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an assortment of clamps

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /klæmp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æmp

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch clamp, klampe (a clamp, hook), from Proto-Germanic *klampō (clamp, clasp, cramp). Cognate with Middle Low German klampe (hook, clasp), German Klampfe, Klampe (clamp, cleat), Norwegian klamp (clamp), Alemannic German Chlempi.

NounEdit

clamp (plural clamps)

  1. A brace, band, or clasp for strengthening or holding things together.
  2. (medicine) An instrument used to temporarily shut off blood vessels, etc.
  3. A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal coking.
  4. A pile of root vegetables stored under a layer of earth.
  5. A piece of wood (batten) across the grain of a board end to keep it flat, as in a breadboard.
  6. (electronics) An electronic circuit that fixes either the positive or the negative peak excursions of a signal to a defined value by shifting its DC value.
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ReferencesEdit

  Storage clamp on Wikipedia.Wikipedia   Clamper (electronics) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

VerbEdit

clamp (third-person singular simple present clamps, present participle clamping, simple past and past participle clamped)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To fasten in place or together with (or as if with) a clamp.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21
      As we burst into the room, the Count turned his face, and the hellish look that I had heard described seemed to leap into it. His eyes flamed red with devilish passion. The great nostrils of the white aquiline nose opened wide and quivered at the edge, and the white sharp teeth, behind the full lips of the blood dripping mouth, clamped together like those of a wild beast.
  2. (transitive) To hold or grip tightly.
  3. (transitive) To modify (a numeric value) so it lies within a specific range.
    • 2016, Jason Zink, ‎Matt Pettineo, ‎Jack Hoxley, Practical Rendering and Computation with Direct3D 11 (page 253)
      After the depth range is clamped, the depth value is read from the depth stencil buffer, and the two values are compared with a selectable depth-comparison function []
  4. (Britain, obsolete, transitive) To cover (vegetables, etc.) with earth.
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Etymology 2Edit

Imitative.

NounEdit

clamp (plural clamps)

  1. (dated) A heavy footstep; a tramp.

VerbEdit

clamp (third-person singular simple present clamps, present participle clamping, simple past and past participle clamped)

  1. (intransitive, dated) To tread heavily or clumsily; to clump or clomp.
    • Thackeray
      the policeman with clamping feet