club


club
/klub/, n., v., clubbed, clubbing, adj.
n.
1. a heavy stick, usually thicker at one end than at the other, suitable for use as a weapon; a cudgel.
2. a group of persons organized for a social, literary, athletic, political, or other purpose: They organized a computer club.
3. the building or rooms occupied by such a group.
4. an organization that offers its subscribers certain benefits, as discounts, bonuses, or interest, in return for regular purchases or payments: a book club; a record club; a Christmas club.
5. Sports.
a. a stick or bat used to drive a ball in various games, as golf.
b. See Indian club.
6. a nightclub or cabaret: Last night we went to all the clubs in town.
7. a black trefoil-shaped figure on a playing card.
8. a card bearing such figures.
9. clubs, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the suit so marked: Clubs is trump. Clubs are trump.
10. See club sandwich.
11. Naut.
a. a short spar attached to the end of a gaff to allow the clew of a gaff topsail to extend beyond the peak of the gaff.
b. a short spar attached to the truck of a mast to support the upper part of a club topsail.
c. clubfoot (def. 3).
v.t.
12. to beat with or as with a club.
13. to gather or form into a clublike mass.
14. to unite; combine; join together.
15. to contribute as one's share toward a joint expense; make up by joint contribution (often fol. by up or together): They clubbed their dollars together to buy the expensive present.
16. to defray by proportional shares.
17. to hold (a rifle, shotgun, etc.) by the barrel, so as to use the stock as a club.
v.i.
18. to combine or join together, as for a common purpose.
19. to attend a club or a club's activities.
20. to gather into a mass.
21. to contribute to a common fund.
22. Naut. to drift in a current with an anchor, usually rigged with a spring, dragging or dangling to reduce speed.
adj.
23. of or pertaining to a club.
24. consisting of a combination of foods offered at the price set on the menu: They allow no substitutions on the club luncheon.
[1175-1225; ME clubbe < ON klubba club; akin to CLUMP]
Syn. 1. bludgeon, billy. 2, 4. association, society. See circle. 12. bludgeon, batter, maul, cudgel.

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(as used in expressions)
Kit Cat Club

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weapon
      a heavy stick, sometimes with a stone or metal head, used as a hand or throwing weapon and usually shaped or selected with an outer end wider and heavier than its handle. Among traditional societies, special designs often characterize particular tribes. Police continue to employ narrow clubs known as truncheons, nightsticks, or billies in controlling prisoners and crowds. These are sometimes made with lead cores. See also mace.

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