American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
- n. A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or other arthropod.
- n. A limb terminating in such a structure.
- n. Something, such as the cleft end of a hammerhead, that resembles a claw.
- n. Botany The narrowed, stalklike basal part of certain petals or sepals.
- v. To scratch, dig, tear, or pull with or as if with claws.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. . In zoöl.:
- n. A sharp, hooked, horny end of the limb of a mammal, bird, reptile, or other animal; a pointed and especially a curved nail of a vertebrate, consisting of thickened and hardened epidermal tissue, like horn, borne usually on a bony basis or core; technically, an unguis, as distinguished from a hoof or ungula.
- n. A sharp, hooked end of a limb of an animal, of whatever character.
- n. The whole leg, foot, or other appendage of certain animals, terminating in a sharp hooked end or in a pincer-like extremity; a chela, cheliped, or chelicera, as in insects, arachnidans, crustaceans, etc. See cuts under chela, chelicera, and scorpion.
- n. Some part of an animal resembling or likened to a claw.
- n. 2. Figuratively, the human hand; hence, in the plural, grasp; clutch; hold: as, to get one's claws on a thing.
- n. In mech., some part of a tool or tackle resembling a claw: as, the claw or cleft end of a hammer, used in drawing out nails; the claw of a crowbar; the claw of a grapnel.
- n. In botany, the narrow base of a petal, especially when it is long, as in the pink and wallflower.
- n. In locksmithing, a spur or talon which projects from a bolt or tumbler.
- To tear, scratch, pull, or seize with or as if with claws or talons.
- To scratch; relieve by or as if by scratching; scratch, as an itching part, with intent to relieve irritation.
- 3. To fawn on.
- To make or affect by the use of a claw or claws of some sort: as, to claw a hole in a carpet; to claw up a heap of dirt; to claw the leaves away.
- To get rid of.
- . Nautical, to beat to windward, in order to avoid falling on a lee shore or on another vessel: with off; hence, figuratively, to get off; escape: as, to claw off from, an embarrassing situation.
- To fawn; flatter.
- n. A curved, pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
- n. A foot equipped with such.
- n. The pincer of a crustacean or other arthropod.
- n. A mechanical device resembling a claw, used for gripping or lifting.
- n. juggling, uncountable The act of catching a ball overhand.
- v. To scratch or to tear at.
- v. To use the claws to seize, to grip.
- v. To use the claws to climb.
- v. juggling To perform a claw catch.
- v. To move with one's fingertips.
- v. obsolete To relieve uneasy feeling, such as an itch, by scratching; hence, to humor or flatter, to court someone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sharp, hooked nail, as of a beast or bird.
- n. The whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails; the pinchers of a lobster, crab, etc.
- n. Anything resembling the claw of an animal, as the curved and forked end of a hammer for drawing nails.
- n. (Bot.) A slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, as the base of petals of the pink.
- v. To pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails.
- v. obsolete To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court.
- v. obsolete To rail at; to scold.
- v. To scrape, scratch, or dig with a claw, or with the hand as a claw.
- v. move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging
- n. a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
- n. a bird's foot
- n. sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles
- v. clutch as if in panic
- n. a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
- v. scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
- v. attack as if with claws
- Middle English clawe, from Old English clawu, from Proto-Germanic *klawō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English clawe, from Old English clawu. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Grendles grāpe, _all of Grendel's claw, the whole claw_, 837; dat.pl. on grames grāpum, 766; (as instr.) grimman grāpum, _with grim claws_, 1543.”
“Grendles grâpe, _all of Grendel's claw, the whole claw_, 837; dat.pl. on grames grâpum, 766; (as instr.) grimman grâpum, _with grim claws_, 1543.”
“I. iii.19 (241,7) [claw no man in his humour] To _claw_ is to flatter.”
“They shewed me a prodigious claw set in gold, which they called the claw of a griffin; and I could not forbear asking the reverend priest that shewed it, Whether the griffin was a saint?”
“That gavel will probably be covered in claw marks from the way she clung to that thing.”
“That claw is a goner," one of the station baggage-men said, straightening up from an examination of Michael through the bars.”
“The other end of the claw is connected to a muscle.”
“The left claw is grasping a crossed camera and microphone to represent the ever-critical photo-op and sound bite.”
“A fossil claw from a sea scorpion, Jaekelopterus rhenaniae, taken out of a German quarry, is much larger than any other found.”
“If I ever get the chance to leave a cute little kit dangling by one claw from a perilous cliff, rest assured that I shall seize it.”
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