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Other Cling Definition

[n] fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
[v] hold on tightly or tenaciously; "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron"
[v] come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere"
[v] to remain emotionally or intellectually attached; "He clings to the idea that she might still love him."

Misc. Definitions

\Cling\ (kl[i^]ng), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Clung} (kl[u^]ng), {Clong} (kl[o^]ng), 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.
\Cling\, v. t.
1. To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing. [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.
\Cling\, n. Adherence; attachment; devotion. [R.] A more tenacious cling to worldly respects. --Milton.

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