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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klamp]
    • /klæmp/
    • /klæmp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klamp]
    • /klæmp/

Definitions of clamp word

  • countable noun clamp A clamp is a device that holds two things firmly together. 3
  • verb clamp When you clamp one thing to another, you fasten the two things together with a clamp. 3
  • verb clamp To clamp something in a particular place means to put it or hold it there firmly and tightly. 3
  • countable noun clamp A clamp is a large metal device which is fitted to the wheel of an illegally-parked car or other vehicle in order to prevent it from being driven away. The driver has to pay to have the clamp removed. 3
  • verb clamp To clamp a car means to fit a clamp to one of its wheels so that it cannot be driven away. 3
  • noun clamp 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 3

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Origin of clamp

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English (noun) < Middle Dutch clampe clamp, cleat; cognate with Middle Low German klampe

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Clamp


clamp popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

clamp usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clamp

noun clamp

  • grip — the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.
  • snap — to make a sudden, sharp, distinct sound; crack, as a whip; crackle.
  • nipper — a person or thing that nips.
  • lock — a tress, curl, or ringlet of hair.
  • vice — any of various devices, usually having two jaws that may be brought together or separated by means of a screw, lever, or the like, used to hold an object firmly while work is being done on it.

verb clamp

  • impose — to lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled, paid, etc.: to impose taxes.
  • clench — When you clench your fist or your fist clenches, you curl your fingers up tightly, usually because you are very angry.
  • fix — to repair; mend.
  • clinch — If you clinch something you are trying to achieve, such as a business deal or victory in a contest, you succeed in obtaining it.
  • brace — If you brace yourself for something unpleasant or difficult, you prepare yourself for it.

Antonyms for clamp

noun clamp

verb clamp

  • loosen — to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter.
  • unbuckle — to unfasten the buckle or buckles of.
  • unlock — to undo the lock of (a door, chest, etc.), especially with a key.
  • let go — to move or proceed, especially to or from something: They're going by bus.
  • unfasten — to release from or as from fastenings; detach.

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