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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Clew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clewed p. pr. & vb. n. Clewing.]
 1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.]
    Direct and clew me out the way to happiness.   --Beau. & Fl.
 2. Naut. To move of draw (a sail or yard) by means of the clew garnets, clew lines, etc.; esp. to draw up the clews of a square sail to the yard.
 To clew down Naut., to force (a yard) down by hauling on the clew lines.
 To clew up Naut., to draw (a sail) up to the yard, as for furling.