Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Close-stool noun A utensil to hold a chamber vessel, for the use of the sick and infirm. It is usually in the form of a box, with a seat and tight cover.

Close-tongued adjective Closemouthed; silent. " Close-tongued treason." Shak.

Closeness noun The state of being close.

Half stifled by the closeness of the room.

We rise not against the piercing judgment of Augustus, nor the extreme caution or closeness of Tiberius.

An affectation of closeness and covetousness.

Syn. -- Narrowness; oppressiveness; strictness; secrecy; compactness; conciseness; nearness; intimacy; tightness; stinginess; literalness.

Closer noun
1. One who, or that which, closes; specifically, a boot closer. See under Boot .

2. A finisher; that which finishes or terminates.

3. (Masonry) The last stone in a horizontal course, if of a less size than the others, or a piece of brick finishing a course. Gwilt.

Closereefed adjective (Nautical) Having all the reefs taken in; -- said of a sail.

Closet noun [ Old French closet little inclosure, dim. of clos . See Close an inclosure.]
1. A small room or apartment for retirement; a room for privacy.

A chair-lumbered closet , just twelve feet by nine.

When thou prayest, enter into thy closet .
Matt. vi. 6.

2. A small apartment, or recess in the side of a room, for household utensils, clothing, etc. Dryden.

Closet sin , sin commited in privacy. Bp. Hall.

Closet transitive verb [ imperfect & present participle & verbal noun Closeting .]
1. To shut up in, or as in, a closet; to conceal. [ R.]

Bedlam's closeted and handcuffed charge.

2. To make into a closet for a secret interview.

He was to call a new legislature, to closet its members.

He had been closeted with De Quadra.

Closh noun [ CF. French clocher to limp, halt.] A disease in the feet of cattle; laminitis. Crabb.

Closh noun [ CF. Dutch klossen to play at bowls.] The game of ninepins. [ Obsolete] Halliwell.

Closure noun [ Of. closure, Latin clausura , from clauedere to shut. See Close , transitive verb ]
1. The act of shutting; a closing; as, the closure of a chink.

2. That which closes or shuts; that by which separate parts are fastened or closed.

Without a seal, wafer, or any closure whatever.

3. That which incloses or confines; an inclosure.

O thou bloody prison . . .
Within the guilty closure of thy walls
Richard the Second here was hacked to death.

4. A conclusion; an end. [ Obsolete] Shak.

5. (Parliamentary Practice) A method of putting an end to debate and securing an immediate vote upon a measure before a legislative body. It is similar in effect to the previous question . It was first introduced into the British House of Commons in 1882. The French word clôture was originally applied to this proceeding.

Clot noun [ Middle English clot , clodde , clod; akin to Dutch kloot ball, German kloss clod, dumpling, klotz block, Danish klods , Swedish klot bowl, globe, klots block; confer Anglo-Saxon clāte bur. Confer Clod , noun , Clutter to clot.] A concretion or coagulation; esp. a soft, slimy, coagulated mass, as of blood; a coagulum. " Clots of pory gore." Addison.

Doth bake the egg into clots as if it began to poach.

» Clod and clot appear to be radically the same word, and are so used by early writers; but in present use clod is applied to a mass of earth or the like, and clot to a concretion or coagulation of soft matter.

Clot intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Clotted ; present participle & verbal noun Clotting .] To concrete, coagulate, or thicken, as soft or fluid matter by evaporation; to become a cot or clod.

Clot transitive verb To form into a slimy mass.

Clotbur noun [ Confer Clote .]
1. The burdock. [ Prov. Engl.] Prior.

2. Same as Cocklebur .

Clote noun [ Anglo-Saxon cl...te : confer German klette .] The common burdock; the clotbur. [ Obsolete] Wyclif.

Cloth noun ; plural Cloths (#; 115), except in the sense of garments, when it is Clothes (klōthz or klōz). [ Middle English clath cloth, Anglo-Saxon clāþ cloth, garment; akin to Dutch kleed , Icelandic klæði , Danish klæde , cloth, Swedish kläde , German kleid garment, dress.]
1. A fabric made of fibrous material (or sometimes of wire, as in wire cloth); commonly, a woven fabric of cotton, woolen, or linen, adapted to be made into garments; specifically, woolen fabrics, as distinguished from all others.

2. The dress; raiment. [ Obsolete] See Clothes .

I'll ne'er distust my God for cloth and bread.

3. The distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the clergy; hence, the clerical profession.

Appeals were made to the priesthood. Would they tamely permit so gross an insult to be offered to their cloth ?

The cloth , the clergy, are constituted for administering and for giving the best possible effect to . . . every axiom.
I. Taylor.

Body cloth . See under Body . -- Cloth of gold , a fabric woven wholly or partially of threads of gold. -- Cloth measure , the measure of length and surface by which cloth is measured and sold. For this object the standard yard is usually divided into quarters and nails. -- Cloth paper , a coarse kind of paper used in pressing and finishing woolen cloth. -- Cloth shearer , one who shears cloth and frees it from superfluous nap.

Clothe transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Clothed or Clad ; present participle & verbal noun Clothing .] [ Middle English clathen , clothen , clethen , Anglo-Saxon clāðian , clæðan . See Cloth .]
1. To put garments on; to cover with clothing; to dress.

Go with me, to clothe you as becomes you.

2. To provide with clothes; as, to feed and clothe a family; to clothe one's self extravagantly.

Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Prov. xxiii. 21.

The naked every day he clad ,
When he put on his clothes.

3. Fig.: To cover or invest, as with a garment; as, to clothe one with authority or power.

Language in which they can clothe their thoughts.

His sides are clothed with waving wood.
J. Dyer.

Thus Belial, with with words clothed in reason's garb.

Clothe intransitive verb To wear clothes. [ Poetic]

Care no more to clothe eat.

Clothes noun plural [ From Cloth .]
1. Covering for the human body; dress; vestments; vesture; -- a general term for whatever covering is worn, or is made to be worn, for decency or comfort.

She . . . speaks well, and has excellent good clothes .

If I may touch but his clothes , I shall be whole.
Mark. v. 28.

2. The covering of a bed; bedclothes.

She turned each way her frighted head,
Then sunk it deep beneath the clothes .

Body clothes . See under Body . -- Clothes moth (Zoology) , a small moth of the genus Tinea . The most common species ( T. flavifrontella ) is yellowish white. The larvæ eat woolen goods, furs, feathers, etc. They live in tubular cases made of the material upon which they feed, fastened together with silk.

Syn. -- Garments; dress; clothing; apparel; attire; vesture; raiment; garb; costume; habit; habiliments.

Clotheshorse (-hôrs`) noun A frame to hang clothes on.

Clothesline noun A rope or wire on which clothes are hung to dry.

Clothespin noun A forked piece of wood, or a small spring clamp, used for fastening clothes on a line.

Clothespress noun A receptacle for clothes.

Clothier noun
1. One who makes cloths; one who dresses or fulls cloth. Hayward.

2. One who sells cloth or clothes, or who makes and sells clothes.

Clothing noun
1. Garments in general; clothes; dress; raiment; covering.

From others he shall stand in need of nothing,
Yet on his brothers shall depend for clothing .

As for me, . . . my clothing was sackloth.
Ps. xxxv. 13

2. The art of process of making cloth. [ R.]

Instructing [ refugees] in the art of clothing .

3. A covering of non-conducting material on the outside of a boiler, or steam chamber, to prevent radiation of heat. Knight.

4. (Machinery) See Card clothing , under 3d Card .

Clothred past participle Clottered. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Clotpoll noun See Clodpoll . [ Obsolete] Shak.

Clotted adjective Composed of clots or clods; having the quality or form of a clot; sticky; slimy; foul. "The clotted glebe." J. Philips.

When lust . . .
Lets in defilement to the inward parts,
The soul grows clotted by contagion.

Clotter intransitive verb [ From Clot .] To concrete into lumps; to clot. [ Obsolete] " Clottered blood." Chapman.

Clotty adjective [ From Clot , noun ] Full of clots, or clods. " Clotty matter." Harvey.

Clôture noun [ French] (Parliamentary Practice) See Closure , 5.

Clotweed noun [ See Clote .] Cocklebur.

Cloud (kloud) noun [ Prob. from Anglo-Saxon clūd a rock or hillock, the application arising from the frequent resemblance of clouds to rocks or hillocks in the sky or air.]
1. A collection of visible vapor, or watery particles, suspended in the upper atmosphere.

I do set my bow in the cloud .
Gen. ix. 13.

» A classification of clouds according to their chief forms was first proposed by the meteorologist Howard, and this is still substantially employed. The following varieties and subvarieties are recognized: (a) Cirrus . This is the most elevated of all the forms of clouds; is thin, long-drawn, sometimes looking like carded wool or hair, sometimes like a brush or room, sometimes in curl-like or fleecelike patches. It is the cat's-tail of the sailor, and the mare's-tail of the landsman. (b) Cumulus . This form appears in large masses of a hemispherical form, or nearly so, above, but flat below, one often piled above another, forming great clouds, common in the summer, and presenting the appearance of gigantic mountains crowned with snow. It often affords rain and thunder gusts. (c) Stratus . This form appears in layers or bands extending horizontally. (d) Nimbus . This form is characterized by its uniform gray tint and ragged edges; it covers the sky in seasons of continued rain, as in easterly storms, and is the proper rain cloud . The name is sometimes used to denote a raining cumulus, or cumulostratus. (e) Cirro-cumulus . This form consists, like the cirrus , of thin, broken, fleecelice clouds, but the parts are more or less rounded and regulary grouped. It is popularly called mackerel sky . (f) Cirro-stratus . In this form the patches of cirrus coalesce in long strata, between cirrus and stratus. (g) Cumulo-stratus . A form between cumulus and stratus, often assuming at the horizon a black or bluish tint. -- Fog , cloud, motionless, or nearly so, lying near or in contact with the earth's surface. -- Storm scud , cloud lying quite low, without form, and driven rapidly with the wind.

