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 onclamped 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 Pre-drill pilot holes, glue, clamp, and screw together with 1-1/4-inch exterior screws. Lucy Wendel, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Build a Custom Mailbox," 6 Apr. 2020 The clamps come off easily with a ratchet and socket and two guys can lift the deck on or off the boat. Michael R. Shea, Outdoor Life, "Build the Ultimate Bowfishing Boat," 15 Apr. 2020 Also try to have one person at each end to make the connection and prevent the clamps from touching. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Jumpstart a Car," 27 Mar. 2020 The downtown store was selling hardware like clamps for $3 last weekend. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, "Barneys Workers Feel Used as They March Store Toward Death," 16 Jan. 2020 To stop the damper from fully closing, a safety clamp should be installed. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Once winter is over, think about getting your chimney cleaned," 5 Mar. 2020 The six-inch filter attaches to your mic stand via an adjustable clamp and has a flexible neck for easy repositioning. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Home studio gear to help scratch your musical itch," 5 Feb. 2020 All James did in that game was collect 37 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds while putting the defensive clamps on Giannis Antetokounmpo for key stretches of the second half. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "LeBron James Is Reminding Everyone He’s the King," 9 Mar. 2020 Insert one end of the barbed union all the way into the open end of the hose, and secure the hose over the union with the clamp. Will Sutherland, Popular Mechanics, "How to Convert a School Bus to a RV," 4 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most of the watches clamped there told roughly the same time (within fifty minutes). Allan Gurganus, The New Yorker, "The Wish for a Good Young Country Doctor," 27 Apr. 2020 After initial success at containing the disease, Singapore clamped new restrictions this week on schools and nonessential businesses. Los Angeles Times, "Race for vaccine intensifies as coronavirus hits Asia with a second wave of outbreaks," 9 Apr. 2020 After initial success at containing the disease, Singapore clamped new restrictions this week on schools and nonessential businesses. oregonlive, "Race to find vaccine intensifies as Asia sees 2nd wave of coronavirus infections," 9 Apr. 2020 For easy flipping and serving, consider upgrading your grill tools to OXO’s grilling tongs and spatula—both are big enough to flip and clamp onto grilling items, with comfortable rubberized handles that won't slip from your grasp. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "10 ways to make your weekends feel more normal in quarantine," 22 Apr. 2020 Strong and massive two-piece 15.7-inch front rotors clamped by six-piston calipers erase speed with sports-car-like security. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Audi S7 Asks if Looks Matter," 13 Apr. 2020 Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were happy to take Weinstein’s money too, blinders clamped on. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Finally, a Harvey Weinstein Movie," 25 Jan. 2020 Take a quarter-inch-wide section of hair, clamp the flat iron at the root, pause for a moment, then pull through to the ends in one motion. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "How to Care for Your Relaxed Hair at Home," 11 Apr. 2020 The head is a compact black bullet from which emerge long thick spikes of hair, two segmented antennae, and clamp-like mandibles. Daisy Alioto, The New York Review of Books, "Plagues and Pandemics: Further Reading," 27 Mar. 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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Last Updated

17 May 2020

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“Clamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clamp. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for clamp

clamp

noun
How to pronounce clamp (audio)

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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