clump

noun
\ˈkləmp \

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 \ 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

Using a fork and working in a circular motion, stir until dough starts to form large clumps. Bon Appetit, "Buttery German Apple Cake," 9 Apr. 2018 Add the butter and, using your fingers, mix to create large clumps. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chocolate Swirl Bread," 5 Dec. 2013 Families reported their dogs falling sick after munching on clumps of mussels. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Explosion of false dark mussels revives hopes for clearer waters and concern for dogs in Anne Arundel County," 11 July 2018 Many researchers believe the beta-amyloid clumps play a key role in Alzheimer’s. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Drugmakers Call Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug Study Positive," 6 July 2018 And then there is another clump two sections over in either direction. Rory Smith, New York Times, "World Cup: Iceland Ties Argentina, but You Can Call It a Victory," 17 June 2018 The one plant forms a large clump, which has produced up to 70 slippers in the past. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County forest officials secretly preserve rare orchid," 6 June 2018 Video from Tucson shows large clumps of protesters on virtually every corner of a busy stretch of road Wednesday. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Arizona teachers line up for miles to kick off massive education protest," 26 Apr. 2018 Its modest payoffs derive from the odd couples and foursomes and gang activities that come from smushing one clump of the Marvel roster into another. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Avengers: Infinity War' review: Marvel's semi-infinite jest, capped by a sucker punch," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 For example, if Enceladus's ocean were really salty (say, over 4 percent, which is a bit more than Earth's oceans) then the silicate particles would have chemically clumped together, former bigger lumps than were found. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Warm Ocean on This Moon of Saturn Could Be Perfect for Life," 11 Mar. 2015 Toward the end, the dancers clumped together and switched into a slow-motion mass, shape-shifting across the stage, with Stephanie Kim pulling away for a solo of a deliberate viscous quality. Laura Bleiberg, latimes.com, "Barak Ballet at the Broad Stage: New moves for a company on the verge," 1 July 2018 Back then, flowers had not yet developed, and the world’s land was clumped together in a supercontinent called Pangaea. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the 240-Million-Year-Old "Mother of All Lizards"," 3 June 2018 Matter is any material that interacts with gravity as normal matter does—becoming clumped into galaxies and galaxy clusters, for example. Lisa Randall, Scientific American, "What Is Dark Matter?," 8 May 2018 By nature, tough-acting, melt-proof options tend to be drier, clump faster, and leave your lashes feeling brittle and hard. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "The Best Waterproof Mascaras, According to Glamour Editors," 10 July 2018 Some of them are lone dots, but most are clumped together around cities. Josie Colt, WIRED, "Compost Makes an Internet Community Grow, Thanks to an App," 19 June 2018 The Ticos clump themselves in the area right in front of Navas, which is the most dangerous part of the field and where the most goals are scored. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "How Soccer’s Minnows Got to the World Cup," 16 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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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 \

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 \

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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