Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

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Cling (Page: 265)

Cling (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Clung (?), Clong (), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Clinging.] [AS. clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Dan. klynge to cluster, crowd. Cf. Clump.] To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast, especially by twining round or embracing; as, the tendril of a vine clings to its support; -- usually followed by to or together.

And what hath life for thee That thou shouldst cling to it thus? Mrs. Hemans.

Cling (Page: 265)

Cling, v. t.

1. To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embraching. [Obs.]

I clung legs as close to his side as I could. Swift.

2. To make to dry up or wither. [Obs.]

If thou speak'st false, Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive, Till famine cling thee. Shak.

Cling (Page: 265)

Cling, n. Adherence; attachment; devotion. [R.]

A more tenacious cling to worldly respects. Milton.