see also: Clause
Pronunciation Noun

clause (plural clauses)

  1. (grammar) A verb, its necessary grammatical arguments, and any adjuncts affecting them.
  2. (grammar) A verb along with its subject and their modifiers. If a clause provides a complete thought on its own, then it is an independent (superordinate) clause; otherwise, it is (subordinate) dependent.
    • However, Coordination facts seem to undermine this hasty conclusion: thus, consider the following:
      (43)      [Your sister could go to College], but [would she get a degree?]
      The second (italicised) conjunct is a Clause containing an inverted Auxiliary, would. Given our earlier assumptions that inverted Auxiliaries are in C, and that C is a constituent of S-bar, it follows that the italicised Clause in (43) must be an S-bar. But our familiar constraint on Coordination tells us that only constituents belonging to the same Category can be conjoined. Since the second Clause in (43) is clearly an S-bar, then it follows that the first Clause must also be an S-bar — one in which the C(omplementiser) position has been left empty.
  3. (legal) A separate part of a contract, a will or another legal document.
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clause (clauses, present participle clausing; past and past participle claused)

  1. (transitive, shipping) To amend (a bill of lading or similar document).

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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