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clamp

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noun \ˈklamp\

Simple Definition of clamp

  • : a device that holds or presses parts tightly together

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 for Students

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




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clamp

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Definition of clamp for Students

clampedclamping

  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>




Medical Dictionary

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clamp

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noun \ˈklamp\

Medical Definition of clamp

  1. :  any of various instruments or appliances having parts brought together for holding or compressing something; especially :  an instrument used to hold, compress, or crush vessels and hollow organs and to aid in surgical excision of parts <an arterial clamp>




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clamp

transitive verb

Medical Definition of clamp

  1. :  to fasten with or as if with a clamp <the descending thoracic aorta was clamped—W. A. Banks et al>





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