5 letter word starting with cl

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clack noun To make a sudden, sharp noise, or a succesion of such noises, as by striking an object, or by collision of parts; to rattle; to click., To utter words rapidly and continually, or with abruptness; to let the tongue run., To cause to make a sudden, sharp noise, or succession of noises; to click., To utter rapidly and inconsiderately., A sharp, abrupt noise, or succession of noises, made by striking an object., Anything that causes a clacking noise, as the clapper of a mill, or a clack valve., Continual or importunate talk; prattle; prating.
claik noun See Clake., The bernicle goose; — called also clack goose.
claim verb/. To ask for, or seek to obtain, by virtue of authority, right, or supposed right; to challenge as a right; to demand as due., To proclaim., To call or name., To assert; to maintain., To be entitled to anything; to deduce a right or title; to have a claim., A demand of a right or supposed right; a calling on another for something due or supposed to be due; an assertion of a right or fact., A right to claim or demand something; a title to any debt, privilege, or other thing in possession of another; also, a title to anything which another should give or concede to, or confer on, the claimant., The thing claimed or demanded; that (as land) to which any one intends to establish a right; as a settler’s claim; a miner’s claim., A loud call.
clake noun Alt. of Claik
clamp noun Something rigid that holds fast or binds things together; a piece of wood or metal, used to hold two or more pieces together., An instrument with a screw or screws by which work is held in its place or two parts are temporarily held together., A piece of wood placed across another, or inserted into another, to bind or strengthen., One of a pair of movable pieces of lead, or other soft material, to cover the jaws of a vise and enable it to grasp without bruising., A thick plank on the inner part of a ship’s side, used to sustain the ends of beams., A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal for coking., A mollusk. See Clam., To fasten with a clamp or clamps; to apply a clamp to; to place in a clamp., To cover, as vegetables, with earth., A heavy footstep; a tramp., To tread heavily or clumsily; to clump.
clang verb t. To strike together so as to produce a ringing metallic sound., To give out a clang; to resound., A loud, ringing sound, like that made by metallic substances when clanged or struck together., Quality of tone.
clank noun A sharp, brief, ringing sound, made by a collision of metallic or other sonorous bodies; — usually expressing a duller or less resounding sound than clang, and a deeper and stronger sound than clink., To cause to sound with a clank; as, the prisoners clank their chains., To sound with a clank.
clape noun A bird; the flicker.
claps verb t. Variant of Clasp
clare noun A nun of the order of St. Clare.
clart verb t. To daub, smear, or spread, as with mud, etc.
clary verb i. To make a loud or shrill noise., A plant (Salvia sclarea) of the Sage family, used in flavoring soups.
clash verb i. To make a noise by striking against something; to dash noisily together., To meet in opposition; to act in a contrary direction; to come onto collision; to interfere., To strike noisily against or together., A loud noise resulting from collision; a noisy collision of bodies; a collision., Opposition; contradiction; as between differing or contending interests, views, purposes, etc.
clasp verb t. To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a clasp)., To inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to grasp; to embrace., To surround and cling to; to entwine about., An adjustable catch, bent plate, or hook, for holding together two objects or the parts of anything, as the ends of a belt, the covers of a book, etc., A close embrace; a throwing of the arms around; a grasping, as with the hand.
class noun A group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics; as, the different classes of society; the educated class; the lower classes., A number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies., A comprehensive division of animate or inanimate objects, grouped together on account of their common characteristics, in any classification in natural science, and subdivided into orders, families, tribes, genera, etc., A set; a kind or description, species or variety., One of the sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and which is under the supervision of a class leader., To arrange in classes; to classify or refer to some class; as, to class words or passages., To divide into classes, as students; to form into, or place in, a class or classes., To grouped or classed.
clave imp. of Cleave., of Cleave, of Cleave
clavy noun A mantelpiece.
clean superl. Free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes., Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects; as, clean land; clean timber., Free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous; as, aclean trick; a clean leap over a fence., Free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style., Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire., Free from moral defilement; sinless; pure., Free from ceremonial defilement., Free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in tone; healthy., Well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs., Without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly; entirely., Without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously., To render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or extraneous; to purify; to cleanse.
