• Neddy hugs the lamb
    Neddy hugs the lamb
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hug fit closely or tightly "The dress hugged her hips"
    • v hug squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness "Hug me, please","They embraced","He hugged her close to him"
    • n hug a tight or amorous embrace "come here and give me a big hug"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Mrs. de Vere Carter, wearing a very large hat, hugging William Mrs. de Vere Carter, wearing a very large hat, hugging William

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hug A close embrace or clasping with the arms, as in affection or in wrestling.
    • Hug To cower; to crouch; to curl up.
    • Hug To crowd together; to cuddle.
    • Hug To hold fast; to cling to; to cherish. "We hug deformities if they bear our names."
    • Hug (Naut) To keep close to; as, to hug the land; to hug the wind.
    • Hug To press closely within the arms; to clasp to the bosom; to embrace. "And huggen me in his arms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hug To crouch; huddle as with cold.
    • hug To lie close; cuddle.
    • hug To grasp firmly and completely with the arms; embrace closely; clasp to the breast.
    • hug To cling to mentally; cherish fondly or fervently; hold fast to: as, to hug delusions.
    • hug To keep close to: as, to hug the land.
    • hug To carry, especially with difficulty.
    • n hug A close embrace; a clasp or pressure with or as with the arms: as, to give one a hug; the hug of a bear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Hug hug to embrace closely and fondly: to cherish: to congratulate (one's self):
    • v.i Hug to crowd together:—pr.p. hug′ging; pa.p. hugged
    • n Hug a close and fond embrace: a particular grip in wrestling
    • v.t Hug hug (naut.) to keep close to
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  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children.”
  • John Updike
    “Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.”
  • George Eliot
    “The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.”
  • Virginia Satir
    Virginia Satir
    “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”
  • Florence King
    “During the feminist seventies men were caught between a rock and a hard-on; in the fathering eighties they are caught between good hugs and bad hugs.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Men greet each other with a sock on the arm, women with a hug, and the hug wears better in the long run.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. sidde paa huk, to squat, Sw. huka sig, to squat, Icel. hka,. Cf. Huckster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Ice. húka, to sit on one's hams. See Huckster.


In literature:

She hugged an old doll to her breast.
"Nibsy's Christmas" by Jacob A. Riis
The wise man looks to the future; the weak man hugs the present.
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
You'd think she'd travelled the way she hugs her g's and d's.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
A moment later they scudded past a fellow who was hugging in a shadow where the lights did not reach.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
The little girl hugged her rag baby and ate her cooky in bliss.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
The DISTRICT OF BURDWAN lies along the right bank of the river Bhagirathi or Hugli.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
She hugged Thankful, and shook her head, with her eyes still staring defiantly into Submit's hood.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
Come on upstairs to the schoolroom," she cried, giving Marjory a hug, "and see what's there.
"Hunter's Marjory" by Margaret Bruce Clarke
I hugged him with a bear's hug, and his strength was squeezed out of him.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
The precious treasure, hugged gently, reverently, with a fierce sense of protection, was balm to every hurt.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various

In poetry:

But one thing I am sure about
    (And then my story's done)—
That all the women and the men
    Hugged Polly Masterson!
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Thus gospel-grace and law-commands,
Both bind and loose each other's hands:
They can't agree on any terms,
Yet hug each other in their arms.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
When lively Faith and Feeling sweet,
Like dearest darlings, kindly meet,
They straight each other help and hug
In loving friendship close and snug.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
"But for their loss I shall not grieve;
I'll hug the hope they still survive;
Oh, I must make myself believe
Somehow, somewhere they're still alive. . . .
"The Locket" by Robert W Service
Why should I hug life's ills with cold reserve,
To curse myself and all who love me? Nay!
A thousand times more good than I deserve
God gives me every day.
"Courage" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
And every wife and mother,
And child that hugs her knee,
And every son and father
That is or is to be,
Shall one day rise and praise the men
Who struck for you and me.
"On The Eve" by Bert Leston Taylor

In news:

Voting for you~~~ Hugs Flurry.
Blue Springs senior Simon Belete hugs sophomore Stephen Mugeche after Saturday's Missouri Class 4 State Cross Country Championships at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.
Taylor Swift hugs Cory Monteith while the two go blowing with friends.
After burying a perfect cross from right back Kosuke Kimura, Moor ran straight to Pareja in the coach's box to celebrate with a hug.
Russell Orsted, left, gets a hug from friend Diane Lovelace on Sunday as he discovers that his home in Mary Esther, Fla.
A 'Fling' for Mount Carmel , 'Hugs' for McDonald House, geologists.
Abel Gonzalez, center, gets a hug from his mother, Gloria Gonzalez, left, when he learned he won first place for Best Taste for his Deep Fried Jambalaya at the Big Tex Choice awards on Monday, September 3, 2012.
After running to his new home in Celebration Park ahead of the moving truck and giving shoulder pats and hugs, Jon Weitharn suddenly plays it cool.
Lee Elementary School students rush to hug Susan Altomari after a performance Wednesday at Stephens Lake Park.
Nichole Miranda gets a hug from daughter Starr Anderson.
Nary kiss nor hug for the blind activist in China.
Arizona immigration law author gives Romney a "death hug".
You don't have to be a granola-crunching, tree-hugging environmentalist to be outraged by what happened on Timber Road in East Brunswick.
Some will even hug you back.
Cameron showed off her bombshell bod in a fire-engine red Oscar de la Renta cap-sleeved dress, which hugged her curves gracefully.

In science:

The statement that uG is a unitary operator means that for all ψ , φ ∈ L2(R) huG ψ |uG φiΓ = hψ |φi, where h·|·iΓ is the inner product of L2 (Γ), i.e., hΨ|ΦiΓ := ZΓ Ψ(z)∗Φ(z) dz .
Pseudo-Hermitian Description of PT-Symmetric Systems Defined on a Complex Contour
Letting Ψ := uG ψ and Φ := uG φ and using (115) and (116), we have huG ψ |uG φiΓ = hΨ|ΦiΓ = ZR Ψ(G (x))∗Φ(G (x)) dx = ZR 15See also . 16One might try to express uG in the form ei{G(x),p}/2 for some complex-valued function G by extending the results of .
Pseudo-Hermitian Description of PT-Symmetric Systems Defined on a Complex Contour
This matrix parametrizes the SU (2)L × SU (2)R/SU (2)L+R coset and transforms as u → gRuh† = hug †L , where h = h(u, gL , gR ) is uniquely determined by this equation.
Heavy Vectors in Higgs-less models
Hugging, The ATLAS pixel sensor: The state-of-the-art pixel sensor for particle physics applications at extremely high radiation fields (in German), CERN-THESIS-2001-027.
Prototype ATLAS IBL Modules using the FE-I4A Front-End Readout Chip
As s traverses Π(1), the variable u traverses an interesting contour Γ that begins at −∞ and hugs the lower edge of the negative axis, then circles the origin counterclockwise and returns to −∞ along the upper edge of the axis.
The birth of the giant component