What does cling mean?

Definitions for cling
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?

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How to say cling in sign language?

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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. Calvin Coolidge:

    No other theory is adequate to explain or comprehend the Declaration of Independence. It is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped.

  2. 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.

  3. Anais Nin:

    I do not want to be the leader. I refuse to be the leader. I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. I want a man lying over me, always over me. His will, his pleasure, his desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the touchstone, the command, my pivot. I don’t mind working, holding my ground intellectually, artistically; but as a woman, oh, God, as a woman I want to be dominated. I don’t mind being told to stand on my own feet, not to cling, be all that I am capable of doing, but I am going to be pursued, fucked, possessed by the will of a male at his time, his bidding.

  4. 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.

  5. Nick Colas:

    Many market strategists cling to the Fed minutes and other standard information, if I want to be competitive I need something different.

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