Pronunciation: (klOO), [key]
1. clue (def. 1).
2. Naut.either lower corner of a square sail or the after lower corner of a fore-and-aft sail. See diag. under sail.
3. a ball or skein of thread, yarn, etc.
4. Usually, clews. the rigging for a hammock.
5. Theat.a metal device holding scenery lines controlled by one weighted line.
6. Class. Myth.the thread by which Theseus found his way out of the labyrinth.
7. spread a large clew, Naut.
a. to carry a large amount of sail.
b. to present an impressive appearance.
1. to coil into a ball.
2. clue (def. 3).
a. to draw up the bottom edge of (a curtain, drop, etc.) and fold out of view; bag.
b. to secure (lines) with a clew.
4. clew down, Naut.to secure (a sail) in an unfurled position.
5. clew up, Naut.to haul (the lower corners of a square-rig sail) up to the yard by means of the clew lines.
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