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clump

play
noun \ ˈkləmp \

Definition of clump

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

clumpy

play \ˈkləm-pē\ adjective

Examples of clump in a Sentence

  1. There is a clump of bushes at the edge of the field.

  2. I could hear the clump of his footsteps as he came down the stairs.

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Origin and Etymology of clump

probably from Low German klump


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clump

verb

Definition of clump

intransitive verb
1 :to walk or move clumsily and noisily
2 :to form clumps
transitive verb
:to arrange in or cause to form clumps

Examples of clump in a Sentence

  1. The virus clumps the cells together.

  2. a child clumping around the house in her father's oversized boots

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First Known Use of clump

1665


CLUMP Defined for English Language Learners

clump

play
noun

Definition of clump for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of clump for English Language Learners

  • : to form a mass or clump

  • : to walk with loud, heavy steps


CLUMP Defined for Kids

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clump

play
noun \ ˈkləmp \

Definition of clump for Students

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

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clump

verb

Definition of clump for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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clump

play
noun \ ˈkləmp \

medical Definition of clump

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

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clump

intransitive verb

medical Definition of clump

:to form clumps
transitive verb
:to arrange in or cause to form clumps
  • the serum clumps the bacteria


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