1 (grammar) group of words that includes a subject1(4a) and a verb, forming a sentence or part of a sentence 从句; 分句; 子句
*The sentence `He often visits Spain because he likes the climate' consists of a main clause and a subordinate clause. He often visits Spain because he likes the climate 一句中有一个主句和一个从句.
2 paragraph or section in a legal document (eg a will, contract or treaty) stating a particular obligation, condition, etc （在法律文件如遗嘱、合同或条约中, 陈述具体义务、条件等的）段落或章节; 条款
*There is a clause in the contract forbidding tenants to sublet. 合同中列有条款, 禁止承租人转租.
[Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French;Origin:Medieval Latin clausa 'end of a sentence', from Latin claudere; CLOSE1]
a part of a written law or legal document covering a particular subject of the whole law or document
A confidentiality clause was added to the contract.
technical a group of words that contains a subject and a verb, but which is usually only part of a sentence
1. A new clause was appended to the treaty. 条约上附加了一项新条款。