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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.]
n. & v. Chiefly British
Variant of clue1.
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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
(tr) to coil or roll into a ball
[Old English cliewen (vb); related to Old High German kliu ball]
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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]
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Clewa 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.
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Past participle: clewed
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|Noun||1.||clew - a ball of yarn or cord or thread|
|2.||clew - evidence that helps to solve a problem|
evidence - an indication that makes something evident; "his trembling was evidence of his fear"
|Verb||1.||clew - roll into a ball|
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thread → aufwickeln
(Naut) to clew (up) → aufgeien
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