clamp definition, meaning - what is clamp in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “clamp”

See all translations

clamp

noun [C] uk   us   /klæmp/
a device made of wood or metal that is used to hold two things together tightly: Carefully tighten the clamp until it firmly supports the pipette in a vertical position.

clamp

verb uk   us   /klæmp/

clamp verb (FASTEN)

[T usually + adv/prep] to fasten two things together, using a clamp: Clamp the two pieces of wood (together) for 15 minutes. [T] mainly UK (US boot) If the police or another person in authority clamps a vehicle, they fix a metal device to one of its wheels, usually because it is parked illegally. The device is usually only removed when the owner pays an amount of money: When I finally got back, I found my car had been clamped.
See also

clamp verb (HOLD TIGHTLY)

[T + adv/prep] If you clamp something in a particular place, you hold it there tightly: He clamped his hand over her mouth. A heavy iron chain was clamped around his wrists.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of clamp from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of clamp?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “clamp” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

force

physical, especially violent, strength, or power

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More