cling
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈklɪŋ/
Noun

cling (plural clings)

  1. Fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit.
  2. adherence; attachment; devotion
    • 1641, John Milton, Animadverſions upon The Remonſtrants Defence againſt Smectymnuus, London; reprinted in A Complete Collection of the Hiſtorical, Political, and Miſcellaneous Works of John Milton, […] , volume I, Amsterdam, 1698, page 139 ↗:
      a more tenacious cling to worldly reſpects,
Verb

cling (clings, present participle clinging; past and past participle clung)

  1. To hold very tightly, as to not fall off.
    Seaweed clung to the anchor.
    • 2017, Jennifer S. Holland, For These Monkeys, It’s a Fight for Survival., National Geographic (March 2017)
      Cartoonish, wide-eyed infants cling to their mothers or play together low to the ground.
  2. To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.
  3. (transitive) To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing.
    • 1732, Jonathan Swift, An Examination of Certain Abuses in the City of Dublin
      I […] clung my legs as close to his sides as I could.
  4. (transitive) To cause to dry up or wither.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, Act V, scene v
      If thou speak'st false, / Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive, / Till famine cling thee.
  5. (intransitive) To dry up or wither.
    Wood clings.
  6. (figurative, with preposition to) to be fond of, to feel strongly about and dependent on
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cling (clings, present participle clinging; past and past participle clinged)

  1. To produce a high-pitched ringing sound, like a small bell.
    • 1913, Cleveland Moffett, ‎Oliver Herford, The Bishop's Purse (page 121)
      The tiny chimes clinged the hours and quarters against his right and Kate's left ear. They counted nine and three-quarters.



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