clump

[ kluhmp ]
/ klʌmp /

noun

verb (used without object)

Also clomp. to walk heavily and clumsily.
Immunology. to gather or be gathered into clumps; agglutinate.

verb (used with object)

to gather or form into a clump; mass.

Origin of clump

1580–90; akin to Dutch klompe lump, mass, Old English clympre lump of metal

Related forms

clump·y, clump·ish, clump·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for clumping

clump

/ (klʌmp) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

clumpy, adjectiveclumpiness, noun

Word Origin for clump

Old English clympe; related to Middle Dutch klampe heap of hay, Middle Low German klampe clamp ², Swedish klimp small lump
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Medicine definitions for clumping

clumping

[ klŭmpĭng ]

n.

The massing together of bacteria or other cells suspended in a fluid.
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