What does the word clause mean?

Usage examples for clause

  1. I did my best to live up to its provisions, but I am afraid that the profanity clause at least was occasionally violated by some of the bull- whackers. – An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  2. " Haven't you known all these weeks when I've been seeing you every few days at the club, and at my own house several times,"- he dwelt on the second clause as if the breach of hospitality on Wheaton's part had been the grievous offense,-" haven't you known that the old man was chasing over the country in his carpet slippers buying all that stock he could lay his hands on?" – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson
  3. The representation of himself as servant gives the reason for the conduct described in the previous clause. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren