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

Other Words from clump

Noun

clumpy \ ˈkləm-​pē How to pronounce clump (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 The patient, still holding a scrunchy and a clump of the nurse’s hair, was then placed in four-point restraints. Dave Altimari, courant.com, 11 Oct. 2021 North of the Huntington Beach Pier on Thursday morning, a worker in a white hazmat suit picked up a quarter-sized clump of oil, lifted it to his nose and sniffed. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 For the best results, apply the primer, wait 30 seconds, and then apply a couple coats of the mascara to reveal long, voluminous, and clump-free lashes. Eden Lichterman, PEOPLE.com, 20 Oct. 2021 Among the warped, melted objects found in the towers’ debris was this clump of coins. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021 In the shade Very Black, the mascara adds impact without making your lashes look chunky or bunched together thanks to the signature clump-free rubber brush. Julia Marzovilla, Marie Claire, 5 Oct. 2021 Most of the quakes in 2021 occurred in the first clump of Figure 1 – just below the New Mexico border. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Along the bank of a small river stood birch trees that were almost gnawed through; a few meters away a beaver could be seen swimming with a large clump of foliage in its mouth. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2021 By June, Wankhede was still in the hospital, his face framed by a clump of tubes. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This particular documentary is a project that tends to take a lot of specific things and then say, No, it’s a big general narrative, and then clump them all together. Jesse David Fox And Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 2 Apr. 2021 Over millions, and even billions, of years, matter begins to clump and cluster together, forming stars, galaxies, galaxy groups and clusters, and even, on the largest scales, the great cosmic web. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The buckwheat will clump together, but that’s okay. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 The formula is also smudge-proof, even on high humidity days and won’t clump on you either. Kari Molvar, Forbes, 4 July 2021 Oviedo home, the 12-year-old developed a gel that can clump and sink the harmful algae, limiting its detrimental impact on marine life. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, 16 July 2021 Whatever irregularities there may have been would have been amplified by gravity, which causes matter to clump together. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 July 2021 Most importantly, the formula is so creamy and smooth, and doesn't clump up or gather in my lower lashes like other liners. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 14 July 2021 Washing down at home isn’t an easy task, because the feathers clump up when damp. Washington Post, 14 June 2021

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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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12 Nov 2021

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“Clump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clump. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for clump

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

clump

intransitive verb

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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