from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a vertebrate animal.
- noun A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or arachnid.
- noun One of one or more small curved structures at the tip of an appendage of an invertebrate, especially an insect or other arthropod.
- noun A limb terminating in such a structure.
- noun Something, such as the cleft end of a hammerhead, that resembles a claw.
- noun Botany A narrowed, stalklike basal part of a petal, sepal, or bract.
- transitive & intransitive verb To scratch, dig, tear, or pull with the claws or fingernails.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun . In zoöl.:
- noun 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.
- noun A sharp, hooked end of a limb of an animal, of whatever character.
- noun 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.
- noun Some part of an animal resembling or likened to a claw.
- noun 2. Figuratively, the human hand; hence, in the plural, grasp; clutch; hold: as, to get one's claws on a thing.
- noun 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.
- noun In botany, the narrow base of a petal, especially when it is long, as in the pink and wallflower.
- noun 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
clawa 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 offfrom, an embarrassing situation.
- To fawn; flatter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A sharp, hooked nail, as of a beast or bird.
- noun The whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails; the pinchers of a lobster, crab, etc.
- noun Anything resembling the claw of an animal, as the curved and forked end of a hammer for drawing nails.
- noun (Bot.) A slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, as the base of petals of the pink.
- noun a hammer with one end of the metallic head cleft for use in extracting nails, etc.
- noun [Slang] a dress coat of the swallowtail pattern.
- noun foot rot, a disease affecting sheep.
- intransitive verb To scrape, scratch, or dig with a claw, or with the hand as a claw.
- intransitive verb (Naut.) to turn to windward and beat, to prevent falling on a lee shore.
- transitive verb To pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails.
- transitive verb obsolete To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court.
- transitive verb obsolete To rail at; to scold.
- transitive verb stand by me and I will stand by you; -- an old proverb.
- transitive verb to scold or revile.
- transitive verb (Obs.) to tickle; to express approbation.
- transitive verb [Obs.] to find fault with; to vex.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
curved, pointed horny nailon each digitof the footof a mammal, reptile, or bird.
- noun A foot equipped with such.
- noun The
pincerof a crustacean or other arthropod.
- noun A mechanical device resembling a claw, used for
- noun juggling, uncountable The act of
catchinga ball overhand.
- verb To scratch or to tear at.
- verb To use the claws to seize, to grip.
- verb To use the claws to climb.
- verb juggling To perform a
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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 left claw is grasping a crossed camera and microphone to represent the ever-critical photo-op and sound bite.
The other end of the claw is connected to a muscle.
The other end of the claw is connected to a muscle.
A fossil claw from a sea scorpion, Jaekelopterus rhenaniae, taken out of a German quarry, is much larger than any other found.