- a small, close group or cluster, especially of trees or other plants.
- a lump or mass
- a heavy, thumping step, sound, etc.
- Immunology. a cluster of agglutinated bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
- a thick extra sole on a shoe.
- Also clomp. to walk heavily and clumsily.
- Immunology. to gather or be gathered into clumps; agglutinate.
- to gather or form into a clump; mass.
Origin of clump
Examples from the Web for clump
The drain clogs in the shower every few days, and the clump of tangled brown hair is springy between my fingers.Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One
October 14, 2014
For example, on Diaspora you clump people into “Aspects” like Friends, Family, and Acquaintances.Little Hope for Facebook Rival
September 2, 2011
And in her right hand was a clump of hair that did not belong to her.
Only one thing was different: a clump of her hair had been cut from her head.
On the homeward way they turned into a lane and came to a clump of catnip.A Night Out
As a rule he waited on the top of the hill in the clump of pines.Way of the Lawless
Philip repeated to Mr. Stubmore the story he had imparted to Mr. Clump.Night and Morning, Complete
How would this clump of bushes serve for a hiding place while we wait?The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Crouching low in the shade of a clump of bushes, Grant stole toward the spot.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- a cluster, as of trees or plants
- a dull heavy tread or any similar sound
- an irregular massa clump of hair or earth
- an inactive mass of microorganisms, esp a mass of bacteria produced as a result of agglutination
- an extra sole on a shoe
- slang a blow
- (intr) to walk or tread heavily
- to gather or be gathered into clumps, clusters, clots, etc
- to cause (bacteria, blood cells, etc) to collect together or (of bacteria, etc) to collect together
- (tr) slang to punch (someone)
Word Origin and History for clump
1580s, "lump; cluster of trees," from Middle English clompe "a lump" (c.1300), from Dutch klomp "lump, mass," or Middle Low German klumpe "clog, wooden shoe." Old English had clympre "lump, mass of metal."
"walk heavily," 1660s, imitative. Related: Clumped; clumping.
"to heap or gather in clumps" (transitive), 1824, from clump (n.). Related: Clumped; clumping. Intransitive sense "to form a clump or clumps" is recorded from 1896.