(Claim"ant) n. [Cf. OF. clamant, p. pr. of clamer. Cf. Clamant.] One who claims; one who
asserts a right or title; a claimer.
(Claim"er) n. One who claims; a claimant.
(Claim"less), a. Having no claim.
(||Clair"-ob*scur") n. [F. See Clare-obscure.] See Chiaroscuro.
(Clair*voy"ance) n. [F.] A power, attributed to some persons while in a mesmeric state, of
discering objects not perceptible by the senses in their normal condition.
(Clair*voy"ant) a. [F., fr. clair clear + voyant, p. pr. of voir to see. See Clear, and Vision.]
Pertaining to clairvoyance; discerning objects while in a mesmeric state which are not present to the
(Clair*voy"ant) n. One who is able, when in a mesmeric state, to discern objects not present
to the senses.
(Clake, Claik) n. (Zoöl.) The bernicle goose; called also clack goose.
(Clam) n. [Cf. Clamp, Clam, v. t., Clammy.]
1. (Zoöl.) A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those that are edible; as, the long clam the quahog
or round clam the sea clam or hen clam and other species of the United States. The name is said to
have been given originally to the Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian bivalve.
You shall scarce find any bay or shallow shore, or cove of sand, where you may not take many clampes,
or lobsters, or both, at your pleasure.
Capt. John Smith
Clams, or clamps, is a shellfish not much unlike a cockle; it lieth under the sand.
2. (Ship Carp.) Strong pinchers or forceps.
3. pl. (Mech.) A kind of vise, usually of wood.
Blood clam. See under Blood.
(Clam) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clammed (klamd); p. pr. & vb. n. Clamming.] [Cf. AS. clæman to
clam, smear; akin to Icel. kleima to smear, OHG. kleimjan, chleimen, to defile, or E. clammy.] To
clog, as with glutinous or viscous matter.
A swarm of wasps got into a honey pot, and there they cloyed and clammed Themselves till there was
no getting out again.
(Clam), v. i. To be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere. [R.] Dryden
(Clam), n. Claminess; moisture. [R.] "The clam of death." Carlyle.
(Clam), n. [Abbrev. fr. clamor.] A crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at
(Clam), v. t. & i. To produce, in bell ringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang. Nares.
(Cla"mant) a. [L. clamans, p. pr. of clamare to call. Cf. Claimant.] Crying earnestly, beseeching
clamorously. "Clamant children." Thomson.