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clue Explained

clue at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


clue at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

phonetic variant of clew (q.v.) "a ball of thread or yarn," with reference to the one Theseus used as a guide out of the Labyrinth. The purely figurative sense of "that which points the way" is from 1628. Clueless is from 1862. ///

Clue at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

trademark the US name for the game Cluedo//

clue at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

S2 n [C] [Date: 1500-1600; Origin: clew 'ball of string' (11-19 centuries), from Old English cliewen; from the use of a ball of string for finding the way out of a network of passages]//
1 an object or piece of information that helps someone solve a crime or mystery: --Police have found a vital clue (=a very important clue) .// clue to/about/as to// --We now have an important clue as to the time of the murder.// --Archaeological evidence will provide clues about what the building was used for.// clue in// --This information is a valuable clue in our hunt for the bombers.// --a desperate search for clues //
2 information that helps you understand the reasons why something happens: clue to/about/as to// --Childhood experiences may provide a clue as to why some adults develop eating disorders.//
3 a piece of information that helps you solve a crossword puzzle, answer a question etc: --I'll give you a clue , Kevin, it's a kind of bird.//
4 not have a clue (where/why/how etc): informal // a) to not have any idea about the answer to a question, how to do something, what a situation is etc// --'Do you know how to switch this thing off?' 'I haven't a clue.'// --Until I arrived here, I hadn't got a clue what I was going to say to her.// b) to be very stupid, or very bad at a particular activity// --Don't let Mike cook you dinner; he hasn't got a clue.// --I haven't a clue how to talk to girls.// not have a clue (where/why/how etc) about// --No point asking Jill - she hasn't got a clue about maths.//
clue 2 v clue in [clue sb → in] phr v// to give someone information about something// clue somebody → in on/about// --Somebody must have clued him in on our sales strategy.//

clue at English => English (GNU/Linux) Of Explained:

Lisp package for clue/clio/pictures: X interfaces for lisp Clue is to lisp what xlib is to C. It's basic, but close to the metal. Clio is to Lisp what Xt is to C. It uses CLOS to give an OO interface to X. Pictures is an imaging-system for clue. It lets people use constraints and such to draw pictures. From Debian 3.0r0 APT

clue at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

92 Moby Thesaurus words for "clue":
acquaint, advice, advise, alerting, answer, apprise,
basis for belief, body of evidence, broad hint, catchword, caution,
chain of evidence, cue, cue word, data, datum, documentation,
evidence, exhibit, fact, facts, fill in, gentle hint, gesture,
glimmer, glimmering, grounds, grounds for belief, hint, hot lead,
implication, imply, index, indicate, indication, indicator, inform,
information, inkling, innuendo, insinuation, intimate, intimation,
item of evidence, key, key word, kick, lead, look, manifestation,
mark, material grounds, monition, muniments, mute witness, nod,
notify, notion, nudge, office, passing word, piece of evidence,
pointer, post, premises, prompt, proof, reason to believe,
relevant fact, scent, sign, signal, spoor, steer, suggest,
suggestion, suspicion, symptom, tell, telltale, tip, tip-off,
token, trace, track, vestige, warn, warning, whiff, whisper, wind,

clue at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb
1 ~ (to sth) an object, a piece of evidence or some information that helps the police solve a crime:
The police think the videotape may hold some vital clues to the identity of the killer.
2 ~ (to sth) a fact or a piece of evidence that helps you discover the answer to a problem:
Diet may hold the clue to the causes of migraine.
3 some words or a piece of information that helps you find the answers to a CROSSWORD, a game or a question:
'You'll never guess who I saw today!' 'Give me a clue.'
not have a clue (informal)
1 to know nothing about sth or about how to do sth:
I don't have a clue where she lives.
2 (disapproving) to be very stupid:
Don't ask him to do it-he doesn't have a clue!
clue sb in (on sth) (informal) to give sb the most recent information about sth:
He's just clued me in on the latest developments.

Clue at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Clue \Clue\ (kl[=u]), n. [See {Clew}, n.]
A ball of thread; a thread or other means of guidance. Same
as {Clew}.

You have wound a goodly clue. --Shak.

This clue once found unravels all the rest. --Pope.

Serve as clues to guide us into further knowledge.

Clew \Clew\, Clue \Clue\, n. [OE. clewe, clowe, clue, AS.
cleowen, cliwen, clywe ball of thread; akin to D. kluwen,
OHG. chliwa, chliuwa, G. dim. kleuel, kn["a]uel, and perch.
to L. gluma hull, husk, Skr. glaus sort of ball or tumor.
Perch. akin to E. claw. [root]26. Cf. {Knawel}.]
1. A ball of thread, yarn, or cord; also, The thread itself.

Untwisting his deceitful clew. --Spenser.

2. That which guides or directs one in anything of a doubtful
or intricate nature; that which gives a hint in the
solution of a mystery.

The clew, without which it was perilous to enter the
vast and intricate maze of countinental politics,
was in his hands. --Macaulay.

3. (Naut.)
(a.) A lower corner of a square sail, or the after corner
of a fore-and-aft sail.
(b.) A loop and thimbles at the corner of a sail.
(c.) A combination of lines or nettles by which a hammock
is suspended.

{Clew garnet} (Naut.), one of the ropes by which the clews of
the courses of square-rigged vessels are drawn up to the
lower yards.

{Clew line} (Naut.), a rope by which a clew of one of the
smaller square sails, as topsail, topgallant sail, or
royal, is run up to its yard.

{Clew-line block} (Naut.), The block through which a clew
line reeves. See Illust. of {Block}.

clue at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a slight indication [syn: {hint}]
2: evidence that helps to solve a problem [syn: {clew}, {cue}]
v : roll into a ball [syn: {clew}]

clue at English (WD) Of Explained:



Variant of clew, "a ball of thread or yarn", with reference to the one which the mythical Category: w - :Theseus|Theseus used to guide him out of the Minotaur's labyrinth.


* Inter: IPA » /kluː/
  • Inter: rhymes » uː
  • Inter: homophones » clew


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: context » now|_|rare A strand of yarn etc. as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.
    1. 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
    2. : she had even had in the past a small smug conviction that in the domestic labyrinth she always kept the clue.
    3. Information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion.
    4. An object or a kind of indication which may be used as evidence.
    5. Inter: slan » g Insight or understanding ("to have a clue about" or "to have clue". See have a clue, clue stick)


      * Inter: sense » information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion hint, indication, suggestion

  • Inter: sense » object or indication which may be used as evidence signature

    Derived terms

    Inter: rel-top3 » Terms derived from the noun "clue"
  • Category: w - :Cluedo|Cluedo
  • clueless

  • Inter: rel-mid » 3
    • cluestick / clue stick
    • cluey

    Inter: rel-mid » 3
  • have a clue
  • not have a clue

  • Inter: rel-botto » m


    Inter: trans-top » information that may lead one to a certain point or conclusion
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|указание|n
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|線索|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|线索|tr=xiànsuǒ|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|klíč|m, Inter: t- » cs|vodítko|n, Inter: t- » cs|nápověda|f
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|spor|n, Inter: t- » da|holdepunkt|n, Inter: t- » da|fingerpeg|n, Inter: t- » da|nøgle|c
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|johtolanka, Inter: t+ » fi|vihje
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|indice|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Anhaltspunkt|m, Inter: t+ » de|Hinweis|m
    • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|רמז|m|tr=remez|sc=Hebr

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|indizio|m, Inter: t+ » it|pista|f
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|手がかり|tr=てがかり, tegakari|sc=Jpan, Inter: t- » ja|切っ掛け|tr=きっかけ, kikkake|sc=Jpan, Inter: t- » ja|きっかけ|tr=kikkake|sc=Jpan
  • Maori: Inter: t- » mi|tiwhiri
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|indício|m, Inter: t+ » pt|sugestão|f, Inter: t+ » pt|pista|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|ключ|m|tr=ključ|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|нить|f|tr=nitʹ|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|след|m|tr=sled|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|указатель|m|tr=ukazátelʹ|sc=Cyrl
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|gliocas|m
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|pista|f, Inter: t+ » es|indicio|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » object or marking that may be used in evidence
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|улика|f
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|證據|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|证据|tr=zhèngjǜ|sc=Hani
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|spor|n
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|indico
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|johtolanka, Inter: t+ » fi|näyttö, Inter: t+ » fi|todiste

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|preuve|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Indiz|n
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|prova|f
  • Latin: Inter: t- » la|indicium|n
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|улика|f|tr=ulíka|sc=Cyrl
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|indicio|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » io: guid-signo; indico; indikajo
    • Inter: ttbc » ko: 실마리 (silmari)

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * evidence
  • red herring


    Inter: en-verb » clues|cluing or clueing|clued

  • To provide with a clue (often used with "in" or "up").
    1. : The crossword compiler wasnt sure how to clue the word "should".''
    2. To provide someone with information which he or she lacks.
    3. : Smith, clue Jones in on whats been happening.''

      Derived terms

      * clued-in

  • clued-up


    Inter: trans-top » to provide with a clue

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to provide with information
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|informer

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m



    Inter: la-verb-form » cluē
  • Inter: conjugation of » clueo|clueō|2|s|pres|act|imp|lang=la

  • Translation: cs » clue
    Translation: et » clue
    Translation: el » clue
    Translation: es » clue
    Translation: eo » clue
    Translation: fr » clue
    Translation: ko » clue
    Translation: io » clue
    Translation: kn » clue
    Translation: lt » clue
    Translation: hu » clue
    Translation: mg » clue
    Translation: ml » clue
    Translation: my » clue
    Translation: ps » clue
    Translation: pl » clue
    Translation: pt » clue
    Translation: ru » clue
    Category: simple:clue -
    Translation: fi » clue
    Translation: sv » clue
    Translation: ta » clue
    Translation: te » clue
    Translation: uk » clue
    Translation: vi » clue
    Translation: zh » clue