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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun claw:


The word claw is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun claw

What does claw mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: claws

  1. sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic terms: horny structure / unguis = any rigid body structure composed primarily of keratin
    • more specific terms:
      • bear claw = claw of a bear
      • talon = a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of prey
  2. a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
  3. a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonyms of claw: chela / nipper / pincer
    • more generic words: appendage / extremity / member = an external body part that projects from the body
    • part of: crustacean = any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
  4. a bird's foot
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic term: bird's foot = the foot of a bird

Alternative definition of the noun claw


  1. A curved, pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
  2. A foot equipped with such.
  3. The pincer of a crustacean or other arthropod.
  4. A mechanical device resembling a claw, used for gripping or lifting.
  5. [context: juggling, uncountable] The act of catching a ball overhand.

Definition of the verb claw

What does claw mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: clawed | clawing | claws

  1. move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging
    • example: They clawed their way to the top of the mountain
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: make / work = proceed along a path
  2. clutch as if in panic
    • example: She clawed the doorknob
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] at [Patient]Paul hit at the window | Paula swatted at the fly
      [Agent - being] [Verb] at [Patient] with [Instrument]Paul hit at the window with an open hand | Paula swatted at the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Paula hit the ball | Paula spanked the child | Paula swatted the fly
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Paul kicked the door open | Paula bit the bag open | They spanked him dead
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Paul hit the door open with his foot | Paula swatted the fly dead with a dishcloth
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]The cat clawed the counch to pieces
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]The cat clawed the counch to pieces with her sharp nails
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Paula hit the ball with a stick | Paula spanked the child with her right hand | Paula swatted the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique, body part]Paula swatted Deirdre on the back

      Verbs of Contact by Impact (with the same syntax): bite, chop, kick, paw, peck, punch, scratch, slice, slug, stab, swat, swipe.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: clutch / prehend / seize = take hold of
  3. scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
  4. attack as if with claws

Alternative definition of the verb claw


  1. To scratch or to tear at.
  2. To use the claws to seize, to grip.
  3. To use the claws to climb.
  4. [juggling] To perform a claw catch.


"Claw": Captain Claw, by Monolith Productions, is a classic-type platform video game that features a two-dimensional platform world featuring a main character at its focus and enemies roaming around. There are traps, secret areas and treasure. It is the developer's second release, after Blood which was released the previous May.

  • also known as קפטן הוק, Kapitan Pazur, Captain Claw, Капитан Клык
  • mode: Single-player video game
  • genres: Platform game, Action game
  • publishers: Monolith Productions, WizardWorks Software
  • released on (17 years ago)
  • official website:


  1. The Claw is a fictional supervillain character who first appeared in Silver Streak Comics #1, from Lev Gleason Publications.
  2. Claw is a supporting character in the Daredevil comics. He has appeared in numerous issues as a member of the good ninja cell the Chaste. He is a highly trained ninja and has devoted his life to the teachings of his mentor Stick. This has brought him into conflict with the ninja cell known as the Hand. He has assisted his master in various battles with the Hand and continues to be an active member of the Chaste.
  3. Claw is a fictional character from the 2002 film Black Mask 2: City of Masks.
  4. Claw is a fiction character from the 2003 film Inspector Gadget 2.

There are other characters with in their name, like Red Claw, Bear claw, The Steel Claw.


"Claw" is a song by British metal band Motörhead from their 1986 album Orgasmatron.


  1. The claw, talon or pincher is essentially a curved taper which is worn in stretched ear lobe piercings. The thickest end is generally flared and may be decorated, and a rubber o-ring may also be used to prevent the talon from becoming dislodged when worn. Common materials include acrylic and glass. A similar item of jewelry is the crescent, or pincher, which as the name suggests, is shaped like a crescent moon and is tapered at both ends. Talons and claws may also be quite ornamental. Consequently they may prove to be an impractical choice of jewelry as they may snag on hair, clothing, etc.
  2. Claw: In toss juggling, a claw is a trick where the hand throwing or catching a ball is turned upside down so that the palm of the hand faces the ground. The effect is that of the jugglers hand appearing to snatch the ball out of the air. A claw can be juggled as an isolated trick, or be incorporated into an already existing juggling pattern. For example, the Boston Mess can be juggled with each right hand throw as a claw. The resulting pattern in known as cherry picking.

