from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
- n. A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or other arthropod.
- n. A limb terminating in such a structure.
- n. Something, such as the cleft end of a hammerhead, that resembles a claw.
- n. Botany The narrowed, stalklike basal part of certain petals or sepals.
- transitive v. To scratch, dig, tear, or pull with or as if with claws.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A curved, pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
- n. A foot equipped with such.
- n. The pincer of a crustacean or other arthropod.
- n. A mechanical device resembling a claw, used for gripping or lifting.
- n. The act of catching a ball overhand.
- v. To scratch or to tear at.
- v. To use the claws to seize, to grip.
- v. To use the claws to climb.
- v. To perform a claw catch.
- v. To move with one's fingertips.
- v. To relieve uneasy feeling, such as an itch, by scratching; hence, to humor or flatter, to court someone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sharp, hooked nail, as of a beast or bird.
- n. The whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails; the pinchers of a lobster, crab, etc.
- n. Anything resembling the claw of an animal, as the curved and forked end of a hammer for drawing nails.
- n. A slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, as the base of petals of the pink.
- transitive v. To pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails.
- transitive v. To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court.
- transitive v. To rail at; to scold.
- intransitive v. To scrape, scratch, or dig with a claw, or with the hand as a claw.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. . In zoöl.:
- n. A sharp, hooked, horny end of the limb of a mammal, bird, reptile, or other animal; a pointed and especially a curved nail of a vertebrate, consisting of thickened and hardened epidermal tissue, like horn, borne usually on a bony basis or core; technically, an unguis, as distinguished from a hoof or ungula.
- n. A sharp, hooked end of a limb of an animal, of whatever character.
- n. The whole leg, foot, or other appendage of certain animals, terminating in a sharp hooked end or in a pincer-like extremity; a chela, cheliped, or chelicera, as in insects, arachnidans, crustaceans, etc. See cuts under chela, chelicera, and scorpion.
- n. Some part of an animal resembling or likened to a claw.
- n. 2. Figuratively, the human hand; hence, in the plural, grasp; clutch; hold: as, to get one's claws on a thing.
- n. In mech., some part of a tool or tackle resembling a claw: as, the claw or cleft end of a hammer, used in drawing out nails; the claw of a crowbar; the claw of a grapnel.
- n. In botany, the narrow base of a petal, especially when it is long, as in the pink and wallflower.
- n. In locksmithing, a spur or talon which projects from a bolt or tumbler.
- To tear, scratch, pull, or seize with or as if with claws or talons.
- To scratch; relieve by or as if by scratching; scratch, as an itching part, with intent to relieve irritation.
- 3. To fawn on.
- To make or affect by the use of a claw or claws of some sort: as, to claw a hole in a carpet; to claw up a heap of dirt; to claw the leaves away.
- To get rid of.
- . Nautical, to beat to windward, in order to avoid falling on a lee shore or on another vessel: with off; hence, figuratively, to get off; escape: as, to claw off from, an embarrassing situation.
- To fawn; flatter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging
- n. a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
- n. a bird's foot
- n. sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles
- v. clutch as if in panic
- n. a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
- v. scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
- v. attack as if with claws
Middle English clawe, from Old English clawu.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English clawe, from Old English clawu, from Proto-Germanic *klawō. (Wiktionary)