sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles
a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
claw, chela, nipper, pincer(noun)
a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
a bird's foot
move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging
"They clawed their way to the top of the mountain"
clutch as if in panic
"She clawed the doorknob"
scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
attack as if with claws
"The politician clawed his rival"
A curved, pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
A foot equipped with such.
The pincer of a crustacean or other arthropod.
A mechanical device resembling a claw, used for gripping or lifting.
The act of catching a ball overhand.
To scratch or to tear at.
To use the claws to seize, to grip.
To use the claws to climb.
To perform a claw catch.
To move with one's fingertips.
Origin: clawe, from clawu.
a sharp, hooked nail, as of a beast or bird
the whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails; the pinchers of a lobster, crab, etc
anything resembling the claw of an animal, as the curved and forked end of a hammer for drawing nails
a slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, as the base of petals of the pink
to pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails
to relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court
to rail at; to scold
to scrape, scratch, or dig with a claw, or with the hand as a claw
Origin: [AS. clawu, cl, cle; akin to D. klaauw, G. klaue, Icel. kl, Sw. & Dan. klo, and perh. to E. clew.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
klaw, n. the hooked nail of a beast or bird: the whole foot of an animal with hooked nails: anything like a claw: an instrument shaped like a claw.—v.t. to scratch or tear as with the claws or nails: to scrape; to seize: (fig.) to flatter, fawn on.—n. Claw′back, a toady, flatterer.—adj. Clawed, having claws.—ns. Claw-hamm′er, a hammer with one part of the head divided into two claws, with which to extract nails; Claw′-hamm′er-coat, a facetious name for a dress-coat.—adj. Claw′less.—Claw me and I'll claw thee, favour me and I shall do you good in return. [A.S. clawu; cog. with Ger. klaue; akin to Cleave, to stick.]
The numerical value of CLAW in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of CLAW in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Only a sheep with lion's heart can attack wolf, not the sheep with lion's teeth or with lion's claw!
Nails can be varnished, But they also claw. (Ongles peuvent être vernis, - Mais ils griffent aussi.)
This is a step that is necessary to refund existing debt and begin to take steps to claw out of the financial condition we are in at the present time.
With this schedule and the magnitude of opponents, you got to scratch and claw to get anything you can, hey, it didn't look good early. We were missing shots. We weren't guarding them well. The guys hung in, and we gave ourselves a chance, and we did just that.
The argument that a weaker pound and euro should lend some support to those respective economies, and the fact that a US rate hike should be an indicator of strength for the U.S. economy, still exists and we're set to see traders trying to claw back some of yesterday's losses on the open.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- нокът, щипкаBulgarian
- garra, urpaCatalan, Valencian
- drápat, dráp, drapnoutCzech
- ногътьOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- gribe, rive, klo, kradse, klosaksDanish
- kratzen, Kralle, klammern, Greifer, krallen, zerkratzen, Schere, KlaueGerman
- νύχι, νυχιάζωGreek
- agarrar, pinza, garra, arañarSpanish
- sõrg, küünistama, küünisEstonian
- kynsi, ottaa, kynsiä, apu, kiivetä, leuka, saksi, raapiaFinnish
- pieds-de-biche, pince, s'agripper, griffe, griffer, pied-de-bicheFrench
- klau, kloerWestern Frisian
- crúb, ladhar, crágIrish
- sgrìob, ìne, spògScottish Gaelic
- पंजा, पञ्जा, पकड, पानाHindi
- karom, karmol, olló, körömHungarian
- մագիլ, ճանկ, ճիրանArmenian
- aggrapparsi, artigliare, piede di porco, raspare, chela, graffiare, palanchino, artiglio, ghermireItalian
- Klo, KrallLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- पकड, पंजा, पानाMarathi
- klauwen, klauwDutch
- kleszcze, pazur, szczypce, szpon, drapaćPolish
- garra, tenaz, puãPortuguese
- clește, gheară, zgâriaRomanian
- тиски, коготь, клешняRussian
- kandža, чапорак, канџа, čaporak, čaporac, pandža, чапорац, панџаSerbo-Croatian
- čeľusť, drápSlovak
- klešče, krempeljSlovene
- klösa, klo, rivaSwedish
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