clew englannista suomeksi
A roughly spherical mass or body.
- If the whole troupe be diuided into many clewes, or round bunches, you need not then doubt but that there are many kings.
(RQ:Shakespeare All's Well)
- A rare, precious, and never interrupted race of philosophers to whom wisdom, like another Ariadne, seems to have given a clew of thread which they have been walking along unwinding since the beginning of the world, through the labyrinth of human affairs.
- The Fairy Paribanou was at that time very hard at work, and, as she had several clews of thread by her, she took up one, and, presenting it to Prince Ahmed, said: "First take this clew of thread...
(quote-book)|title=Pale Fire|passage=on one side of her lay a pair of carpet slippers and on the other a ball of red wool, the leading filament of which she would tug at every now and then with the immemorial elbow jerk of a Zemblan knitter to give a turn to her yarn clew and slacken the thread.
The lower corner(s) of a sail to which a sheet is attached for trimming the sail (adjusting its position relative to the wind); the metal loop or cringle in the corner of the sail, to which the sheet is attached. The trailing corner relative to the wind direction.
1858, ''The Atlantic Monthly'', "Atlantic Monthly/Volume 2/No. 5/The Language of the Sea|The Language of the Sea":
- "Clew" is Saxon; "garnet" (from granato, a fruit) is Italian,—that is, the garnet- or pomegranate-shaped block fastened to the clew or corner of the courses, and hence the rope running through the block.
(quote-book)|title=Ghost Ship|The Ghost Ship|passage="Run aft, Haldane, and you too, Spokeshave. Loosen the bunt of the mizzen-trysail and haul at the clew. That’ll bring her up to the wind fast enough, if the sail only stands it!"
The sheets so attached to a sail.
- The canvas running up in a proud sweep,Wind-wrinkled at the clews, and white like lint,
2000, Ralph W Danklefsen, ''The Navy I Remember'', Xlibris 2000, p. 21:
- He taught us how to attach the clews to the ends of the hammock and then lash it between jack stays.
(obsolete spelling of)
(quote-book)|title=The Sermons of Mr. Yorick|passage=With this clew, let us endeavour to unravel this character of Herod as here given.
(quote-book)|title=The Murders in the Rue Morgue|passage=To this horrible mystery there is not as yet, we believe, the slightest clew.
1848, (w), ''(w)'', Volume III, 1856, Harper & Brothers, New York, page 13,
- The clew, without which it was perilous to enter the vast and intricate maze of Continental politics, was in his hands.
(quote-book)|title=The Female Detective|passage=Now, the fact is, I had started because I thought I saw the end of a good clew.
(quote-book)|title=History of the Norman Conquest|passage=We may here have lighted on the clew to the great puzzle.
1910, "Duck Eats Yeast," ''The Yakima Herald'':
- Telltale marks around the pan of yeast gave him a clew to the trouble.
(RQ:Burroughs Princess of Mars)
1926, Robertus Love, ''The Rise and Fall of Jesse James'', University of Nebraska, 1990:
- Not often did Jesse James leave a clew to his identity when he galloped away from a crime of violence, back into the mysterious Nowhere whence he came.
1954, (w), ''(w)'', New English Library:
- following the single clew that she must have gone off with a certain group of visitors from space; they knew what those visitors looked like but not from what part of the sky they came.
''(transitive and intransitive)'' to raise the lower corner(s) of (a sail)