clod

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clod a compact mass "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
    • n clod an awkward stupid person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clod A dull, gross, stupid fellow; a dolt
    • Clod A lump or mass, especially of earth, turf, or clay. "Clods of a slimy substance.""Clods of iron and brass.""Clods of blood.""The earth that casteth up from the plow a great clod , is not so good as that which casteth up a smaller clod ."
    • Clod A part of the shoulder of a beef creature, or of the neck piece near the shoulder. See Illust. of Beef.
    • Clod That which is earthy and of little relative value, as the body of man in comparison with the soul. "This cold clod of clay which we carry about with us."
    • Clod The ground; the earth; a spot of earth or turf. "The clod Where once their sultan's horse has trod ."
    • v. i Clod klŏd To collect into clods, or into a thick mass; to coagulate; to clot; as, clodded gore. See Clot. "Clodded in lumps of clay."
    • Clod To pelt with clods.
    • Clod To throw violently; to hurl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clod Any lump or mass; sometimes, a concreted mass; a clot.
    • n clod Specifically A lump of earth, or earth and turf; a lump of clay.
    • n clod In coal-mining, indurated clay: the equivalent of bind.
    • n clod A stretch of ground or turf; earth; soil.
    • n clod Anything earthy, base, and vile; poetically, the body of man in comparison with his soul: as, “this corporeal clod,”
    • n clod A dull, gross, stupid fellow; a dolt.
    • n clod A bait used in fishing for eels, consisting of a bunch of lobworms or earthworms strung on worsted yarn: also called a bob. See clod-fishing.
    • clod To pelt with clods or stones.
    • clod To form into clods.
    • clod To cover with earth, as seeds; harrow.
    • clod To confine in what is earthy and base, as the soul in the body.
    • clod To throw with violence.
    • clod A dialectal variant of clothe.
    • n clod A butchers' term for a cut of beef from the fore quarter opposite the cross-rib.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clod klod a thick round mass or lump, that sticks together, esp. of earth or turf: a concreted mass: the ground: the body of man, as formed of clay: a stupid fellow
    • v.t Clod to pelt
    • v.i Clod to throw clods:
    • v.i Clod (Scot.) to throw:—pr.p. clod′ding; pa.p. clod′ded
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Quotations

  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “To the illumined man or woman, a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. clodde, latter form of clot,. See Clot

Usage

In literature:

Men follow the founder and carefully cast the clods of earth from the side of the furrow.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Life isn't a story-book or we who live it undiscerning clods.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
It is too great a treasure for a clod like me.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
His list, as Uncle Steve read it out, was: Cook, loud, duck, cool, cold, lock, look, dock, clod, gold.
"Marjorie at Seacote" by Carolyn Wells
Even Quadratilla remarked that he was a decent little clod-hopper, as she demanded a lamp by which to examine her jewel.
"Roads from Rome" by Anne C. E. Allinson
But even a clod may be dangerous.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The horses scrambled up the steep ground, dislodging stones and clods of earth.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
One of the peculiarities of Shadwell's play is the introduction of the Lancashire dialect, which he makes his clown Clod speak.
"Discovery of Witches" by Thomas Potts
Is radio-active matter any nearer living matter than is the clod under foot?
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
You will become a clod.
"The Second Latchkey" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Beside, he bore a most peculiar Hate To sleeping Pilots, all Earth-clods of State.
"Anti-Achitophel (1682)" by Elkanah Settle et al.
Rose-Ellen could not believe they were beets-great dirt-colored clods, they looked.
"Across the Fruited Plain" by Florence Crannell Means
He was reaching behind him for clods and pebbles to toss into the white foaming flood below them.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
Would you like to know that I'm such a block, a clod, that no other eye but yours takes any pleasure in looking at me?
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
Before she reached it, the door opened to show a dull clod, entirely naked, holding up a heavy weight of nothing.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
As he thrust blindly at her body, rolling her back farther into the tunnel, he felt the first clod strike full upon his shoulder.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
Conjurers can stop rain by throwing up clods of dirt.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
With a snort he went over, kicking up big clods of grass as he did so.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
They set the barrels on end, side by side, and heaped the cracks between and the face with sods of earth, thick-packed clods, with grass growing.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
The clods that covered my mother's ashes laid too heavily upon it.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
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In poetry:

Rise; for Heaven hath no frown
When thou to thee pluck'st down,
Strong clod!
The neck of God.
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
And if we never meet again
On this poor frozen clod,
O! may we meet to part no more
Around the throne of God.
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
A spade and rake for comrades,
the smell of rain-wet mould,-
and every time we turn a clod
we turn a mint of gold.
"A Little Bit Of Garden" by William Henry Ogilvie
Where is thy sting, O Death!
Grave! where thy victory?
The clod may sleep in dust beneath,
The spirit will be free!
"Death! where is thy Sting?" by John Bowring
Only a man harrowing clods
In a slow silent walk
With an old horse that stumbles and nods
Half asleep as they stalk.
"In Time Of 'The Breaking Of Nations'" by Thomas Hardy
Who shall say it? Who may know it,
That the clod is not a poet
Waiting but a gleam to waken
In a spirit music-shaken?
"A Bridal Measure" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Bonnie and Clod Clinton in the air again.
Shoulder Clod at Lockhart Smokehouse.
Veal shoulder center roast from shoulder clod.
Dragged through mud and sand, pelted with dirt clods and rocks—it's a wonder they last as long as they do.
At the movies, the fun-loving temptress has been liberating the buttoned-up clod ever since Katharine Hepburn's dog made off with Cary Grant's dinosaur bone in Bringing Up Baby 61 years ago.
The rear roller busts clods and ensures good soil-to- seed contact for improved germination.
In the French Alps , more John Clod than Jean-Claude.
If dry soils are cloddy and do not seal properly, the ammonia can be lost at injection, or seep through the large pores between clods after application.
NJ warrior wannabe was jihad clod: boss.
ExxonMobil spits out a gob of chewing-tobacco juice and taps a baseball bat against the cleats of its shoes, knocking off the dirt clods.
"In comparison with Obama and his gaffes, Bush no longer seems the singular clod whom his opponents endlessly ridiculed," Hanson argues.
Many folks feel her husband is an insensitive clod who needs a good slap in the head.
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In science:

Therefore, based on these simulations, the dynamics of a clod beam cannot explain the richness of the wave observations in the foreshock boundary.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
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