unclamp

[uhn-klamp]
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verb (used with object)

to undo the clamps of: to unclamp one's ski boots.

Nearby words

  1. uncivil,
  2. uncivility,
  3. uncivilized,
  4. unclad,
  5. unclaimed,
  6. unclasp,
  7. unclassical,
  8. unclassified,
  9. unclassy,
  10. uncle

Origin of unclamp

First recorded in 1800–10; un-2 + clamp

clamp

[klamp]

noun

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.
Nautical.
  1. a horizontal timber in a wooden hull, secured to ribs to support deck beams and to provide longitudinal strength.
  2. mast clamp.

verb (used with object)

to fasten with or fix in a clamp.

Verb Phrases

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

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) < Middle Dutch clampe clamp, cleat; cognate with Middle Low German klampe

SYNONYMS FOR clamp
Related formsun·clamped, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for unclamped

clamp

1

noun

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

verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for clamp

C14: from Dutch or Low German klamp; related to Old English clamm bond, fetter, Old Norse kleppr lump

clamp

2

noun

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

verb

(tr) to enclose (a harvested root crop) in a mound

Word Origin for clamp

C16: from Middle Dutch klamp heap; related to clump

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Word Origin and History for unclamped
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Medicine definitions for unclamped

clamp

[klămp]

n.

An instrument for the compression or grasping of a structure.

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