Clog Clog (kl[o^]g), n. [OE. clogge clog, Scot. clag, n., a clot, v., to to obstruct, cover with mud or anything adhesive; prob. of the same origin as E. clay.] 1. That which hinders or impedes motion; hence, an encumbrance, restraint, or impediment, of any kind. [1913 Webster]

All the ancient, honest, juridical principles and institutions of England are so many clogs to check and retard the headlong course of violence and opression. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. A weight, as a log or block of wood, attached to a man or an animal to hinder motion. [1913 Webster]

As a dog . . . but chance breaks loose, And quits his clog. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

A clog of lead was round my feet. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. A shoe, or sandal, intended to protect the feet from wet, or to increase the apparent stature, and having, therefore, a very thick sole. Cf. {Chopine}. [1913 Webster]

In France the peasantry goes barefoot; and the middle sort . . . makes use of wooden clogs. --Harvey. [1913 Webster]

{Clog almanac}, a primitive kind of almanac or calendar, formerly used in England, made by cutting notches and figures on the four edges of a clog, or square piece of wood, brass, or bone; -- called also a {Runic staff}, from the Runic characters used in the numerical notation.

{Clog dance}, a dance performed by a person wearing clogs, or thick-soled shoes.

{Clog dancer}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • clog — [kläg, klôg] n. [ME clogge, a lump of wood < ? clod, CLOD + logge,LOG1] 1. a weight fastened to the leg of an animal to hinder motion 2. anything that hinders or obstructs; hindrance 3. a shoe, sandal, etc. with a thick, usually wooden, sole:… …   English World dictionary

  • Clog — Clog, v. i. 1. To become clogged; to become loaded or encumbered, as with extraneous matter. [1913 Webster] In working through the bone, the teeth of the saw will begin to clog. S. Sharp. [1913 Webster] 2. To coalesce or adhere; to unite in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clog — Clog, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clogged} (kl[o^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Clogging}.] 1. To encumber or load, especially with something that impedes motion; to hamper. [1913 Webster] The winds of birds were clogged with ace and snow. Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • clog — [n] blockage bar, block, blockade, burden, cumbrance, dead weight, drag, encumbrance, hindrance, impedance, impediment, obstruction, snag; concepts 121,674 Ant. clearance, opening clog [v] block, hinder burden, choke, close, congest, curb, dam up …   New thesaurus

  • clog — ► NOUN 1) a shoe with a thick wooden sole. 2) an encumbrance. ► VERB (clogged, clogging) (often clog up) ▪ block or become blocked. ORIGIN originally in the sense «block of wood to impede an animal s movement»: origin unknown …   English terms dictionary

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