- a device, usually of some rigid material, for strengthening or supporting objects or fastening them together.
- an appliance with opposite sides or parts that may be adjusted or brought closer together to hold or compress something.
- one of a pair of movable pieces, made of lead or other soft material, for covering the jaws of a vise and enabling it to grasp without bruising.
- Also called clamp rail. Carpentry. a rail having a groove or a number of mortises for receiving the ends of a number of boards to bind them into a flat piece, as a drawing board or door.
- a horizontal timber in a wooden hull, secured to ribs to support deck beams and to provide longitudinal strength.
- mast clamp.
- to fasten with or fix in a clamp.
- clamp down, to become more strict: There were too many tax loopholes, so the government clamped down.
- clamp down on, to impose or increase controls on.
Origin of clamp
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Examples from the Web for clamp
Maynard left the clamp in place and managed to pull out the blade.The Black and White Men Who Saved Martin Luther King’s Life
January 20, 2014
[Y]ou will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see white gelatinous material coming through the cervix.On Abortion, Wendy Davis Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About
August 8, 2013
It's critical that suppliers do all they can to clamp down on electricity theft.UK Weeds Out Illegal Cannabis Farms
July 3, 2013
But in 1983, the Communist Party launched a Campaign against Spiritual Pollution, to clamp down on experimental art.Ma Jian: How I Write
June 12, 2013
Hamas has in the past worked to clamp down on factions firing projectiles, like Islamic Jihad and others.Bodies for Ballots
November 15, 2012
The boards are then placed in a vise or clamp and allowed to remain there over night.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
The clamp may be made of flat or round spring brass or bronze.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Why not just clamp onto him, and keep track of him that way?The Players
Everett B. Cole
It was wuth ridin' a clamp from here to Mill Flat to hear her sing.
When the glue is dry, they are used as corners on which to clamp the handscrews.Handwork in Wood
- a mechanical device with movable jaws with which an object can be secured to a bench or with which two objects may be secured together
- See also wheel clamp
- a means by which a fixed joint may be strengthened
- nautical a horizontal beam fastened to the ribs for supporting the deck beams in a wooden vessel
- to fix or fasten with or as if with a clamp
- to immobilize (a car) by means of a wheel clamp
- to inflict or impose forcefullythey clamped a curfew on the town
- a mound formed out of a harvested root crop, covered with straw and earth to protect it from winter weather
- a pile of bricks ready for processing in a furnace
- (tr) to enclose (a harvested root crop) in a mound
Word Origin and History for clamp
device for fastening, c.1300, probably from clamb, perhaps originally past tense of climb (v.), or from Middle Dutch clampe (Dutch klamp), from West Germanic *klamp- "clamp, cleat;" cf. Middle Low German klampe "clasp, hook," Old High German klampfer "clip, clamp;" also probably related to Middle Dutch klamme "a clamp, hook, grapple," Danish klamme "a clamp, cramp," Old English clamm "fetter;" see clam (n.).
"to fasten with a clamp," 1670s, from clamp (n.). Related: Clamped; clamping.
- An instrument for the compression or grasping of a structure.