Cleverish to Clincher-built
(Clev"er*ish) a. Somewhat clever. [R.]
(Clev"er*ly), adv. In a clever manner.
Never was man so clever absurd.
(Clev"er*ness), n. The quality of being clever; skill; dexterity; adroitness.
Syn. See Ingenuity.
(Clev"is) n. [Cf. Cleave to adhere, Clavel.] A piece of metal bent in the form of an oxbow,
with the two ends perforated to receive a pin, used on the end of the tongue of a plow, wagen, etc., to
attach it to a draft chain, whiffletree, etc.; called also clavel, clevy.
(Clew Clue), n. [OE. clewe, clowe, clue, AS. cleowen, cliwen, clywe ball of thread; akin to D.
kluwen, OHG. chliwa, chliuwa, G. dim. kleuel, knäuel, and perch. to L. gluma hull, husk, Skr. glaus
sort of ball or tumor. Perch. akin to E. claw. &radic26. Cf. Knawel.]
1. A ball of thread, yarn, or cord; also, The thread itself.
Untwisting his deceitful clew.
2. 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.
The clew, without which it was perilous to enter the vast and intricate maze of countinental politics, was
in his hands.
3. (Naut.) (a.) A lower corner of a square sail, or the after corner of a fore-and- aft sail. (b.) A loop
and thimbles at the corner of a sail. (c.) A combination of lines or nettles by which a hammock is suspended.
Clew garnet (Naut.), one of the ropes by which the clews of the courses of square-rigged vessels
are drawn up to the lower yards. Clew line (Naut.), 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. Clew-line block (Naut.), The
block through which a clew line reeves. See Illust. of Block.
(Clew), v. t. [imp. & p. p. & vb. n. Clewing.] [Cf. D. kluwenen. See Clew, n.]
1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.]
Direct and clew me out the way to happiness.
Beau. && Fl.
2. (Naut.) To move of draw (a sail or yard) by means of the clew garnets, clew lines, etc.; esp. to draw
up the clews of a square sail to the yard.
To clew down (Naut.), to force (a yard) down by hauling on the clew lines. To clew up (Naut.),
to draw (a sail) up to the yard, as for furling.
Cliché casting, a mode of obtaining an impression from a die or woodcut, or the like, by striking it suddenly
upon metal which has been fused and is just becoming solid; also, the casting so obtained.
(||Cli`ché") n. [F. cliché, from clicher to stereotype.] A stereotype plate or any similar reproduction
of ornament, or lettering, in relief.