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

Deputies found Scarr bound to the bed, along with clumps of her hair on the floor in the bedroom. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seminole County woman found dead was bound with duct tape, deputies say," 12 Apr. 2018 Hurts herself, perhaps out of anxiety (used to tear out clumps of hair, then began scratching herself). Jennifer Rabiner*, Redbook, ""Why Don't I Like My Own Child?"," 10 Nov. 2016 My lashes look longer, are clump-free, and are cured of the chronic smudges that plagued me for the majority of my makeup-wearing years. Megan Mcintyre, Glamour, "This Is the Only True Non-Smudging Mascara I’ve Ever Tried," 27 Aug. 2018 Covergirl’s latest cosmetic innovation is this sweatproof mascara designed to last 24 hours, meaning clump-free lashes that last from breakfast to Barre class and beyond. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Easy Ways to Jump-Start Your Fitness Goals in 2019," 12 Jan. 2019 In 2014, her three-year-old twins were breaking out in rashes and her eldest daughter's hair was dropping out in clumps. Sarah Hurtes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Who Risk Everything to Defend the Environment," 30 Nov. 2018 For lashes, many beauty brands have lightweight, tint-like mascaras that look natural and are clump-free. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Are Eyelash- and Eyebrow-Tinting Services Safe? Here's Why Some Experts Are Warning Against It," 27 Aug. 2018 Tau clumps together in the tissues of the brain, interrupting critical information flow. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 Chives At the end of growing season, dig up a clump of chives from your garden and replant it in a pot. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "10 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round," 21 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Making sure that no two items are clumped together or intertwined is key. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "A Laundry Expert's 8 Biggest Dos and Don'ts," 8 Feb. 2019 Mexican officials reported in March that the wintering monarchs, clumped tightly in trees, covered 6.1 acres (2.5 hectares) last winter, a decline of 15 percent blamed in part on brutal storms that season. Calvin Woodward, Fox News, "A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of butterflies," 31 July 2018 Without clumping, flaking, or smudging, my lashes are instantly transformed. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "This Maybelline Mascara Is So Good, I Call It the Drugstore Diorshow," 16 Nov. 2018 These jets, whose material moves at nearly the speed of light, could help astronomers better understand the long-ago era when the universe's first stars formed and began clumping together, researchers said. Fox News, "Superbright quasar could shed light on universe's youth," 10 July 2018 Other days, getting your curls to stay clumped together is like trying to get a toddler on a sugar high to stand still. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Five Editors Reveal Their Favorite Combinations of Curly-Hair Products," 2 July 2018 See, the freezer that the Germans launched has the ability to make atoms clump together in a cloud-like blob called a Bose-Einstein condensate—a phase of matter that exhibits some truly bizarre properties. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "The Quest to Make Super Cold Quantum Blobs in Space," 25 June 2018 The number and variety of newspapers that continue to exist—in tiny towns with populations in four figures, at gas stations in poor rural counties, and in villages clumped near each other—give hope to even the most pessimistic observer. The Economist, "Small-town American newspapers are surprisingly resilient," 21 June 2018 Kenneth Setzer Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Bambusa vulgaris — common bamboo — is a fast-growing, clumping bamboo, and has been cultivated into some wild forms lest it become too common. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Need to screen off your neighbors? Here's how to grow a green privacy barrier," 27 June 2018

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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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The first known use of clump was circa 1586

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clump

noun

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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