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Webster 1913 Edition


Clamp

Clamp

(klămp)
,
Noun.
[Cf. LG. & D.
klamp
, Dan.
klampe
, also D.
klampen
to fasten, clasp. Cf.
Clamber
,
Cramp
.]
1.
Something rigid that holds fast or binds things together; a piece of wood or metal, used to hold two or more pieces together.
2.
(a)
An instrument with a screw or screws by which work is held in its place or two parts are temporarily held together.
(b)
(Joinery)
A piece of wood placed across another, or inserted into another, to bind or strengthen.
3.
One of a pair of movable pieces of lead, or other soft material, to cover the jaws of a vise and enable it to grasp without bruising.
4.
(Shipbuilding)
A thick plank on the inner part of a ship’s side, used to sustain the ends of beams.
5.
A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal for coking.
6.
A mollusk. See
Clam
.
[Obs.]
Clamp nails
,
nails used to fasten on clamps in ships.

Clamp

(klămp)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Clamped
(klămt; 215)
p. pr. & vb. n.
Clamping
.]
1.
To fasten with a clamp or clamps; to apply a clamp to; to place in a clamp.
2.
To cover, as vegetables, with earth.
[Eng.]

Clamp

,
Noun.
[Prob. an imitative word. Cf.
Clank
.]
A heavy footstep; a tramp.

Clamp

,
Verb.
I.
To tread heavily or clumsily; to clump.
The policeman with
clamping
feet.
Thackeray.

Webster 1828 Edition


Clamp

CLAMP

, n.
1.
In general, something that fastens or binds; a piece of timber or of iron, used to fasten work together; or a particular manner of uniting work by letting boards into each other.
2.
In ship-building, a thick plank on the inner part of a ships side, used to sustain the ends of the beams.
3.
A smooth crooked plate of iron forelocked on the trunnions of a cannon to keep it fast to the carriage. Clamps are also used to strengthen masts, and to fasten the masts and bowsprits of small vessels and of boats.
4.
A pile of bricks laid up for burning, in which the end of one brick is laid over another, and a space is left between the bricks for the fire to ascend.
Clamp-irons, irons used at the ends of fires to keep the fuel from falling.
Clamp-nails, nails used to fasten on clamps in ships.

CLAMP

, v.t.
1.
To fasten with clamps.
2.
In joinery, to fit a piece of board with the grain, to the end of another piece of board across the grain; as, to clamp a table to prevent its warping.

Definition 2022


clamp

clamp

English

an assortment of clamps

Noun

clamp (plural clamps)

  1. A brace, band, or clasp for strengthening or holding things together.
  2. (medicine) An instrument used to temporarily shut off blood vessels, etc.
  3. A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal coking.
  4. A piece of wood (batten) across the grain of a board end to keep it flat, as in a breadboard.
  5. A heavy footstep; a tramp.
  6. (Electronics) Electronic circuit to fix a voltage (see Wikipedia)

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Verb

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. (Britain, obsolete, transitive) To cover (vegetables, etc.) with earth.

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