clue

[kloo]
noun
1.
anything that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem, mystery, etc.
2.
clew ( defs 1–4, 6, 12 ).
verb (used with object), clued, cluing.
3.
to direct or point out by a clue.
4.
clew ( def 7 ).
Verb phrases
5.
clue in,
a.
to provide with useful or reliable information: Clue us in on how these forms are to be filled out.
b.
to make familiar or aware: Has she been clued in about the rules of this office?

Origin:
variant spelling of clew


1. sign, hint, trace, evidence, mark, key.
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clue (kluː)
 
n
1.  something that helps to solve a problem or unravel a mystery
2.  not to have a clue
 a.  to be completely baffled
 b.  to be completely ignorant or incompetent
 
vb , clues, cluing, clued
3.  (tr; usually foll by in or up) to provide with helpful information
 
n, —vb
4.  a variant spelling of clew
 
[C15: variant of clew]

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Word Origin & History

clue
phonetic variant of clew (q.v.) "a ball of thread or yarn," with reference to the one Theseus used as a guide out of the Labyrinth. The purely figurative sense of "that which points the way" is from 1620s.
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Example sentences
For a moment he gazes at a lone tree as if its bare branches dangle clues.
But now a variety of academics too are examining it for broader societal clues.
Other possible clues to an applicant's race, such as his or her name and
  educational background, still remain on the paperwork.
These seminars can give you clues to possible research directions and topics.
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