Phrases with Claw

Phrases starting with the word Claw:

  1. claw off
  2. Claw Back
  3. Claw Ring
  4. Claw Vine
  5. claw hammer
  6. claw-shaped
  7. claw hatchet
  8. Claw-Tipped Bluet

Phrases ending with the word Claw:

  1. to claw
  2. bear claw
  3. Cats Claw
  4. cat's-claw
  5. Devils Claw
  6. devil's claw
  7. Devil's-Claw
  8. Tiger's Claw
  9. sand devil's claw

Other phrases containing the word Claw:

  1. To Claw Off
  2. To Claw Back
  3. Granular Claw Crab

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Claw

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Google previewPrescription for Herbal Healing (2002)

by Phyllis A. Balch

Cat's claw is a rich source of sterols, chemical compounds that are closely related to steroids.

Google previewThe New Science of Overcoming Arthritis (2013)

Prevent or Reverse Your Pain, Discomfort, and Limitations by Thomas Vangsness

Studies indicate that cat's claw has no significant side effects. Devil's claw is a plant native to southern Africa.

Google previewThe Legend Begins (2012)

A Beary Maxumus Adventure by Charles & Irene Nickerson

The Saber Claw is a new fast destroyer built around the new Vallen/Maxumus warp engines.

Google previewPrimate Adaptation and Evolution (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A claw is a curved, pointed appendage, found at the end of a toe or finger in most amniotes. However, the word 'claw' is also often used in reference to an invertebrate. Somewhat similar fine hooked structures are found in arthropods such as ...

Google previewGraph Drawing (2003)

9th International Symposium, GD 2001 Vienna, Austria, September 23-26, 2001, Revised Papers by Petra Mutzel, Michael Jünger, Sebastian Leipert

A claw is a complete bipartite subgraph K1,3. The 2-claw is the graph consisting of one degree-3 vertex (the centre), which is adjacent to three degree-2 vertices, each of which is adjacent to the centre and one leaf. A graph is a caterpillar if ...

Google previewKung Fu (2013)

by Alix Wood

Dragon claw The dragon form uses circular movements and sudden strikes. The claw is the main hand technique. The moves use the waist in a powerful whipping action. Northern Styles “Praying Mantis” is one ...

Google previewAnimal Structure and Function (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A claw is a curved, pointed appendage, found at the end of a toe or finger in most amniotes. However, the word 'claw' is also often used in reference to an invertebrate. Somewhat similar fine hooked structures are found in arthropods such as ...

Google previewNatural Philosophy

With an Explanation of Scientific Terms, and an Index

The radicular Claw is a small threadlike body, protruded from the stems of some flexible plants, which entering into the crevices of the bark of trees, and the cracks in rocks and walls, enables the plant to support itself perpendicularly upon such ...

Google previewFirst Lessons Upright Bass (2012)

by Chris Tordini

The claw is a double bass classic, and there are numerous advantages to practicing with it and exploring it. Others subscribe to the idea that it is ...

Google previewIntegrative Medicine in Primary Care, Part II: Disease States and Body Systems, An Issue of Primary Care Clinics in Office Practice (2010)

by Vincent Morelli, Roger Zoorob

Cat's Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa, Uncaria Guianensis) Cat's claw is a woody vine native to tropical areas of Central and South America and the Amazon rainforest. It is used therapeutically as an antiinflammatory agent. It inhibits prostaglandin ...

Google previewUltimate Visual Dictionary (2017)

by DK


Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Superstitions (2012)

by Richard Webster

Claw: An amulet made from an animal's claw provides the wearer with ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1859)

A - D by Hensleigh Wedgwood

Claw. — Clew. The origin of both these words seems to be a form of the same class with W. clob, a lump ; Russ. club', a ball, pellet ; Lat. globus, a sphere ; gleba, a clod. The b readily passes into an m on the one hand, and through v into a w or ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

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Google previewA Dictionary of Scientific Terms (1920)

Pronunciation, Derivation, and Definition of Terms in Biology, Botany, Zoology, Anatomy, Cytology, Embryology, Physiology by Isabella Ferguson Henderson, William Dawson Henderson

chele, claw.] The claw borne on certain limbs of Crustaceans and Arachnids (zool.). chelicerae (këlls'ërë, -rä) я. plu. [Gk. chele, claw ; keras, horn.] Anterior chelate or sub-chelate appendages of Arachnids (zool.). cheliferous (këllf'ërus) a.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery (2009)

by Carol Ann Rinzler

Symptoms and Diagnostic Path Claw foot is diagnosed by physical examination. The arch of the foot is abnormally high, the toe joints nearest ...

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Quotes about Claw

A girl without a needle is like a cat without a claw.
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Scrabble value of C3L1A1W4

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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