Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Clapperclaw (klăp"pẽr*kla) transitive verb [ Clap + claw .]
1. To fight and scratch. C. Smart. 2. To abuse with the tongue; to revile; to scold.
(klăp) transitive verb Variant of Clasp
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Claptrap (klăp"trăp`) noun
1. A contrivance for clapping in theaters. [ Obsolete] 2. A trick or device to gain applause; humbug.
Claptrap adjective Contrived for the purpose of making a show, or gaining applause; deceptive; unreal.
Claque noun [ French] A collection of persons employed to applaud at a theatrical exhibition.
Claqueur noun [ French] One of the claque employed to applaud at a theater.
Clare noun A nun of the order of St. Clare.
[ Latin clarus
clear + obscurus
obscure; confer French clair- obscur
. Confer Chiaroscuro
.] (Painting) See Chiaroscuro .
Clarence noun A close four-wheeled carriage, with one seat inside, and a seat for the driver.
Clarendon noun A style of type having a narrow and heave face. It is made in all sizes. » This line is in nonpareil Clarendon.
[ Middle English claret
, Old French claret
, from cler
, French clair
, clear, from Latin clarus
clear. See Clear
.] The name first given in England to the red wines of Médoc, in France, and afterwards extended to all the red Bordeaux wines. The name is also given to similar wines made in the United States.
Claribella noun [ New Latin , from Latin clarus clear + bellus fine.] (Mus.) A soft, sweet stop, or set of open wood pipes in an organ.
[ French clatocorde
, from Latin clarus
clear + chorda
string. See Chord
.] A musical instrument, formerly in use, in form of a spinet; -- called also manichord and clavichord .
[ Confer French clarification
, Latin clarificatio
glorification.] 1. The act or process of making clear or transparent, by freeing visible impurities; as, the clarification of wine. 2. The act of freeing from obscurities.
The clarification of men's ideas.
1. That which clarifies. 2. A vessel in which the process of clarification is conducted; as, the clarifier in sugar works. Ure.
Clarify transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Clarified
; present participle & verbal noun Clarifying
.] [ French clarifier
, from Latin clarificare
clear + facere
to make. See Clear
, and Fact
.] 1. To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or sirup.
"Boiled and clarified
." Ure. 2. To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.
To clarify his reason, and to rectify his will. 3. To glorify.
Fadir, clarifie thi name.
Wyclif (John ii. 28).
Clarify intransitive verb 1. To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification. 2. To grow clear or bright; to clear up.
Whosoever hath his mind fraught with many thoughts, his wits and understanding do clarify and break up in the discoursing with another.
Clarigate intransitive verb [ Latin clarigare ] To declare war with certain ceremonies. [ Obsolete] Holland.
[ French clarinette
, dim. of clarine
, from Latin clarus
. See Clear
, and confer Clarion
.] (Mus.) A wind instrument, blown by a single reed, of richer and fuller tone than the oboe, which has a double reed. It is the leading instrument in a military band.
[ Often improperly called clarionet
Clarino noun [ Italian a trumpet.] (Mus.) A reed stop in an organ.
[ Middle English clarioun
, Old French clarion
, French clairon
, Late Latin clario
; so called from its clear tone, from Latin clarus
clear. See Clear
.] A kind of trumpet, whose note is clear and shrill.
He sounds his imperial clarion along the whole line of battle.
Clarisonus adjective [ Latin clarisonus ; clarus + sonus .] Having a clear sound. [ Obsolete] Ash.
Claritude noun [ Latin claritudo , from clarus clear.] Clearness; splendor. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.
[ Latin claritas
, from clarus
clear: confer French clarté
.] Clearness; brightness; splendor.
Floods, in whose more than crystal clarity ,
Innumerable virgin graces row.
[ See Claret
.] Wine with a mixture of honey and species.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Clart transitive verb [ Confer Armor. kalar mud, mire, kalara to dirt, Swedish lort mud.] To daub, smear, or spread, as with mud, etc. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Clarty adjective Sticky and foul; muddy; filthy; dirty. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Clary intransitive verb
[ Confer Clarion
.] To make a loud or shrill noise.
[ Obsolete] Golding.
Clary noun [ Confer Late Latin sclarea , scarlea , D. & German scharlei , French sclarée .] (Botany) A plant ( Salvia sclarea ) of the Sage family, used in flavoring soups. Clary water , a composition of clary flowers with brandy, etc., formerly used as a cardiac.
