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 In lieu of using shovels to dig ceremonial clumps of ground, Lewis and others hung paper leaves on a metal elm tree sculpted by UMB’s provost. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "‘How can we affect people?’ Ravens great Ray Lewis spreads message of grass-roots engagement at UMB groundbreaking," 24 Oct. 2019 Continue adding the liquid, whisking the entire time. Pour the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any clumps of gelatin or matcha. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Amanda Haas shares her signature recipes," 14 Sep. 2019 As your clump of pieces gets larger, your confidence in it should become more unshakable. Quanta Magazine, "The Puzzling Search for Perfect Randomness," 20 Aug. 2019 Light says that these mascaras tend to give a cleaner, sleek, elongated look without clumps. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "What’s in Your Mascara?," 3 May 2018 After all, those were the colors of money. — A hundred feet beneath the bridge, near a clump of cottonwoods that clung to the south shore of the river, Jimmy Shandell sat in the moonlit shadows, smoking dope. Larry Millett, Twin Cities, "From the archives: Murder-on-a-stick: A Pioneer Press serial mystery novel (Chapter 1)," 21 Aug. 2019 Antiabortion groups argue that there are alternatives, such as stem cells, growing organ-like clumps of cells in lab dishes, or using tissue taken from newborns who undergo surgery. latimes.com, "Patients will pay for the crackdown on fetal tissue research, scientists fear," 10 June 2019 Putting Microplaned Parm on a mountain of hot pasta turns it into a gooey clump of mush, with all of those delicate little strands melting into one mass. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "To Microplane Your Parm, or Not to Microplane Your Parm?," 14 May 2018 Restive with its course, the river chews at its banks, sending clumps of wildflowers into the water. Christopher Solomon, New York Times, "Exploring a Timeless Wilderness, Before the Drilling Begins," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Blood clots, also called deep vein thrombosis, happen when blood clumps up in one of the veins deep inside your body, typically in your legs. Lori Keong, SELF, "8 Highly Recommended Compression Socks for Long Flights, According to Frequent Travelers," 28 Oct. 2019 Conversely, qubits are, by nature, probabilistic, so trying to clump them together to perform one bulk measurement will not work. Neil Savage, Scientific American, "Hands-On with Google’s Quantum Computer," 24 Oct. 2019 Peebles calculated that there should be faint fluctuations, and the fluctuations would reveal the places where matter had begun to clump together — the structure that would eventually be revealed as stars, galaxies, and clusters of galaxies. BostonGlobe.com, "“They really, sort of tell us something very essential — existential — about our place in the universe,” Ulf Danielsson, a member of the Nobel committee, said during an interview broadcast on the web.," 9 Oct. 2019 That’s correct because, despite all the plural stuff clumped in with the subject, that subject is still the singular Rafael. June Casagrande, Burbank Leader, "A Word, Please: These phrases can make subject-verb agreement confusing," 26 Sep. 2019 Crow says that it is designed to be used to break up ingredients that may be clumping around the blade. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Puree, liquefy, crush: How to choose and use a blender," 12 July 2019 Eventually, portions of this gas clumped together to form stars, which reionized the surrounding hydrogen with their brilliant light. Scientific American, "Drenchable Drones, Prickly Cells and Face-Tracked Chimps: Science GIFs to Start Your Week," 16 Sep. 2019 With Lewy body disease, the proliferation of a protein, which when clumped together are called Lewy bodies. Mike Oliver | Moliver@al.com, al, "Hi I’m Louie. Are you Lewy? A proposal for a Disney duck," 7 Sep. 2019 Healthy, beautiful, hydrated, and clumped for the gods is the name of the game with Pattern. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "We Tried Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross, a Hair-Care Line for 3B to 4C Curls," 3 Sep. 2019

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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

16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

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

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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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