I. noun Etymology: Middle English clogge short thick piece of wood Date: 14th century 1. a. a weight attached especially to an animal to hinder motion b. something that shackles or impedes ; encumbrance 1 2. a shoe, sandal, or overshoe having a thick typically wooden sole II. verb (clogged; clogging) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to impede with a clog ; hinder b. to halt or retard the progress, operation, or growth of ; encumber <
restraints that have been clogging the market — T. W. Arnold
2. a. to fill beyond capacity ; overload <
cars clogged the main street
— often used with up <
petty cases clogging up the courts
b. to cause blockage in — often used with up <
arteries clogged up by cholesterol
intransitive verb 1. to become filled with extraneous matter — often used with up 2. to unite in a mass ; clot 3. to dance a clog dance Synonyms: see hamperclogger noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clog — clog; clog·gage; clog·ger; clog·gy; clog·wyn; cy·clog·e·ny; un·clog; …   English syllables

  • 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

  • Clog — may refer to: clog (shoe), a shoe with a rigid, often wooden, sole A blockage in plumbing A British brand of rock climbing equipment owned by Wild Country (company) Clogging, a traditional type of percussive folk dance C.L.O.G. National Clogging… …   Wikipedia

  • Clog — [klɔk, engl. klɔg] der; s, s (meist Plur.) <aus gleichbed. engl. clog> modischer Holzpantoffel …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • 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

  • clog — I verb arrest, astrict, bar, barricade, be obstructive, block, block up, bridle, burden, checkmate, choke, close, close off, constrict, cumber, dam, deadlock, detain, exclude, forbid, foreclose, forestall, frustrate, hamper, handicap, hinder,… …   Law dictionary

  • clog — vb fetter, hog tie, shackle, manacle, *hamper, trammel Analogous words: impede, obstruct, *hinder, block: balk, baffle, *frustrate: check, curb (see RESTRAIN) Antonyms: expedite, facilitate Contrasted words: *free, liberate, release: forward, f …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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