from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An obstruction or hindrance.
- n. A weight, such as a block, attached to the leg of an animal to hinder movement.
- n. A heavy, usually wooden-soled shoe.
- transitive v. To obstruct movement on or in; block up: Heavy traffic clogged the freeways.
- transitive v. To hamper the function or activity of; impede: "attorneys clogging our courts with actions designed to harass state and local governments” ( Roslyn L. Anderson and Patricia L. Irvin).
- intransitive v. To become obstructed or choked up: The pipes had clogged with rust.
- intransitive v. To thicken or stick together; clot.
- intransitive v. To do a clog dance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of shoe with an inflexible, often wooden sole sometimes with an open heel.
- n. A blockage.
- n. A shoe of any type.
- v. To block or slow passage through (often with 'up').
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which hinders or impedes motion; hence, an encumbrance, restraint, or impediment, of any kind.
- n. A weight, as a log or block of wood, attached to a man or an animal to hinder motion.
- n. A shoe, or sandal, intended to protect the feet from wet, or to increase the apparent stature, and having, therefore, a very thick sole. Cf. Chopine.
- transitive v. To encumber or load, especially with something that impedes motion; to hamper.
- transitive v. To obstruct so as to hinder motion in or through; to choke up.
- transitive v. To burden; to trammel; to embarrass; to perplex.
- intransitive v. To become clogged; to become loaded or encumbered, as with extraneous matter.
- intransitive v. To coalesce or adhere; to unite in a mass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A block or mass of anything constituting an encumbrance.
- n. Specifically— A block of wood or other material fastened to an animal, as by a rope or chain to its leg, to impede its movements.
- n. A block of wood fastened to or placed under the wheel of a vehicle to serve as a brake in descending a hill.
- n. Hence Any encumbrance; anything that hinders motion or action, physical or moral, or renders it difficult; a hindrance or impediment.
- n. Same as clog-almanac.
- n. A cone of the pine or other coniferous tree.
- n. A kind of shoe with a very thick sole and high heels, worn either alone or as an overshoe.
- n. Hence A similar shoe used in the modern clog-dance.
- n. A clog-dance.
- n. In coal-mining, a short piece of timber placed between a prop and the roof which it helps to support.
- To impede the movements of; encumber; hamper; hobble, as by a chain, a rope, a block of wood, or the like: as, to clog a bullock to prevent it from leaping fences; to clog a wheel.
- To restrain; confine.
- To choke up; obstruct so as to hinder passage through: as, to clog a tube; to clog a vein.
- Figuratively, to throw obstacles in the way of; encumber; hinder; burden; trammel; hamper: as, to clog commerce with restrictions.
- Synonyms To shackle, fetter, restrain, cumber, embarrass, restrict.
- To become loaded, encumbered, or choked up with extraneous matter.
- To coalesce; unite and adhere in a cluster or mass; stick together.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction
- v. impede with a clog or as if with a clog
- n. footwear usually with wooden soles
- v. coalesce or unite in a mass
- n. a dance performed while wearing shoes with wooden soles; has heavy stamping steps
- v. fill to excess so that function is impaired
- v. dance a clog dance
- v. impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden
- v. become or cause to become obstructed
Middle English, block attached to an animal's leg.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English clog ("weight attached to the leg of an animal to impede movement") (Wiktionary)