Dictionary: CLOT'-BIRD – CLOUD'-CAPT

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The common Œnanthe or English ortolan.

CLOT'-BUR, n. [G. klette.]

– Burdock.

CLOTH, n. [clawth; Sax. clath; D. kleed, cloth, and kleeden, to clothe; G. kleid, kleiden; Sw. kläde, kläda; Dan. klæde, klæder. The plural is regular, cloths; but when it signifies garments, it is written clothes.]

  1. A manufacture or stuff of wool or hair, or of cotton, flax, hemp or other vegetable filaments, formed by weaving or intertexture of threads, and used for garments or other covering, and for various other purposes; as, woolen cloth, linen cloth, cotton cloth, hair cloth. But cloth is often used for a fabric of wool in contradistinction to that made of other material.
  2. The covering of a table; usually called a table-cloth. – Pope.
  3. The canvas on which pictures are drawn. – Dryden.
  4. A texture or covering put to a particular use; as, a cloth of state. – Hayward.
  5. Dress; raiment. [See Clothes.] I'll ne'er distrust my God for cloth and bread. – Quarles.
  6. The covering of a bed. [Not used.] – Prior.

CLOTHE, v.i.

To wear clothes. Care no more to clothe and eat. – Shak.

CLOTHE, v.t. [pret. and pp. clothed, or clad. See Cloth.]

  1. To put on garments; to invest the body with raiment; to cover with dress, for concealing nakedness and defending the body from cold or injuries. The Lord God made coats of skin and clothed them. – Gen. iii.
  2. To cover with something ornamental. Embroidered purple clothes the golden beds. – Pope. But clothe, without the aid of other words, seldom signifies to adorn. In this example from Pope, it signifier merely to cover.
  3. To furnish with raiment; to provide with clothes; as, a master is to feed and clothe his apprentice.
  4. To put on; to invest; to cover, as with a garment; as, to clothe thoughts with words. I will clothe her priests with salvation. – Ps. cxxxii. Drowsiness, shall clothe a man with rags. – Prov. xxiii. Let them be clothed with shame. – Ps. xxxv.
  5. To invest; to surround; to encompass. The Lord is clothed with majesty. – Ps. xciii. Thou art clothed with honor and majesty. – Ps. civ.
  6. To invest; to give to by commission; as, to clothe with power or authority.
  7. To cover or spread over; as, the earth is clothed with verdure.


Covered with garments; dressed; invested; furnished with clothing.

CLOTHES, n. [plur. of Cloth; pronounced cloze.]

  1. Garments for the human body; dress; vestments; vesture; a general term for whatever covering is worn, or made to be worn, for decency or comfort. If I may touch but his clothes I shall be whole. – Mark v.
  2. The covering of a bed; bed-clothes. – Prior.


A large basket for holding or carrying clothes.

CLOTH'IER, n. [clōthyer.]

  1. In English authors, a man who makes cloths; a maker of cloth. – Johnson. [In this sense, I believe it is not used in the United States; certainly not in New-England.]
  2. In America, a man whose occupation is to full and dress cloth.


  1. Garments in general; clothes; dress; raiment; covering. As for me … my clothing was sackcloth. – Ps. xxxv.
  2. The art or practice of making cloth. [Unusual.] The king took measures to instruct the refugees from Flanders in the art of clothing. – Ray.


Covering with or putting on vestments of any kind; providing with garments; investing; covering.


One who shears cloth, and frees it from superfluous nap.


A maker of cloth. – Scott.


A thickskull; a blockhead. [See Clodpoll.]


Concreted into a mass; inspissated; adhering in a lump.

CLOT'TER, v.i. [from clot.]

To concrete or gather into lumps. – Dryden.


Concreting; inspissating; forming into clots.

CLOT'TY, a. [from clot.]

Full of clots, or small hard masses; full of concretions, or clods.

CLOUD, n. [I have not found this word in any other language. The sense is obvious – a collection. Its elements are those of clod, and L. claudo.]

  1. A collection of visible vapor, or watery particles, suspended in the atmosphere, at some altitude. A like collection of vapors near the earth is usually called fog. – Locke. I do set my bow in the cloud. – Gen. ix. Behold a white cloud. – Rev. xiv.
  2. A state of obscurity or darkness. – Waller. Addison.
  3. A collection of smoke, or a dense collection of dust, rising or floating in the air; as, a cloud of dust. A cloud of incense. – Ezek. viii.
  4. The dark or varied colors, in veins or spots, on stones or other bodies, are called clouds.
  5. A great multitude; a vast collection. Seeing we are encompassed with so great a cloud of witnesses. – Heb. xii.

CLOUD, v.i.

To grow cloudy; to become obscure with clouds; sometimes followed by over; as, the sky clouds over.

CLOUD, v.t.

  1. To overspread with a cloud or clouds; as, the sky is clouded; clouds intercept the rays of the sun. Hence,
  2. To obscure; to darken; as, to cloud the day, or truth, or reason.
  3. To darken in veins or spots; to variegate with colors; as, clouded marble.
  4. To make of a gloomy aspect; to give the appearance of sullenness. What sullen fury clouds his scornful brow. – Pope.
  5. To sully; to tarnish. – Shak.


Ascending to the clouds. – Sandys.


A plant, called also knot-berry; Rubus chamæmorus.


Born of a cloud. – Dryden.

CLOUD'-CAPT, a. [cloud and cap.]

Capped with clouds; touching the clouds; lofty. The cloud-capt towers. – Shak.