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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ The pain burrowed through Léonie, tore at her with sharp claws.
▪ We are lost, for they will surely tear us to pieces with their sharp claws.
▪ Kittens sometimes take badly to this over-zealous embrace and strike out with their sharp claws.
▪ As for Ewan, he will probably be vastly amused until those sharp claws get in the way.
▪ Glowing eyes opened. Sharp small claws flexed.
▪ And I belong to the Kakinishisha clan, the sharp claws.
▪ They were a sub-order with sharp claws and a prominent second toe looking like a huge sickle.
▪ She would always be bad-tempered, liable to peck out an eye or lash out dangerously with those sharp claws.
▪ I am wearing my bear claws and flying into the upper regions with the thunderbirds.
▪ Before I left, Gary gave me a necklace of bear claws.
▪ Bellowing, the thing was trying to reach over the stair-rail with its other encrusted, decomposing claw.
▪ Blackberry almost drove Pipkin on to it with his claws.
▪ Dianne Wiest has her moments, though, as a fluffy gangster's moll with claws of steel.
▪ His arms are wrapped in a white winding cloth, and the claws of a dead chicken hang near his head.
▪ They let the claw go each year and it grows back as big as ever.
▪ This is because the claws have so many important functions in the life of a cat.
▪ Usually the Daemon in that card snarled with bared fangs and reached out with wicked claws.
▪ We are lost, for they will surely tear us to pieces with their sharp claws.
▪ The hands are clawed, deformed, seemingly clutching madly or reaching out in desperation.
▪ Their language had been something dreadful, and hands had reached to claw at garments.
▪ The hand reeked of garlic-she clawed at it, her muffled shouts oozing out between the fingers.
▪ Eyes bulging, he collapsed, hands feebly clawing at his mouth.
▪ The vine clawed its way up the wall at the end.
▪ She was there as her son clawed his way up from the post-coma cognitive level of a 2-year-old.
▪ This was the early-eighties and Britain was clawing its way out of recession on the back of a demand-led boom.
▪ You have to really work and claw your way up there.
▪ There was not a man present who had not stepped over bodies of rivals to claw his way to his present position.
▪ She was still clawing her way out of her first marriage, not thinking about the next, as I was.
▪ In the next seven years, Assad clawed his way up the ladder until he emerged as sole leader in 1970.
▪ He will probe unceasingly for loopholes by which to claw his way back to his prewar stature.
▪ Marian's two-year-old toddler was clawing at her skirt.
▪ Their dog clawed all the paint off the doors.
▪ Benedettini clawed the ball out with his right hand, but a linesman raised his flag to indicate a goal.
▪ Forgetting the pain clawing at her maltreated ankle, Luce stared unbelievingly at a head and shoulders portrait of herself.
▪ She was there as her son clawed his way up from the post-coma cognitive level of a 2-year-old.
▪ Something in his face fought, clawed, was smothered.
▪ The cat shifted about on his lap, clawed at the woolen nubs of his trousers.
▪ You have to really work and claw your way up there.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

To claw off (Naut.), to turn to windward and beat, to prevent falling on a lee shore.


Claw \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.

  2. The whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails; the pinchers of a lobster, crab, etc.

  3. Anything resembling the claw of an animal, as the curved and forked end of a hammer for drawing nails.

  4. (Bot.) A slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, as the base of petals of the pink.

    Claw hammer, a hammer with one end of the metallic head cleft for use in extracting nails, etc.

    Claw hammer coat, a dress coat of the swallowtail pattern.

    Claw sickness, foot rot, a disease affecting sheep.


Claw \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.

  2. To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court. [Obs.]

    Rich men they claw, soothe up, and flatter; the poor they contemn and despise.

  3. To rail at; to scold. [Obs.]

    In the aforesaid preamble, the king fairly claweth the great monasteries, wherein, saith he, religion, thanks be to God, is right well kept and observed; though he claweth them soon after in another acceptation.
    --T. Fuller

    Claw me, claw thee, stand by me and I will stand by you; -- an old proverb.

    To claw away, to scold or revile. ``The jade Fortune is to be clawed away for it, if you should lose it.''

    To claw (one) on the back, to tickle; to express approbation. (Obs.)

    To claw (one) on the gall, to find fault with; to vex. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English clawu, earlier clea, "claw, talon, iron hook," from Proto-Germanic *klawo (cognates: Old Frisian klawe "claw, hoe," Middle Dutch klouwe, Dutch klauw, Old High German klawa, German Klaue "claw").\n

\nClaw-foot in reference to furniture is from 1823; claw-and-ball attested from 1893. Claw-hammer attested from 1769.


