cling-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: Physically hold or be in contact with.

Commentary: Includes: CLING TO Syntax Is: NP1 CLING (TO) (NP2[concrete])
NOTE: Compare to sense 2. In sense 1, NP1 is not an agent, and clings to something concrete (NP2).

The dress clings to her body.
This costume really clings.
The child clung to his mother's apron.
She clung to my arm when she got scared.

VerbNet: cling-22.5
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: cling.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:

Sense Number 2: To remain emotionally or intellectually attached without necessary physical contact.

Commentary: Is: CLING TO Syntax Is: NP1[agent] CLING TO NP2[patient[abstract]]
NOTE: Compare to sense 1. In sense 2, NP1 is an agent, and clings to a patient NP2.

He clings to the idea that she might still love him.
She clings to him unconditionally even though they haven't seen
eachother in years.
The U.S. clings to command-and-control measures in the Baltic.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: cling.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: (Cause to) make a ringing sound.

I clung the glasses together and offered a toast.
John's alarm clock clings at 5am every morning.

VerbNet: sound_emission-43.2
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: cling.02