- 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 clamping
Some people talk, for example, of clamping down on sales of types of ammo.How We Can Regulate Guns Using the Second Amendment
December 18, 2012
Reform entitlements by clamping down on payments to suppliers and providers?Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation Day 22: What Business Community, President Obama?
November 28, 2012
America has spent tens of billions of dollars in a basically futile effort to coax Islamabad into clamping down on the Taliban.The U.S. and Pakistan: Can This Marriage Be Saved?
April 3, 2012
Or I poked people in the back with the frames while I was clamping them.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
There was a mouse swelling above his eye, the lids were clamping.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
D the important features of such a method of clamping will be understood.Toy Craft
Leon H. Baxter
The clamping device for the slide is made of two bars, 1 in.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
"With difficulty," Petra said, taking another step and clamping her teeth.Captives of the Flame
Samuel R. Delany
- 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 clamping
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.