clog

noun
\ ˈkläg How to pronounce clog (audio) , 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 How to pronounce clogger (audio) , 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

Therefore, Phillips is a crucial clog in the Leeds United machine and Bielsa will be delighted if a new contract can be sorted. SI.com, "Kalvin Phillips Close to Agreeing New £40,000-a-Week Contract With Leeds," 26 Aug. 2019 Try a heavy knit sweater (instead of your go-to hoodie) and slip on a pair of clogs to run errands with the exact same effort as leggings and sneakers, but way chicer. Tyler Joe, Marie Claire, "How to Style Straight Leg Jeans," 12 Aug. 2019 And then again, in June, another clog disrupted the sewage system, costing about $60,000. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "You're probably using disposable wipes wrong. How to avoid harming the planet, the sewers," 26 Feb. 2018 Never quite understood the clog @gnev2 has received from some United fans recently, can’t think of many United legends calling for lower ticket prices! 45 minutes of real football chat. SI.com, "Gary Neville Suggests Man Utd Consider Selling Old Trafford Naming Rights," 27 Aug. 2019 California leaders’ preference for the PUC as solvent for bureaucratic clogs was the subtext of the recent debate over wildfire legislation. Joe Mathews, The Mercury News, "Mathews: California PUC seems to regulate everything. What’s next?," 28 July 2019 This helps to prevent pores from being clogged and can help remove clogs that have already formed. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "What are the best skin care products for acne-prone skin? Look for these key ingredients," 25 July 2019 Shop the bargain racks or have custom clogs made in-house. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Day trip to Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City for shopping, dining with Scandinavian flair," 7 July 2019 Shopping ranges from high-quality crafters, such as a world famous clog brand, to women’s boutiques and home goods. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Day trip to Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City for shopping, dining with Scandinavian flair," 7 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The freeway also clogs up in the southbound direction, as San Francisco residents travel in greater numbers to work on the Peninsula. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "New bus lines could help solve S.F.-to-Peninsula commuting woes," 29 Aug. 2019 Winter sun blazed through the double-height windows; multicolored knits and shearling clogs in the Fall 2019 collection offered up a kind of offbeat hygge. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta Brings Back the Airbrush With Painterly Color-Clash Makeup," 9 Feb. 2019 Traffic often clogs in the area where a crash May 26 left four people dead. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "No money to speed St. Tammany's I-12 expansion, Gov. Edwards says," 4 June 2018 Grass and debris clogged the intakes of the water scooters. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Jet skiers saved 100 people trapped in flooded homes in the Bahamas," 7 Sep. 2019 With Canada’s courts being extremely clogged, a judge will see if there is a way to avoid a costly trial in a way that is agreeable to both parties. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "No, Jacob Hoggard’s Trial Will Not Begin September 27," 23 Aug. 2019 In response to clients’ complaints about its able but arrogant employees, one management consultancy asked comedians to teach its clever clogs how to be less obnoxious (or at least come across as such). The Economist, "What companies can learn from comedians," 22 Aug. 2019 Aside from breakouts on my cheeks and clogged pores on my nose, my complexion just looked somewhat duller and sadder overall. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "Kate Somerville’s Glow-Boosting Moisturizer Cured My Fear of Retinol," 19 Aug. 2019 That excess oil can clog pores, leading to a breakout. Deanna Pai, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Spot Treatments to Save Your Skin from Breaking Out While Traveling," 5 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce clog (audio) \
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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