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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 clue /ˈklu/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Clew Clue, n.
 1. A ball of thread, yarn, or cord; also, The thread itself.
    Untwisting his deceitful clew.   --Spenser.
 2. That which guides or directs one in anything of a doubtful or intricate nature; that which gives a hint in the solution of a mystery.
    The clew, without which it was perilous to enter the vast and intricate maze of countinental politics, was in his hands.   --Macaulay.
 3. Naut. (a.) A lower corner of a square sail, or the after corner of a fore-and-aft sail. (b.) A loop and thimbles at the corner of a sail. (c.) A combination of lines or nettles by which a hammock is suspended.
 Clew garnet Naut., one of the ropes by which the clews of the courses of square-rigged vessels are drawn up to the lower yards.
 Clew line Naut., a rope by which a clew of one of the smaller square sails, as topsail, topgallant sail, or royal, is run up to its yard.
 Clew-line block Naut., The block through which a clew line reeves. See Illust. of Block.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Clue n.  A ball of thread; a thread or other means of guidance. Same as Clew.
    You have wound a goodly clue.   --Shak.
    This clue once found unravels all the rest.   --Pope.
    Serve as clues to guide us into further knowledge.   --Locke.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a slight indication [syn: hint]
      2: evidence that helps to solve a problem [syn: clew, cue]
      v : roll into a ball [syn: clew]