Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Clumps noun A game in which questions are asked for the purpose of enabling the questioners to discover a word or thing previously selected by two persons who answer the questions; -- so called because the players take sides in two "clumps" or groups, the "clump" which guesses the word winning the game.
[ From Clump
] Composed of clumps; massive; shapeless. Leigh Hunt.
Clumsily adverb In a clumsy manner; awkwardly; as, to walk clumsily .
Clumsiness noun The quality of being clumsy.
The drudging part of life is chiefly owing to clumsiness and ignorance.
[ Compar. Clumsier
; superl. Clumsiest
.] [ Middle English clumsed
benumbed, from clumsen
to be benumbed; confer Icelandic klumsa
lockjaw, dial. Swedish klummsen
benumbed with cold. Confer 1st Clam
, and 1st Clamp
.] 1. Stiff or benumbed, as with cold.
[ Obsolete] 2. Without skill or grace; wanting dexterity, nimbleness, or readiness; stiff; awkward, as if benumbed; unwieldy; unhandy; hence; ill-made, misshapen, or inappropriate; as, a clumsy person; a clumsy workman; clumsy fingers; a clumsy gesture; a clumsy excuse.
But thou in clumsy verse, unlicked, unpointed, Syn.
Hast shamefully defied the Lord's anointed.
-- See Awkward
[ Perh. from clinch
to make fast] 1. (Mining) Indurated clay. See Bind , noun , 3. 2. One of the hard beds of the lower chalk. Dana.
Clung imperfect & past participle of Cling .
[ Propast participle p. from Middle English clingen
to wither. See Cling
, intransitive verb
] Wasted away; shrunken.
Cluniac noun (Eccl. Hist.) A monk of the reformed branch of the Benedictine Order, founded in 912 at Cluny (or Clugny) in France. -- Also used as adjective
Cluniacensian adjective Cluniac.
Clupeoid adjective [ Latin clupea a kind of fish, New Latin , generic name of the herring + -oid .] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the Herring family.
[ Anglo-Saxon cluster
; confer LG. kluster
(also Swedish & Danish klase
a cluster of grapes, Dutch klissen
to be entangled?.)] 1. A number of things of the same kind growing together; a bunch.
Her deeds were like great clusters of ripe grapes, 2. A number of similar things collected together or lying contiguous; a group; as, a cluster of islands.
Which load the bunches of the fruitful vine.
of provinces." Motley. 3. A number of individuals grouped together or collected in one place; a crowd; a mob.
As bees . . .
Pour forth their populous youth about the hive
In clusters .
We loved him; but, like beasts
And cowardly nobles, gave way unto your clusters ,
Who did hoot him out o' the city.
Cluster intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Clustered
; present participle & verbal noun Clustering
.] To grow in clusters or assemble in groups; to gather or unite in a cluster or clusters.
His sunny hair
Cluster'd about his temples, like a god's.
The princes of the country clustering together.
Cluster transitive verb To collect into a cluster or clusters; to gather into a bunch or close body.
Not less the bee would range her cells, . . .
The foxglove cluster dappled bells.
Or from the forest falls the clustered snow. Clustered column (Architecture)
, a column which is composed, or appears to be composed, of several columns collected together.
Clusteringly adverb In clusters.
[ From Cluster
] Growing in, or full of, clusters; like clusters. Johnson.
(klŭch; 224) noun
[ Middle English cloche
, claw, Scot. clook
, also Middle English cleche
, to seize; confer Anglo-Saxon gelæccan
is a prefix) to seize. Confer Latch
a catch.] 1. A gripe or clinching with, or as with, the fingers or claws; seizure; grasp.
of poverty." Cowper.
An expiring clutch at popularity.
But Age, with his stealing steps, 2. plural The hands, claws, or talons, in the act of grasping firmly; -- often figuratively, for power, rapacity, or cruelty; as, to fall into the clutches of an adversary.
Hath clawed me in his clutch .
I must have . . . little care of myself, if I ever more come near the clutches of such a giant. 3. (Machinery) A device which is used for coupling shafting, etc., so as to transmit motion, and which may be disengaged at pleasure. 4. Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle. 5. (Zoology) The nest complement of eggs of a bird. Bayonet clutch (Machinery)
, a clutch in which connection is made by means of bayonets attached to arms sliding on a feathered shaft. The bayonets slide through holes in a crosshead fastened on the shaft.
Clutch transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Clutched
; present participle & verbal noun Clutching
.] [ Middle English clucchen
. See Clutch
] 1. To seize, clasp, or gripe with the hand, hands, or claws; -- often figuratively; as, to clutch power.
A man may set the poles together in his head, and clutch the whole globe at one intellectual grasp.
Is this a dagger which I see before me . . . ? 2. To close tightly; to clinch.
Come, let me clutch thee.
Not that I have the power to clutch my hand.
Clutch intransitive verb To reach (at something) as if to grasp; to catch or snatch; -- often followed by at .
Clutching at the phantoms of the stock market.
[ Confer W. cludair
heap, pile, cludeirio
to heap.] 1. A confused collection; hence, confusion; disorder; as, the room is in a clutter .
He saw what a clutter there was with huge, overgrown pots, pans, and spits. 2. Clatter; confused noise. Swift.
