Cling

Definition of Cling

Pronunciation: klĭng
v. i.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Clung (klŭng), Clong (klǒng), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Clinging.]
And what hath life for thee
That thou shouldst cling to it thus?
- Mrs. Hemans.
v. t.1.To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing.
I clung legs as close to his side as I could.
- Swift.
2.To make to dry up or wither.
If thou speak'st false,
Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive,
Till famine cling thee.
- Shak.
n.1.Adherence; attachment; devotion.
A more tenacious cling to worldly respects.
- Milton.

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