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 the snapshot, the royal sports a gingham dress, dark clogs, and an adorably devious smile. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Charlotte Looks Identical to Princess Diana's Niece Lady Kitty Spencer," 26 Nov. 2018 Maybe, the dudes at Alife suggest, this is the year the humble rubber clog can finally break into the mainstream. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "These Crocs-with-Socks Make a Case for the Luxury Clog," 31 May 2018 In rooms with names like Mediterranean Salon 4 and Palazzo Salon D, companies ranging from clog maker Crocs Inc. to teen outfitter Abercrombie & Fitch Co. faced questions about their exposure to China. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "‘Made in China’ Was Once the Easy Answer. Not Anymore.," 18 Jan. 2019 This clog is a favorite of restaurant workers, hospital staff, and other people who have to be on their feet all day. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 Heavy rains the morning of the event and a clog in the steam trap created the extreme pressure inside the 20-inch pipe, which had been installed in 1924. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Steam-Pipe Blast in Flatiron Echoes Powerful 2007 Explosion," 19 July 2018 While leaks and clogs could be contributing to your problems, a broken fan is a more common ailment. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Diagnose an Overheating Car," 14 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What that means: an oil filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory properties will dissolve the occasionally pore-clogging oil produced by your face. Janell M. Hickman, Seventeen, "5 Life-Changing Skincare Tricks Women of Color Need To Know," 4 Feb. 2019 Follow up with a glycolic cream, like Peter Thomas Roth's clarifying solution to keep the pore from clogging back up. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Pro's Guide To Making a Blemish Vanish...Fast," 28 Nov. 2018 The villain’s clogging tool was an unconventional one, according to police. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Serial toilet clogger cost city thousands. But a tip just flushed him out, police say," 30 May 2018 Salicylic acid, which prevents pores from clogging. Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 Regulators unfamiliar with the approach are sometimes skeptical, and some landowners and government agencies are loath to aid a rodent infamous for felling valuable trees, flooding property, and clogging road culverts. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 School halls, mosques and community spaces teemed with people, the narrow access roads clogged with vehicles and thick layers of mud. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Expected to Rise as Crews Reach Villages," 25 Dec. 2018 Besides directional stability, another jet-drive issue has been the tendency for the pumps to clog with detritus in the water. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Testing the Yamaha 210 FSH: The Boat That Blew Up the Formula," 31 Aug. 2018 Dead skin is one of the many things that can clog your pores. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose, Chin and Forehead," 28 Dec. 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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