- n. 线索；（故事等的）情节
- vt. 为…提供线索；为…提供情况
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来自clew 的拼写变体，来自PIE*glei,黏，聚集成块，词源同clay,cling.原指球团，线团。线 索词义来自古希腊神话英雄Theseus 在迷宫中杀为非做歹的神牛的故事，因迷宫难行，克里 特公主给了Theseus 一个线团，以便他完成使命后原路返回，因此该词就有了线索之义。
- clue:  Clue is a variant spelling of the now obsolete clew ‘ball of thread’, and its current application to ‘that which helps to solve a problem’, which originated in the early 17th century, is based on the notion of using (like Theseus in the Minotaur’s labyrinth) a ball of thread to show one the way out of an intricate maze one has entered. Clew itself goes back to Old English cliwan or cleowan, which may be related to claw.
- clue (n.)
- 1590s, spelling variant of clew "a ball of thread or yarn," in this sense with reference to the one Theseus used as a guide out of the Labyrinth. The purely figurative sense of "that which points the way" is from 1620s. As something which a bewildered person does not have, by 1948.
- clue (v.)
- "to inform someone of the important facts," usually with in, 1934, from clue (n.). Related: Clued; cluing. Earlier in now-obsolete sense of "follow or track by clues" (1660s). In nautical use, "to haul up (a sail) by means of the clue-lines," from clue (n.) in the "wound ball of yarn" sense.
- 1. The vital clue to the killer's identity was his nickname, Peanuts.
- 2. That was the clue which clinched it for us.
- 3. I hadn't a clue to the meaning of "activism"
- 4. Diet may hold the clue to the causes of migraine.
- 5. The police followed home the clue and finally caught the culprit.
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