- a horizontal timber in a wooden hull, secured to ribs to support deck beams and to provide longitudinal strength.
- mast clamp.
verb (used with object)
Origin of clamp
Synonyms for clamp
Related Words for clampimpose, clench, grip, snap, nipper, lock, vice, catch, bracket, press, hold, clasp, fix, clinch, brace, secure
Examples from the Web for clamp
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of clamp
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
Word Origin for clamp
Word Origin 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.