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club (plural clubs)

  1. A heavy stick intended for use as a weapon or plaything.
    1. An implement to hit the ball in certain ball games, such as golf.
  2. An association of members joining together for some common purpose, especially sports or recreation.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
    1. (archaic) The fees associated with belonging to such a club.
      • 1783, Benjamin Franklin:[ ]
        He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.
  3. A joint charge of expense, or any person's share of it; a contribution to a common fund.
    • They laid down the club.
    • We dined at a French house, but paid ten shillings for our part of the club.
  4. An establishment that provides staged entertainment, often with food and drink, such as a nightclub.
    She was sitting in a jazz club, sipping wine and listening to a bass player's solo.
  5. A black clover shape (♣), one of the four symbols used to mark the suits of playing cards.
    1. A playing card marked with such a symbol.
      I've got only one club in my hand.
  6. (humorous) Any set of people with a shared characteristic.
    You also hate Night Court?  Join the club.
    Michael stood you up?  Welcome to the club.
  7. A club sandwich.
    • 2004, Joanne M. Anderson, Small-town Restaurants in Virginia (page 123)
      Crab cake sandwiches, tuna melts, chicken clubs, salmon cakes, and prime-rib sandwiches are usually on the menu.
  8. The slice of bread in the middle of a club sandwich.
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club (clubs, present participle clubbing; past and past participle clubbed)

  1. (transitive) To hit with a club.
    He clubbed the poor dog.
  2. (intransitive) To join together to form a group.
    • Till grosser atoms, tumbling in the stream / Of fancy, madly met, and clubbed into a dream.
  3. (intransitive, transitive) To combine into a club-shaped mass.
    a medical condition with clubbing of the fingers and toes
  4. (intransitive) To go to nightclubs.
    We went clubbing in Ibiza.
    When I was younger, I used to go clubbing almost every night.
  5. (intransitive) To pay an equal or proportionate share of a common charge or expense.
    • 1730, Jonathan Swift, Death and Daphne
      The owl, the raven, and the bat / Clubb'd for a feather to his hat.
  6. (transitive) To raise, or defray, by a proportional assessment.
    to club the expense
  7. (nautical) To drift in a current with an anchor out.
  8. (military) To throw, or allow to fall, into confusion.
  9. (transitive) To unite, or contribute, for the accomplishment of a common end.
    to club exertions
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      For instance, let us suppose that Homer and Virgil, Aristotle and Cicero, Thucydides and Livy, could have met all together, and have clubbed their several talents to have composed a treatise on the art of dancing: I believe it will be readily agreed they could not have equalled the excellent treatise which Mr Essex hath given us on that subject, entitled, The Rudiments of Genteel Education.
  10. (transitive, military) To turn the breech of (a musket) uppermost, so as to use it as a club.
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