Hypertext Webster Gateway: "clause"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Clause \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

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Clause \Clause\, n. [Obs.]
See {Letters clause or close}, under {Letter}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate
but not constituting a complete sentence
2: a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or
contract or will) [syn: {article}]

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