- IPA: /klɔːz/
- Rhymes: -ɔːz
- Homophone: claws
- ( Can we clean up( + ) this sense? ) ( grammar, informal ) A group of two or more words which include a subject and any necessary predicate ( the predicate also includes a verb, conjunction, or a preposition ) to begin the clause; however, this clause is not considered a sentence for colloquial purposes .
- ( grammar ) A verb along with its subject and their modifiers. If a clause provides a complete thought on its own, then it is an independent ( superordinate ) clause; otherwise, it is ( subordinate )dependent .
- ( law ) A separate part of a contract, a will or another legal document .
- adjective clause
- adverbial clause
- appositive clause
- concessive clause
- comment clause
- comparative clause
- coordinate clause
- defining relative clause
- dependent clause, subordinate clause
- ( transitive, shipping ) To amend ( a bill of lading or similar document ).
- 1970, Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee, Report of the session, number 11:
- 1978, Samir Mankabady, The Hamburg rules on the carriage of goods by sea, page 215:
- 1990, Alan Mitchelhill, Bills of lading: law and practice:
- 2004, Martin Dockra; Katherine Reece Thomas, Cases & materials on the carriage of goods by sea, page 104:
clause ( plural: clauses )
In When it got dark, they went back into the house, “When it got dark” is a dependent clause within the complete sentence. The independent clause "they went back into the house" could stand alone as a sentence, whereas the dependent clause could not .
Explanation of clause by Wordnet Dictionary
- Clause n. [F. clause, LL. clausa, equiv. to L. clausula clause, prop., close of rhetorical period, close, fr. claudere to shut, to end. See Close.]
1. A separate portion of a written paper, paragraph, or sentence; an article, stipulation, or proviso, in a legal document.
The usual attestation clause to a will. Bouvier.
2. ( Gram. ) A subordinate portion or a subdivision of a sentence containing a subject and its predicate.
- Clause, n. [Obs.] See Letters clause or Letters close, under Letter.
Definition of clause by GCIDE Dictionary