Claw definition

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A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a vertebrate animal.
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To scratch, dig, tear, or pull with the claws or fingernails.
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A sharp, hooked or curved horny structure, or nail, on the foot of a bird and of many reptiles and mammals.
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To claw is to grab or tear using the nails on a hand or foot.

An example of claw is a dog trying to climb up its owner leg instead of going into a bath.

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The definition of a claw is a sharp, pointed nail or anything resembling a claw.

An example of a claw is the nail of a hawk.

An example of a claw is the large appendage of a crab.

An example of a claw is the gripping end of a hammer.

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(botany) A narrowed, stalklike basal part of a petal, sepal, or bract.
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A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or arachnid.
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One of one or more small curved structures at the tip of an appendage of an invertebrate, especially an insect or other arthropod.
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A limb terminating in such a structure.
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A foot with such structures at its end.
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The pincers, or chela, of a lobster, crab, scorpion, etc., or on the limb of certain insects.
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Anything resembling or regarded as a claw.

The claw of a hammer.

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To scratch, clutch, pull, climb, dig, or tear with or as with claws.
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A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a vertebrate animal.
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A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or arachnid.
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One of one or more small curved structures at the tip of an appendage of an invertebrate, especially an insect or other arthropod.
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A limb terminating in such a structure.
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To scratch, dig, tear, or pull with the claws or fingernails.
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A sharp, curved nail at the end of a toe of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
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A pincer, as of a lobster or crab, used for grasping.
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Something, such as the cleft end of a hammerhead, that resembles a claw.
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claw back
  • to recover (money paid out previously), as by means of a clawback provision
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
claw
Plural:
claws

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of claw

  • Middle English clawe from Old English clawu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition