Cling (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Clung (?), Clong (), 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.

 

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Cling, v. t.

1.

To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embraching.

[Obs.]

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

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.

 

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Cling, n.

Adherence; attachment; devotion.

[R.]

A more tenacious cling to worldly respects. Milton.

 

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