• Claw-Hammer.  Riveting-Hammer.  Upholster's Hammer.  Magnetized Hammer.  Veneering-Hammer
    Claw-Hammer. Riveting-Hammer. Upholster's Hammer. Magnetized Hammer. Veneering-Hammer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v claw attack as if with claws "The politician clawed his rival"
    • v claw clutch as if in panic "She clawed the doorknob"
    • v claw scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
    • v claw move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging "They clawed their way to the top of the mountain"
    • n claw a bird's foot
    • n claw sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles
    • n claw a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
    • n claw a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tom reached and clawed down the hole after him Tom reached and clawed down the hole after him

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Spiders have claws at the ends of their legs
    • Claw A sharp, hooked nail, as of a beast or bird.
    • Claw (Bot) A slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, as the base of petals of the pink.
    • Claw Anything resembling the claw of an animal, as the curved and forked end of a hammer for drawing nails.
    • Claw The whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails; the pinchers of a lobster, crab, etc.
    • Claw To pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails.
    • Claw To rail at; to scold. "In the aforesaid preamble, the king fairly claweth the great monasteries, wherein, saith he, religion, thanks be to God, is right well kept and observed; though he claweth them soon after in another acceptation."
    • Claw To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court. "Rich men they claw , soothe up, and flatter; the poor they contemn and despise."
    • v. i Claw To scrape, scratch, or dig with a claw, or with the hand as a claw. "Clawing in ash barrels] for bits of coal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If a lobster loses an eye or a claw it can usually grow a new one
    • n claw In zoöl.: A sharp, hooked, horny end of the limb of a mammal, bird, reptile, or other animal; a pointed and especially a curved nail of a vertebrate, consisting of thickened and hardened epidermal tissue, like horn, borne usually on a bony basis or core; technically, an unguis, as distinguished from a hoof or ungula.
    • n claw A sharp, hooked end of a limb of an animal, of whatever character.
    • n claw The whole leg, foot, or other appendage of certain animals, terminating in a sharp hooked end or in a pincer-like extremity; a chela, cheliped, or chelicera, as in insects, arachnidans, crustaceans, etc. See cuts under chela, chelicera, and scorpion.
    • n claw Some part of an animal resembling or likened to a claw.
    • n claw Figuratively, the human hand; hence, in the plural, grasp; clutch; hold: as, to get one's claws on a thing.
    • n claw In mech., some part of a tool or tackle resembling a claw: as, the claw or cleft end of a hammer, used in drawing out nails; the claw of a crowbar; the claw of a grapnel.
    • n claw In botany, the narrow base of a petal, especially when it is long, as in the pink and wallflower.
    • n claw In locksmithing, a spur or talon which projects from a bolt or tumbler.
    • claw To tear, scratch, pull, or seize with or as if with claws or talons.
    • claw To scratch; relieve by or as if by scratching; scratch, as an itching part, with intent to relieve irritation.
    • claw To fawn on.
    • claw To make or affect by the use of a claw or claws of some sort: as, to claw a hole in a carpet; to claw up a heap of dirt; to claw the leaves away.
    • claw To get rid of.
    • claw Nautical, to beat to windward, in order to avoid falling on a lee shore or on another vessel: with off; hence, figuratively, to get off; escape: as, to claw off from, an embarrassing situation.
    • claw To fawn; flatter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a substance in the skin of the African clawed frog that helps in fighting infection
    • n Claw klaw the hooked nail of a beast or bird: the whole foot of an animal with hooked nails: anything like a claw: an instrument shaped like a claw
    • v.t Claw to scratch or tear as with the claws or nails: to scrape; to seize:
    • v.t Claw (fig.) to flatter, fawn on
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  • Thomas Tusser
    Thomas Tusser
    “Fear God, and offend not the Prince nor his laws, and keep thyself out of the magistrate's claws.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. clawu, clā, cleó,; akin to D. klaauw, G. klaue, Icel. klō, Sw. & Dan. klo, and perh. to E. clew,


