Meaning of “clamp” in the English Dictionary

"clamp" in English

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clampnoun [ C ]

uk /klæmp/ us /klæmp/


uk /klæmp/ 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.
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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.

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(Definition of “clamp” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clamp" in American English

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clampnoun [ C ]

us /klæmp/

a device used to hold something tightly:

A small clamp at the bottom edge holds it in place.

to use a device to hold something tightly:

[ M ] Clamp the pieces together while the glue dries.

If you clamp something, you hold it firmly so that it does not move:

He abruptly clamped his jaw shut.

(Definition of “clamp” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)