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

It was originally called Blue Mountain, a bare hill with clumps of brush like chaparral, the center of the Mexican-era Rancho San Miguel, owned by Jose de Jesus Noe. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Need an escape in San Francisco? A refuge beckons where you can get away from it all," 3 Aug. 2019 Open areas of clear water mix in with clumps of marsh grass. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A trip to a Kent preserve Monet might have painted," 2 Aug. 2019 Her brain was shriveled and filled with clumps of proteins—which scientists later identified as amyloid beta and tau. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "There are a lot of promising blood tests for Alzheimer’s—here’s how to keep track," 1 Aug. 2019 Use your fingers to quickly press the butter and fat into the flour until flattened and the mixture resembles coarse meal with ragged clumps. Los Angeles Times, "Duck fat: the magic ingredient you didn’t know your peach pie needed," 27 July 2019 Beneath the leafy canopy, healthy tangles of canyon grape vines mingle with insidious clumps of poison ivy. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Forest hike near Payson leads to a shady tangle of springs," 26 July 2019 For several hundred million years there was nothing in the universe but dark clouds of neutral hydrogen and a few other atoms, slowly being pulled together by clumps of dark matter. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Could humanity’s return to the moon spark a new age of lunar telescopes?," 18 July 2019 Some of them look like straw; others are filled with clumps. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What's happening inside Saturn's rings? The Cassini mission dove between them to find out," 13 June 2019 By Kyle Swenson | The Washington Post The cemetery sits off a lonely two-lane road, tucked between cornfields and the occasional house screened from passing traffic by thick clumps of trees. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A newborn was left to die 26 years ago. A mother’s arrest has led to baffling new questions.," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While everyone makes amyloid, in some, the protein is produced in abnormally copious amounts that clump together and form plaques in the brain, which experts believe start to strangle nerves and sever their critical connections to each other. Alice Park, Time, "A New Alzheimer's Blood Test Proved 94% Accurate in Finding Brain Changes Related to the Disease," 1 Aug. 2019 Serious misconduct has ensnared both major parties, but conduct hasn’t seemed to worsen over time: Unusually corrupt administrations have been spaced, not clumped. James M. Banner Jr., Time, "Corruption, Cover-Ups and the Shocking Presidential History to Remember as Robert Mueller Testifies," 22 July 2019 Crow says that it is designed to be used to break up ingredients that may be clumping around the blade. Becky Krystal, Twin Cities, "Puree, liquefy, crush: How to choose and use a blender," 18 July 2019 Its shell causes particles to clump together and settle to the bottom. National Geographic, "How pigeons landed in cities, and more breakthroughs," 12 June 2019 Cells with the Arc gene crank out proteins that clump into capsids. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Neurons Are Surprising Researchers With Unexpected Abilities," 15 Jan. 2019 Hikers clumped near the cliff’s edge, capturing the scene with their camera phones. oregonlive.com, "What’s wrong with this picture? Editor’s Notebook," 1 Aug. 2019 And that young star was still surrounded by bits of debris clumping together, smashing into one another, forming the planets. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How Apollo moon rocks reveal the epic history of the cosmos," 15 July 2019 The choreography is certain fervent, although often clumped. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘Pride and Joy’ at Chicago Theatre: Marvin Gaye musical has little about the singer himself," 20 June 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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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 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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