Old English clawian "to scratch, claw," from the same root as claw (n.). Related: Clawed; clawing. Compare Dutch klaauwen, Old High German klawan, German klauen. To claw back"regain by great effort" is from 1953; as a noun, an act of this, from 1969.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A curved, pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot of a mammal, reptile, or bird. 2 A foot equipped with such. 3 The pincer (chela) of a crustacean or other arthropod. 4 A mechanical device resembling a claw, used for gripping or lifting. 5 (context botany English) A slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, such as the base of petals of the pink. 6 (context juggling uncountable English) The act of catching a ball overhand. Etymology 2

vb. 1 To scratch or to tear at. 2 To use the claws to seize, to grip. 3 To use the claws to climb. 4 (context juggling English) To perform a claw#Noun catch. 5 To move with one's fingertips.

  1. n. sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles

  2. a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something [syn: hook]

  3. a structure like a pincer on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods [syn: chela, nipper, pincer]

  4. a bird's foot that has claws

  5. v. move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging; "They clawed their way to the top of the mountain"

  6. clutch as if in panic; "She clawed the doorknob"

  7. scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails

  8. attack as if with claws; "The politician clawed his rival"


A claw is a curved, pointed appendage, found at the end of a toe or finger in most amniotes ( mammals, reptiles, birds). However, the word "claw" is also often used in reference to an invertebrate. Somewhat similar fine hooked structures are found in arthropods such as beetles and spiders, at the end of the leg or tarsus for gripping a surface as the creature walks. Crabs', lobsters' and scorpions' pincers, or more formally, their " chelae", are sometimes called claws.

A true claw, (as opposed to a chela) is made of hard protein called keratin. Claws are used to catch and hold prey in carnivorous mammals such as cats and dogs, but may also be used for such purposes as digging, climbing trees, self-defense, and grooming, in those and other species.

Similar appendages that are flat and do not come to a sharp point are called nails instead. Claw-like projections that do not form at the end of digits, but spring from other parts of the foot are properly named spurs.

Claws of animals like tigers, lions, and bears have been used in making items such as ornaments, pendants, and brooches.

Claw (video game)

Claw (also known as Captain Claw) by Monolith Productions, is a classic-type platform video game that features a two-dimensional platform world featuring a main character at its focus and enemies roaming around. There are traps, secret areas and treasure. It is the developer's second release, after Blood which was released the previous May.

Claw (disambiguation)

A claw is a sharp growth at the end of a toe or finger.

Claw or Claws may also refer to:

  • Chela (organ), a pincerlike organ terminating certain limbs of some arthropods like crabs
  • In botany the narrowed, stalk-like, basal part of a petal, sepal or bract
  • Claw hammer, a common carpentry tool
  • Baltimore Claws, a short-lived American basketball team
  • Claw beaker, a type of drinking vessel used in the Dark Ages in Europe
  • Clothing, Laundry and Allied Workers Union of Aotearoa, a trade union in New Zealand
  • Claw (juggling) a ball juggling trick
  • CLAW hypothesis, a feedback loop between the climate and oceanic ecosystems
  • Claw chisel or tool, used for stone carving

In entertainment:

  • Claws (play), a 1916 play by Sophie Treadwell
  • The Claw, a 1927 movie directed by Sidney Olcott
  • "Claws", a 1976 episode of the television show The Bionic Woman
  • Claw (computer game), a 1997 computer game from Monolith Productions
  • Claw vending machine, a type of arcade game in the form of a vending machine
  • Vega (Street Fighter), a minor villain from the Street Fighter series

In music

  • C-L-A-W-S, Gospel Claws album
  • "Claw", a song by British metal band Motörhead from their 1986 album Orgasmatron

In comics and animation:

  • C.L.A.W., a fictional weapon in the G.I. Joe universe
  • Claw (comics), a supporting character in Daredevil
  • Doctor Claw, the main villain of the animated television show Inspector Gadget
  • Claw the Unconquered, a sword and sorcery character from DC Comics
  • The Claw, the main villain in the animated series Karate Kommandos
  • Claw (Lev Gleason Publications), a villain in comics from Lev Gleason Publications
  • Comics Literacy Awareness ("CLAw"), a UK literacy charity

Other uses:

  • Claw (graph theory), in mathematics a complete bipartite graph K
  • Claws Mail, a GTK+-based e-mail client and news client for Linux
  • "Claws", the nickname given to the Baryonyx find made in a clay pit in Surrey
  • CLAWS (linguistics), a program that performs part-of-speech tagging
Claw (Lev Gleason Publications)

The Claw is a fictional supervillain character who first appeared in Silver Streak Comics #1 (December, 1939), from Lev Gleason Publications.

