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When I really have to push and grope and scratch and claw to make a story work, that's a telltale sign that maybe something conceptually isn't right.
David E. Kelley

Meaning of "claw" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CLAW

Old English clawu; related to Old High German kluwi, Sanskrit glau- ball, sphere.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CLAW

claw  [klɔː] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CLAW

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Claw is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb claw in English.

WHAT DOES CLAW MEAN IN ENGLISH?

claw

Claw

A claw is a curved, pointed appendage, found at the end of a toe or finger in most amniotes. However, the word "claw" is also often used in reference to an invertebrate. Somewhat similar fine hooked structures are found in arthropods such as beetles and spiders, at the end of the leg or tarsus for gripping a surface as the creature walks. Crabs', lobsters' and scorpions' pincers, or more formally, their "chelae", are sometimes called claws. A claw is made of hard protein called keratin. Claws are used to catch and hold prey in carnivorous mammals such as cats and dogs, but may also be used for such purposes as digging, climbing trees, self-defense, and grooming, in those and other species. Similar appendages that are flat and do not come to a sharp point are called nails instead. Claw-like projections that do not form at the end of digits, but spring from other parts of the foot are properly named spurs. Claws of animals like tigers, lions, and bears were used in making items such as ornaments, pendants, and brooches. Tigers' and lions' claws are illegal to trade.

Definition of claw in the English dictionary

The first definition of claw in the dictionary is a curved pointed horny process on the end of each digit in birds, some reptiles, and certain mammals. Other definition of claw is a corresponding structure in some invertebrates, such as the pincer of a crab. Claw is also a part or member like a claw in function or appearance.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO CLAW

PRESENT

Present
I claw
you claw
he/she/it claws
we claw
you claw
they claw
Present continuous
I am clawing
you are clawing
he/she/it is clawing
we are clawing
you are clawing
they are clawing
Present perfect
I have clawed
you have clawed
he/she/it has clawed
we have clawed
you have clawed
they have clawed
Present perfect continuous
I have been clawing
you have been clawing
he/she/it has been clawing
we have been clawing
you have been clawing
they have been clawing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I clawed
you clawed
he/she/it clawed
we clawed
you clawed
they clawed
Past continuous
I was clawing
you were clawing
he/she/it was clawing
we were clawing
you were clawing
they were clawing
Past perfect
I had clawed
you had clawed
he/she/it had clawed
we had clawed
you had clawed
they had clawed
Past perfect continuous
I had been clawing
you had been clawing
he/she/it had been clawing
we had been clawing
you had been clawing
they had been clawing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will claw
you will claw
he/she/it will claw
we will claw
you will claw
they will claw
Future continuous
I will be clawing
you will be clawing
he/she/it will be clawing
we will be clawing
you will be clawing
they will be clawing
Future perfect
I will have clawed
you will have clawed
he/she/it will have clawed
we will have clawed
you will have clawed
they will have clawed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been clawing
you will have been clawing
he/she/it will have been clawing
we will have been clawing
you will have been clawing
they will have been clawing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would claw
you would claw
he/she/it would claw
we would claw
you would claw
they would claw
Conditional continuous
I would be clawing
you would be clawing
he/she/it would be clawing
we would be clawing
you would be clawing
they would be clawing
Conditional perfect
I would have claw
you would have claw
he/she/it would have claw
we would have claw
you would have claw
they would have claw
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been clawing
you would have been clawing
he/she/it would have been clawing
we would have been clawing
you would have been clawing
they would have been clawing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you claw
we let´s claw
you claw
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to claw
Past participle
clawed
Present Participle
clawing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CLAW


Bangalore
ˌbæŋɡəˈlɔː
barrister-at-law
ˌbærɪstərətˈlɔː
blore
blɔː
counselor-at-law
ˌkaʊns ələrətˈlɔː
explore
ɪkˈsplɔː
first-floor
ˌfɜːstˈflɔː
flaw
flɔː
floor
flɔː
folklore
ˈfəʊkˌlɔː
galore
ɡəˈlɔː
ground-floor
ˌɡraʊndˈflɔː
heirs-at-law
ˈeəʳzətˈlɔː
law
lɔː
lor
lɔː
lore
lɔː
Mangalore
ˌmæŋɡəˈlɔː
mothers-in-law
ˈmʌðəzɪnˌlɔː
outlaw
ˈaʊtˌlɔː
Vellore
vəˈlɔː

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CLAW

clavier
clavierist
clavieristic
claviform
claviger
clavigerous
clavis
Clavius
clavulate
clavus
claw back
claw hammer
claw hatchet
claw off
claw setting
clawback
clawer
clawless
clawlike
claxon

WORDS THAT END LIKE CLAW

brother-in-law
common law
court of law
criminal law
daughter-in-law
daughters-in-law
employment law
father-in-law
go to law
in-law
international law
maritime law
matter of law
mother-in-law
question of law
rule of law
sister-in-law
son-in-law
sons-in-law
the law

Synonyms and antonyms of claw in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CLAW»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «claw» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of claw
dig · graze · lacerate · mangle · mangulate · maul · nail · nipper · pincer · rip · scrabble · scrape · scratch · talon · tear · unguis

Translation of «claw» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CLAW

Find out the translation of claw to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of claw from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «claw» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

garra
570 millions of speakers

English

claw
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पंजा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مِخْلَب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

коготь
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

garra
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নখর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

griffe
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Cakar
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Kralle
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

かぎづめ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

발톱
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Cakar
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

vuốt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நகம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

नख्या
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

pençe
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

artiglio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pazur
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

