Clamp (?), n. [Cf. LG. & D. klamp, Dan. klampe, also D. klampen to fasten, clasp. Cf. Clamer, Cramp.]


Something rigid that holds fast or binds things together; a piece of wood or metal, used to hold two or more pieces together.

2. (a)

An instrument with a screw or screws by which work is held in its place or two parts are temporarily held together.

(b) Joinery

A piece of wood placed across another, or inserted into another, to bind or strengthen.


One of a pair of movable pieces of lead, or other soft material, to cover the jaws of a vise and enable it to grasp without bruising.

4. Shipbuilding

A thick plank on the inner part of a ship's side, used to sustuan the ends of beams.


A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal coking.


A mollusk. See Clam.


Clamp nails, nails used to fasten on clamps in ships.


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Clamp (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clamped (?; 215) p. pr. & vb. n. Clamping.]


To fasten with a clamp or clamps; to apply a clamp to; to place in a clamp.


To cover, as vegetables, with earth.



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Clamp, n. [Prob. an imitative word. Cf.Clank.]

A heavy footstep; a tramp.


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Clamp, v. i.

To tread heavily or clumsily; to clump.

The policeman with clamping feet. Thackeray.


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