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 clump (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 If shade is the problem, the clump could be moved to a sunnier spot. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Low producing peony patch may need dividing," 13 Dec. 2020 Once a certain critical threshold is reached, the clump of matter just squeezes and squeezes, compressing down into an infinitely tiny point. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Black Holes May Not Be Black Holes at All. They May Actually Be Fuzzballs.," 7 Dec. 2020 Doug Gimesy’s photograph shows flying foxes in Melbourne, Australia, baking to death in a clump on a tree in an extreme heatwave last December. Natasha Daly, Animals, "These are our best animal photos of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 Taking long draws on the wind, casting himself in big loops, scooping up all feather that’s idling in grass clump or thicket. Bill Tarrant, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: And I Do Not Walk Alone," 25 Nov. 2020 Its unique hexagon quilting pattern ensures that the glass beads inside don’t move around a ton or clump together, which keeps the weight distribution even. Anna Borges, SELF, "If You Need Me, I’ll Be Under This Weighted Blanket," 12 Nov. 2020 Downtown Wilmington resembles a random exurb, except for the clump of drab buildings blistered with bank logos and I-95 cleaving the place in two. Washington Post, "Delaware is famous for corporations, chemicals, chickens — and now, finally, a president," 16 Nov. 2020 And in 1974, Dad used it to send an interstellar message to a clump of stars called the Great Cluster in the Hercules constellation. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Iconic radio telescope in Puerto Rico is at risk of collapsing," 12 Nov. 2020 If their leaves are dying back now, pull them or cut them off, then dig, divide and transplant the clump. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Options are few for pear tree with trellis rust," 7 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Add the butter and shortening and pulse until the dough begins to clump, about 20 pulses. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "This savory meat pie is a cheery indulgence for Christmas Eve," 18 Dec. 2020 At a Georgia Tech lab, Varma scooped ants into shallow water in a glass tank, watched the ants clump, and took scores of photos. Michael Parmelee, Magazine, "The pandemic dealt photographers setbacks—and surprises," 8 Dec. 2020 If the mixture starts to seize up or clump, heat gently in the bowl set over, not in, a pot of simmering water. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, "8 Best Substitutes for Heavy Cream That You Probably Have At Home," 2 Dec. 2020 The satellites clump up around 53 degrees latitude (north and south). Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "SpaceX Starlink engineers take questions in Reddit AMA—here are highlights," 24 Nov. 2020 In Chicago, some 45,000 runners clump shoulder to shoulder in the starting corral in Grant Park and then lumber past a nearly equal number of shouting spectators along the 26.2 mile route. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Chicago Marathon news a reminder that, in the long run, we’re going to make it through this," 20 Nov. 2020 Gas and dust in disks around young stars clump together and gradually grow in size to form planets. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers find smallest 'rogue planet' in the Milky Way," 30 Oct. 2020 Elliott had charged through the field during the first stage to clump the four contenders in the winner-take-all season finale. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, "Chase Elliott drives from back of field to his first NASCAR season championship," 8 Nov. 2020 Elliott had charged through the field during the first stage to clump the four contenders in the winner-take-all season finale. Jenna Fryer, The Arizona Republic, "Chase Elliott races from back of field to first NASCAR Cup Series championship," 8 Nov. 2020

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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

17 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clump. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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