What does cling mean?

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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

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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. Phyllis McGinley:

    Who could deny that privacy is a jewel? It has always been the mark of privilege, the distinguishing feature of a truly urbane culture. Out of the cave, the tribal teepee, the pueblo, the community fortress, man emerged to build himself a house of his own with a shelter in it for himself and his diversions. Every age has seen it so. The poor might have to huddle together in cities for need's sake, and the frontiersman cling to his neighbors for the sake of protection. But in each civilization, as it advanced, those who could afford it chose the luxury of a withdrawing-place.

  2. Valerie Jarrett:

    I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment, i'm fine. I'm worried about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense. The person who is walking down the street minding their own business and they see somebody cling to their purse, or run across the street, or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation -- the talk -- as we call it. As you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day.

  3. Amenorhu kwaku:

    I have watched the ways of the world. She makes promises like a dream and her treasures are an alluring mirage. Humanity cling desperately to mortal life in order to gratified this dream and its treasures. This I have seen to be the root of human suffering.

  4. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, page 62:

    I hold a creed, which no one ever taught me, and which I seldon mention, but in which I delight, and to which I cling, for it extends hope to all; it makes eternity a rest - a mighty home - not a terror and an abyss. With this creed, I can so clearly distinguish between the criminal and his crime, I can so sincerly forgive the first while I abhor the last; with this creed, revenge never worries my heart, degredation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice bever crushes me too low; I live in calm, looking to the end.

  5. 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.

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