To clew down
Clew Clew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clewed} p. pr. & vb. n. {Clewing}.] [Cf. D. kluwenen. See {Clew}, n.] 1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Direct and clew me out the way to happiness. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) To move of draw (a sail or yard) by means of the clew garnets, clew lines, etc.; esp. to draw up the clews of a square sail to the yard. [1913 Webster]

{To clew down} (Naut.), to force (a yard) down by hauling on the clew lines.

{To clew up} (Naut.), to draw (a sail) up to the yard, as for furling. [1913 Webster] ||


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  • To clew up — Clew Clew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clewed} p. pr. & vb. n. {Clewing}.] [Cf. D. kluwenen. See {Clew}, n.] 1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Direct and clew me out the way to happiness. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clew down — (nautical) To let down a sail by the lower edges • • • Main Entry: ↑clew …   Useful english dictionary

  • Clew — Clew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clewed} p. pr. & vb. n. {Clewing}.] [Cf. D. kluwenen. See {Clew}, n.] 1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Direct and clew me out the way to happiness. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clew — or clue [klo͞o] n. [ME cleue < OE cliwen, akin to Du klüwen & dissimilated Ger knäuel < IE base * gel : see CLAW] 1. a ball of thread or yarn: in Greek legend, a thread is used by Theseus as a guide out of the labyrinth 2. archaic sp. of… …   English World dictionary

  • clew — /klooh/, n. 1. clue (def. 1). 2. Naut. either lower corner of a square sail or the after lower corner of a fore and aft sail. See diag. under sail. 3. a ball or skein of thread, yarn, etc. 4. Usually, clews. the rigging for a hammock. 5. Theat. a …   Universalium

  • clew — n. & v. n. 1 Naut. a a lower or after corner of a sail. b a set of small cords suspending a hammock. 2 archaic a a ball of thread or yarn, esp. with reference to the legend of Theseus and the labyrinth. b = CLUE. v.tr. Naut. 1 (foll. by up) draw… …   Useful english dictionary

  • clew — I. noun Etymology: Middle English clewe, from Old English cliewen; akin to Old High German kliuwa ball, Sanskrit glauḥ lump Date: before 12th century 1. a ball of thread, yarn, or cord 2. clue 1 3. a. a lower corner or only the after corner of a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • The Iron Clew — Infobox Book | name = The Iron Clew (aka The Iron Hand ) image caption = author = Phoebe Atwood Taylor (writing as Alice Tilton) country = United States language = English series = Leonidas Witherall mysteries genre = Mystery novel / Whodunnit… …   Wikipedia

  • Clewed — Clew Clew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clewed} p. pr. & vb. n. {Clewing}.] [Cf. D. kluwenen. See {Clew}, n.] 1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Direct and clew me out the way to happiness. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clewing — Clew Clew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clewed} p. pr. & vb. n. {Clewing}.] [Cf. D. kluwenen. See {Clew}, n.] 1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Direct and clew me out the way to happiness. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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