American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To climb with difficulty, especially on all fours; scramble.
- n. A difficult, awkward climb.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To climb, especially with difficulty or by using both hands and feet, as in ascending a steep mountain: often used figuratively.
- To ascend by climbing; climb with difficulty.
- n. The act of clambering or climbing with difficulty.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To climb with difficulty, or with hands and feet; -- also used figuratively.
- n. The act of clambering.
- v. To ascend by climbing with difficulty.
- n. an awkward climb
- v. climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
- Middle English clambren, probably frequentative of climben, to climb; see climb. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The clamber was a perilous one, especially as the heavy rain rendered the iron pipe more than usually slippery.”
“Anyone who uses the word "clamber," and correctly no less, in a cycling blog has earned the right to call himself a snob.”
“The girls clamber from their seats, toward the open windows, as Seena tries unsuccessfully to open the window nearest her.”
“Each time a new position requires me to create a space between myself and the floor, he comes whizzing by, looking at me while smiling and trying to slide underneath my torso or clamber over my legs.”
“Missiles launched from catapults in the hills above, javelins thrown by Persian soldiers, and arrows from thousands of archers fell like rain on the Macedonians as they tried to clamber up the snow-covered cliffs to get at the defenders.”
“With his skull "shot to atoms", Harry manages to clamber over the side and tries to swim ashore.”
“Just then the white-domed heads of two men in coveralls appeared over the rim of the hollow, and the others stepped back to let them clamber out.”
“After a day of rest on middle Sunday another Wimbledon eccentricity, all 32 men and women remaining in the singles draws clamber back to the lawns, anxious and refreshed, to fight for a spot in the quarterfinals.”
“We are the reluctant inheritors of a tradition that once corralled hundreds of thousands of young men into a place so that they might selflessly clamber out of trench lines to certain death.”
“The attempt was well intended, but before he could clamber on board he was wet to the waist.”
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