ETYM AS. clawu, clâ, cleó; akin to Dutch klaauw, German klaue, Icel. klô, Swed. and Dan. klo, and perh. to Eng. clew.
1. A bird's foot that has claws.
2. A structure like a pincer on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods; SYN. chela, nipper, pincer.
3. Sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles; SYN. unguis.
Hard, hooked, pointed outgrowth of the digits of mammals, birds, and most reptiles. Claws are composed of the protein keratin, and grow continuously from a bundle of cells in the lower skin layer. Hooves and nails are modified structures with the same origin as claws.
1. A point or fact or remark that settles something conclusively; SYN. decisive factor.
2. An argument that is conclusive; SYN. determiner, determining factor.
Sinonimi: shepard's crook
ETYM Old Eng. crok; akin to Icel. kronkr hook, bend, SW. krok, Dan. krog, OD. krooke; or cf. Gael. crocan crook, hook, W. crwca crooked. Related to Crosier, Crotchet, Crutch, Encroach.
A long staff with one end being hook shaped; SYN. shepard's crook.
ETYM French crochet, prop., a little hook, a dim. from the same source as croc hook. Related to Crook, Crochet, Crocket, Crosier.
A small tool or hook-like implement.
ETYM Old Eng. gaffe, French gaffe an iron hook with which seamen pull great fishes into their ships; cf. Irish gaf, gafa hook; perh. akin to German gabel fork, Skr. gabhasti. Related to Gaffle, Gable.
Spar on which head of fore-and-aft sail is extended.
1. A spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail.
2. An iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish.
ETYM See Grapple, and cf. Crapple.
1. An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grappling iron.
2. A seizing or seizure; the wrestler's hold.
Anything from which something can be hung.
ETYM Old Eng. hok, as. hôc; cf. Dutch haak, German hake, haken, Old High Germ. hâko, hâgo, hâggo, Icel. haki, Swed. hake, Dan. hage. Related to Arquebuse, Hagbut, Hake, Hatch a half door, Heckle.
1. A catch for locking a door.
2. A curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something.
3. A device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something; SYN. claw.
4. A golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; SYN. draw.
5. A sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook; SYN. crotchet.
6. A short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent.
1. A wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface; SYN. nog.
2. Small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.; SYN. pin.
3. A pin which may be turned to regulate the pitch of the strings of a stringed instrument.
4. A prosthesis that replaces a missing leg; SYN. wooden leg, leg, pegleg.
5. A device attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing; SYN. pin, thole, tholepin, rowlock, oarlock.
(Homonym: Pole, poll).
1. A long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic.
2. A long fiberglass implement used for pole vaulting.
3. One of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated; SYN. magnetic pole.
4. One of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface.
5. One of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions; or.
6. One of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere; SYN. celestial pole.
Unit of area equal to a square rod.
Either of the geographic north and south points of the axis about which the Earth rotates. The geographic poles differ from the magnetic poles, which are the points toward which a freely suspended magnetic needle will point.
In 1985 the magnetic north pole was some 350 km/218 mi nw of Resolute Bay, Northwest Territories, Canada. It moves northward about 10 km/6 mi each year, although it can vary in a day about 80 km/50 mi from its average position. It is relocated every decade in order to update navigational charts.
It is thought that periodic changes in the Earth's core cause a reversal of the magnetic poles (see polar reversal, magnetic field). Many animals, including migrating birds and fish, are believed to orient themselves partly using the Earth's magnetic field. A permanent scientific base collects data at the South Pole.
1. A long metal nail.
2. A sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall.
3. Any long sharp-pointed object used as a fastener or holder.
4. Sharp point on the sole of shoe worn by athletes; spikes provide greater traction.
5. A long sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal).
6. A transient variation in voltage or current.
7. (Botany) An indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis.
ETYM AS. stapul, stapol, stapel, a step, a prop, post, table, from stapan to step, go, raise.
1. A short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables.
2. A short length of U-shaped wire used to fasten papers together.
In medieval Europe, a riverside town where merchants had to offer their wares for sale before proceeding to their destination, a practice that constituted a form of toll; such towns were particularly common on the Rhine.
In English usage, it referred to a town appointed as the exclusive market for a particular commodity, especially wool. The wool staple was established by the English crown in Calais 1353. This form of monopoly trading was abandoned 1617.
Necessary foods or commodities.