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 QB Joey Silveri is incredibly efficient and the CC defense can put the clamps on anyone’s offense. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football playoffs: Breaking down the entire field," 26 Oct. 2019 For many of these women, though, the past retains a lasting clamp on the present. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Life After Prison for Women Who Served Decades Behind Bars," 22 Oct. 2019 Write down how much the water level changes with every turn of the C-clamp screw. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Make Water Disappear--With the Wet-Sand Effect," 25 July 2019 Release the clamp, reposition the saw chain and repeat. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Sharpen Your Chainsaw Like a Pro," 24 July 2019 Clampco, located in Wadsworth, manufactures various stainless steel clamps, serving commercial and industrial companies internationally, ranging from the automotive industry to the waste-water treatment arena. Mike Peticca, cleveland.com, "Making things makes for winners in Northeast Ohio: Top Workplaces 2019," 16 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said late Monday that the House will vote this week on bipartisan legislation aimed at blocking military sales to Turkey and clamping sanctions on its leaders’ assets. Robert Burns, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump orders Turkey sanctions; US scrambles for Syria exit," 14 Oct. 2019 Cosmi stared the pass in, clamped his mitts around it then started rumbling toward the end zone on a path paved by fellow linemen Derek Kerstetter and Parker Braun. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Longhorns extra points: No. 11 Texas 42, West Virginia 31," 5 Oct. 2019 Even as a teenager — braces clamped to his teeth, hair swept forward over his eyes, shoulders slight — Félix was a love-at-first-sight sort of player. New York Times, "João Félix Is in a Hurry. So Is Everyone Else.," 12 Sep. 2019 Designed to hold up to 15 pounds, the BedShelfie offers added space and clamps right onto a bed frame, while a reading pillow like this one from Linenspa can make staying up to read and study a less stressful experience. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 20 best high school graduation gifts of 2019," 7 June 2019 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

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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

16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Clamp.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clamps. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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