The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Clew \Clew\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clewed p. pr. & vb. n.
Clewing.] [Cf. D. kluwenen. See Clew, n.]
1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.]
Direct and clew me out the way to happiness. --Beau.
2. (Naut.) To move of draw (a sail or yard) by means of the
clew garnets, clew lines, etc.; esp. to draw up the clews
of a square sail to the yard.
To clew down (Naut.), to force (a yard) down by hauling on
the clew lines.
To clew up (Naut.), to draw (a sail) up to the yard, as for