clamp

noun
\ ˈklamp \

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

Use a dab of silicone spray to help the new hoses go on more easily, and make sure clamps are snug but not ultra-tight. Matt Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Resurrect a Sleeping Car," 7 Feb. 2018 Finally, your doctor flips the eyelid back over and removes the clamp. Korin Miller, SELF, "Sam Smith Reveals He Had Surgery to Remove a Stye," 15 Jan. 2019 Another big supporter is Charles Dardas, president and chief operating officer for AlphaUSA, which manufactures a number of products, including fastener assemblies, clamps and bolts. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Food pantry inside Livonia school now helps families across the district," 19 Apr. 2018 Pulling away does nothing but elicit a snorting growl and a tighter clamp. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 The team took basalt columns from Iceland and hooked them up to clamps at each end. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Uncover the Secret of Strange, Geometrical Rock Formations," 12 Apr. 2018 Stethoscopes around their necks, with alligator clamps on one end and gears on the opposite end. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "FIRST Championship: Wacky, 'weird' costumes, high fives and wild crowds," 26 Apr. 2018 Disconnect their electrical plugs and then the dryer vent, which should be a simple squeeze-to-loosen metal ring or a ring clamp loosened by a screwdriver. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips to Help You Move Like a Pro," 11 July 2018 The slick black clamps at the bases of their skulls saw to that. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The home studio was austere, containing only a chair, a large table and several filing cabinets; lighting consisted of a lamp clamped on to the table’s edge and a square fluorescent light on the ceiling. Lesley M. M. Blume, WSJ, "Master Photographer Irving Penn’s First Major Painting Exhibition: An Exclusive Look," 6 Sep. 2018 Huge fans whir on the ceiling and smaller ones are clamped to each rack. Lina Zeldovich, Popular Mechanics, "The Vertical Farm That Lifted a Family," 2 June 2016 The imbalance, a longtime sore point with the U.S., is cited by the Trump administration as a reason for clamping tariffs this year on imports from China. WSJ, "China’s Exports Slowed in November, but Surplus With U.S. Grew," 8 Dec. 2018 Mulcahy offered a shoelace to clamp the baby's umbilical cord. Fox News, "Passengers help deliver baby born on Minnesota bus," 15 Aug. 2018 And a simple port-and-plug power bar can be screwed or clamped onto any edge to create connected furniture. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "Furniture that lets you plug in — without getting off the couch," 8 Oct. 2018 Now, the top of the fork extends above the frame, and the handlebars are clamped directly on, which seems simpler and more robust. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 Fans didn't appreciate the actor sitting on and clamping the mouth of the animal. Temi Adebowale, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Furious Over a Photo of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson," 19 Oct. 2018 But animal studies have shown that clamping the cord before a baby breathes can cause the heartbeat to slow and decrease the amount of blood being pumped out of the heart each minute. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The New, Improved World of Infant Care," 16 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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