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clamp

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noun \ˈklamp\

Simple Definition of clamp

  • : a device that holds or presses parts tightly together

Full Definition of clamp

  1. 1 :  a device designed to bind or constrict or to press two or more parts together so as to hold them firmly

  2. 2 :  any of various instruments or appliances having parts brought together for holding or compressing something

Origin of clamp

Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch *klampe; akin to Old English clamm bond, fetter — more at clam


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Hardware Terms

Rhymes with clamp


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clamp

verb

Simple Definition of clamp

  • : to hold or press (things or parts of a thing) tightly together with a device : to fasten or tighten (something) with a clamp

  • : to press or squeeze (something)

Full Definition of clamp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fasten with or as if with a clamp <clamp two boards together>

  3. 2 a :  to place by decree :  impose —often used with on <clamped on a curfew after the riots> b :  to hold tightly

Examples of clamp

  1. The surgeon clamped the vein.

  2. He clamped the two pieces of wood together.

  3. The bit was clamped firmly between the horse's teeth.

  4. He clamped his mouth shut and refused to speak.



1683

First Known Use of clamp

1683



CLAMP Defined for Kids

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clamp

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noun \ˈklamp\

Definition of clamp

  1. :  a device that holds or presses parts together firmly




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clamp

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verb

Definition of clamp

clampedclamp·ing

  1. :  to fasten or to hold tightly with or as if with a clamp <… Mom was driving with both hands clamped tightly around the wheel … — Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control>





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