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Definition of "clamp" []

  • Any of various devices used to join, grip, support, or compress mechanical or structural parts. (noun)
  • Any of various tools with opposing, often adjustable sides or parts for bracing objects or holding them together. (noun)
  • To fasten, grip, or support with or as if with a clamp. (verb-transitive)
  • To establish by authority; impose: clamped a tax on imports. (verb-transitive)
  • Clamp down To become more strict or repressive; impose controls: clamping down on environment polluters. (phrasal-verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "clamp" in a sentence
  • "Police seized 20,945 litres of alcoholic drinks 44,265 pints from underage drinkers during a February half term clamp down on public drinking, Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker announced today."
  • "A pipe clamp is really a necessary tool when using screws with roughcut lumber."
  • "The level of patriotic indignation in China against posturing by American and European politicians over Tibet is already so high that a long-term clamp-down in Tibet seems inevitable, while public support in China for continued cooperation with the West can no longer be taken for granted."