Syn. Impede; hinder; obstruct; embarrass; burden; restrain; restrict.
(Clog), v. i.
1. To become clogged; to become loaded or encumbered, as with extraneous matter.
In working through the bone, the teeth of the saw will begin to clog.
2. To coalesce or adhere; to unite in a mass.
Move it sometimes with a broom, that the seeds clog not together.
(Clog"gi*ness) n. The state of being clogged.
(Clog"ging), n. Anything which clogs. Dr. H. More.
(Clog"gy) a. Clogging, or having power to clog.
(||Cloi`son*né) a. [F., partitioned, fr. cloison a partition.] Inlaid between partitions: said
of enamel when the lines which divide the different patches of fields are composed of a kind of metal
wire secured to the ground; as distinguished from champlevé enamel, in which the ground is engraved or
scooped out to receive the enamel. S. Wells Williams.
(Clois"ter) n. [OF. cloistre, F. cloître, L. claustrum, pl. claustra, bar, bolt, bounds, fr. claudere,
clausum, to close. See Close, v. t., and cf. Claustral.]
1. An inclosed place. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. A covered passage or ambulatory on one side of a court; (pl.) the series of such passages on the
different sides of any court, esp. that of a monastery or a college.
But let my due feet never fail
To walk the studious cloister's pale.
3. A monastic establishment; a place for retirement from the world for religious duties.
Fitter for a cloister than a crown. Cloister garth (Arch.), the garden or open part of a court inclosed by the cloisters.
Syn. Cloister, Monastery, Nunnery, Convent, Abbey, Priory. Cloister and convent are generic
terms, and denote a place of seclusion from the world for persons who devote their lives to religious
purposes. They differ is that the distinctive idea of cloister is that of seclusion from the world, that of
convent, community of living. Both terms denote houses for recluses of either sex. A cloister or convent
for monks is called a monastery; for nuns, a nunnery. An abbey is a convent or monastic institution
governed by an abbot or an abbess; a priory is one governed by a prior or a prioress, and is usually
affiliated to an abbey.
(Clois"ter) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cloistered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Cloistering.] To confine in, or as
in, a cloister; to seclude from the world; to immure.
None among them are thought worthy to be styled religious persons but those that cloister themselves
up in a monastery.
(Clois"ter*al) a. Cloistral. [Obs.] I. Walton.