Definition of clew in English:
- I started to give the outhaul a good yank to get the foot of the main tight and the damned thing came off in my hand along with a piece of the sail containing the clew.
- Hullo is a rectangular shaped flat wooden plank seater with its four corners fixed to the roof by means of metal clews which can swing.
- A clew of the sail is fixed to the slide allowing the sail to be orientated without a need for a boom.
- A clew of sugán rope or ceirtlin súgán in traditional style was made of bent grass by Peter Shevlin of Belmullet.
- If we observe this clew of wool from, say a kilometre distance, it is just a spot - zero dimension.
- The clever man took a clew of rope and suspended it by the door of entry so that it could serve as a guide to all who entered or came out.
verb[with object] (clew a sail up) Back to top
- It is mostly the way to man the clew-lines and the bunt-lines, ease off the lee-sheet and clew it up.
- If you intend to set them again after the topsail is reefed, clew the sail up.
- And your Arthur, I mind, was one of the four men to go aloft to clew it up.
clue from Late Middle English:
Our word clue is a modern spelling of the old word clew, ‘a ball of thread’. The idea here is of string or thread being used to guide a person out of a maze by tracing a path through it. The most famous example is that of the Greek hero Theseus, who killed the monstrous bull-headed Minotaur in its lair and then escaped from the Labyrinth, an underground maze of tunnels. This he was able to do because the princess Ariadne gave him a ball of twine, which he unravelled as he went in and followed back to find his way out again. From this a clue became anything that you can follow to get a solution.
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- British & World English dictionary
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