Fist vs Clove - What's the difference?

fist | clove |

As an initialism fist

is future infantry soldier technology.

As a noun clove is

a very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree or clove can be any one of the separate bulbs that make up the larger bulb of garlic or clove can be (label) a narrow valley with steep sides, used in areas of north america first settled by the dutch.

As a verb clove is




(Webster 1913)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) fisten, fiesten, from (etyl) .


(en verb)
  • To break wind.
  • Derived terms
    * (l)


    (en noun)
  • The act of breaking wind; fise.
  • A puffball.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) fist, from (etyl) 'five'. More at five.


    (en noun)
  • hand with the fingers clenched or curled inward
  • The boxer's fists rained down on his opponent in the last round.
  • (printing) the pointing hand symbol
  • (ham radio) the characteristic signaling rhythm of an individual telegraph or CW operator when sending Morse code
  • (slang) a person's characteristic handwriting
  • A group of men.
  • The talons of a bird of prey.
  • * Spenser
  • More light than culver in the falcon's fist .
  • (informal) An attempt at something.
  • * 2005 , Darryl N. Davis, Visions of Mind: Architectures for Cognition and Affect (page 144)
  • With the rise of cognitive neuroscience, the time may be coming when we can make a reasonable fist of mapping down from an understanding of the functional architecture of the mind to the structural architecture of the brain.
    * bunch of fives * fist-size * ductus
    Derived terms
    * fisty * iron fist * hand over fist * fistful * rule with an iron fist


    (en verb)
  • To strike with the fist.
  • ...may not score a point with his open hand(s), but may score a point by fisting the ball.'' Damian Cullen. "Running the rule." ''The Irish Times 18 Aug 2003, pg. 52.
  • To close (the hand) into a fist.
  • * 1969 , Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor , Penguin 2011, p. 29:
  • He noticed Ada's trick of hiding her fingernails by fisting her hand or stretching it with the palm turned upward when helping herself to a biscuit.
  • To grip with a fist.
  • * 1851 ,
  • I am an officer; but, how I wish I could fist a bit of old-fashioned beef in the fore-castle, as I used to when I was before the mast.
  • (slang) To fist-fuck.
  • See also

    * knuckle * punch


    * *



    Etymology 1

    An alteration of (etyl) (m), from the first component of (etyl) . (wikipedia clove)


  • A very pungent aromatic spice, the unexpanded flower bud of the clove tree.
  • ), native to the Moluccas (Indonesian islands), which produces the spice.
  • (label) An old English measure of weight, containing 7 pounds (3.2 kg), i.e. half a stone.
  • * 1843 , The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge p. 202.
  • Seven pounds make a clove', 2 '''cloves''' a stone, 2 stone a tod 6 1/2 tods a wey, 2 weys a sack, 12 sacks a last. The 'Pathway' points out the etymology of the word '''cloves ; it calls them ' ''claves'' or ''nails .' It is to be observed here that a sack is 13 tods, and a tod 28 pounds, so that the sack is 364 pounds.
  • * 1866 , James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England , Volume 1, p. 169:
  • By a statute of 9 Hen. VI. it was ordained that the wey of cheese should contain 32 cloves of 7 lbs. each, i.e. 224 lbs., or 2 cwts.
    Derived terms
    * (clove camphor) * (clove gillyflower) * clove pink

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) (m), cognate with , hence with the verbal etymology hereafter


    (en noun)
  • Any one of the separate bulbs that make up the larger bulb of garlic
  • Etymology 3


  • (cleave)
  • Etymology 4



    (en noun)
  • (label) A narrow valley with steep sides, used in areas of North America first settled by the Dutch
  • Usage notes

    * Mainly used in proper names, such as (Kaaterskill Clove) .