AskDefine | Define cling

Dictionary Definition

cling n : fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit [syn: clingstone]


1 come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere" [syn: cleave, adhere, stick, cohere]
2 to remain emotionally or intellectually attached; "He clings to the idea that she might still love him."
3 hold on tightly or tenaciously; "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron" [syn: hang] [also: clung]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To hold very tightly, as to not fall off.
    Seaweed clung to the anchor.
  2. To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.

Derived terms



Extensive Definition

Cling may refer to:
  • "Cling," a song by Days of the New from their 1997 album Days of the New (also known as the "Orange album")
  • Static cling, a natural phenomenon when things stick together caused by static electricity, usually due to rubbing as in a clothes dryer (the Triboelectric effect
  • Clinging, the English translation of Upādāna, a word used in both Buddhism and Hinduism.
  • Johnny Cling, a common misspelling of Johnny Kling (1875-1947), a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs, Boston Rustlers & Braves and Cincinnati Reds
  • Cling film or cling wrap, alternate terms for plastic wrap, a thin polymer material, roughly 0.004" to 0.006" (0.11 to 0.15mm) thick, typically used for sealing food items in containers to keep them fresh

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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