2. A mass or volume of smoke, or flying dust, resembling vapor. "A thick cloud of incense." Ezek. viii. 11.

3. A dark vein or spot on a lighter material, as in marble; hence, a blemish or defect; as, a cloud upon one's reputation; a cloud on a title.

4. That which has a dark, lowering, or threatening aspect; that which temporarily overshadows, obscures, or depresses; as, a cloud of sorrow; a cloud of war; a cloud upon the intellect.

5. A great crowd or multitude; a vast collection. "So great a cloud of witnesses." Hebrew xii. 1.

6. A large, loosely-knitted scarf, worn by women about the head.

Cloud on a ( or the) title (Law) , a defect of title, usually superficial and capable of removal by release, decision in equity, or legislation. -- To be under a cloud , to be under suspicion or in disgrace; to be in disfavor. -- In the clouds , in the realm of facy and imagination; beyond reason; visionary.

Cloud transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Clouded ; present participle & verbal noun Clouding .]
1. To overspread or hide with a cloud or clouds; as, the sky is clouded .

2. To darken or obscure, as if by hiding or enveloping with a cloud; hence, to render gloomy or sullen.

One day too late, I fear me, noble lord,
Hath clouded all thy happy days on earth.

Be not disheartened, then, nor cloud those looks.

Nothing clouds men's minds and impairs their honesty like prejudice.
M. Arnold.

3. To blacken; to sully; to stain; to tarnish; to damage; -- esp. used of reputation or character.

I would not be a stander-by to hear
My sovereign mistress clouded so, without
My present vengeance taken.

4. To mark with, or darken in, veins or sports; to variegate with colors; as, to cloud yarn.

And the nice conduct of a clouded cane.

Cloud intransitive verb To grow cloudy; to become obscure with clouds; -- often used with up .

Worthies, away! The scene begins to cloud .

Cloud-built adjective Built of, or in, the clouds; airy; unsubstantial; imaginary. Cowper.

So vanished my cloud-built palace.

Cloud-burst noun A sudden copious rainfall, as if the whole cloud had been precipitated at once.

Cloud-capped adjective Having clouds resting on the top or head; reaching to the clouds; as, cloud-capped mountains.

Cloud-compeller noun Cloud-gatherer; -- an epithet applied to Zeus. [ Poetic.] Pope.

Cloudage noun Mass of clouds; cloudiness. [ R.]

A scudding cloudage of shapes.

Cloudberry noun (Botany) A species of raspberry ( Rubus Chamæmerous ) growing in the northern regions, and bearing edible, amber- colored fruit.

Cloudily adverb In a cloudy manner; darkly; obscurely. Dryden.

Cloudiness noun The state of being cloudy.

Clouding noun
1. A mottled appearance given to ribbons and silks in the process of dyeing.

2. A diversity of colors in yarn, recurring at regular intervals. Knight.

Cloudland noun Dreamland.

Cloudless adjective Without a cloud; clear; bright.

A cloudless winter sky.

-- Cloud"less*ly , adverb -- Cloud"less*ness , noun

Cloudlet noun A little cloud. R. Browning.

Eve's first star through fleecy cloudlet peeping.

Cloudy adjective [ Compar. Cloudier ; superl. Cloudiest .] [ From Cloud , noun ]
1. Overcast or obscured with clouds; clouded; as, a cloudy sky.

2. Consisting of a cloud or clouds.

As Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended.
Ex. xxxiii. 9

3. Indicating gloom, anxiety, sullenness, or ill-nature; not open or cheerful. "A cloudy countenance." Shak.

4. Confused; indistinct; obscure; dark.

Cloudy and confused notions of things.

5. Lacking clearness, brightness, or luster. "A cloudy diamond." Boyle.

6. Marked with veins or sports of dark or various hues, as marble.

Clough noun [ Middle English clough , cloghe , clou , clewch , Anglo-Saxon (assumed) clōh , akin to German klinge ravine.]
1. A cleft in a hill; a ravine; a narrow valley. Nares.

2. A sluice used in returning water to a channel after depositing its sediment on the flooded land. Knight.

Clough noun (Com.) An allowance in weighing. See Cloff .