- 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.
Two boards being held together by wood clamps.
clamp definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle 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
Origin: variant, variety of clump
clamp definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- To fasten, grip, or support with or as if with a clamp.
- To establish by authority; impose: clamped a tax on imports.
Origin: Middle English, from Middle Dutch klampe.
top to bottom: parallel and C-clamps
clamp - Medical Definition
clamp - Phrases/Idioms
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