Definitions for: Cling

[n] fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
[v] hold on tightly or tenaciously; "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron"
[v] come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere"
[v] to remain emotionally or intellectually attached; "He clings to the idea that she might still love him."

Webster (1913) Definition: Cling (kl[i^]ng), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Clung
(kl[u^]ng), Clong (kl[o^]ng), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n.
Clinging.] [AS. clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Dan.
klynge to cluster, crowd. Cf. Clump.]
To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast, especially by
twining round or embracing; as, the tendril of a vine clings
to its support; -- usually followed by to or together.

And what hath life for thee That thou shouldst cling to
it thus? --Mrs. Hemans.

Cling, v. t.
1. To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or
embracing. [Obs.]

I clung legs as close to his side as I could.

2. To make to dry up or wither. [Obs.]

If thou speak'st false, Upon the next tree shalt
thou hang alive, Till famine cling thee. --Shak.

Cling, n.
Adherence; attachment; devotion. [R.]

A more tenacious cling to worldly respects. --Milton.

Synonyms: adhere, cleave, clingstone, cohere, hang, stick

See Also: adjoin, agglutinate, attach, conglutinate, contact, edible fruit, grasp, grip, hold on, meet, mold, touch

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