clump

noun
\ ˈkləmp How to pronounce clump (audio) \

Definition of clump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of things clustered together a clump of bushes
2 : a compact mass
3 : a heavy tramping sound

clump

verb
clumped; clumping; clumps

Definition of clump (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to walk or move clumsily and noisily
2 : to form clumps

transitive verb

: to arrange in or cause to form clumps

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Other Words from clump

Noun

clumpy \ ˈkləm-​pē How to pronounce clumpy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of clump in a Sentence

Noun There is a clump of bushes at the edge of the field. I could hear the clump of his footsteps as he came down the stairs. Verb The virus clumps the cells together. a child clumping around the house in her father's oversized boots
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Downtown Wilmington resembles a random exurb, except for the clump of drab buildings blistered with bank logos and I-95 cleaving the place in two. Washington Post, "Delaware is famous for corporations, chemicals, chickens — and now, finally, a president," 16 Nov. 2020 And in 1974, Dad used it to send an interstellar message to a clump of stars called the Great Cluster in the Hercules constellation. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Iconic radio telescope in Puerto Rico is at risk of collapsing," 12 Nov. 2020 If their leaves are dying back now, pull them or cut them off, then dig, divide and transplant the clump. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Options are few for pear tree with trellis rust," 7 Nov. 2020 Small clump form trees can be ruined if too many branches are broken. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Deer rubbing can be fatal to trees. Here’s how to protect yours as bucks look to mark territory this fall," 11 Oct. 2020 There are glimpses of what was meant to be, a clump of northern sea oats here, a goldenrod there, but all is now smothered in invasive vines and brambles and miscanthus grasses. Washington Post, "The American Horticultural Society faces its uncertain future, uneasily," 23 Sep. 2020 Then pack into resealable bags, containers or jars (freezing first ensures that the beans wont all freeze together in a huge clump). Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Freeze Green Beans to Enjoy Them Any Day of the Year," 15 Sep. 2020 The stream of stories from their 26 years together only paused when a clump of weeds caught their eyes. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, "'Desert Defenders' trains citizen scientists to track flammable invasive plants," 13 Sep. 2020 To divide your irises, dig up a clump using a shovel or garden fork. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "It's a net gain of Louisiana irises: Divide them now, then use the pieces to create more plants," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gas and dust in disks around young stars clump together and gradually grow in size to form planets. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers find smallest 'rogue planet' in the Milky Way," 30 Oct. 2020 Elliott had charged through the field during the first stage to clump the four contenders in the winner-take-all season finale. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, "Chase Elliott drives from back of field to his first NASCAR season championship," 8 Nov. 2020 Elliott had charged through the field during the first stage to clump the four contenders in the winner-take-all season finale. Jenna Fryer, The Arizona Republic, "Chase Elliott races from back of field to first NASCAR Cup Series championship," 8 Nov. 2020 Warm dark matter doesn’t allow matter to clump at small scales, in small regions of space. Rebecca Boyle, Quanta Magazine, "The Cosmologist Who Dreams in the Universe’s Dark Threads," 5 Nov. 2020 Gas and dust in disks around young stars clump together and gradually grow in size to form planets. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers find smallest 'rogue planet' in the Milky Way," 30 Oct. 2020 When that happens, the cells become sticky and clump together, unable to flow easily throughout the body. NBC News, "Throughout pandemic, sickle cell patients suffer quietly at home," 28 Sep. 2020 Tufts of undercoat loosen, drift on the wind, clump on wet pavement. Catharina Coenen, The Christian Science Monitor, "In which I witness someone falling in love," 23 Sep. 2020 Excess deposits of the protein alpha-synuclein, known as Lewy bodies, clump up inside neurons, causing damage to certain parts of the brain and, as a result, a decline in cognition and movement. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "What is Lewy body dementia, the disease Robin Williams' widow called 'the terrorist' inside his brain?," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of clump

Noun

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1665, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for clump

Noun

probably from Low German klump

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Time Traveler for clump

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The first known use of clump was circa 1586

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Last Updated

23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clump. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for clump

clump

noun
How to pronounce clump (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small ball or mass of something
: a group of things or people that are close together
: a loud, heavy sound made by footsteps

clump

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clump (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form a mass or clump
: to walk with loud, heavy steps

clump

noun
\ ˈkləmp How to pronounce clump (audio) \

Kids Definition of clump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of things clustered together a clump of bushes
2 : a cluster or lump of something A clump of mashed potatoes fell on his lap.
3 : a heavy tramping sound

clump

verb
clumped; clumping

Kids Definition of clump (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to form or cause to form a clump or clumps
2 : to walk with loud heavy steps : clomp

clump

noun
\ ˈkləmp How to pronounce clump (audio) \

Medical Definition of clump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a clustered mass of particles (as bacteria or blood cells) — compare agglutination

Medical Definition of clump (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form clumps

transitive verb

: to arrange in or cause to form clumps the serum clumps the bacteria

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