Definition of clew in English:
1 Sailing The lower or after corner of a sail.
- 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.
2.1 (clew) A ball of thread (used especially with reference to the thread supposedly used by Theseus to mark his way out of the Cretan labyrinth).
- 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
1Haul up the clews of a sail to the yard or into the mast ready for furling.
- 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.
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