What does cling mean?

Definitions for cling
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cling, clingstoneverb

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

  2. 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"

  3. clingverb

    to remain emotionally or intellectually attached

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

  4. cling, hangverb

    hold on tightly or tenaciously

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

Wiktionary

  1. clingnoun

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

  2. clingverb

    To hold very tightly, as to not fall off.

    Seaweed clung to the anchor.

  3. clingverb

    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

  1. To CLINGverb

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clingverb

    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

  2. Clingverb

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

  3. Clingverb

    to make to dry up or wither

  4. Clingnoun

    adherence; attachment; devotion

  5. 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.]

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    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. Karl Popper:

    We hate the very idea that our own ideas may be mistaken, so we cling dogmatically to our conjectures.

  2. Koichi Nakano:

    It’s a bit like a gambler who already has lost too much, pulling out of it now will only confirm the huge losses made, but carrying on you can still cling to the hope of winning big and taking it all back.

  3. George Lucas:

    Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.

  4. Anne Frank, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, July 15, 1944:

    It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.

  5. Lisa Dabney:

    The ones that we have on the market now are very, very safe; they are very different from the ones that came out in the ‘80s, [like] the DalkonShield that did have a high risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, one of the main differences was that it had a braded filament--a piece of string that hangs into the vagina-- and bacteria lived in the crevices in the string, which increased the risk of getting pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to scarring and blocked fallopian tubes. This caused a scare and caused companies to pull all IUDs [off the shelves] except for the copper IUD. But today, the string is much smoother so the bacteria can’t cling on as easily.

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