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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

clawklɔ(n.)

  1. a sharp, usu. curved, nail on the foot of an animal, as on a cat, dog, or bird.

    Category: Zoology

  2. a similar curved process at the end of the leg of an insect.

    Category: Zoology

  3. the pincerlike extremity of specific limbs of certain arthropods:

    lobster claws.

    Category: Zoology

  4. any part or thing resembling a claw, as the cleft end of the head of a hammer.

  5. (v.t.)to tear, scratch, seize, pull, etc., with or as if with claws.

  6. to make by or as if by scratching, digging, etc., with hands or claws:

    to claw a hole in the earth.

  7. to proceed by or as if by using the hands or claws:

    They clawed their way through the jungle.

  8. (v.i.)to scratch, tear, pull, or dig with or as if with claws.

Origin of claw:

bef. 900; ME; OE clawu, clēa, c. OS clāuua, OHG chlāwa

claw′less(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. claw(noun)

    sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles

  2. hook, claw(noun)

    a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something

  3. claw, chela, nipper, pincer(noun)

    a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods

  4. claw(verb)

    a bird's foot

  5. claw(verb)

    move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging

    "They clawed their way to the top of the mountain"

  6. claw(verb)

    clutch as if in panic

    "She clawed the doorknob"

  7. claw(verb)

    scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails

  8. claw(verb)

    attack as if with claws

    "The politician clawed his rival"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. claw(noun)ɔ

    a sharp part on an animal's toe

Wiktionary

  1. claw(Noun)

    A curved, pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot of a mammal, reptile, or bird.

  2. claw(Noun)

    A foot equipped with such.

  3. claw(Noun)

    The pincer of a crustacean or other arthropod.

  4. claw(Noun)

    A mechanical device resembling a claw, used for gripping or lifting.

  5. claw(Noun)

    The act of catching a ball overhand.

  6. claw(Verb)

    To scratch or to tear at.

  7. claw(Verb)

    To use the claws to seize, to grip.

  8. claw(Verb)

    To use the claws to climb.

  9. claw(Verb)

    To perform a claw catch.

  10. claw(Verb)

    To move with one's fingertips.

  11. Origin: clawe, from clawu.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Claw(noun)

    a sharp, hooked nail, as of a beast or bird

  2. Claw(noun)

    the whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails; the pinchers of a lobster, crab, etc

  3. Claw(noun)

    anything resembling the claw of an animal, as the curved and forked end of a hammer for drawing nails

  4. Claw(noun)

    a slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, as the base of petals of the pink

  5. Claw(noun)

    to pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails

  6. Claw(noun)

    to relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court

  7. Claw(noun)

    to rail at; to scold

  8. Claw(verb)

    to scrape, scratch, or dig with a claw, or with the hand as a claw

Freebase

  1. Claw

    A claw is a curved, pointed appendage, found at the end of a toe or finger in most amniotes. However, the word "claw" is also often used in reference to an invertebrate. Somewhat similar fine hooked structures are found in arthropods such as beetles and spiders, at the end of the leg or tarsus for gripping a surface as the creature walks. Crabs', lobsters' and scorpions' pincers, or more formally, their "chelae", are sometimes called claws. A claw is made of hard protein called keratin. Claws are used to catch and hold prey in carnivorous mammals such as cats and dogs, but may also be used for such purposes as digging, climbing trees, self-defense etc., in those and other species. Similar appendages that are flat and do not come to a sharp point are called nails instead. Claw-like projections that do not form at the end of digits, but spring from other parts of the foot are properly named spurs. Claws of animals like tigers, lions, and bears were used in making items such as ornaments, pendants, and brooches. Tigers' and lions' claws are illegal to trade.


Translations for CLAW

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

claw(noun)

one of the hooked nails of an animal or bird

The cat sharpened its claws on the tree-trunk.

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