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Climb \Climb\ (kl[imac]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Climbed (kl[imac]md), Obs. or Vulgar Clomb (kl[o^]m); p. pr. & vb. n. Climbing.] [AS. climban; akin to OHG. chlimban, G. & D. klimmen, Icel. kl[=i]fa, and E. cleave to adhere.]

  1. To ascend or mount laboriously, esp. by use of the hands and feet.

  2. To ascend as if with effort; to rise to a higher point.

    Black vapors climb aloft, and cloud the day.

  3. (Bot.) To ascend or creep upward by twining about a support, or by attaching itself by tendrils, rootlets, etc., to a support or upright surface.


Clomb \Clomb\, Clomben \Clomb"en\, imp. & p. p. of Climb (for climbed). [Obs.]

The sonne, he sayde, is clomben up on hevene.


vb. (context archaic English) (en-past of: climb)

Usage examples of "clomb".

And round the rocks crept flowered vines, And clomb the trees that towered high -- The type of a lofty thought that twines Around a truth -- to touch the sky.

In the fourteenth verse of the third part, there come the lines: clomb above the eastern bar the horned Moon, with one bright star within the nether tip.

He fought the wind, and clomb the waves, and went on towards the rainbow.

So while his nine fellows stood round about the Speech-Hill, the old warrior clomb up to the topmost of it, and blew a blast on the horn.

But a man came forth from the other side of the ring, and clomb the Hill: he was a red-haired man, rather big, clad in a skin coat, and bearing a bow in his hand and a quiver of arrows at his back, and a little axe hung by his side.

Who then hath won the Burg of the Anses, and clomb the rampart of God-home?

Then they could no longer refrain themselves, but ran down from the Speech-Hill and the slope about it with great and fierce cries, and clomb the wall where it was unmanned, helping each other with hand and back, both stark warriors, and old men and lads and women: and thus they gat them into the garth and fell upon the lessening band of the Romans, who now began to give way hither and thither about the garth, as they best might.

On the second floor, to which he clomb with slow care, he found them, all ten, in a hot room with a long disfigured conference table.

That Phoebus, which that shone so clear and bright, Degrees was five-and-forty clomb on height.

At first she clomb, nigh stunn'd with wrathful cries, Now at her side, whilst she would shrink in fear To feel the sword's point pierce her fluttering heart, Now from afar, below her and above, Till she scarce breath'd, awaiting o'erturn'd rocks To crush her in their fury as she went.

Then came forth a man of the kin of the Shieldings of the Upper-mark, and clomb the mound.