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clamp

noun \ ˈklamp \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of clamp

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

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Origin and Etymology of clamp

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

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clamp

verb

Definition of clamp

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

Recent Examples of clamp from the Web

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First Known Use of clamp

1683

clamp Synonyms

Synonyms
anchor, catch, fasten, fix, hitch, moor, secure, set
Antonyms
loose, loosen, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen
Related Words
embed (also imbed), entrench (also intrench), implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, stuff, wedge
Near Antonyms
extract, prize, pry, pull, root (out), tear (out), uproot, wrest, yank


CLAMP Defined for English Language Learners

clamp

noun

Definition of clamp for English Language Learners

  • : a device that holds or presses parts tightly together


clamp

verb

Definition of clamp for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


CLAMP Defined for Kids

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clamp

noun \ ˈklamp \

Definition of clamp for Students

: a device that holds or presses parts together firmly

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clamp

verb

Definition of clamp for Students

clamped; clamping
: 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

noun \ ˈklamp \

medical Definition of clamp

: 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

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


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