Claw (piercing)

thumb|right|upright|A Crescent also known as a circular tusk made out of acrylic plastic. The claw, talon or pincher is essentially a curved taper which is worn in stretched ear lobe piercings. The thickest end is generally flared and may be decorated, and a rubber o-ring may also be used to prevent the talon from becoming dislodged when worn. Common materials include acrylic and glass. A similar item of jewelry is the crescent, or pincher, which as the name suggests, is shaped like a crescent moon and is tapered at both ends. Talons and claws may also be quite ornamental (e.g.: carved in the form of a serpent or dragon). Consequently, they may prove to be an impractical choice of jewelry as they may snag on hair, clothing, etc.

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Claw (juggling)

In toss juggling, a claw (also called a snatch) is a trick where the hand throwing or catching a ball is turned upside down so that the palm of the hand faces the ground. The effect is that of the jugglers hand appearing to snatch the ball out of the air. A claw can be juggled as an isolated trick, or be incorporated into an already existing juggling pattern. For example, the Boston Mess can be juggled with each right hand throw as a claw. The resulting pattern in known as cherry picking.

Many other well known juggling patterns incorporate claw throws or catches. In most instances, both a throw and subsequent catch are performed as a claw. There are some exceptions to this rule however. For instance, in Burke's Barrage the two balls that are thrown as siteswap 4s in columns and caught with a claw, while none of the throws are clawed.

Claw (comics)

Claw, in comics, may refer to:

  • Claw (Marvel Comics), a Marvel Comics character
  • Claw (Lev Gleason Publications)
  • Claw the Unconquered, a DC Comics character
  • Claw (John Chan), a DC Comics character
  • Claw (Gargoyles), a character from the Gargoyles animated series and spin-off comic

It may also refer to:

  • Cat Claw, a Malibu Comics character
  • Claws (comics), a Marvel Comics mini-series
  • Crimson Claw, a First Comics character
  • Dark Claw, an Amalgam Comics character
  • Dragon's Claws, a Marvel UK team and series
  • Ripclaw, a Top Cow character
  • Sabreclaw, a Marvel Comics MC2 character
  • Silverclaw, a Marvel Comics character
  • Steel Claw, a British comic character
  • Steelclaw, a DC Comics character
  • Yellow Claw

Usage examples of "claw".

Her heart pounding so violently she physically shook, Abigail clawed at his arm.

His dry throat struggled to roar, his hands clawed uncontrollably at the air, and his guts seemed afire and yet light and free.

And saw a stream of animals, hoofed, padded, clawed and dashing, splashing through the ponds for Various Aquatic Birds, setting the night aflight - all of them making for the rear gate that opened to the Tiroler Garten.

Another two strides, and he almost tripped over Issgrillikk - his agemate, friend, and foster-cousin - twisted around himself in pain at the base of one of the Great Trees, his claws gouging up the rough, grey-brown bark and tearing long white streaks into the inner wood.

Issgrillikk - his agemate, friend, and foster-cousin - twisted around himself in pain at the base of one of the Great Trees, his claws gouging up the rough, grey-brown bark and tearing long white streaks into the inner wood.

I had placed myself at the port-scuttle, and saw some magnificent substructures of coral, zoophytes, seaweed, and fucus, agitating their enormous claws, which stretched out from the fissures of the rock.

Most terrible of all were the octopoid creatures, reconjoined in a blasphemous, crawling chaos of tentacles, claws, human and amphibian limbs, human heads protruding like cancerous growths from their rubbery flesh.

Or I would have been able to, had the armadillo not clawed them all to pieces and pissed on them.

The keren choked upon its own blood and clawed at the spear, attempting to howl as it staggered in its forward rush, and then was it falling to the ground, its soul already sped.

The best and most fiercely alive cats could usually claw their way out of a Hefty bag, though, which created this conundrum where the ones most worth watching assuming bagged shapes were the ones Lenz risked maybe not getting his issues resolved on.

Sinclair half rose from his thwart, clawed fingers reaching for the baler, but Nicolson easily pushed him away, and he sank back heavily on his seat, bent forward, cradled his face in his hands and shook his head slowly from side to side.

He clawed at the bandanna, jerking it up so high he nearly blinded himself.

Wind smacked him in the face and chest, clawing at him, snapping and whipping like a living thing, and for a horrible moment, Batman thought he was going to be torn in two, that the force would break his neck, that.

She drew out the last long syllable, beckoning Vinaver closer with a crooked, yellow claw.

They were out on Bear Hill the whole day, beating up the bushes as if for game, scaring old crows out of their ragged nests, and in one dark glen startling a fierce-eyed, growling, bobtailed catamount, who sat spitting and looking all ready to spring at them, on the tall tree where he clung with his claws unsheathed, until a young fellow came up with a gun and shot him dead.