clamp

noun
\ ˈklamp How to pronounce clamp (audio) \

Definition of clamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a device designed to bind or constrict or to press two or more parts together so as to hold them firmly
2 : any of various instruments or appliances having parts brought together for holding or compressing something

clamp

verb
clamped; clamping; clamps

Definition of clamp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten with or as if with a clamp clamp two boards together
2a : to place by decree : impose often used with on clamped on a curfew after the riots
b : to hold tightly

Synonyms & Antonyms for clamp

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of clamp in a Sentence

Verb The surgeon clamped the vein. He clamped the two pieces of wood together. The bit was clamped firmly between the horse's teeth. He clamped his mouth shut and refused to speak.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Plus, find out how the actor snuck a nipple clamp onto the show without the wardrobe department noticing. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 27 July 2022 The robot has a single arm that can pivot at three points — essentially a shoulder, elbow, and wrist — with a clamp-like hand at the end of it. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, 11 Jan. 2021 Use the iron’s clamp to grip a small section of hair. Amber Kallor, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 Older jigsaws may have a bolt that needs to be loosened using an Allen wrench to change the blade, though newer models typically have a simple lever to release the blade clamp. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Aug. 2022 Make sure the clamp is fully connected to the metal and won’t fall off. Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 The result is a larger magnetic field (all sides except where the clamp is attached) capable of picking up objects from farther away. Ben Demchak, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2022 The webcam comes with an adjustable clamp for fitting it on top of a monitor. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 24 June 2022 This 8-inch cordless option charges via USB and features an extra-large clamp that opens up to 3 inches wide, plus the fan has 360-degree rotation for maximum airflow. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 23 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then, clamp the iron down each plait to lock in the shape. Amber Kallor, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 If your material isn't fixed in place, clamp it to your working surface. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Sep. 2022 Since the rails are narrow, clamp a second board to the workpiece to help support the router base. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 31 July 2021 The simplest way to do this is to clamp a spare 2x4 along the length of the plywood. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 Those bolts clamp blades to the rotor and bear the stress of wind and motion. The Oregonian - OregonLive.com, 27 Aug. 2022 Ofcom warns these figures could decline further with recent price rises and clamp downs on password sharing. Barry Collins, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Braking power is provided by six-piston, 15.4-inch front steel discs and four-piston, 14.6-inch rear discs, which clamp onto aluminum monobloc calipers. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 29 July 2022 Most stocks dipped Tuesday in their first trading after tumbling into a bear market Monday on worries that high inflation would push central banks to clamp the brakes too hard on the economy. Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clamp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clamp

Noun

Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch *klampe; akin to Old English clamm bond, fetter — more at clam

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The first known use of clamp was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for clamp

clamp

noun
\ ˈklamp How to pronounce clamp (audio) \

Kids Definition of clamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that holds or presses parts together firmly

clamp

verb
clamped; clamping

Kids Definition of clamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten or to hold tightly with or as if with a clamp … Mom was driving with both hands clamped tightly around the wheel …— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control

clamp

noun
\ ˈklamp How to pronounce clamp (audio) \

Medical Definition of clamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various instruments or appliances having parts brought together for holding or compressing something especially : an instrument used to hold, compress, or crush vessels and hollow organs and to aid in surgical excision of parts an arterial clamp

clamp

transitive verb

Medical Definition of clamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten with or as if with a clamp the descending thoracic aorta was clamped— W. A. Banks et al.

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