from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem or mystery.
- transitive v. To give (someone) guiding information: Clue me in on what's happening.
- n. Variant of clew1.
- v. Variant of clew1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strand of yarn etc. as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.
- n. Information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion.
- n. An object or a kind of indication which may be used as evidence.
- v. To provide with a clue (often used with "in" or "up").
- v. To provide someone with information which he or she lacks.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A ball of thread; a thread or other means of guidance. Same as clew.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ball or skein of thread or yarn.
- n. The thread or yarn that is wound into the form of a ball; thread in general.
- n. Hence Anything that guides or directs one in an intricate case; a guide or key to the solution of a puzzle or problem, or the unraveling of a plot or mystery: in allusion to the mythological story that Theseus was guided by a clue of thread through the Cretan labyrinth.
- n. A measure of yarn or hemp, 4,800 yards.
- n. Nautical, a lower corner of a square sail or the aftmost corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
- Nautical, to haul up to the yard (the lower corners of a topsail, topgallantsail, or royal) by means of the clue-lines: used with up.
- To direct, as by a clue or thread.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a slight indication
- n. evidence that helps to solve a problem
- v. roll into a ball
"My hunch would be that the clue is the idea of a regulation," said the scholar.
Publius, the likes of you calling me classless and without a clue is a compliment.
Coincidence; that was what you called a clue that you were too lazy or too scared to run down.
So the 'clue' is in fact the final destination, at least for the croissants tashby ate.
Here's your last one: messes around with other women; and your second clue is French-speaking part of Belgium.
The first clue is Americans are stocking up on guns and ammunition.
I'll give you two clues: a word clue and a number.
And Robert in Rhode Island: "They should take a clue from the Chinese, or a cue.
The third time she asks Palin about McLame's record, Palin starts flailing around and Katie is kind of reared back almost away from her with her head and the look in her eyes to me says: "You don't have a goddamn clue, which is exactly what I thought."
His reaction to the discovery of this \ "other man\" (Antonio Banderas) and his wife\'s motives in leaving him a clue are the basis of the upcoming film The Other Man.