What does cling mean?

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klɪŋcling

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cling, clingstone(verb)

    fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit

  2. cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohere(verb)

    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"

  3. cling(verb)

    to remain emotionally or intellectually attached

    "He clings to the idea that she might still love him."

  4. cling, hang(verb)

    hold on tightly or tenaciously

    "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron"

Wiktionary

  1. cling(Noun)

    Fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit.

  2. cling(Verb)

    To hold very tightly, as to not fall off.

    Seaweed clung to the anchor.

  3. cling(Verb)

    To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cling(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [AS. clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Dan. klynge to cluster, crowd. Cf. Clump.]

  2. Cling(verb)

    to cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing

    Etymology: [AS. clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Dan. klynge to cluster, crowd. Cf. Clump.]

  3. Cling(verb)

    to make to dry up or wither

    Etymology: [AS. clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Dan. klynge to cluster, crowd. Cf. Clump.]

  4. Cling(noun)

    adherence; attachment; devotion

    Etymology: [AS. clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Dan. klynge to cluster, crowd. Cf. Clump.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cling

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cling' in Verbs Frequency: #816

How to pronounce cling?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cling in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of cling in a Sentence

  1. Alexis Charles Henri Clrel de Tocqueville:

    Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth and which still has endless leisure to devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse.

  2. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    You might be clothless presently, but you shouldn't be hopeless. Also, you might be homeless, but you shouldn't be hopeless. As well, you might be foodless presently but, don't be hopeless. Perhaps, you might be helpless currently, but never become hopeless. You might even be perplexed currently, but never become hopeless. At worst, you might have lost everything you've acquired over the years, but never lose hope. Because, hope is always available when everything else has gone. Thus, cling to it (hope) for life and never let go of it. I mean, dare to hope against (all) hope i.e. be and remain hopeful even when your situation seems hopeless. ~Emeasoba George.

  3. Buddha:

    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.

  4. Kathleen Norris:

    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.

  5. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Hot Kazakh woman You are my hot attraction, I have absolutely no control over myself. I want to cling to you with my love like a leech. Looking at you, I believe in love again. Without you, only depression of emptiness.

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