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n. A cloth; a piece of cloth or leather; a patch; a rag. A swaddling cloth. A piece; a fragment. The center of the butt at which archers shoot; - probably once a piece of white cloth or a nail head. An iron plate on an axletree or other wood to keep it from wearing; a washer. A blow with the hand. Clout nail, a kind of wrought-iron nail heaving a large flat head; - used for fastening clouts to axletrees, plowshares, etc., also for studding timber, and for various purposes.


 - vb. To cover with cloth, leather, or other material; to bandage; patch, or mend, with a clout. To join or patch clumsily. To guard with an iron plate, as an axletree. To give a blow to; to strike. To stud with nails, as a timber, or a boot sole.

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