Two boards being held together by wood clamps.
- The definition of clamp is a device, such as a brace or band, that holds things together.
A clothespin used to keep a bag of chips shut is an example of a clamp.
- The definition of clamp is to fasten things firmly together.
When you use a device to hold a piece of wood firmly in place on a table, this is an example of when you clamp the wood to the table.
Origin of clampMiddle English from Middle Dutch klampe: for Indo-European base see climb
- to grip, fasten, or brace with or as with a clamp
- to put in effect forcefully; impose: to clamp a curfew on the town
clamp down (on)
Origin of clampvariant, variety of clump
- Any of various devices used to join, grip, support, or compress mechanical or structural parts.
- Any of various tools with opposing, often adjustable sides or parts for bracing objects or holding them together.
transitive verbclamped, clamp·ing, clamps
- To fasten, grip, or support with or as if with a clamp.
- To establish by authority; impose: clamped a tax on imports.
Origin of clampMiddle English from Middle Dutch klampe
top: parallel clamp
(third-person singular simple present clamps, present participle clamping, simple past and past participle clamped)