Claw Definition

Define what is Claw?

1. claw (noun)

sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles.


    horny structure, unguis noun
    any rigid body structure composed primarily of keratin.


    bear claw noun
    claw of a bear; often used in jewelry.

    talon noun
    a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of prey.

    2. claw (verb)

    move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging.

    • They clawed their way to the top of the mountain.

    work, make verb
    proceed along a path.

    3. claw, hook (noun)

    a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something.

      Synonyms: hook

      mechanical device noun
      mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles.


      anchor, ground tackle noun
      a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving.

      pothook noun
      an S-shaped hook to suspend a pot over a fire.

      tenterhook noun
      one of a series of hooks used to hold cloth on a tenter.

      4. claw (verb)

      clutch as if in panic.

      • She clawed the doorknob.

      clutch, prehend, seize verb
      take hold of; grab.

      5. chela, nipper, pincer, claw (noun)

      a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods.

        Synonyms: chela, nipper, pincer

        appendage, extremity, member noun
        an external body part that projects from the body.

        6. claw (verb)

        scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails.


          scratch up, scratch, scrape verb
          cut the surface of; wear away the surface of.


          clapperclaw verb
          claw with the nails.

          7. claw (noun)

          a bird's foot.


            bird's foot noun
            the foot of a bird.

            8. claw (verb)

            attack as if with claws.

            • The politician clawed his rival.

            lash out, attack, assail, Assault, snipe, round verb
            attack in speech or writing.

            Nearby Terms

            claw hammer (noun)
            a hammer with a cleft at one end for pulling nails

            claw hatchet (noun)
            a hatchet that has a cleft for pulling nails

            claw-shaped (adjective satellite)
            shaped like a claw

            clawback (noun)
            finding a way to take money back from people that they were given in another way

            clawed (adjective satellite)
            having or resembling a claw or claws; often used as a combining form

            clawfoot (noun)
            a deformity of the foot characterized by an abnormally high arch and hyperextension of the toes which gives the foot the appearance of a claw

            clawhammer (noun)
            a hammer with a cleft at one end for pulling nails

            clawlike (adjective satellite)
            resembling a claw

            claxon (noun)
            a kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles

            Clay (noun)
            a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired

            clay pigeon (noun)
            target used in skeet or trapshooting

            clay pipe (noun)
            a pipe made of clay

            clay sculpture (noun)
            sculpture produced by molding

            clay-colored robin (noun)
            robin of Mexico and Central America

            clayey (adjective)
            resembling or containing clay