• WordNet 3.6
    • v club gather into a club-like mass "club hair"
    • v club strike with a club or a bludgeon
    • v club gather and spend time together "They always club together"
    • v club unite with a common purpose "The two men clubbed together"
    • n club a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink "don't expect a good meal at a cabaret","the gossip columnist got his information by visiting nightclubs every night","he played the drums at a jazz club"
    • n club stout stick that is larger at one end "he carried a club in self defense","he felt as if he had been hit with a club"
    • n club a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more black trefoils on it "he led a small club","clubs were trumps"
    • n club a building that is occupied by a social club "the clubhouse needed a new roof"
    • n club golf equipment used by a golfer to hit a golf ball
    • n club a team of professional baseball players who play and travel together "each club played six home games with teams in its own division"
    • n club a formal association of people with similar interests "he joined a golf club","they formed a small lunch society","men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

At a meeting of a gentlemen's club, men excitedly discuss a public figure that the media has recently exposed At a meeting of a gentlemen's club, men excitedly discuss a public figure that the media has recently exposed

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Britain, provides insurance plans for protection from falling coconuts
    • Club A heavy staff of wood, usually tapering, and wielded with the hand; a weapon; a cudgel. "But make you ready your stiff bats and clubs ;
      Rome and her rats are at the point of battle."
    • Club A joint charge of expense, or any person's share of it; a contribution to a common fund. "They laid down the club .""We dined at a French house, but paid ten shillings for our part of the club ."
    • Club An association of persons for the promotion of some common object, as literature, science, politics, good fellowship, etc.; esp. an association supported by equal assessments or contributions of the members. "They talked
      At wine, in clubs , of art, of politics."
      "He [Goldsmith] was one of the nine original members of that celebrated fraternity which has sometimes been called the Literary Club , but which has always disclaimed that epithet, and still glories in the simple name of the Club ."
    • Club Any card of the suit of cards having a figure like the trefoil or clover leaf. (pl.) The suit of cards having such figure.
    • Club To beat with a club.
    • Club (Naut) To drift in a current with an anchor out.
    • Club To form a club; to combine for the promotion of some common object; to unite. "Till grosser atoms, tumbling in the stream
      Of fancy, madly met, and clubbed into a dream."
    • Club To pay on equal or proportionate share of a common charge or expense; to pay for something by contribution. "The owl, the raven, and the bat, Clubbed for a feather to his hat."
    • Club To raise, or defray, by a proportional assesment; as, to club the expense.
    • Club (Mil) To throw, or allow to fall, into confusion. "To club a battalion implies a temporary inability in the commanding officer to restore any given body of men to their natural front in line or column."
    • Club To unite, or contribute, for the accomplishment of a common end; as, to club exertions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bette Midler, Barry Manilow and many other famous vocalists got their start in a New York City club called The Continental Baths.
    • n club A stick or piece of wood suitable for being wielded in the hand as a weapon; a thick, heavy stick used as a weapon; a cudgel.
    • n club In the games of golf and shinty, a staff with a crooked and heavy head for driving the ball. See golf-club, 1.
    • n club A round solid mass; a clump; a knot.
    • n club A playing-card that is marked with trefoils in the plural, the suit so marked.
    • n club In entomology, a suddenly broadened outer portion of an antenna, formed by two, three, or more enlarged terminal joints, as in most weevils. See cut under clavate.
    • n club In fungi of the family Clavariei, the claviform receptacle or one of its branches.
    • n club A small spar to which the foot of a gaff-topsail or the clue of a staysail or jib is bent to make the sail set to the best advantage.
    • club To beat with a club.
    • club To convert into a club; use as a club: as, to club a musket (by taking hold of the barrel and striking with the butt).
    • club To unite, as the hair, in a solid mass or knot resembling a club.
    • club Milit., to demoralize or confuse by a blunder in tactical manœuvers: as, to club a battalion.
    • n club A company of persons organized to meet for social intercourse, or for the promotion of some common object, as literature, science, politics, etc. Admission to the membership of clubs is commonly by ballot. Clubs are now an important feature of social life in all large cities, many of them occupying large buildings containing meeting-rooms, libraries, restaurants, etc.
    • n club A club-house.
    • n club The united expenses of a company; joint charge; mess account.
    • n club The contribution of an individual to a joint charge.
    • club To combine or join together, as a number of individuals, for a common purpose; form a club: as, to club together to form a library.
    • club Specifically, to contribute to a common fund; combine to raise money for a certain purpose.
    • club To be united in producing a certain effect; combine into a whole.
    • club To unite; add together by contribution; combine.
    • club To divide into an average amount for each individual concerned: as, to club the expense of an entertainment.
    • club Nautical, to drift down a current with an anchor dragging on the bottom.
    • n club The expanded end of the tentacular arms in decacerous cephalopods.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1865, several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, called the Ku Klux Klan.
    • n Club klub a heavy tapering stick, knobby or massy at one end, used to strike with: a cudgel: a bat used in certain games: an instrument for playing golf, variously with wooden heads, iron heads, and wooden heads with brass soles: a bunch; one of the four suits of cards: a combination: a clique, set: an association of persons for the joint study of literature, politics, &c., or for social ends: an association of persons who possess a building as a common resort for the members: a club-house, or the house occupied by a club
    • v.t Club to beat with a club: to gather into a bunch: to combine: to throw soldiers into confusion
    • v.i Club to join together for some common end: to combine together: to share in a common expense
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  • Al Capp
    Al Capp
    “Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed of necessary.”
  • Woody Allen
    “I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.”
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    “We are no more free agents than the queen of clubs when she victoriously takes prisoner the knave of hearts.”
  • Lou Holtz
    “If he's got golf clubs in his truck or a camper in his driveway, I don't hire him.”
  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “Peace with a club in hand is war.”
  • Groucho Marx
    “Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.”


