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

Choose the Right Synonym for clog

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

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 Seek out a traditional clog-maker — there are only about a couple dozen left — to help preserve a fading craft. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 Dressed in an orange jumpsuit and plastic clogs, Ramos seemed dazed and stared at the floor as Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Savage read the charges against him. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Man accused of killing rookie Sacramento police officer appears in court," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The crowd clogging the slick sidewalk did not part, or even budge. BostonGlobe.com, "Highclere Castle," 12 Sep. 2019 In some of the trucks, oil sludge or other debris can clog the screen, reducing oil flow and causing the pump’s vacuum output to drop, Flores said. Washington Post, "GM recalls nearly 3.8M pickups, SUVs to fix brake issues," 11 Sep. 2019 In some of the trucks, oil sludge or other debris can clog the screen, reducing oil flow and causing the pump's vacuum output to drop, Flores said. NBC News, "GM recalls nearly 3.8M pickups, SUVs to fix brake issues," 11 Sep. 2019 In some of the trucks, oil sludge or other debris can clog the screen, reducing oil flow and causing the pump's vacuum output to drop, Flores said. Tom Krisher, chicagotribune.com, "GM recalling almost 3.8 million SUVs, pickups over brake problem," 11 Sep. 2019 Ch’i flows like an invisible river, either smooth and free, or clogged and polluted. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Chase Center evaluated by Feng Shui expert," 6 Sep. 2019 Aquaplancton has been clearing ponds of all types of algae, green water, string algae, sludge, slime, odor, and clogged filter for over 20 years. Country Living, "No More Pond Algae—Naturally Voted Home And Garden “Product Of The Year”," 3 Sep. 2019 This style disrupted the ability of Orlando City to move the ball effectively, particularly through the midfield, where passing lanes were often clogged to force turnovers. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Three things we learned from Orlando City’s 3-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes," 3 Sep. 2019 The plants snarl fishing lines and can clog boat motors. Maryann Struman, Detroit Free Press, "Aggressive weed that can harm fish and choke boat motors found near Lake Michigan," 27 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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