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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clue roll into a ball
    • n clue evidence that helps to solve a problem
    • n clue a slight indication
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are nine rooms on a 'Clue' game board. A forfeited baseball game is recorded as a 9-0 score.
    • Clue A ball of thread, yarn, or cord; also, The thread itself. "Untwisting his deceitful clew ."
    • n Clue klū A ball of thread; a thread or other means of guidance. Same as Clew. "You have wound a goodly clue .""This clue once found unravels all the rest.""Serve as clues to guide us into further knowledge."
    • Clue (Naut) A combination of lines or nettles by which a hammock is suspended.
    • Clue (Naut) A loop and thimbles at the corner of a sail.
    • Clue (Naut) A lower corner of a square sail, or the after corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
    • Clue 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Boddy is the murder victim in the game "Clue."
    • n clue A ball or skein of thread or yarn.
    • n clue The thread or yarn that is wound into the form of a ball; thread in general.
    • n clue Hence Anything that guides or directs one in an intricate case; a guide or key to the solution of a puzzle or problem, or the unraveling of a plot or mystery: in allusion to the mythological story that Theseus was guided by a clue of thread through the Cretan labyrinth.
    • n clue A measure of yarn or hemp, 4,800 yards.
    • n clue Nautical, a lower corner of a square sail or the aftmost corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
    • clue Nautical, to haul up to the yard (the lower corners of a topsail, topgallantsail, or royal) by means of the clue-lines: used with up.
    • clue To direct, as by a clue or thread.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest crossword puzzle ever published had 2631 clues across and 2922 clues down. It took up 16 sq. feet of space.
    • n Clue a ball of thread, or the thread in it: a thread that guides through a labyrinth: anything that solves a mystery: the corner of a sail
    • Clue klōō (see Clew)
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  • Edward Flaherty
    Edward Flaherty
    “You couldn't get a clue during the clue mating season in a field full of horny clues if you smeared your body with clue musk and did the clue mating dance.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “They are like the clue in the labyrinth, or the compass in the night.”
  • David Bohm
    David Bohm
    “In some sense man is a microcosm of the universe; therefore what man is, is a clue to the universe. We are enfolded in the universe.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. clewe, clowe, clue, AS. cleowen, cliwen, clywe, ball of thread; akin to D. kluwen, OHG. chliwa, chliuwa, G. dim. kleuel, knäuel, and perch. to L. gluma, hull, husk, Skr. glaus, sort of ball or tumor. Perch. akin to E. claw,. √26. Cf. Knawel


In literature:

What he was could not be guessed without a clue, and the conversation had collapsed, clearly!
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
If this was the only clue to the mystery, what a poor clue it was!
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
But if the police want this here clue, they can have it.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
But here, he felt, was a case of a very different sort, the peculiarity of which lay in its astonishing lack of clues of any sort.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
There always are clues, aren't there?
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
At last he has a clue, if a slight one.
"Against Odds" by Lawrence L. Lynch
And those words formed a clue to the assassin's identity.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
I come here to Riverbank to hunt up a clue, and I found just one clue.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
One thing is linked to another or gives a clue to another.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
The Merriweather Girls should be able to find a clue.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
Somewhere in the dossiers, he was sure, there was a clue, the basic clue that would tell him everything he needed to know.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He hoped to get a clue to the reason for Copley's sudden elevation of spirit, if a reason really existed.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
Days, weeks, passed, but I could obtain no further clue.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
They interviewed the old couple in charge of the Cite and various neighbours of Doctor Chaleck, but without lighting upon a clue.
"The Exploits of Juve" by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
Here lay a clue to her mysterious errand in Mexico.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
There's a bare chance that some letter or document may turn up that will give us a clue.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
You don't give your clues away as a rule.
"Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist" by John T. McIntyre
But he gave no clue to his thoughts.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
But he still had two clues.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
He was feeling irritated at his failure to find clues.
"Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery" by Joan Clark

In poetry:

No clue of memory led me on,
But well the ways I knew;
A feeling of familiar things
With every footstep grew.
"A Mystery" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Jim once tracked his way in a snowstorm,
Many thanks to his own resources,
He found a clue there, not hoofs nor horsehair,
But the evidence proved they were horses.
"A Tale Of The Rockies" by Billy Bennett
Where his watch he kept,
Eyes a hundred swept.
Where millenniums sand assembled,
Where the tiniest life-pulse trembled,
There he sought the clue,
Silent, wise, and true.
"At Michael Sars's Grave" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Then Issa disappeared, but where, none knew;
Cast in the Jumna stream, by foes, some thought.
They dragged the stream, nor came the slightest clue,
And on his fate the oracles were dumb.
"The Taj Of Agra" by Joseph Horatio Chant
In our fourth part I end the clue,
But can't poetic justice do;
For married folk who act like these
Justly expect to live at ease.
No fiction in my verse I tell,
But real facts--I knew them well.
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton
His creation gives him clue to nothing older:
Naked, life receives him--wondering beholder
Of the world about him--and ere aught is certain,
Time and mystery flout him; and death drops the curtain.
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor

In news:

DETROIT – A tip from a dying man could finally be the missing clue in the mystery of what happened to Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished 37 years ago.
The height and leafiness of plants in pasture should give ranchers clues as to how long they can leave cattle grazing – and how large to make pastures.
Authorities report busting a hit-and-run driver thanks to a key clue.
The mysterious filmmaker behind Mitt Romney's "47 percent" video still has not revealed his or her identity, and now we may have a clue as to why.
Researchers find clues to explain life's left-handedness .
Licorice offers clue to cleaner medical implants.
Unfortunately, experts still don't have a clue what sort of support is really needed to improve our health and extend our lifespans .
Liberalism, yes, to an extreme, but limos, I had no clue about limos.
Protein Clue For Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Searching for Clues in Quake- Maddened Seas.
The Bourne Legacy, a franchise crippling killfest defined more by its excess than its content, is ultimately a muddled mystery without a clue.
Detectives search for clues, make deductions based on them and solve their cases, re-establishing some sort of order in society or maybe just their clients' lives.
CHICAGO – With nothing official expected to come from the White Sox until after the World Series, there are clues that Jeff Manto will be named the club's hitting coach as expected.
Five years ago, a dark secret remained buried in the earth beneath Mantua, its only clues a strange odor and rainbow sheen on Crook Branch Creek.
We've got people who would be our leaders, people asking for our money and our votes, who don't have a clue about the basic principles of human anatomy.

In science:

Although the sub ject is presently sub ject to some controversies, we think we have provided enough evidence, based on pioneering efforts of deep sky surveys in the IR and mm, that only such long wavelengths contain the clue to an exhaustive description of the star formation phenomenon, now and in the past.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Russell stressed that the most important clue was the high temperature in the interiors of stars.
How the sun shines
Non-zero neutrino masses may provide a clue to a still undiscovered realm of physical theory.
How the sun shines
The plot continually changes and the most important clues come from seemingly unrelated investigations.
How the sun shines
The main clue motivating our guess comes from the existence of the dilaton and its connection to the coupling constant.
Bosonic M Theory
The clue is an enumeration of all the configurations on the random graph that contribute extensively to the fundamental events in the global leaf removal process at step n (which goes from G(n−1) to G(n) ): emergence of a new isolated point, removal of a point, removal of an edge1 .
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
Unfortunately, the work on Hopf algebras mentioned above provides no clues on how to prove Theorem 1.2.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
The theory of percolation gives a clue to a possible way forward.
The Random-Cluster Model
The X (3) term, however, does not provide any clue to determine B (2) µ because its coefficient vanishes.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
The first clue that such a deepening might exist is the Shimura-TaniyamaWeil conjecture (now a theorem, cf. [BCDT]) that says in the case that E is defined over Q one can choose a Γ that covers E to be a congruence subgroup of SL2 (Z).
Belyi parametrisations of elliptic curves and congruence defects
In particular the temporal (with metallicity as a practical although not perfect proxy) evolution of the oxygen-to-iron ratio can yield estimates of the time-scales involved (O mainly from SNe II while Fe largely from SNe Ia) as well as give important clues to the nature of the elusive Pop III stars.
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
The kinematic properties of the GC systems studied to date undoubtedly contain important clues to the formation histories of their parent galaxies, although the full implications at this point remain unclear.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Why then does he find different numbers than ours? A clue is provided by the fact that our results (as well as those of Will, whose results ours reproduce) can be brought into agreement with Kopeikin’s if we replace va, the velocity of the gravitating body, with va c/cg .
The speed of gravity has not been measured from time delays
Observations of the cosmic SN rate at very high redshifts, hopefully achievable after the launch of the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST), can provide fundamental clues on the galaxy formation epoch.
The cosmic evolution of the galaxy luminosity density
This is a strong clue that NGC 6251 behaves exactly as other FR I.
The nuclear SED of NGC6251: a BL Lac in the center of an FR I radio galaxy