Socks Make a Case for the Luxury Clog," 31 May 2018 Make sure the burners are clog-free and there is no visible obstruction from food. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How To Prepare Your Kitchen for a Thanksgiving Feast," 24 Nov. 2015 The order shows that on May 16, a Department of Recreation and Parks official requested a contractor to blast through a clog. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "Contractor was completing 'urgent' work on Baltimore City pool when trench collapse killed worker," 13 June 2018 Run hot water for several minutes to ensure that the clog has cleared. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix a Clogged Sink and Leaky Faucet," 11 Feb. 2015 Despite endorsements from Shia LaBeouf, Balenciaga, and several GQ editors, the jury is still out whether or not the slip-on plastic clogs are actually stylish. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "These Crocs-with-Socks Make a Case for the Luxury Clog," 31 May 2018 Antihistamines and narcotic pain relievers can cause constipation, and long-haired pups who frequently lick themselves (often because of itchy skin) could end up ingesting fur that causes a clog, Huggins says. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 13 Apr. 2017 But, like the siren song of awkward pants or white Dansko clogs, bolos may worm their way into your life in the not-too-distant-future. Stella Bugbee, The Cut, "I Think I Might Want a Bolo Tie?," 26 Apr. 2018 The lanky Nigerian stood at close to 6ft 5in tall, but was deceptively skilful for his height and his massive clogs didn't appear to hinder his ball control too much at all back in the day. SI.com, "Clodhopper: Report Names Man Utd Star as Player With the Biggest Feet in the Premier League," 22 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Early Thursday evening as the sun went down in Houston the sky lit up in an orange hue that proved irresistible to locals, who clogged up social media with photos of nature's presentation. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's beautiful orange pink sky at sunset, explained by science," 6 July 2018 Everyone, no matter their skin type, needs to wash their face every evening before going to bed to remove SPF, makeup, oil, and debris that can clog pores and interfere with the cell renewal that happens at night. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to use a skin cleanser and see results," 3 July 2018 It’s been overshadowed by the prevailing theory that Alzheimer’s stems from sticky plaques that clog the brain. Washington Post, "New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer’s," 21 June 2018 Suddenly, the Capitals are a suffocating defensive team that clogs the middle of the ice and makes even the fastest of opponents look slow. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, "Capitals' suffocating pressure frustrating Golden Knights in Stanley Cup Final," 3 June 2018 May lack necessary pop in his hips to displace 1-gappers who are clogging running lanes. Joe Noga, cleveland.com, "Isaiah Wynn, Georgia OG: 2018 NFL Draft profile (video)," 5 Mar. 2018 The area around the office building remained roped off with yellow police tape Thursday evening, while dozens of police vehicles from the city and county clogged the streets and parking lots. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "At Least Five Dead in Shooting at Maryland Newspaper Office," 28 June 2018 Protesters clogged the streets during Trump’s two-hour visit. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Vice President Mike Pence attending GOP fundraiser in Philly tonight; protests expected," 19 June 2018 Because a city made for scooters is a city ready to embrace a cornucopia of mobility options that don’t require sitting in a car, clogging the streets, and choking the planet. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Save the Scooters, Redesign the Streets, and Save San Francisco," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of clog

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for clog

Noun

Middle English clogge short thick piece of wood

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clog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a shoe or sandal that has a thick usually wooden sole

: something that blocks or clogs a pipe

clog

verb

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

: to slowly form a block in (something, such as a pipe or street) so that things cannot move through quickly or easily

clog

verb
\ˈkläg \
clogged; clogging

Kids Definition of clog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make passage through difficult or impossible : plug Snow clogged the roads.

clog

noun

Kids Definition of clog (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that hinders or holds back There's a clog in the drain.

2 : a shoe having a thick usually wooden sole

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