In literature:

The other sprang at his neck, sinking long claws into his throat.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
The cat had been playing, since the blow was struck with claws sheathed.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
With a roar, the beast halted to claw it forth.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Ananias-and-Sapphira, using beak and claws, scrambled nimbly to the other shoulder.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The scratching of those giant claws was right behind him now.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He was terribly frightened and struggled to get free, pushing vigorously against her fingers with wings and claws.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
He says that I ought to see it's a lobster, and that what I call its legs are its claws.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
If the claws are blunt and rugged, the ears dry and tough, and the haunch thick, it is old.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
In one of the space suit's claw-like hands a tube flashed greenly.
"The Great Dome on Mercury" by Arthur Leo Zagat
So a nice meal was cooked for Hansel, but Grethel got nothing else but a crab's claw.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various

In poetry:

No lobster on earth,
That ever I saw,
To me would be worth
Sixpence a claw.
"On The High Price Of Fish" by William Cowper
Or driven to his final ditch,
To his extremest thicket,
He'll fight with claws and molars (which
Is not considered cricket).
"Parable For A Certain Virgin" by Dorothy Parker
The beast his kindness understood,
Fix'd on his robe a claw,
And gently to the neighb'ring wood,
Appear'd her friend to draw.
"The Panther" by William Hayley
"He lick'd my hand, by me carest,
But him with grief I saw
Half famish'd, and his gallant breast
Gor'd by the vulture's claw!"
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
They needed no compilate laws
With which to jail their brethren,
Enough to leave alone cat-claws
To make each member sovereign.
"Casa Grande: Arizona" by Norman MacLeod
His beard was like a horse’s mane,
And down his bosom roll’d;
The claws that fenc’d his finger ends
Were frightful to behold.
"Saint Oluf (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow

In news:

Wildcats plan to claw Klondike.
For 2nd week in a row, Saints fail to claw back from big deficit in 35-27 loss.
Scherzer shines as Tigers claw back White Sox.
Dale Brown, the master tactician of the military novel, has another spellbinding thriller in "Tiger's Claw ".
Now he's gone to some form of the claw grip.
Crab poachers caught in the claw of the law Some of the 13 men were from East Palo Alto.
Do This / Music Shows to see: Robbie Fulks, the Hecks, the Hussy, Claw Toe, and more.
Claw Is Out for 'Whale' Officials.
Hawks claw back, unable to shut door on C-M. SH makes 9 mistakes in the field, lead to early 5-1 deficit.
Prince is accused of murdering his 23-month-old son, Trebian Prince, by beating him with a handgun and claw hammer in the early morning hours of Aug 30, 2009.
The Claw Shop Day Spa.
I have been creating nails at The Claw Shop Day Spa in Leominster, MA for 7 years.
Mustangs claw way into playoffs.
Lee Claw , 74, entered into rest on Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Flagstaff.
Survivors include his wife, Louise T Claw of Black Mesa.

In science:

In order to study how far we can exploit this idea of dividing the input, we examine in this section a black-box version of the 0-1 Knapsack problem which we term as the Symmetric Claw problem.
The Quantum Query Complexity of 0-1 Knapsack and Associated Claw Problems
Notice that the 0-1 Knapsack problem is an instance of the symmetric claw problem.
The Quantum Query Complexity of 0-1 Knapsack and Associated Claw Problems
We first establish the upper bound result for symmetric claw problem.
The Quantum Query Complexity of 0-1 Knapsack and Associated Claw Problems
Theorem 5 There is an ˜O(2n/3 ) quantum algorithm with constant error probability for the symmetric claw problem in the quantum query model.
The Quantum Query Complexity of 0-1 Knapsack and Associated Claw Problems
Using the technique of Ambainis we establish a lower bound of Ω(2n/4 ) for the quantum query complexity of the symmetric claw problem.
The Quantum Query Complexity of 0-1 Knapsack and Associated Claw Problems