What does clause mean?

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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)

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

    Etymology: [F. clause, LL. clausa, equiv. to L. clausula clause, prop., close of rhetorical period, close, fr. claudere to shut, to end. See Close.]

  2. Clause(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F. clause, LL. clausa, equiv. to L. clausula clause, prop., close of rhetorical period, close, fr. claudere to shut, to end. See Close.]

  3. Clause(noun)

    see Letters clause / close, under Letter

    Etymology: [F. clause, LL. clausa, equiv. to L. clausula clause, prop., close of rhetorical period, close, fr. claudere to shut, to end. See Close.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clause

    klawz, n. a sentence or part of a sentence: an article or part of a contract, will, &c.—adj. Claus′ular, pertaining to, or consisting of, a clause or clauses. [Fr. clause—L. claususclaudĕre, to shut.]

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

How to pronounce clause?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say clause in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clause in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clause in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of clause in a Sentence

  1. Al Baker:

    We are still at an impasse. We have walked away from our first A320neo because more than a certain number of days late, so exercised a walk away clause.

  2. Al Baker:

    We will only accept it when we are fully satisfied that it can operate efficiently and safely at Qatar operations (and)...once we get sufficient performance guarantees and undertakings from both Airbus and Pratt and Whitney, we are at the threshold of the walkaway clause in our contract but I hope we will not have to exercise this.

  3. Al Baker:

    We are five aircraft down this summer. This is why we are screaming because it is making a huge impact on my bottom line, we are still at an impasse. We have walked away from our first A320neo because it is more than a certain number of days late, so exercised a walk-away clause.

  4. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    While bills are being brought into the House of Commons to regulate every thing, from the sweeps crying "sweep," to "emancipation, vote by ballot, and free trade," is there no county member whose "time and talents'' are devoted to "domestic policy," who will bring in a bill "for the better regulation of the marriage ceremony," and put the canonical hours later in the day ? at all events, could there not be a special clause in favour of London ? A spring morning there is the very reverse of Thomson's description ; for "delicious mildness" read "a cutting east wind;" and for "veiled in roses" substitute "smoke and fog." The streets are given up to the necessities of life — to the milkman with his cans, the butcher with his tray, the baker with his basket ; all belong to the material portion of existence. Now, marriage is (or ought to be) an affair of affections, sentiments, &c. The legislature ought to give it the full benefit of moonlight and wax-candles.

  5. Lawrence Rosen:

    The settlement agreement contained an arbitration clause that permitted EC, LLC to seek an injunction in the event of a breach or threatened breach of the agreement, the designated judge from the arbitration tribunal found that Ms. Clifford had violated the agreement and enjoined her from, among other things, filing this lawsuit.

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    • A. bonzer
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