from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To hold fast or adhere to something, as by grasping, sticking, embracing, or entwining: clung to the rope to keep from falling; fabrics that cling to the body.
- intransitive v. To remain close; resist separation: We clung together in the storm.
- intransitive v. To remain emotionally attached; hold on: clinging to outdated customs.
- n. Botany A clingstone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit.
- n. adherence; attachment; devotion
- v. To hold very tightly, as to not fall off.
- v. To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast, especially by twining round or embracing; ; -- usually followed by to or together.
- transitive v. To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing.
- transitive v. To make to dry up or wither.
- n. Adherence; attachment; devotion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To adhere closely; be attached; stick: as, a wet garment clings to the limbs.
- To hold fast, especially by the hands or by coiling round or embracing, or, figuratively, by refusing to abandon or give up.
- To rush with violence.
- To wither; shrivel.
- To cause to adhere closely; apply firmly and closely.
- To consume; waste to leanness; shrivel.
- n. Adherence; attachment; the act of holding fast; embrace.
- n. A bunch; a cluster; an aggregation of several things that cling together.
- n. A dysentery or bloody flux of sheep: a frequently fatal inflammation of the large intestine of sheep, accompanied with fever and fluid discharges from the bowels.
- n. In horticulture, a peach, nectarine, or apricot in which the flesh adheres strongly to the stone; a clingstone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
- v. come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
- v. to remain emotionally or intellectually attached
- v. hold on tightly or tenaciously
Middle English clingen, from Old English clingan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English? clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Danish klynge to cluster, crowd. Compare clump. (Wiktionary)