claw
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English clawe, from Old English clawu hoof, claw; akin to Old Norse klō claw, and probably to Old English cliewen ball — more at clew Date: before 12th century 1. a sharp usually slender and curved nail on the toe of an animal 2. any of various sharp curved processes especially at the end of a limb (as of an insect); also a limb ending in such a process 3. one of the pincerlike organs terminating some limbs of various arthropods (as a lobster or scorpion) 4. something that resembles a claw; specifically the forked end of a tool (as a hammer) • clawed adjectiveclawlike adjective II. verb Date: before 12th century transitive verb to rake, seize, dig, or progress with or as if with claws intransitive verb to scrape, scratch, dig, or pull with or as if with claws

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Claw — (kl[add]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clawed} (kl[add]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Clawing}.] [AS. clawan. See {Claw}, n.] 1. To pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails. [1913 Webster] 2. To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • claw — [klɔː ǁ klɒː] verb claw back phrasal verb 1. [transitive] claw something → back FINANCE if a company claws back shares, it takes back new shares that it had offered to its present shareholders, but they do not want to buy, and offers them to… …   Financial and business terms

  • Claw — (kl[add]), n. [AS. clawu, cl[=a], cle[ o]; akin to D. klaauw, G. klaue, Icel. kl[=o], Sw. & Dan. klo, and perh. to E. clew.] 1. A sharp, hooked nail, as of a beast or bird. [1913 Webster] 2. The whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Claw — Claw, v. i. To scrape, scratch, or dig with a claw, or with the hand as a claw. Clawing [in ash barrels] for bits of coal. W. D. Howells. [1913 Webster] {To claw off} (Naut.), to turn to windward and beat, to prevent falling on a lee shore. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • claw — ► NOUN 1) a curved, pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot in birds, lizards, and some mammals. 2) the pincer of a crab, scorpion, or other arthropod. ► VERB 1) scratch or tear at with the claws or fingernails. 2) (claw away) try… …   English terms dictionary

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  • claw — [klô] n. [ME claue < OE clawu < IE * g(e)l eu < base * gel , to make round, clench (as a fist) > CLING, CLAMP1, CLIMB] 1. a sharp, hooked or curved horny structure, or nail, on the foot of a bird and of many reptiles and mammals 2. a… …   English World dictionary

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