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[kling] /klɪŋ/
verb (used without object), clung, clinging.
1.
to adhere closely; stick to:
The wet paper clings to the glass.
2.
to hold tight, as by grasping or embracing; cleave:
The children clung to each other in the dark.
3.
to be or remain close:
The child clung to her mother's side.
4.
to remain attached, as to an idea, hope, memory, etc.:
Despite the predictions, the candidate clung to the belief that he would be elected.
5.
to cohere.
noun
6.
the act of clinging; adherence; attachment.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English clingen, Old English clingan to stick together, shrink, wither; akin to clench
Related forms
clinger, noun
clingingly, adverb
clingingness, noun
unclinging, adjective
Synonyms
2. clutch, grab, hug.

cling2

[kling] /klɪŋ/
noun
1.
Origin
1835-45; by shortening from clingstone, or special use of cling1 (noun)
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Examples for clings
  • She is mature beyond her years, but she still clings to childlike practices.
  • The coat is smooth and clings tightly to the body giving the dog a streamline appearance.
British Dictionary definitions for clings

cling

/klɪŋ/
verb (intransitive) clings, clinging, clung
1.
(often foll by to) to hold fast or adhere closely (to something), as by gripping or sticking
2.
(foll by together) to remain in contact (with each other)
3.
to be or remain physically or emotionally close to cling to outmoded beliefs
noun
4.
(agriculture, mainly US) the tendency of cotton fibres in a sample to stick to each other
5.
(agriculture, obsolete) diarrhoea or scouring in animals
6.
short for clingstone
Derived Forms
clinging, adjective
clinger, noun
clingingly, adverb
clingy, adjective
clinginess, clingingness, noun
Word Origin
Old English clingan; related to clench
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Word Origin and History for clings
cling
O.E. clingan "hold fast, congeal, shrivel," shifting 13c. to "adhere, stick together," from P.Gmc. *klingg-.
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