CLAW, n.1. The sharp hooked nail of a beast, bird or other animal.Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud--ye shall eat. Deut. 14.His nails were grown like birds claws. Dan. 4.2. The whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails.3. The hand, in contempt.
CLAW, v.t.1. To pull, tear or scratch with the nails.2. To scratch or tear in general; to tickle.3. To flatter.To claw off or away,1. To scold or rail at.2. In seamanship, to turn to windward and beat, to prevent falling on a lee shore.3. In vulgar language, to scratch away; to get off or escape.