Clew meaning

klo͝o
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(greek mythology) The ball of thread used by Theseus to find his way out of the labyrinth.
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A ball of thread or yarn: in Greek legend, a thread is used by Theseus as a guide out of the labyrinth.
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A ball of yarn or thread.
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The cords by which a hammock is suspended.
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To roll or coil into a ball.
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(nautical) To raise the lower corners of (a square sail) by means of clew lines. Used with up.
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To wind (up) into a ball.
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clew down (or up)
  • to lower (or raise) a sail by means of clew lines
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

clew down (<i>or</i> up)

Origin of clew

  • Middle English clewe from Old English cliwen

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