Clamp

Definition of Clamp

Pronunciation: klămp
n.1.Something rigid that holds fast or binds things together; a piece of wood or metal, used to hold two or more pieces together.
2.(Joinery) An instrument with a screw or screws by which work is held in its place or two parts are temporarily held together.
3.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 sustain the ends of beams.
5.A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal for coking.
6.A mollusk. See Clam.
Clamp nails
nails used to fasten on clamps in ships.
v. t.1.To fasten with a clamp or clamps; to apply a clamp to; to place in a clamp.
[imp. & p. p. Clamped (klămt; 215) p. pr. & vb. n. Clamping.]
2.To cover, as vegetables, with earth.
n.1.A heavy footstep; a tramp.
v. i.1.To tread heavily or clumsily; to clump.
The policeman with clamping feet.
- Thackeray.

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