n. A ball of thread, yarn, or cord; also, The thread itself. (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.
- vb. To direct; to guide, as by a thread.
- (Naut.) To move of draw (a sail or yard) by means of the clew garnets, clew lines, etc.; esp. to draw up the clews of a square sail to the yard.
- To clew down (Naut.), to force (a yard) down by hauling on the clew lines.
- To clew up ...