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

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," 11 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If capacity is reduced, those commuters would have to take to cars, buses and ferries, clogging up roads and overcrowding existing trains. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Cuomo Digs In on Aging Train Tunnel to Penn Station, Telling Trump to Fork Over Funding," 18 Oct. 2018 Ubud can get clogged with tourists headed for the adjacent Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, all vying for space on the crumbling sidewalks, but the city’s smaller alleys contain worthy gems. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer have held the same top two posts for more than a dozen years, clogging the upper rungs of the leadership ladder. Matthew Green, Vox, "What Pelosi’s defenders miss," 29 Oct. 2018 Oil glands, no matter where there are on your body, are subject to clogging, says Parks. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Ear Pimples Are Real — Here's How to Get Rid of Them," 19 Sep. 2018 Streams and canals have become clogged with trash from dumping. Qassim Abdul-zahra, The Seattle Times, "Iraqi city of Basra seethes over water crisis, unemployment," 10 Sep. 2018 Hopefully its vacuum system isn’t prone to clogging. James Vincent, The Verge, "iRobot’s latest Roomba remembers your home’s layout and empties itself," 6 Sep. 2018 This follows a recent county staff analysis that showed the project would be detrimental to the environment, clog existing roads, require the county to spend taxpayer money on utilities and wouldn’t fit in with the surrounding rural area. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "East Seminole residents express relief after board rejects rural development but ready for future battles," 13 July 2018 They were followed by legions of Uber and Lyft cars clogging dense downtown zones. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "In the Scooter Wars of 2018, it's not really about the scooters," 21 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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