What does cling mean?

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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.

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

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

  2. Clingverb

    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. Clingverb

    to make to dry up or wither

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

  4. Clingnoun

    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.]

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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. John Fleck:

    There's a risk when [ water managers ] cling to the hope of a big snowpack bailing us out, we need to recognize that there's going to be less water to work with.

  2. Karl Popper:

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

  3. Sonny Bono:

    Don't cling to fame. You're just borrowing it. It's like money. You're going to die, and somebody else is going to get it.

  4. Barack Obama:

    It's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy towards people who aren't like them.

  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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