Clog (?), n. [OE. clogge clog, Scot. clag, n., a clot, v., to to obstruct, cover with mud or anything adhesive; prob. of the same origin as E. clay.]

1.

That which hinders or impedes motion; hence, an encumbrance, restraint, or impediment, of any kind.

All the ancient, honest, juridical principles and institutions of England are so many clogs to check and retard the headlong course of violence and opression. Burke.

2.

A weight, as a log or block of wood, attached to a man or an animal to hinder motion.

As a dog . . . but chance breaks loose, And quits his clog. Hudibras.

A clog of lead was round my feet. Tennyson.

3.

A shoe, or sandal, intended to protect the feet from wet, or to increase the apparent stature, and having, therefore, a very thick sole. Cf. Chopine.

In France the peasantry goes barefoot; and the middle sort . . . makes use of wooden clogs. Harvey.

Clog almanac, a primitive kind of almanac or calendar, formerly used in England, made by cutting notches and figures on the four edges of a clog, or square piece of wood, brass, or bone; -- called also a Runic staff, from the Runic characters used in the numerical notation. -- Clog dance, a dance performed by a person wearing clogs, or thick-soled shoes. -- Clog dancer.

 

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Clog, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clogged (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Clogging.]

1.

To encumber or load, especially with something that impedes motion; to hamper.

The winds of birds were clogged with ace and snow. Dryden.

2.

To obstruct so as to hinder motion in or through; to choke up; as, to clog a tube or a channel.

3.

To burden; to trammel; to embarrass; to perplex.

The commodities are clogged with impositions. Addison.

You 'll rue the time That clogs me with this answer. Shak.

Syn. -- Impede; hinder; obstruct; embarrass; burden; restrain; restrict.

 

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Clog, v. i.

1.

To become clogged; to become loaded or encumbered, as with extraneous matter.

In working through the bone, the teeth of the saw will begin to clog. S. Sharp.

2.

To coalesce or adhere; to unite in a mass.

Move it sometimes with a broom, that the seeds clog not together. Evelyn.

 

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