clamp

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English[edit]

an assortment of clamps

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch clamp, klampe (a clamp, hook), from Proto-Germanic *klampō (clamp, clasp, cramp). Cognate with Middle Low German klampe (hook, clasp), German Klampfe, Klampe (clamp, cleat), Norwegian klamp (clamp).

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clamp (plural clamps)

  1. A brace, band, or clasp for strengthening or holding things together.
  2. A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal coking.
  3. A piece of wood (batten) across the grain of a board end to keep it flat, as in a breadboard.
  4. A heavy footstep; a tramp.

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clamp (third-person singular simple present clamps, present participle clamping, simple past and past participle clamped)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To fasten in place or together with (or as if with) a clamp.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21
      As we burst into the room, the Count turned his face, and the hellish look that I had heard described seemed to leap into it. His eyes flamed red with devilish passion. The great nostrils of the white aquiline nose opened wide and quivered at the edge, and the white sharp teeth, behind the full lips of the blood dripping mouth, clamped together like those of a wild beast.
  2. (intransitive) To tread heavily or clumsily; to clump or clomp.
    • Thackeray
      The policeman with clamping feet.
  3. (transitive) To hold or grip tightly.
  4. (transitive) To modify a numeric value so it lies within a specific range.
  5. (UK, obsolete, transitive) To cover (vegetables, etc.) with earth.

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