Webster 1913 Edition
clyweball of thread; akin to D.
chliuwa, G. dim.
knäuel, and perch. to L.
glumahull, husk, Skr.
glaussort of ball or tumor. Perch. akin to E.
claw. √26. Cf.
A ball of thread, yarn, or cord; also, The thread itself.
Untwisting his deceitful
That which guides or directs one in anything of a doubtful or intricate nature; that which gives a hint in the solution of a mystery.
clew, without which it was perilous to enter the vast and intricate maze of countinental politics, was in his hands.
A lower corner of a square sail, or the after corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
A loop and thimbles at the corner of a sail.
A combination of lines or nettles by which a hammock is suspended.
one of the ropes by which the clews of the courses of square-rigged vessels are drawn up to the lower yards.–
a rope by which a clew of one of the smaller square sails, as topsail, topgallant sail, or royal, is run up to its yard.–
The block through which a clew line reeves. See Illust. of