• WordNet 3.6
    • v cling hold on tightly or tenaciously "hang on to your father's hands","The child clung to his mother's apron"
    • v cling come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation "The dress clings to her body","The label stuck to the box","The sushi rice grains cohere"
    • v cling to remain emotionally or intellectually attached "He clings to the idea that she might still love him."
    • n cling fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The animal that tends to cling to rocks and boats are barnacles.
    • n Cling Adherence; attachment; devotion. "A more tenacious cling to worldly respects."
    • v. i Cling klĭng To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast, especially by twining round or embracing; as, the tendril of a vine clings to its support; -- usually followed by to or together. "And what hath life for thee
      That thou shouldst cling to it thus?"
    • Cling To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing. "I clung legs as close to his side as I could."
    • Cling To make to dry up or wither. "If thou speak'st false,
      Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive,
      Till famine cling thee."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cling To adhere closely; be attached; stick: as, a wet garment clings to the limbs.
    • cling To hold fast, especially by the hands or by coiling round or embracing, or, figuratively, by refusing to abandon or give up.
    • cling To rush with violence.
    • cling To wither; shrivel.
    • cling To cause to adhere closely; apply firmly and closely.
    • cling To consume; waste to leanness; shrivel.
    • n cling Adherence; attachment; the act of holding fast; embrace.
    • n cling A bunch; a cluster; an aggregation of several things that cling together.
    • n cling A dysentery or bloody flux of sheep: a frequently fatal inflammation of the large intestine of sheep, accompanied with fever and fluid discharges from the bowels.
    • n cling In horticulture, a peach, nectarine, or apricot in which the flesh adheres strongly to the stone; a clingstone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Cling kling to adhere or stick close by winding round: to adhere in interest or affection: to remain by an opinion: of wood, to shrink
    • v.t Cling to attach: to shrivel:—pa.t. and pa.p. clung
    • n Cling adherence
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  • Billy Graham
    “Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.”
  • Leonard Sidney Woolf
    Leonard Sidney Woolf
    “There is nothing to which men cling more tenaciously than the privileges of class.”
  • Ghose Aurobindo
    Ghose Aurobindo
    “The fly that touches honey cannot use it's wings; so too the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins it's freedom and hinders contemplation.”
  • Proverb
    “A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Fragrance clings to the hand that gives the rose.”
  • William James
    “We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.”


Cling to hope - If people cling to hope, they continue to hope though the chances of success are very small.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. clingan, to adhere, to wither; akin to Dan. klynge, to cluster, crowd. Cf. Clump


In literature:

Babs was clinging to him now.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
Get through the window, put your arms about my neck, cling for your life, and trust to Frank Merriwell and Providence.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
She clings to her g's, too, in spite of local tradition.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
They are a wonderfully level-headed group, these telephone girls, wonderfully unlike their clinging-vine Victorian grandmothers.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
He could just distinguish Voules and Lucas clinging to the bulwarks a short distance from him.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Helen was too breathless to speak, but he knew, by her clinging hold, that she sought protection from some real or imaginary danger.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Men like to see a girl sweet, clinging, pliant.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I turned round and fired, but having to cling to the tree, I had great difficulty in taking aim.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
We saw the two, the father holding on his son clinging to a spar.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then he could cling easily to the hull, walk all over it if he chose to, with the aid of his boots and hand-pads.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse

In poetry:

Insufficient left alone,
We are clinging round Thy throne,
And while there Thy fulness own,
Thou guidest;
"Thou Guidest" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And yet — a wakeful glory
Clings round you as you doze;
One living lyric story
Makes music of your prose.
"The Poet's Town" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
And yet — a wakeful glory
Clings round you as you doze;
One living, lyric story
Makes music of your prose!
"The Poet's Town" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
O hide me in Thy love, secure
From this earth-clinging meanness.
Lave my uncleanness
In Thy compassionating love!
"O Hide Me In Thy Love" by John Freeman
Under their feet in the grasses
My clinging magic runs.
They shall return as strangers.
They shall remain as sons.
"The Recall" by Rudyard Kipling
On my finger is a ring,
Crimson rubies, glistening.
He that parts me from my love,--
Satan to his soul shall cling.
"Charm Verses" by Anonymous European

In news:

California among few states clinging to pen as cursive writing is erased from curriculum.
Dressed in a royal blue dress that hugs her 5-foot-11 form with as much veracity as a scared 3-year-old clinging to a parent, Adrianne Palicki looks like she is ready to make her way down any fashion runway.
Democratic challenger Rick Nolan clings to the slimmest of leads, 46% to 45% over Republican incumbent Chip Cravaack.
Von Pollaro is not a painter, graphic artist or fashion designer, but a young florist who is trying to make her mark in a town where public — and private — holiday decorations so often cling to the tra ditional look like fake snow to holly.
Your coworker's cologne, an overly air-freshened car, that waft of smoke clinging to a stranger's coat -- for most of us, those are just temporary annoyances.
Von Pollaro is not a painter, graphic artist or fashion designer , but a young florist who is trying to make her mark in a town where public — and private — holiday decorations so often cling to the tra ditional look like fake snow to holly.
Politics People Still Clinging Desperately To The Idea That Saucedo-Mercer Has A Chance.
Gay scouts and scout leaders will have to remain in the shadows for now due to the Boy Scouts of America's decision Tuesday to cling to its unenlightened policy of barring openly gay members and scoutmasters.
Why we cling to faded index cards in a disposable culture.
Tuffy, found clinging to the engine compartment of a truck after going for a 30-minute ride on the freeway, is adjusting to life in her new home.
In this frame grab image taken from WCBS-TV, survivors cling to the bottom of a helicopter after it inverted following a crash in the East River in New York, Tuesday.
President Obama clings to a four-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in Virginia as both sides ramp up campaigns in the crucial battleground state.
4, 2012) Hard knocks both ways, the sun beating back the shade, clinging to its steamy ways, the other clawing its darkling way to the fore.
Are we clinging to failed strategies.
The glut of video game sequels is starting to make game companies seem as if they're clinging to old ideas.

In science:

Let us cling to the hope that something will turn up.
Concluding Remarks on New Cosmological Data and the Values of the Fundamental Parameters
Metals should cling to galaxies, should they not? Well do they? Gradients there certainly are, with the inner parts of large galaxies more metal rich than the outskirts (Vorobyov 2006, which happens to concern the Milky Way).
Astrophysics in 2006
Metals cling to galaxies more firmly than the baryons do for Scannadico et al. (2006) and Simcoe et al. (2006), but less so for Pieri et al. (2006) and Vladilo and Peroux (2005).
Astrophysics in 2006
Kapferer et al. (2006) endorse situational ethics, because mergers can erase previous clinging behavior.
Astrophysics in 2006
The green circle went to Polaris (Vsenko et al. 2005), which is clinging to its membership in the instability strip on its 3rd or 5th crossing (based on N/(C+O) about three times solar).
Astrophysics in 2006