Clash intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Clashed
; present participle & verbal noun Clashing
.] [ Of imitative origin; confer German klatschen
, Prov. German kleschen
, Dutch kletsen
, Danish klaske
, English clack
.] 1. To make a noise by striking against something; to dash noisily together. 2. To meet in opposition; to act in a contrary direction; to come onto collision; to interfere.
However some of his interests might clash with those of the chief adjacent colony.
Clash transitive verb To strike noisily against or together.
Clash noun 1. A loud noise resulting from collision; a noisy collision of bodies; a collision.
The roll of cannon and clash of arms. 2. Opposition; contradiction; as between differing or contending interests, views, purposes, etc.
Clashes between popes and kings.
Clash gear (Machinery) A change-speed gear in which the gears are changed by sliding endwise.
Clashingly adverb With clashing.
Clasp transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Clasped
; present participle & verbal noun Clasping
] [ Middle English claspen
, probably akin to English clap
.] 1. To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a clasp). 2. To inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to grasp; to embrace. 3. To surround and cling to; to entwine about.
Clasp noun Clasp knife , a large knife, the blade of which folds or shuts into the handle. -- Clasp lock , a lock which closes or secures itself by means of a spring.
1. An adjustable catch, bent plate, or hook, for holding together two objects or the parts of anything, as the ends of a belt, the covers of a book, etc. 2. A close embrace; a throwing of the arms around; a grasping, as with the hand.
Clasper noun 1. One who, or that which, clasps, as a tendril.
of vines." Derham. 2. (Zoology) (a) One of a pair of organs used by the male for grasping the female among many of the Crustacea. (b) One of a pair of male copulatory organs, developed on the anterior side of the ventral fins of sharks and other elasmobranchs. See Illust. of Chimæra .
Claspered adjective Furnished with tendrils.
[ French classe
, from Latin classis
class, collection, fleet; akin to Greek klh^sis
a calling, kalei^n
to call, English claim
.] 1. A group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics; as, the different classes of society; the educated class ; the lower classes . 2. A number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies. 3. A comprehensive division of animate or inanimate objects, grouped together on account of their common characteristics, in any classification in natural science, and subdivided into orders, families, tribes, genera, etc. 4. A set; a kind or description, species or variety.
She had lost one class energies. 5. (Methodist Church) One of the sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and which is under the supervision of a class leader . Class of a curve (Math.)
, the kind of a curve as expressed by the number of tangents that can be drawn from any point to the curve. A circle is of the second class.
-- Class meeting (Methodist Church)
, a meeting of a class under the charge of a class leader, for counsel and relegious instruction.
Class transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Classed
; present participle & verbal noun Classing
.] [ Confer French classer
. See Class
] 1. To arrange in classes; to classify or refer to some class; as, to class words or passages.
» In scientific arrangement, to classify
is used instead of to class
. Dana. 2. To divide into classes, as students; to form into, or place in, a class or classes.
Class intransitive verb To grouped or classed.
The genus or famiky under which it classes .
Class day In American colleges and universities, a day of the commencement season on which the senior class celebrates the completion of its course by exercises conducted by the members, such as the reading of the class histories and poem, the delivery of the class oration, the planting of the class ivy, etc.
Classible adjective Capable of being classed.
Classic noun 1. A work of acknowledged excellence and authority, or its author; -- originally used of Greek and Latin works or authors, but now applied to authors and works of a like character in any language.
In is once raised him to the rank of a legitimate English classic . 2. One learned in the literature of Greece and Rome, or a student of classical literature.
Classic, Classical adjective
[ Latin classicus
relating to the classes of the Roman people, and especially to the frist class; hence, of the first rank, superior, from classis
class: confer French classique
. See Class
] 1. Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
Give, as thy last memorial to the age,
One classic drama, and reform the stage.
Mr. Greaves may justly be reckoned a classical author on this subject [ Roman weights and coins]. 2. Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, esp. to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds.
Though throned midst Latium's classic plains.
The epithet classical , as applied to ancient authors, is determined less by the purity of their style than by the period at which they wrote.
Brande & C.
He [ Atterbury] directed the classical studies of the undergraduates of his college. 3. Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style.
Classical , provincial, and national synods. Classicals orders
. (Architecture) See under Order .
1. A classical idiom, style, or expression; a classicism. 2. Adherence to what are supposed or assumed to be the classical canons of art.
Classicalist noun One who adheres to what he thinks the classical canons of art. Ruskin.