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English noun: claw

1. claw (animal) sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles

Broader (hypernym)horny structure, unguis

Narrower (hyponym)bear claw, talon

2. claw (artifact) a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something


Broader (hypernym)mechanical device

Narrower (hyponym)anchor, ground tackle, pothook, tenterhook

Part meronymclothes hanger, coat hanger, dress hanger, grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron

3. claw (animal) a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods

Synonymschela, nipper, pincer

Broader (hypernym)appendage, extremity, member

Part meronymcrustacean

4. claw (animal) a bird's foot

Broader (hypernym)bird's foot

English verb: claw

1. claw (motion) move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging

SamplesThey clawed their way to the top of the mountain.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)make, work

2. claw (contact) clutch as if in panic

SamplesShe clawed the doorknob.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

3. claw (contact) scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)scrape, scratch, scratch up

Narrower (hyponym)clapperclaw

4. claw (communication) attack as if with claws

SamplesThe politician clawed his rival.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe

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