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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But many anglers prefer a fly tying vase with a versatile C-clamp instead of a base. Outdoor Life, "5 Best Fly Tying Kits: A Buyer’s Guide to Fly Tying Supplies," 21 Jan. 2021 The molecular clamp approach centers on a prefusion configuration, which exposes parts of spike hidden in its postfusion form and may generate a more robust antibody response. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Development of unique Australian COVID-19 vaccine halted," 11 Dec. 2020 This is an electrical cable with a clamp on the end that attaches to the base metal and completes the electrical circuit required to weld. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Started With Welding," 18 Oct. 2020 Use a band clamp and some thin wedges to hold the panels together, then drive deck screws through the upper corners of the planter [4]. Thomas Klenck, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build You Own Cedar Planter Box," 20 June 2020 To ensure the part is positioned perpendicular to the drill bit, hold it against the square end of a scrap piece before tightening the hand-screw clamp or drill-press vise [2]. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Handmade DIY Dino Toy," 12 Dec. 2020 Ends, Color, and Assembly Secure a 2-inch split ball in a hand-screw clamp or bench vise. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Handmade DIY Dino Toy," 12 Dec. 2020 Connect the open end of the line to the liquid line connector and secure the connection with a metal clamp. New York Times, "Make A DIY Seltzerator," 12 Dec. 2020 But this conformation of the spike protein is unstable, so the Australian team introduced a bit of molecular material—the molecular clamp—to hold it in position. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Development of unique Australian COVID-19 vaccine halted," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Measure up 5 1⁄2 inches from the bottom of the sides and mark a line across the panels, then clamp a square on the line. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Low Sawhorse for Your Workshop," 23 Jan. 2021 For the most uniform finish, clamp the flat iron onto a 1-inch section of hair at the roots and slowly pull the closed iron straight down to the ends. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "How to Straighten Any Type of Hair Perfectly at Home, According to Hair Pros," 19 Jan. 2021 These small brass fixtures clamp onto the square, providing an accurate way to mark several identical notches. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Stairs in 3 Steps," 18 Jan. 2021 Local authorities also are loath to clamp new restrictions on an already depressed economy, especially ahead of the holiday spending season, according to Thiago de Aragão, director of strategy for Arko Advice, a political consultancy. David Biller And Mauricio Savarese, Star Tribune, "Brazil has surge of virus cases, downplayed by politicians," 20 Nov. 2020 Most of us who spend time in the backcountry with dogs have an emergency first-aid kit that includes items to staple and disinfect wounds, cut or clamp off bleeding, and wash out eyes. Anchorage Daily News, "Happiness may be a warm puppy, but dogs are cool with the cold if you take the right precautions," 21 Nov. 2020 Glue and clamp together groups of three or four strips. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 Simply clamp the parts in the jig and bore the holes. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Build This Rolling Cabinet for Extra Functional Storage," 26 Sep. 2020 Undo the nuts that clamp the faucet body in place or that otherwise prevent the parts from being lifted up and out. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Bathroom Renovations You Can Tackle Without a Contractor," 13 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of clamp was in the 14th century

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9 Feb 2021

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“Clamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clamp. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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