Clamp Definition

klămp
clamped, clamping, clamps
noun
Any of various devices used to join, grip, support, or compress mechanical or structural parts.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
The sound of heavy footsteps.
Webster's New World
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.
YourDictionary
A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal coking.
Wiktionary
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verb
clamped, clamping, clamps
To tread heavily.
Webster's New World
To grip, fasten, or brace with or as with a clamp.
Webster's New World
To put in effect forcefully; impose.
To clamp a curfew on the town.
Webster's New World
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.
YourDictionary
To modify a numeric value so it lies within a specific range.
Wiktionary
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idiom
clamp down (on)
  • to become more strict (with)
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Clamp

Noun

Singular:
clamp
Plural:
clamps

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Clamp

Origin of Clamp

  • Middle English from Middle Dutch klampe

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

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