a heavy stick, usually thicker at one end than at the other, suitable for use as a weapon; a cudgel.
a group of persons organized for a social, literary, athletic, political, or other purpose: They organized a computer club.
the building or rooms occupied by such a group.
an organization that offers its subscribers certain benefits, as discounts, bonuses, or interest, in return for regular purchases or payments: a book club; a record club; a Christmas club.
a stick or bat used to drive a ball in various games, as golf.
a nightclub or cabaret: Last night we went to all the clubs in town.
a black trefoil-shaped figure on a playing card.
a card bearing such figures.
clubs, (used with a singular or plural verb) the suit so marked: Clubs is trump. Clubs are trump.
a short spar attached to the end of a gaff to allow the clew of a gaff topsail to extend beyond the peak of the gaff.
a short spar attached to the truck of a mast to support the upper part of a club topsail.
clubfoot ( def 3 ).
verb (used with object), clubbed, clubbing.
to beat with or as with a club.
to gather or form into a clublike mass.
to unite; combine; join together.
to contribute as one's share toward a joint expense; make up by joint contribution (often followed by up or together ): They clubbed their dollars together to buy the expensive present.
to defray by proportional shares.
to hold (a rifle, shotgun, etc.) by the barrel, so as to use the stock as a club.
verb (used without object), clubbed, clubbing.
to combine or join together, as for a common purpose.
to attend a club or a club's activities.
to gather into a mass.
to contribute to a common fund.
Nautical. to drift in a current with an anchor, usually rigged with a spring, dragging or dangling to reduce speed.
of or pertaining to a club.
consisting of a combination of foods offered at the price set on the menu: They allow no substitutions on the club luncheon.

1175–1225; Middle English clubbe < Old Norse klubba club; akin to clump

interclub, adjective
superclub, noun

1. bludgeon, billy. 2, 4. association, society. See circle. 12. bludgeon, batter, maul, cudgel. Unabridged
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club (klʌb)
1.  a stout stick, usually with one end thicker than the other, esp one used as a weapon
2.  See golf club a stick or bat used to strike the ball in various sports, esp golf
3.  short for Indian club
4.  a group or association of people with common aims or interests: a wine club
5.  a.  the room, building, or facilities used by such a group
 b.  (in combination): clubhouse
6.  a building in which elected, fee-paying members go to meet, dine, read, etc
7.  See also nightclub a commercial establishment in which people can drink and dance; disco
8.  chiefly (Brit) an organization, esp in a shop, set up as a means of saving
9.  (Brit) an informal word for friendly society
10.  a.  the black trefoil symbol on a playing card
 b.  a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl) the suit of cards so marked
11.  nautical
 a.  a spar used for extending the clew of a gaff topsail beyond the peak of the gaff
 b.  short for club foot
12.  slang (Brit) in the club pregnant
13.  slang (Brit) on the club away from work due to sickness, esp when receiving sickness benefit
vb , clubs, clubbing, clubbed
14.  (tr) to beat with or as if with a club
15.  (often foll by together) to gather or become gathered into a group
16.  (often foll by together) to unite or combine (resources, efforts, etc) for a common purpose
17.  (tr) to use (a rifle or similar firearm) as a weapon by holding the barrel and hitting with the butt
18.  (intr) nautical to drift in a current, reducing speed by dragging anchor
[C13: from Old Norse klubba, related to Middle High German klumpe group of trees, clump, Old English clympre lump of metal]

clubbing (ˈklʌbɪŋ)
the activity of frequenting nightclubs and similar establishments

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Part of Speech:  n
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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.N. klubba "cudgel," from P.Gmc. *klumbon; the sense "to associate" is first attested 1660s, apparently for "form a mass like the thick end of a club." Specific sense of "bat used in games" is from mid-15c. The club at cards (1560s) is the right name for the suit (It. bastone), even though
the pattern adopted is the Fr. trefoil. Club sandwich first recorded 1903; club soda is 1877, originally a proprietary name. Club-foot is from 1530s.
"I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it." [Rufus T. Firefly]
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Medical Dictionary

clubbing club·bing (klŭb'ĭng)
A condition affecting the fingers and toes in which the extremities are broadened and the nails are shiny and abnormally curved.

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Example sentences
The regime may catch its breath before it embarks on another round of shooting and clubbing.
There was no room to think in any scene, and nowhere to escape from the psychological and emotional clubbing.
Clubbing together and campaigning for reform can also help.
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