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

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 Shortly before cross-clamp, Ashley made and received a volley of phone calls. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'This room becomes sacred.' The heroic and heartbreaking journey of one organ donor's body," 17 May 2018 The most likely scenario is that the radiator has one or more loose hose clamps, or something simple like that. Ray Magliozzi, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Coolant warning light may indicate small leak," 20 Apr. 2018 Name: Stephen Bandura Patent Application No.: 62/436,808 Patent: Ground Clamp Socket: A socket wrench fixture to easily tighten any electrical ground clamp, saving time—and the risk of accidental exposure to 35,000 volts. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "I Invented a Socket That Could Save My Life," 19 Mar. 2019 Then, using a special clamp, your doctor will flip the eyelid over. Korin Miller, SELF, "Sam Smith Reveals He Had Surgery to Remove a Stye," 15 Jan. 2019 To use, secure hair using a tiny clamp and press a button to send the entire barrel and your piece of hair spinning. Jessica Teich, USA TODAY, "The best hair styling tools of 2018," 1 May 2018 Connect one black-end clamp to the negative (-) post of the good battery. Jasmin Radoncic, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use Jumper Cables and Jump Start a Car the Right Way," 5 Dec. 2018 The only strange part about the procedure were the clamps on my belly that were smooshing my fat. Rashna Shetty, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Fat-Eliminating Treatment That Helped Me Slim Down Before My Wedding," 8 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Crews from Xcel arrived at the site to clamp the gas line break and do mitigation work. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Traffic rerouted in Aurora on East 38th Avenue as fire crews, Xcel respond to gas line break," 11 June 2019 The huge current demands of the starter motor—200 to 400 amps—can cause the battery clamps to heat up if the connection at the clamp to post isn't perfect. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking 5 Cold-Weather Car Myths," 15 May 2018 The bolt shank could break, or the threads may strip, providing no clamping force at all. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 Gone is the clamping headband in favor of a Velcro top band. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges," 19 Mar. 2019 Guide the saw using a straightedge clamped or screwed in place, or use an aftermarket accessory like the Kreg Rip-Cut. Tim Layton, Popular Mechanics, "Out Best Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Circular Saw," 14 Mar. 2019 At a recent rehearsal of the pivotal ball scene, where the two offspring of the feuding Capulet and Montague families first set eyes on one another (and clamp lips), director John Langs was refining some complex choreography with the ensemble. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "Here’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ like you’ve never seen it, with the star-crossed lovers bridging the gap between American Sign Language and English," 20 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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