In the club - (UK) If a woman's in the club, she's pregnant. 'In the pudding club' is an alternative form.
Join the club - Said when someone has expressed a desire or opinion, meaning "That viewpoint is not unique to you". It can suggest that the speaker should stop complaining since many others are in the same position. Example: "If this train doesn't come, I'll be late for work!" "Join the club!"


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. klubba, klumba, club, klumbufōir, a clubfoot, SW. klubba, club, Dan. klump, lump, klub, a club, G. klumpen, clump, kolben, club, and E. clump,


In literature:

It was not a heavy club, but it was in skilful hands.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
This, my two fellow-rebels, is supplied by the Suicide Club.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Mikah grunted in pain, clubbed to the floor by the suddenness of the transition.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
They are the blocks of workmen's dwellings where your father has founded a Club.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
I would suggest the use of the club formation without using the word 'club' in its title.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
In later times Brasbridge, the sporting silversmith of Fleet Street, was a frequenter of the club.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
I'm captain of a girls' canoe club.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Beside it, stood my golf clubs.
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson
Modern clubs are dealt with below, and we begin with an account of Greek and Roman clubs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
They had clubs and they started to beat me up on the head with the butts of their guns and with the clubs.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith

In poetry:

The little girl gave
little cries of surprise
as the club struck
her sides
"Paris Journal" by James Douglas Morrison
Up at that peach a club they threw—
Down from the stem on which it grew
Fell that peach of emerald hue.
Mon Dieu!
"The Little Peach" by Eugene Field
Club, diamond, heart and spade,
Under these the game is played.
Warfare, wealth, love and death
Dominate our every breath.
"Card Game" by A D Hope
I peer adown a shining group,
Where sages grace the throng,
And see the bard of Wheatley Club
Proclaimed the Queen of Song.
"Tribute" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Beneath him are strange cities,
And heavy traffic-lanes,
And night-clubs, barracks, stokers,
And railways, stations, trains.
"Night" by Boris Pasternak
But ere it fell, two thundering blows
Upon his scull descend;
From Ursine's knotty club they came,
Who ran to save his friend.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British

In news:

The Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo dedicates itself to "Helping Kids Get the Right Start" so it's not surprising that the club involves quite a few Kalamazoo RESA staff members.
I was an instructor for the 10th annual Sonoma International Film Festival Middle School Video Workshop conducted at the Intel Computer Club at the Sonoma Valley Boys & Girls Club.
Frank Gallagher, founder of Florida's Aero Club Valkaria, decided on a different strategy when he created the flying club in October 2010—form it as a limited liability company in the state.
Forget the mile-high club, Derek Walker decided to take it to the next level and join the mile-high engagement club.
Alaskan strip club owner offers up club for free to help find missing woman.
On or about September 13, 2012, shortly after 2:00 am, the Madison County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a fight at Club Poise, formerly known as the Old Hickory Club, located at 3883 Hwy 45 North, Jackson, TN.
The proposed 8 Washington project would replace a port-owned parking lot and a private health club with a 12-story condominium building, a rebuilt health club and other features.
Robert Keith, left, and Richard Hoffman of the Reading Aero Club with the club's Cherokee 180 single engine airplane at Reading Regional Airport.
MEMBERS OF THE Grand Valley World Language Club show off their advertisement posters for the club's second annual hat, mitten and scarf drive.
The membership of the Yuba Feather Rivers Sunrise Rotary Club wants to thank the Appeal-Democrat and local community for its ongoing support of our club's bi-annual Trap and Sporting Clays fundraiser shoots.
Don't let the name of the club intimidate you, swimmer and club member Lloyd Landreth said.
There will be no changes to the radio and television broadcast booths, which will remain on the club level behind home plate, or in the Diamond Club restaurant and seating areas on the lower level behind home plate.
English Turn Golf & Country Club and Oak Harbor Golf Club are expected to resume business as soon as possible after sustaining minimal damage from Hurricane Gustav.
Members of the Town of Niagara Lions Club participated in the Garden City Lions Club (Canada) bowling fundraiser on Nov 17 for the purpose of raising money to assist Emily, a visually impaired young lady with a guide dog.
Club volunteers Jim and Marolyn Simpson focus their telescope as Michael Ottinger looks on during the National Capital Astronomers Club monthly outreach event at Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington.

In science:

Suppose that X ∈ [C p ]λ and C ⊆ C p is a club of λ Definition 2.10.
The combinatorics of reasonable ultrafilters
Assume that G∗ ⊆ Q0 λ is ≤0–directed and ≤0–downward Proposition 2.11. closed, p ∈ G∗ , X ∈ [C p ]λ and C ⊆ C p is a club of λ such that p is rex ∈ fil(G∗ ), then p↾hX, C i ∈ G∗ .
The combinatorics of reasonable ultrafilters
Let C ∗ = (cid:8)δ < λ : δ is limit and {pξ : ξ < δ} is ≤0–directed (cid:9) (again, it is a club of λ).
The combinatorics of reasonable ultrafilters
Assume that G∗ ⊆ Q∗ is a linked family, kG∗k < cov(Mλ λ,λ ), C ⊆ λ is a club and hδξ : ξ < λi is the increasing enumeration of C .
The combinatorics of reasonable ultrafilters
Notation 0.1. 1) Dλ is the club filter on λ for λ regular uncountable.
No limit model in inaccessible