• An English mastiff lying down, head on his paws
    An English mastiff lying down, head on his paws
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v paw touch clumsily "The man tried to paw her"
    • v paw scrape with the paws "The bear pawed the door"
    • n paw a clawed foot of an animal especially a quadruped
    • n paw the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb "he had the hands of a surgeon","he extended his mitt"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Three kittens, two wrestling and one clasping a ball in its front paws Three kittens, two wrestling and one clasping a ball in its front paws
A kitten touches its front paws to the paws of a stone lion A kitten touches its front paws to the paws of a stone lion
A kitten curled on its side asleep, front paws tucked up under its chin A kitten curled on its side asleep, front paws tucked up under its chin

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tigers' paw prints are called pug marks.
    • Paw The foot of a quadruped having claws, as the lion, dog, cat, etc.
    • Paw The hand.
    • v. i Paw To draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot.
    • Paw To pass the paw over; to stroke or handle with the paws; hence, to handle fondly or rudely.
    • Paw To scrape or beat with the forefoot. "His hot courser pawed the Hungarian plane."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paw The hand or foot of an animal which has nails or claws: distinguished from hoof: as, a monkey's paw; the paws of a cat, dog, rat, etc. In many animals the fore feet, and in some the hind feet, are prehensile, and serviceable as hands.
    • n paw The human hand, especially when large or coarse, or when awkwardly used.
    • paw To draw the fore foot along the ground; scrape with the fore foot.
    • paw To scrape with the fore foot; strike with a drawing or scraping action of the fore foot.
    • paw To handle roughly or clumsily, as with paws.Johnson.
    • paw To fawn upon, as a spaniel upon his master.
    • n paw A trick.
    • paw To secure or stop the motion of (a capstan, windlass, or ratchet-wheel) with a pawl.
    • paw Improper; nasty; obscene.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paw paw the foot of a beast of prey having claws: the hand, used in contempt
    • v.i Paw to draw the forefoot along the ground like a horse
    • v.t Paw to scrape with the forefoot: to handle with the paws: to handle roughly: to flatter
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pawe, poue, OF. poe,: cf. patte, LG. pote, D. poot, G. pfote,


In literature:

Dot put a ball near each kitten's paws.
"Five Little Friends" by Sherred Willcox Adams
In the wreckage of the control cabin Ruthven pawed at the fastenings of his sling-chair.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
He stopped again to paw the earth, bellowing his heavy challenge; and the old woodsman wondered what to do.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Yet, at length this too was accomplished and she gave each paw without mistake.
"Lola" by Henny Kindermann
Waving a deprecating paw, Josephus gave vent to a pitiful whine.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Lion will come stick his paw in de split fer ter hol' de log open twel he git back, he go fetch Mr. Man.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Her crisp hands looked like the paws of a three-year-old boy making a mud fort.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
What'd I tell yu, paw?
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
So the tiger dug his claws on the elephant's head, paw over paw, and tried to climb up to the elephant's back.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Then a firm paw gripped him by the back of his neck.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame

In poetry:

Still he heard, and doglike, hoglike, ran
Nose of hearing till his blind sight saw:
Woman stood with man
Mouthing low, at paw.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
A gay young knight in Burley stood,
Beside him pawed his steed so good,
His hands he wrung as he were wood
With waiting for his love O!
"The Young Knight: A Parable" by Charles Kingsley
Too soon of her conquest secure,
She runs within reach of his claw,
But in tortures he cannot endure,
He has struck her to earth with his paw.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
O Christ, my Shepherd! from the lion keep
My soul, (and from his paw preserve thy sheep)
Who daily seeks thy servant to o'erpow'r,
And, in its weakness, wou'd my soul devour.
"An Earnest Prayer For Pardon Of Sins" by Rees Prichard
Under the dusk of your villa trees,
Edging the drives where your blooded span
Paw the pebbles and wait your ease--,
Where are the children about your knees,
And the mirth, and the happy man?
"John McKeen" by James Whitcomb Riley
WHICH of the fairest three
To-day will ride with me?
My steeds are all pawing at the threshold of the morn:
Which of the fairest three
To-day will ride with me
Across the gold Autumn's whole Kingdom of corn?
"Apollo And The Graces" by John Keats

In news:

Prince Rama Top Ten Hits of the End of the World ( Paw Tracks ).
INTERVIEWS Stream PAWS' Sore-Throated, Sabre-Toothed 'Cokefloat' LP.
New mom Christensen saw the demand for wooden grasp and teething toys shortly after having her own children, and decided to bring "a whole new level of design" to the paws of kids and babies.
Here you can find tentative beginners and shimmy pros paw-ing through multi-hued piles of saris , skirts, dresses, jewelry, shirts, slippers, and of course, hip scarves.
Giving her paw for a treat.
Call 956 425-PAWS to adopt or for more information.
Paw Creek, North Carolina 28130.
A public hearing will be held at Paw Paw Town Hall on Monday, July 2 at 7 pm regarding a bond ordinance for the Town of Paw Paw public sewer system.
The ordinance authorizes the acquisition and construction of specific extensions, additions and improvements to the Town of Paw Paw's public sewer system.
Raven Rajani, pictured with her dog Shakti , will open her business "Lucky Paws Bakery" this Friday, where she will sell her homemade dog treats and other items.
Santa Paws normally raises about $16,000 for the shelter animals, Malone said.
A South African couple has put their lives in the paws of a pet by inviting a 378-pound Bengal tiger into their home, and has photos of the feline family member.
100,000 available for soil-conservation grants for Paw Paw River Watershed.
Cats do have a dominate paw, just like you or me.
Swanky Paws Pet Spa will offer a variety of services including bathing and grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats.

In science:

Brun and others, “PAW neural network interface.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
For Co impurity atoms in the bulk as well as in / on the Cu (111) surface the bath Green functions were obtained using the Vienna-Ab-Initio simulation package (VASP)35,36 using the pro jector augmented wave (PAW) basis sets37 .
Relevance of complete Coulomb interaction matrix for the Kondo problem: Co impurity on Cu(111)
All crystal structures and total energies are computed using DFT within the local density approximation (LDA), the VASP package, and PAW potentials . A plane-wave cutoff of 500 eV is used throughout.
Design of Low Band Gap Double Perovskites from First Principles
In the case of metal atoms we utilize small core PAW projectors.
The role of screening in the density functional applied on transition metal defects in semiconductors
Calculation methods For the electronic structure calculations we use VASP package [R1] with plane wave basis (cut-off: 420eV) and projector augmented-wave (PAW) [R2] method for the ion-cores.
The role of screening in the density functional applied on transition metal defects in semiconductors