кіготь
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

gheară
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

νύχι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

klou
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

klo
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

klo
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of claw

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CLAW»

The term «claw» is very widely used and occupies the 17.108 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of claw
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CLAW» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «claw» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «claw» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about claw

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5 QUOTES WITH «CLAW»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word claw.
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Kim Gordon
Women make natural anarchists and revolutionaries because they've always been second-class citizens, kinda having had to claw their way up. I mean, who made up all the rules in the culture? Men - white male corporate society. So why wouldn't a woman want to rebel against that?
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Dwayne Johnson
I grew up where, when a door closed, a window didn't open. The only thing I had was cracks. I'd do everything to get through those cracks - scratch, claw, bite, push, bleed. Now the opportunity is here. The door is wide open, and it's as big as a garage.
3
David E. Kelley
When I really have to push and grope and scratch and claw to make a story work, that's a telltale sign that maybe something conceptually isn't right.
4
Gordon Strachan
Sometimes to go forward you've got to go to the depths of your own personal despair and claw yourself back. From that point, no matter what happens, you know you can do it.
5
Wislawa Szymborska
Life lasts but a few scratches of the claw in the sand.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CLAW»

Discover the use of claw in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to claw and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Charon's Claw: Neverwinter Saga
In the 3rd book of the #4 New York Times best-selling Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt draws his swords once more to aid his friends.
R.A. Salvatore, 2012
2
Devil's Claw: A Joanna Brady Mystery
Set against the backdrop of the modern west, this gripping tale finds Sheriff Brady juggling a precarious overload in both her personal and professional lives.
J. A. Jance, 2009
3
Tooth and Claw
Except that everyone in the story is a dragon, red in tooth and claw.
Jo Walton, 2003
4
The Secrets of Eagle Claw Kung-fu: Ying Jow Pai
The foremost teacher of Eagle Claw kung fu fighting in the West brings this timeless art to today's practitioners. Includes 250 photos illustrating the art in vivid detail.
Leung Shum, Jeanne Chin, 2001
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Claw: a novel
When a huge, genetically altered Siberian tiger with a taste for killing escapes from the zoo, the city of Los Angeles is torn apart by panic, and animal care specialist Meg Brewster must find the tiger before it is too late. 60,000 first ...
Ken Eulo, Joe Mauck, 1994
6
The Rule of Claw
Ash and her friends live in a future where they are the only human teenagers left, but when Ash is kidnapped and becomes a pawn in a power struggle among the formidable Raptors who captured her, she begins to reconsider her own humanity.
John Brindley, 2009
7
Cat's Claw
Calliope Reaper-Jones is Death's Daughter.
Amber Benson, 2010
8
The Underland Chronicles #5: Gregor and the Code of Claw
The stunning conclusion to Suzanne Collins's Gregor the Overlander series will have a fresh new cover on July 1st! The final book in the NYT bestselling Underland Chronicles!
Suzanne Collins, 2010
9
Hardy Boys 18: The Twisted Claw
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
Franklin W. Dixon, 1939
10
Tooth and Claw
A collection of fourteen stories includes "The Kind Assassin," in which a radio shock jock sets a world record; "Dogology," in which an obsessed woman loses sight of her identity; and the title story, in which a man wins a vicious African ...
T. Coraghessan Boyle, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CLAW»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term claw is used in the context of the following news items.
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U.S. Stocks Claw Back Declines; 'Everyone Thinks Everything is …
The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) is basically flat, down 0.1%, on the day after falling as much as 1.3% earlier in the session. The broad stock-market ... «Barron's, Jul 15»
2
Big Brother: See the housemates trying to claw back some of the lost …
After seeing Big Brother take away more than two thirds of the prize fund, the housemates were given an opportunity to claw back some of the ... «Digital Spy UK, Jul 15»
3
Stocks Claw Back Despite Trouble In Europe, China; Oil Tumbles
Despite trouble in Europe and Asia, stocks clawed their way back from the morning's worst levels going into the lunch hour Monday. All three ... «Investor's Business Daily, Jul 15»
4
Robbers with claw hammers snared by eagle-eyed tots
The four offenders were arrested at the scene and each charged with robbery and possession of a claw hammer — accusations they all ... «Bury Times, Jul 15»
5
Manly claw off bottom of NRL ladder
Manly claw off bottom of NRL ladder. Some Brett Stewart brilliance has helped Manly to a 28-16 win over Cronulla which lifted them off the ... «NZCity, Jul 15»
6
Movie nights: Nostalgic films with perfectly-themed snacks
What's On has details of the new themed movie nights at Claw BBQ. Plus other alternative movie screenings including Cinema Akil at A4 Space ... «What's On, Jul 15»
7
Jays claw back but fall short against Tigers
DETROIT - Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid was broken up when former Detroit teammate Ezequiel Carrera lined a single to left with one out in the ... «TSN, Jul 15»
8
Claw trimming gains momentum
A University of Georgia (UGA) associate professor, Dr. Robert Dove, foresees a day when claw trimming for swine becomes as routine as hoof ... «Pork Magazine, Jul 15»
9
Lib Dems claw back power from the Tories
When Vince Cable lost his seat to the Tories in the general election, it was a a victory that brought much entertainment to the Conservatives, ... «Spectator.co.uk, Jul 15»
10
Rock Cats looking to claw way back to top
Kevin Bartram | Staff Rock Cats' pitcher Ryan Carpenter throws Wilmer Difo out at first as the New Britain Rock Cats play the Harrisburg ... «Newbritainherald, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Claw [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/claw>. Nov 2019 ».
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