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

And nearly three months to the day after my stress levels shot through the roof, the physical manifestation of that anxiety decided to rear its ugly head: My hair began falling out in clumps. Lisa Fogarty, Harper's BAZAAR, "Biotin Is in Every Hair Growth Pill. But Does it Even Work?," 22 May 2019 Treat these clumps with a post-emergence crab grass agent, applied two or three times over a seven-day stretch. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds," 19 Apr. 2019 Higher-severity fires also can consume some of the shallow soil organic matter that helps bind larger soil clumps. Lee Macdonald, Washington Post, "Those deadly mudslides you’ve read about? Expect worse in the future.," 20 Jan. 2018 At the heart of the G11 is what looks like a clump of disks, cogs, gears, and springs. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "We Got Our Hands on an HK G11, the Space-Age Rifle That Never Was," 20 Mar. 2019 As a result, the assumption is that any woman who chooses to get married is part of a homogenous clump of straight, white people, presumably with piles of disposable income. Kaye Toal, SELF, "I'm Fat and I'm Not Going to Lose Weight for My Wedding," 1 Mar. 2019 The six performers form a clump onstage at center, singing Sol, La, Ti, etc. with their corresponding hand signals to create a series of harmonies. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Lucky Plush triple threats are smart and funny, but these works don’t work on the Harris stage," 27 Apr. 2018 Combine sugar, coconut milk powder, and salt in a small Ziploc bag, breaking up any clumps of coconut milk powder with your fingers. Sunset, "6 Gourmet Backpacking Recipes for a Tasty Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 Deputies found Scarr bound to the bed, along with clumps of her hair on the floor in the bedroom. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seminole County woman found dead was bound with duct tape, deputies say," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Therefore, the company decided to exterminate a few hundred bees that were clumped around a microphone by the dugout. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres face backlash for exterminating bee swarm during Sunday’s game," 3 June 2019 When drying anything fluffy or prone to clumping when wet—like down blankets, pillows, or jackets—add a tennis ball, clean sneaker, or dryer balls to the drum. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "A Laundry Expert's 8 Biggest Dos and Don'ts," 8 Feb. 2019 In this era, all matter was free-floating clouds of gas, and some of that gas could have clumped together and collapsed into very small black holes. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Rule Out Hawking Theory for Source of Dark Matter," 4 Apr. 2019 Making sure that no two items are clumped together or intertwined is key. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "A Laundry Expert's 8 Biggest Dos and Don'ts," 8 Feb. 2019 Mexican officials reported in March that the wintering monarchs, clumped tightly in trees, covered 6.1 acres (2.5 hectares) last winter, a decline of 15 percent blamed in part on brutal storms that season. Calvin Woodward, Fox News, "A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of butterflies," 31 July 2018 Without clumping, flaking, or smudging, my lashes are instantly transformed. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "This Maybelline Mascara Is So Good, I Call It the Drugstore Diorshow," 16 Nov. 2018 These jets, whose material moves at nearly the speed of light, could help astronomers better understand the long-ago era when the universe's first stars formed and began clumping together, researchers said. Fox News, "Superbright quasar could shed light on universe's youth," 10 July 2018 Other days, getting your curls to stay clumped together is like trying to get a toddler on a sugar high to stand still. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Five Editors Reveal Their Favorite Combinations of Curly-Hair Products," 2 July 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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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

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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