clamber

Definitions

  • The boys clambering over tables and chairs as Mrs. de Vere Carter peers around the door
    The boys clambering over tables and chairs as Mrs. de Vere Carter peers around the door
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clamber climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
    • n clamber an awkward climb "reaching the crest was a real clamber"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Clamber The act of clambering.
    • v. t Clamber To ascend by climbing with difficulty. "Clambering the walls to eye him."
    • v. i Clamber To climb with difficulty, or with hands and feet; -- also used figuratively. "The narrow street that clambered toward the mill."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • clamber To climb, especially with difficulty or by using both hands and feet, as in ascending a steep mountain: often used figuratively.
    • clamber To ascend by climbing; climb with difficulty.
    • n clamber The act of clambering or climbing with difficulty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Clamber klam′bėr to climb with difficulty, grasping with the hands and feet
    • n Clamber the act of clambering
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE clambren, clameren, to heap together, climb; akin to Icel. klambra, to clamp, G. klammern,. Cf. Clamp Climb

Usage

In literature:

I clambered aboard and made my way to him, by which time he had been joined by another man, with gold lace round his cap.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
The old man had clambered onto their spare horse, and his son was on the donkey.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Mormon clambered to the front seat beside young Ed, Miranda Bailey sat between Sandy and Sam.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Sam ran behind it a few paces, and then clambered up to the brake where he could control the movements of the heavy load.
"Down the Slope" by James Otis
Rick and Scotty swam, clambered up on shore, and stood waiting.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
At last, bleeding from many wounds, they reached the end of the ledge and clambered to the top.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Archie and Josiah clambered aboard.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
What if he should find a way to clamber up the precipices?
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
I clambered up, to photograph it.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
You can clamber on the snowdrift, Peony, and reach them easily.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
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In poetry:

The secret of the House of Set.
As a poor pilgrim clambering
Toils on the slopes, so I to get
Halidom for my lord the King.
"The Wild Ass" by Aleister Crowley
The wild gourd clambers free
Where the clematis was wont;
Where nenuphars waxed thick as stars
Rank weeds stagnate the font.
"In An Old Garden" by Madison Julius Cawein
On bloody feet I clambered down
And fled the wages of my sin,
I am the leavings of the town,
And meanly serve its meanest inn.
"The Fourth Shepherd" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
So above the little folk that know not,
Out of the white hill-town,
High up I clamber; and I remember;
And watch the day go down.
"Lines Written In The Belief That The Ancient Roman Festival Of The Dead Was Called Ambarvalia" by Rupert Brooke
I was within a darkened chamber,
Full of children small; Upon my knees I felt him clamber,
One of the least of all,
Answering my call.
"Magic-Lantern" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
Love, we're going home now,
Where the vines clamber over the trellis:
Even before you, the summer will arrive,
On its honeysuckle feet, in your bedroom.
"Love, We're Going Home Now" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

Residents clambered to the top of Winter Hill to watch it.
Heat wave settles across region as residents clamber to keep cool: Lemonade served today in two Bluefields.
States Reap Savings as Construction Firms Clamber for Jobs.
The walls surrounding the building are pockmarked with holes the assailants used as toeholds to clamber over.
(March 4, 2010) ORLEANS — Molli Jane had clambered up the ropes not effortlessly but quickly.
IN hard hat, Guy Nordenson was one of the structural engineers who clambered for months through the smoking rubble of the World Trade Center.
Leave Joshua Tree 's larger, more cramped campgrounds to the rock climbers who clamber here.
Either you are biased or the editor who chose "clambers" is ignorant of its connotation.
The pair clambered into an old-fashioned metal bathtub together to shoot a scene for the new UK TV mini-series, in which they play young and older versions of the same doctor, Vladimir Bomgard.
History tells us several hundred onlookers clambered to the top of Beacon Hill and watched the Battle of Bunker Hill as it unfolded in June 1775.
Vines clamber over ruined mansions.
A quarter of a century later, Ferguson had clambered atop that perch as United won their 19th English title, overhauling Liverpool 's record of 18.
Pets can clamber into the plastic basket which then raises several feet off the floor before carrying the four-legged passenger up the stairs .
OK, clamber into your Time Capsule -- we're swooshing back a few decades, back to Thursday May 6, 1976.
His men clambered up the rocky steep, slipping through the brush to sight the Tories .
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