Clutter transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Cluttered
; present participle & verbal noun Cluttering
.] To crowd together in disorder; to fill or cover with things in disorder; to throw into disorder; to disarrange; as, to clutter a room.
Clutter intransitive verb To make a confused noise; to bustle.
It [ the goose] cluttered here, it chuckled there.
Clutter transitive verb
[ From Clod
] To clot or coagulate, as blood.
[ Obsolete] Holland.
Clydesdale noun One of a breed of heavy draft horses originally from Clydesdale, Scotland. They are about sixteen hands high and usually brown or bay.
Clydesdale terrier One of a breed of small silky- haired terriers related to, but smaller than, the Skye terrier, having smaller and perfectly erect ears.
Clypeastroid adjective [ New Latin Clypeaster (L. clupeus shield + aster star) + -oid .] (Zoology) Like or related to the genus Clupeaster ; -- applied to a group of flattened sea urchins, with a rosette of pores on the upper side.
Clypeate adjective [ Latin clupeatus , past participle of clupeare to arm with a shield, from clupeus , clipeus shield.]
1. (Botany) Shaped like a round buckler or shield; scutate. 2. (Zoology) Furnished with a shield, or a protective plate or shell.
Clypeiform adjective [ Latin clupeus shield + -form .] Shield-shaped; clypeate.
; plural Clypei
. [ Latin , a shield.] (Zoology) The frontal plate of the head of an insect.
[ Greek ... a place washed by the waves, from .... See Clyster
.] Connected with, or related to, the deluge, or to a cataclysm; as, clysmian changes. Smart.
Clysmic adjective Washing; cleansing.
Clyster noun [ Latin , from G. .... from ... to wash off or out; akin to Goth. hlūtrs pure, German lauter : confer French clystère ] (Medicine) A liquid injected into the lower intestines by means of a syringe; an injection; an enema. Clyster pipe , a tube or pipe used for injections.
Clytie knot In hair dressing, a loose, low coil at the back of the head, like the knot on the head of the bust of Clytie by G. F. Watts.
Cnemial adjective [ Greek ... the tibia.] (Anat.) Pertaining to the shin bone. Cnemial crest , a crestlike prominence on the proximal end of the tibia of birds and some reptiles.
; plural Cnidæ
(nī"dē). [ New Latin , from Greek kni`dh
nettle, sea nettle.] (Zoology) One of the peculiar stinging cells found in Cœlenterata; a nematocyst; a lasso cell.
(nĭ*dā"rĭ*ȧ) noun plural
[ New Latin See Cnida
.] (Zoology) A comprehensive group equivalent to the true Cœlenterata, i. e. , exclusive of the sponges. They are so named from presence of stinging cells ( cnidae ) in the tissues. See Coelenterata .
Cnidoblast noun [ Cnida + -blast .] (Zoology) One of the cells which, in the Cœlenterata, develop into cnidæ.
Cnidocil noun [ Cnida + cilium eyelash.] (Zoology) The fine filiform process of a cnidoblast.
(ko-). A form of the prefix com- , signifying with , together , in conjunction , joint . It is used before vowels and some consonants. See Com- .
[ Latin coacervatus
, past participle of coacervare
to heap up; co-
. See Acervate
.] Raised into a pile; collected into a crowd; heaped.
[ R.] Bacon.
Coacervate transitive verb To heap up; to pile. [ R.]
Coacervation noun [ Latin coacervatio .] A heaping together. [ R.] Bacon.
(kōch; 224) noun
[ French coche
, from Italian cocchio
, dim. of cocca
little boat, from Latin concha
mussel, mussel shell, Greek ..., akin to Sanskrit çankha
. Confer Conch
.] 1. A large, closed, four- wheeled carriage, having doors in the sides, and generally a front and back seat inside, each for two persons, and an elevated outside seat in front for the driver.
have a variety of forms, and differ in respect to the number of persons they can carry. Mail coaches
and tallyho coaches
often have three or more seats inside, each for two or three persons, and seats outside, sometimes for twelve or more. 2. A special tutor who assists in preparing a student for examination; a trainer; esp. one who trains a boat's crew for a race.
Wareham was studying for India with a Wancester coach . 3. (Nautical) A cabin on the after part of the quarter-deck, usually occupied by the captain.
[ Written also couch
.] [ Obsolete]
The commanders came on board and the council sat in the coach . 4. (Railroad) A first-class passenger car, as distinguished from a drawing-room car, sleeping car, etc. It is sometimes loosely applied to any passenger car.
Coach transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Coached
; present participle & verbal noun Coaching
.] 1. To convey in a coach. Pope. 2. To prepare for public examination by private instruction; to train by special instruction.
I coached him before he got his scholarship.
Coach intransitive verb To drive or to ride in a coach; -- sometimes used with it . [ Colloq.] " Coaching it to all quarters." E. Waterhouse.
Coachbox The seat of a coachman.
Coachdog (?; 115). (Zoology) One of a breed of dogs trained to accompany carriages; the Dalmatian dog.
Coachee noun A coachman [ Slang]
1. A coachman. [ Obsolete] 2. A coach horse. 3. One who coaches; specif. (Baseball) , one of the side at the bat posted near first or third base to direct a base runner.
Coachfellow noun One of a pair of horses employed to draw a coach; hence (Fig.), a comrade. Shak.