clear superl. Free from opaqueness; transparent; bright; light; luminous; unclouded., Free from ambiguity or indistinctness; lucid; perspicuous; plain; evident; manifest; indubitable., Able to perceive clearly; keen; acute; penetrating; discriminating; as, a clear intellect; a clear head., Not clouded with passion; serene; cheerful., Easily or distinctly heard; audible; canorous., Without mixture; entirely pure; as, clear sand., Without defect or blemish, such as freckles or knots; as, a clear complexion; clear lumber., Free from guilt or stain; unblemished., Without diminution; in full; net; as, clear profit., Free from impediment or obstruction; unobstructed; as, a clear view; to keep clear of debt., Free from embarrassment; detention, etc., Full extent; distance between extreme limits; especially; the distance between the nearest surfaces of two bodies, or the space between walls; as, a room ten feet square in the clear., In a clear manner; plainly., Without limitation; wholly; quite; entirely; as, to cut a piece clear off., To render bright, transparent, or undimmed; to free from clouds., To free from impurities; to clarify; to cleanse., To free from obscurity or ambiguity; to relive of perplexity; to make perspicuous., To render more quick or acute, as the understanding; to make perspicacious., To free from impediment or incumbrance, from defilement, or from anything injurious, useless, or offensive; as, to clear land of trees or brushwood, or from stones; to clear the sight or the voice; to clear one’s self from debt; — often used with of, off, away, or out., To free from the imputation of guilt; to justify, vindicate, or acquit; — often used with from before the thing imputed., To leap or pass by, or over, without touching or failure; as, to clear a hedge; to clear a reef., To gain without deduction; to net., To become free from clouds or fog; to become fair; — often followed by up, off, or away., To disengage one’s self from incumbrances, distress, or entanglements; to become free., To make exchanges of checks and bills, and settle balances, as is done in a clearing house., To obtain a clearance; as, the steamer cleared for Liverpool to-day.
cleat noun A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc., A device made of wood or metal, having two arms, around which turns may be taken with a line or rope so as to hold securely and yet be readily released. It is bolted by the middle to a deck or mast, etc., or it may be lashed to a rope., To strengthen with a cleat.
cleft imp. of Cleave, of Cleave, imp. & p. p. from Cleave., Divided; split; partly divided or split., Incised nearly to the midrib; as, a cleft leaf., A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as, the cleft of a rock., A piece made by splitting; as, a cleft of wood., A disease in horses; a crack on the band of the pastern.
clove of Cleave, Cleft., A cleft; a gap; a ravine; — rarely used except as part of a proper name; as, Kaaterskill Clove; Stone Clove., A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree (Eugenia, / Caryophullus, aromatica), a native of the Molucca Isles., One of the small bulbs developed in the axils of the scales of a large bulb, as in the case of garlic., A weight. A clove of cheese is about eight pounds, of wool, about seven pounds.
clepe verb t. To call, or name., To make appeal; to cry out.
clerk noun A clergyman or ecclesiastic., A man who could read; a scholar; a learned person; a man of letters., A parish officer, being a layman who leads in reading the responses of the Episcopal church service, and otherwise assists in it., One employed to keep records or accounts; a scribe; an accountant; as, the clerk of a court; a town clerk., An assistant in a shop or store.
click verb i. To make a slight, sharp noise (or a succession of such noises), as by gentle striking; to tick., To move with the sound of a click., To cause to make a clicking noise, as by striking together, or against something., A slight sharp noise, such as is made by the cocking of a pistol., A kind of articulation used by the natives of Southern Africa, consisting in a sudden withdrawal of the end or some other portion of the tongue from a part of the mouth with which it is in contact, whereby a sharp, clicking sound is produced. The sounds are four in number, and are called cerebral, palatal, dental, and lateral clicks or clucks, the latter being the noise ordinarily used in urging a horse forward., To snatch., A detent, pawl, or ratchet, as that which catches the cogs of a ratchet wheel to prevent backward motion. See Illust. of Ratched wheel., The latch of a door.
cliff noun A high, steep rock; a precipice., See Clef.
clift noun A cliff., A cleft of crack; a narrow opening., The fork of the legs; the crotch.
clomb of Climb, Alt. of Clomben
climb verb i. To ascend or mount laboriously, esp. by use of the hands and feet., To ascend as if with effort; to rise to a higher point., To ascend or creep upward by twining about a support, or by attaching itself by tendrils, rootlets, etc., to a support or upright surface., To ascend, as by means of the hands and feet, or laboriously or slowly; to mount., The act of one who climbs; ascent by climbing.
clime noun A climate; a tract or region of the earth. See Climate.
clung imp. & past participle of Cling, imp. & p. p. of Cling., Wasted away; shrunken.
clong of Cling, imp. of Cling.
cling verb i. 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., To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing., To make to dry up or wither., Adherence; attachment; devotion.
clink verb i. To cause to give out a slight, sharp, tinkling, sound, as by striking metallic or other sonorous bodies together., To give out a slight, sharp, tinkling sound., To rhyme. [Humorous]., A slight, sharp, tinkling sound, made by the collision of sonorous bodies.
