Definitions for clauseklɔz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

clauseklɔz(n.)

  1. a syntactic construction containing a subject and predicate and forming part of a sentence or constituting a whole simple sentence.

    Category: Grammar

  2. a distinct article or provision in a contract, treaty, will, or other formal or legal written document.

Origin of clause:

1175–1225; ME claus(e) (< AF) < ML clausa, back formation from L clausula closing of something written, der. of claus(us), ptp. of claudere to close

claus′al(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clause(noun)

    (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence

  2. article, clause(noun)

    a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. clause(noun)ɔz

    a part of a legal document

    a new clause added to the agreement

  2. clauseɔz

    the part of sentence with a subject and a verb

    ***a relative clause

Wiktionary

  1. clause(Noun)

    A group of two or more words which include a subject and any necessary predicate (the predicate also includes a verb, conjunction, or a preposition) to begin the clause; however, this clause is not considered a sentence for colloquial purposes.

  2. clause(Noun)

    A verb along with its subject and their modifiers. If a clause provides a complete thought on its own, then it is an independent (superordinate) clause; otherwise, it is (subordinate)dependent.

  3. clause(Noun)

    A separate part of a contract, a will or another legal document.

  4. clause(Verb)

    To amend (a bill of lading or similar document).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clause(noun)

    a separate portion of a written paper, paragraph, or sentence; an article, stipulation, or proviso, in a legal document

  2. Clause(noun)

    a subordinate portion or a subdivision of a sentence containing a subject and its predicate

  3. Clause(noun)

    see Letters clause / close, under Letter

Freebase

  1. Clause

    In grammar, a clause is the smallest grammatical unit that can express a complete proposition. A typical clause consists of a subject and a predicate, where the predicate is typically a verb phrase – a verb together with any objects and other modifiers. However the subject is sometimes not expressed; this is often the case in null-subject languages, if the subject is retrievable from context, but it also occurs in certain cases in other languages such as English. A simple sentence usually consists of a single finite clause with a finite verb that is independent. More complex sentences may contain multiple clauses. Main clauses are those that could stand as a sentence by themselves. Subordinate clauses are those that would be awkward or nonsensical if used alone.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clause' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2750

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clause' in Nouns Frequency: #930


Translations for clause

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

clause(noun)

a part of a sentence having its own subject and predicate, eg either of the two parts of this sentence

The sentence `Mary has a friend who is rich' contains a main clause and a subordinate (relative) clause.

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