clamp

noun
\ 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

clamp

verb
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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for clamp

Synonyms: Verb

anchor, catch, fasten, fix, hitch, moor, secure, set

Antonyms: Verb

loose, loosen, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Bears largely put the clamps on that offense, holding an opponent under 25 points for the 10th straight game. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: Cal does just enough on offense to get past North Texas," 14 Sep. 2019 The Westlake defense put the clamps on Cy Ranch – limiting the Mustangs to only 220 yards of total offense and forcing three fumbles. William Hatfield, Houston Chronicle, "Westlake uses 3 QBs to take down Cy Ranch," 6 Sep. 2019 Green Bay’s defense swarmed third-year quarterback Trubisky and putting the clamps on Nagy’s creative scheme to move the ball. Los Angeles Times, "Packers’ defense dominates in win over the Bears in NFL season opener," 5 Sep. 2019 According to the lawsuit, nurses failed to provide the newborn with basic postdelivery medical care: The baby was not warmed after delivery, mucus was not cleared from his nose or mouth, and no clamps were available to sever the umbilical cord. Mariel Padilla, BostonGlobe.com, "Woman gave birth in Denver jail cell alone, lawsuit says," 1 Sep. 2019 Ground clamps attach to cables with an eyebolt or a T-handle. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "I Invented a Socket That Could Save My Life," 19 Mar. 2019 Somehow, after what seemed like 28 separate transactions to construct a respectable outfield, Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski survived to put the clamps on that revolving door. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Big crowd, big emotions for Madison Bumgarner’s start," 24 July 2019 Godfrey took a harmonica and used a radiator clamp to attach a bullet microphone, the type favored by many blues players, to the rack, along with a harmonica. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "The ‘other guy’ in an iconic Huntsville band," 18 June 2019 There are two simple parts to this life-changing hanger: the top piece, which snaps onto the picture frame wire with clamps to lock it in place, and the hanger, which slides onto the bottom wall receiver and interlocks with the top piece. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Finally, a Picture Hanging Tool That Automatically Levels the Frame," 16 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Winona has a seemingly perfect life, yet no one but Lucille knows the truth about how her father abuses her, burning her with cigarettes and clamping locks on the pantry to limit her food intake. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "EW talks YA: Why these two extraordinary teen tales deserve your attention," 12 Sep. 2019 The Triangles’ helmets were essentially leather shells with a chin strap clamping on below the throat. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Hundreds of men hustled through the haze, laughing and shouting, cigarettes clamped between their teeth. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 The quick reaction from Nigerian authorities is a change of tack from earlier measures by the Trump administration to clamp on Nigerian visa applications. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria has backed down and lowered visa fees for Americans after a US visa hike," 29 Aug. 2019 The last of the pad has ground away and the metal backing plate is now clamping directly onto the brake disc. Mac Demere, Popular Mechanics, "11 Things Your Car Is Trying to Tell You," 2 Aug. 2019 The suit states that Brockbank's death could have been avoided if doctors had noticed the tube had not been clamped. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Utah woman bled to death into a garbage can during botched heart surgery, lawsuit says," 19 July 2019 The floating dock had been clamped onto the top of a groin wall. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Michigan’s high levels are creating challenges for Highland Park boaters," 11 July 2019 In the meantime, geladas who raid nearby farms, where Ethiopian villagers grow lentils, potatoes, and barley, sometimes return with metal snares clamped around a limb. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "These tough-looking monkeys eke out a living at 11,000 feet," 28 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of clamp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clamp

Noun

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

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More Definitions for clamp

clamp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that holds or presses parts tightly together

clamp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ ˈklamp How to pronounce clamp (audio) \

Kids Definition of clamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that holds or presses parts together firmly

clamp

verb
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

clamp

noun
\ 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

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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