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clog

[klog, klawg] /klɒg, klɔg/
verb (used with object), clogged, clogging.
1.
to hinder or obstruct with thick or sticky matter; choke up:
to clog a drain.
2.
to crowd excessively, especially so that movement is impeded; overfill:
Cars clogged the highway.
3.
to encumber; hamper; hinder.
verb (used without object), clogged, clogging.
4.
to become clogged, encumbered, or choked up.
5.
to stick; stick together.
6.
to do a clog dance.
noun
7.
anything that impedes motion or action; an encumbrance; a hindrance.
8.
a shoe or sandal with a thick sole of wood, cork, rubber, or the like.
9.
a similar but lighter shoe worn in the clog dance.
10.
a heavy block, as of wood, fastened to a person or beast to impede movement.
11.
12.
British Dialect. a thick piece of wood.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, of uncertain origin
Related forms
cloggily, adverb
clogginess, noun
cloggy, adjective
anticlogging, adjective
overclog, verb (used with object), overclogged, overclogging.
Synonyms
3. impede, trammel, fetter.
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Examples from the web for clogged
  • Replace or clean clogged drip-emitters and mini-sprinklers.
  • It's so clogged with mermaids and mermen, there's no room for fish.
  • When brain cells get clogged with beta-amyloid, their function may be impaired.
  • His thoughts clogged as if a comb working through his mind had stuck against a snarl.
  • As the number of cars on the road soared after the war, town merchants and residents sought relief from traffic-clogged streets.
  • Jack's nobleness and magnanimity were the hourly theme of her clogged fancy.
  • Well if you are always in clogged inner city streets and not on suburban expressways, it is excessive.
  • We all know they have our best interests at heart even if our hearts are palpitating and clogged.
  • Everything should run faster when the pipes aren't clogged by constant chatter between your computer and a distant database.
  • Desalination is done today with polyamide membranes that get clogged with oil and organisms in seawater.
British Dictionary definitions for clogged

clog1

/klɒɡ/
verb clogs, clogging, clogged
1.
to obstruct or become obstructed with thick or sticky matter
2.
(transitive) to encumber; hinder; impede
3.
(transitive) to fasten a clog or impediment to (an animal, such as a horse)
4.
(intransitive) to adhere or stick in a mass
5.
(slang) (in soccer) to foul (an opponent)
noun
6.
  1. any of various wooden or wooden-soled shoes
  2. (as modifier): clog dance
7.
a heavy block, esp of wood, fastened to the leg of a person or animal to impede motion
8.
something that impedes motion or action; hindrance
9.
(slang) pop one's clogs, to die
Derived Forms
cloggy, adjective
clogginess, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: block of wood): of unknown origin

clog2

/klɒɡ/
verb clogs, clogging, clogged
1.
to use a photo-enabled mobile phone to take a photograph of (someone) and send it to a website without his or her knowledge or consent
Derived Forms
clogging, noun
Word Origin
C21: c(amera) + log
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Word Origin and History for clogged

clog

n.

early 14c., clogge "a lump of wood," origin unknown. Also used in Middle English of large pieces of jewelry and large testicles. Cf. Norwegian klugu "knotty log of wood." Meaning "anything that impedes action" is from 1520s. The sense of "wooden-soled shoe" is first recorded late 14c.; they were used as overshoes until the introduction of rubbers c.1840. Originally all wood (hence the name), later wooden soles with leather uppers for the front of the foot only. Later revived in fashion (c.1970), primarily for women. Clog-dancing is attested from 1863.

v.

late 14c., "hinder," originally by fastening a block of wood to something, from clog (n.). Meaning "choke up with extraneous matter" is 17c. Related: Clogged; clogging.

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