Meaning of CLAMP in English

CLAMP

/ klæmp; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

1.

clamp A to B | clamp A and B (together) to hold sth tightly, or fasten two things together, with a clamp :

[ vn ]

Clamp one end of the plank to the edge of the table.

Clamp the two halves together until the glue dries.

[also vn - adj ]

2.

[+ adv. / prep. ] to hold or fasten sth very tightly so that it does not move; to be held tightly :

[ vn ]

He had a cigar clamped between his teeth.

She clamped a pair of headphones over her ears.

I clamped a hand on his shoulder.

[ v ]

Her lips clamped tightly together.

3.

[ vn ] [ often passive ] ( BrE ) to fix a clamp to a car's wheel so that the car cannot be driven away

PHRASAL VERBS

- clamp down (on sb/sth)

- clamp sth on sb

■ noun

1.

a tool for holding things tightly together, usually by means of a screw

2.

(also ˈwheel clamp ) (both BrE ) ( US ˌDenver ˈboot , boot ) a device that is attached to the wheel of a car that has been parked illegally, so that it cannot be driven away

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : probably of Dutch or Low German origin and related to clam .

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