clew

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clew 1

 (klo͞o)
n.
1. A ball of yarn or thread.
2. Greek Mythology The ball of thread used by Theseus to find his way out of the labyrinth.
3. clews The cords by which a hammock is suspended.
4. also clue Nautical
a. One of the two lower corners of a square sail.
b. The lower aft corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
tr.v. clewed, clew·ing, clews
1. To roll or coil into a ball.
2. also clue Nautical To raise the lower corners of (a square sail) by means of clew lines. Used with up.

[Middle English clewe, from Old English cliwen.]

clew 2

 (klo͞o)
n. & v. Chiefly British
Variant of clue1.

clew

(kluː)
n
1. a ball of thread, yarn, or twine
2. (Nautical Terms) nautical either of the lower corners of a square sail or the after lower corner of a fore-and-aft sail
3. (Nautical Terms) (usually plural) the rigging of a hammock
4. a rare variant of clue
vb
(tr) to coil or roll into a ball
[Old English cliewen (vb); related to Old High German kliu ball]

clew

(klu)

n.
2. either lower corner of a square sail or the after lower corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
3. a ball or skein of thread, yarn, etc.
4. Usu., clews. the rigging for a hammock.
v.t.
5. to coil into a ball.
[before 900; Middle English clewe, Old English cleowen, cliewen=cliew- (c. Old High German kliu ball) + -en -en5]

Clew

 a globe, ball, or spherical bunch; a tangled cluster of things; a ball of thread, etc.
Examples: clew of bees, 1616; of cord; of thread; of yarn; of worms, 1669.

clew


Past participle: clewed
Gerund: clewing

Imperative
clew
clew
Present
I clew
you clew
he/she/it clews
we clew
you clew
they clew
Preterite
I clewed
you clewed
he/she/it clewed
we clewed
you clewed
they clewed
Present Continuous
I am clewing
you are clewing
he/she/it is clewing
we are clewing
you are clewing
they are clewing
Present Perfect
I have clewed
you have clewed
he/she/it has clewed
we have clewed
you have clewed
they have clewed
Past Continuous
I was clewing
you were clewing
he/she/it was clewing
we were clewing
you were clewing
they were clewing
Past Perfect
I had clewed
you had clewed
he/she/it had clewed
we had clewed
you had clewed
they had clewed
Future
I will clew
you will clew
he/she/it will clew
we will clew
you will clew
they will clew
Future Perfect
I will have clewed
you will have clewed
he/she/it will have clewed
we will have clewed
you will have clewed
they will have clewed
Future Continuous
I will be clewing
you will be clewing
he/she/it will be clewing
we will be clewing
you will be clewing
they will be clewing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been clewing
you have been clewing
he/she/it has been clewing
we have been clewing
you have been clewing
they have been clewing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been clewing
you will have been clewing
he/she/it will have been clewing
we will have been clewing
you will have been clewing
they will have been clewing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been clewing
you had been clewing
he/she/it had been clewing
we had been clewing
you had been clewing
they had been clewing
Conditional
I would clew
you would clew
he/she/it would clew
we would clew
you would clew
they would clew
Past Conditional
I would have clewed
you would have clewed
he/she/it would have clewed
we would have clewed
you would have clewed
they would have clewed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clew - a ball of yarn or cord or thread
chunk, clod, glob, lump, clump, ball - a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
2.clew - evidence that helps to solve a problem
evidence - an indication that makes something evident; "his trembling was evidence of his fear"
sign, mark - a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened); "he showed signs of strain"; "they welcomed the signs of spring"
Verb1.clew - roll into a ball
twine, wrap, wind, roll - arrange or or coil around; "roll your hair around your finger"; "Twine the thread around the spool"; "She wrapped her arms around the child"
Translations

clew

n
(of thread)Knäuel nt
(Naut, of sail) → Schothorn nt; (of hammock)Schlaufe f
vt
threadaufwickeln
(Naut) to clew (up)aufgeien