The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Club \Club\ (kl[u^]b), n. [Cf. Icel. klubba, klumba, club,
klumbuf[=o]ir a clubfoot, SW. klubba club, Dan. klump lump,
klub a club, G. klumpen clump, kolben club, and E. clump.]
1. A heavy staff of wood, usually tapering, and wielded with
the hand; a weapon; a cudgel.
But make you ready your stiff bats and clubs;
Rome and her rats are at the point of battle.
2. [Cf. the Spanish name bastos, and Sp. baston staff, club.]
Any card of the suit of cards having a figure like the
trefoil or clover leaf. (pl.) The suit of cards having
3. An association of persons for the promotion of some common
object, as literature, science, politics, good fellowship,
etc.; esp. an association supported by equal assessments
or contributions of the members.
At wine, in clubs, of art, of politics. --Tennyson.
He [Goldsmith] was one of the nine original members
of that celebrated fraternity which has sometimes
been called the Literary Club, but which has always
disclaimed that epithet, and still glories in the
simple name of the Club. --Macaulay.
4. A joint charge of expense, or any person's share of it; a
contribution to a common fund.
They laid down the club. --L'Estrange.
We dined at a French house, but paid ten shillings
for our part of the club. --Pepys.
Club law, government by violence; lynch law; anarchy.
Club root (Bot.), a disease of cabbages, by which the roots
become distorted and the heads spoiled.
Club topsail (Naut.), a kind of gaff topsail, used mostly
by yachts having a fore-and-aft rig. It has a short "club"
or "jack yard" to increase its spread.