A clew of twine.
clew definition by Webster's New World
- a ball of thread or yarn: in Greek legend, a thread is used by Theseus as a guide out of the labyrinth
- either of the lower corners of a square sail
- the after lower corner of a fore-and-aft sail
- a combination of lines by which a hammock is hung
Origin: Middle English cleue ; from Old English cliwen, akin to Dutch klüwen and amp; dissimilated German knäuel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gel-: see claw
- to wind (up) into a ball
clew definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A ball of yarn or thread.
- Greek Mythology The ball of thread used by Theseus to find his way out of the labyrinth.
- clews The cords by which a hammock is suspended.
- also clue Nautical a. One of the two lower corners of a square sail.b. The lower aft corner of a fore-and-aft sail.c. A metal loop attached to the lower corner of a sail.
- To roll or coil into a ball.
- also clue Nautical To raise the lower corners of (a square sail) by means of clew lines. Used with up.
Origin: Middle English clewe, from Old English cliwen.
noun & v. Chiefly British
clew - Phrases/Idioms
clew down (or up)