Meaning of CLAUSE in English

clause AC /klɔːz $ klɒːz/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Medieval Latin clausa 'end of a sentence' , from Latin claudere ; ⇨ ↑ close 1 ]

1 . a part of a written law or legal document covering a particular subject of the whole law or document:

A confidentiality clause was added to the contract.

2 . technical a group of words that contains a subject and a verb, but which is usually only part of a sentence

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.