\ ˈklamp How to pronounce clamp (audio) \

Definition of clamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a device designed to bind or constrict or to press two or more parts together so as to hold them firmly
2 : any of various instruments or appliances having parts brought together for holding or compressing something


clamped; clamping; clamps

Definition of clamp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten with or as if with a clamp clamp two boards together
2a : to place by decree : impose often used with on clamped on a curfew after the riots
b : to hold tightly

Synonyms & Antonyms for clamp

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of clamp in a Sentence

Verb The surgeon clamped the vein. He clamped the two pieces of wood together. The bit was clamped firmly between the horse's teeth. He clamped his mouth shut and refused to speak.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The device simply fastens to the tray table with its 1.5-inchwide clamp. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 28 Feb. 2022 As technicians prepared to attach it to the spacecraft, a clamp let loose unexpectedly and the whole instrument quivered. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 The lid closes with a reassuring snap, thanks to a clamp system that, coupled with a rubber gasket, keeps beer carbonated and cold for up to 24 hours. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 4 June 2015 Along with the good weight distribution, the headphones have a nice clamp that keeps them on the head, without being too tight. Christian De Looper, BGR, 18 Feb. 2022 That, or the possibility the feds tighten interest rates, could put a clamp on spending and steal the shine from the apple. Ethan Karp, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 In the month leading up to launch, the telescope suffered another mishap when a crucial clamp unexpectedly released, sending tremors through the observatory. Nadia Drake, Science, 25 Dec. 2021 The launch date had been Dec. 18, but a technical mishap at the spaceport - a large clamp coming loose and jostling the telescope - required a four-day delay to ensure that nothing had been damaged. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Dec. 2021 The issue earlier forced a two-day delay; a clamp that inadvertently jolted the telescope at the launch site had prompted a four-day slip. NBC News, 21 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Behind the wheels are red calipers; a pair of Brembo six-piston units pinch the massive 16.1-inch iron front rotors, and single-piston calipers clamp the 13.5-inch rear rotors. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 11 May 2022 The gums on the left side of my mouth are wearing away at a distressing rate because those teeth apparently clamp together long before the ones on the other side can connect, and therefore do most of the chewing. New York Times, 3 May 2022 For one, the Alpha is comfortable: the design doesn't clamp too hard on the head, and the ample soft padding on the headband and earcups keeps the headset comfortable to wear for hours at a time. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 12 Mar. 2022 Magnets clamp an iPhone into position on a MagSafe wireless charger, ending the positioning game and holding the iPhone in place. Brad Moon, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 An active feature adds both the ability to pre-charge the system ahead of hard stops and to subtly clamp individual brakes to help shepherd the front end into corners. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 7 Mar. 2022 Take a clothes hanger from the closet – the one with the clips – and clamp both sides of the curtains together. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2022 The fierce punishments that the West is threatening to clamp on Russia's economy also seem like a steep price to pay. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 Glue and clamp the parts together on a workbench [6]. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 31 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of clamp


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clamp


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

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\ ˈklamp How to pronounce clamp (audio) \

Kids Definition of clamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that holds or presses parts together firmly


clamped; clamping

Kids Definition of clamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ˈklamp How to pronounce clamp (audio) \

Medical Definition of clamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


transitive verb

Medical Definition of clamp (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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