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 Crown it all with clumps of the reserved dough and chopped peanuts for that real sandwich effect. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, "Ina Garten's Comforting PB&J Bars Stir Up All the Nostalgia of Childhood," 7 Apr. 2020 The discovery is small in size, but hugely controversial among paleontologists: what appears to be microscopic cells, the building blocks of complex life, with dark clumps in the middle. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Paleontologists Debate Whether New Research Found Signs of DNA in Dinosaur Fossil," 6 Mar. 2020 At Famous Food, three women pinched dough around minced meat and piled Styrofoam plates with slippery steamed dumplings: pork, shrimp, and chive; pork and celery; wontons swimming in chili oil, topped with clumps of sharp raw garlic. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "HK Food Court, a One-Stop Shop for Pan-Asian Cravings," 24 Jan. 2020 The problem with clumps of games is that players are more likely to get injured. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Upcoming schedule holds opportunity for Phoenix Suns to fight back into playoff position," 18 Dec. 2019 And several years ago, a turf-reduction program converted about 20% of the property's 104 acres from grass to decomposed granite sprinkled with clumps of grasses and native plants. Mike James, latimes.com, "Moriya Jutanugarn holds at Wilshire Country Club for her first victory on LPGA Tour," 23 Apr. 2018 Once its pH hits 4.6, that’s when casein (milk protein) clumps. J. Kenji López-alt, New York Times, "The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow," 14 Apr. 2020 According to American Water, the floss can wrap around other items flushed after it, creating even larger clumps that can clog sewers and pipes. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Everyday Items You Should Never Flush Down Your Toilet," 6 Apr. 2020 Dahlia clumps should be cut so that each tuber has a bit of last year’s stem or neck. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "With seeds harder to come by, here are some ideas for Alaska gardeners," 2 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But as a result of pressure from both European settlers and more nomadic tribes on the plains, the three tribes were reduced and, eventually, clumped together — an affiliation of necessity, not always of choice. David Treuer, New York Times, "An Oil Boom, a Missing Body and a Native Woman’s Quest to Find It," 25 Feb. 2020 Temporary foster homes are needed, as are donations of all cleaning supplies, non-clumping clay litter, canned and dry cat food, and KMR kitten formula. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Luna and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 10 Apr. 2020 These occur when proteins in the lenses clump together into clouds, blurring your vision. Meryl Davids Landau, Good Housekeeping, "How to Maintain Good Eye Health, According to Doctors," 13 Mar. 2020 Unfortunately, finding a waterproof mascara that stays on through a variety of activities—but still leaves your eyelashes looking impeccably long and luscious without clumping—can be a struggle. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Blinc Mascara Is The Best Waterproof Mascara You Can Buy To Avoid Flaking and Smudging," 30 Oct. 2019 The cause: The clear gel behind the eye clumps together, allowing us to see it. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "8 Common Vision Issues and What to Do About Them, According to Eye Doctors," 2 Apr. 2020 Long-term worms usually like to clump together with other long-term-worm couples, much to the envy of many lonely bugs! Rachel Van Nes, The New Yorker, "Fun Facts About Love Bugs," 12 Feb. 2020 Process until the mixture starts to clump together, 2 to 3 minutes. NBC News, "A no-bake peanut butter energy bar with zero added sugar," 11 Feb. 2020 Another, maybe less obvious change is that the numbers might start to clump together. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematician Proves Huge Result on ‘Dangerous’ Problem," 11 Dec. 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

3 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clump. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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