Meaning of CLAW in English


— clawer , n. — clawless , adj.

/klaw/ , n.

1. a sharp, usually curved, nail on the foot of an animal, as on a cat, dog, or bird.

2. a similar curved process at the end of the leg of an insect.

3. the pincerlike extremity of specific limbs of certain arthropods: lobster claws.

4. any part or thing resembling a claw, as the cleft end of the head of a hammer.

5. Typography. the hooklike projection from the right side of an r or from the bowl of a g.

6. (in a motion-picture mechanism) a device having one or two teeth that hook into the perforations of a length of film and move it one frame at a time at any given speed.

7. Jewelry. one of a group of slender, tapering metal projections rising from the base of a jewelry setting, used to hold a transparent or faceted gemstone in position. Cf. prong (def. 4).


8. to tear, scratch, seize, pull, etc., with or as if with claws: The kitten clawed my sweater to shreds.

9. to make by or as if by scratching, digging, etc., with hands or claws: to claw a hole in the earth.

10. to proceed by or as if by using the hands: He clawed his way through the crowd.


11. to scratch, tear, or dig with or as if with claws: The cat clawed and hissed in fear.

12. to make fumbling motions: He clawed at the door. She clawed for the light switch.

13. Scot. to scratch gently, as to relieve itching.

[ bef. 900; (n.) ME; OE clawu; c. OHG chlo ( a ), akin to D klauw, G Klaue; (v.) ME clawen, OE claw ( i ) an, deriv. of clawu (n.); akin to D klauwen, G klauen ]

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