cloak noun A loose outer garment, extending from the neck downwards, and commonly without sleeves. It is longer than a cape, and is worn both by men and by women., That which conceals; a disguise or pretext; an excuse; a fair pretense; a mask; a cover., To cover with, or as with, a cloak; hence, to hide or conceal.
clock noun A machine for measuring time, indicating the hour and other divisions by means of hands moving on a dial plate. Its works are moved by a weight or a spring, and it is often so constructed as to tell the hour by the stroke of a hammer on a bell. It is not adapted, like the watch, to be carried on the person., A watch, esp. one that strikes., The striking of a clock., A figure or figured work on the ankle or side of a stocking., To ornament with figured work, as the side of a stocking., To call, as a hen. See Cluck., A large beetle, esp. the European dung beetle (Scarabaeus stercorarius).
cloff noun Formerly an allowance of two pounds in every three hundred weight after the tare and tret are subtracted; now used only in a general sense, of small deductions from the original weight.
cloke noun & verb See Cloak.
clomp noun See Clamp.
cloom verb t. To close with glutinous matter.
cloop noun The sound made when a cork is forcibly drawn from a bottle.
close noun To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door., To bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to close the ranks of an army; — often used with up., To bring to an end or period; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to end; to consummate; as, to close a bargain; to close a course of instruction., To come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to confine., To come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a wound, or parts separated., To end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate closed at six o’clock., To grapple; to engage in hand-to-hand fight., The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction., Conclusion; cessation; ending; end., A grapple in wrestling., The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence., A double bar marking the end., An inclosed place; especially, a small field or piece of land surrounded by a wall, hedge, or fence of any kind; — specifically, the precinct of a cathedral or abbey., A narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the houses within., The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not inclosed., Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box., Narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters., Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude; — said of the air, weather, etc., Strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close prisoner., Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden., Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent., Having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact; as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as applied to liquids., Concise; to the point; as, close reasoning., Adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; — often followed by to., Short; as, to cut grass or hair close., Intimate; familiar; confidential., Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote., Difficult to obtain; as, money is close., Parsimonious; stingy., Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact; strict; as, a close translation., Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict; not wandering; as, a close observer., Uttered with a relatively contracted opening of the mouth, as certain sounds of e and o in French, Italian, and German; — opposed to open., In a close manner., Secretly; darkly.
closh noun A disease in the feet of cattle; laminitis., The game of ninepins.
clote noun The common burdock; the clotbur.
cloth noun A fabric made of fibrous material (or sometimes of wire, as in wire cloth); commonly, a woven fabric of cotton, woolen, or linen, adapted to be made into garments; specifically, woolen fabrics, as distinguished from all others., The dress; raiment. [Obs.] See Clothes., The distinctive dress of any profession, especially of the clergy; hence, the clerical profession.
cloud noun A collection of visible vapor, or watery particles, suspended in the upper atmosphere., A mass or volume of smoke, or flying dust, resembling vapor., A dark vein or spot on a lighter material, as in marble; hence, a blemish or defect; as, a cloud upon one’s reputation; a cloud on a title., That which has a dark, lowering, or threatening aspect; that which temporarily overshadows, obscures, or depresses; as, a cloud of sorrow; a cloud of war; a cloud upon the intellect., A great crowd or multitude; a vast collection., A large, loosely-knitted scarf, worn by women about the head., To overspread or hide with a cloud or clouds; as, the sky is clouded., To darken or obscure, as if by hiding or enveloping with a cloud; hence, to render gloomy or sullen., To blacken; to sully; to stain; to tarnish; to damage; — esp. used of reputation or character., To mark with, or darken in, veins or sports; to variegate with colors; as, to cloud yarn., To grow cloudy; to become obscure with clouds; — often used with up.
clout noun A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag., A swadding cloth., A piece; a fragment., The center of the butt at which archers shoot; — probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head., An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer., A blow with the hand., To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout., To join or patch clumsily., To quard with an iron plate, as an axletree., To give a blow to; to strike., To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole.
clown noun A man of coarse nature and manners; an awkward fellow; an ill-bred person; a boor., One who works upon the soil; a rustic; a churl., The fool or buffoon in a play, circus, etc., To act as a clown; — with it.
cluck verb i. To make the noise, or utter the call, of a brooding hen., To call together, or call to follow, as a hen does her chickens., The call of a hen to her chickens., A click. See 3d Click, 2.
clump noun An unshaped piece or mass of wood or other substance., A cluster; a group; a thicket., The compressed clay of coal strata., To arrange in a clump or clumps; to cluster; to group., To tread clumsily; to clamp.