Clamp meaning

klămp
To establish by authority; impose.

Clamped a tax on imports.

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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.

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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.

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Any of various devices used to join, grip, support, or compress mechanical or structural parts.
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Any of various tools with opposing, often adjustable sides or parts for bracing objects or holding them together.
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To fasten, grip, or support with or as if with a clamp.
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Any of various devices for clasping or fastening things together, or for bracing parts; esp., an appliance with two parts that can be brought together, usually by a screw, to grip something.
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To grip, fasten, or brace with or as with a clamp.
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To put in effect forcefully; impose.

To clamp a curfew on the town.

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The sound of heavy footsteps.
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To tread heavily.
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A brace, band, or clasp for strengthening or holding things together.
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A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal coking.
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A piece of wood (batten) across the grain of a board end to keep it flat, as in a breadboard.
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A heavy footstep; a tramp.
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(intransitive) To fasten in place or together with (as if with) a clamp.
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(intransitive) To tread heavily or clumsily; to clump or clomp.
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To hold or grip tightly.
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To modify a numeric value so it lies within a specific range.
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clamp down (on)
  • To become more strict (with).
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of clamp

  • Middle English from Middle Dutch klampe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition