Clamp - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |klæmp|  American pronunciation of the word clamp
Brit.  |klamp|  British pronunciation of the word clamp


- a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together (syn: clinch)


- fasten or fix with a clamp
- impose or inflict forcefully


The surgeon clamped the vein.

He clamped the two pieces of wood together.

The bit was clamped firmly between the horse's teeth.

He clamped his mouth shut and refused to speak.

The workmen clamped up the bricks.

She clamped her hands over her ears.

Creed opened his mouth to speak, then clamped it shut.

Clamp the two parts together until the glue dries.

He returned, only to discover his car had been clamped.

clamp the chair together until the glue has hardened

The military government clamped a curfew onto the capital

The government has promised to clamp down on criminal activity.

We must clamp down now, before it's too late to stop the trouble.

Phrasal verbs

clamp down  — repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)

Word forms

I/you/we/they: clamp
he/she/it: clamps
present participle: clamping
past tense: clamped
past participle: clamped
singular: clamp
plural: clamps
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