Definitions for cling
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cling.
fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohereverb
come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
"The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere"
to remain emotionally or intellectually attached
"He clings to the idea that she might still love him."
hold on tightly or tenaciously
"hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron"
Fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit.
To hold very tightly, as to not fall off.
Seaweed clung to the anchor.
To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
pret. I clung; part. I have clung.
Etymology: Klynger, Danish.
The broil long doubtful stood;
As two spent swimmers that do cling together,
And choak their art. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Most popular consul he is grown, methinks:
How the rout cling to him! Ben Jonson, Catiline.
The fontanel in his neck was descried by the clinging of his hair to the plaister. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.
When they united and together clung,
When undistinguish’d in one heap they hung. Richard Blackmore.
See in the circle, next Eliza plac’d,
Two babes of love, close clinging to her waist. Alexander Pope.
That they may the closer cling,
Take your blue ribbon for a string. Jonathan Swift.
If thou speak’st false,
Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive,
’Till famine cling thee. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Cling refers to the action of holding on tightly to someone or something. It can also mean to adhere or stick closely or persistently to something, such as a surface, an idea, or a belief.
to adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast, especially by twining round or embracing; as, the tendril of a vine clings to its support; -- usually followed by to or together
to cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing
to make to dry up or wither
adherence; attachment; devotion
Etymology: [AS. clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Dan. klynge to cluster, crowd. Cf. Clump.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kling, v.i. to adhere or stick close by winding round: to adhere in interest or affection: to remain by an opinion: of wood, to shrink.—v.t. to attach: to shrivel:—pa.t. and pa.p. clung.—n. adherence.—adjs. Cling′stone, having the pulp adhering firmly to the stone (of peaches)—opp. to Freestone; Cling′y, sticky. [A.S. clingan, to shrivel up, to draw together.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cling is ranked #137327 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Cling surname appeared 122 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cling.
60.6% or 74 total occurrences were White.
38.5% or 47 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'cling' in Verbs Frequency: #816
The numerical value of cling in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of cling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. If you could see them clearly, naturally you could do a great deal to get rid of them but you can't. You can only see one thing clearly and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
We won't accept Jalawla remaining in Kurdish clutches. If they cling to it by force, it will be retaken by force, we are prepared to fight against the Kurds alongside the militias unless the peshmerga leave Jalawla.
The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
I really cling to the letters from people for whom the movie really meant something, it stopped somebody from committing suicide, or at least they credit it for it having saved their lives that day. Whatever someone needed to hear that day to reinforce them as a human being, the movie gave it to them. It's only then you realize you've made something more than just a two-hour movie.
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- прилепвам, придържам се оBulgarian
- haften, hängen, klammernGerman
- estar apegado, agarrar, aferrar, sujetar, aferrarse, sostenerSpanish
- وفادار بودنPersian
- tarrautua, takertuaFinnish
- accrocher, collerFrench
- sangkut, gantungIndonesian
- appiccicarsi, abbarbicarsiItalian
- ぶら下げる, ぶら下がる, 掛けるJapanese
- за, льнуть, цепляться, прилипатьRussian
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