clamp: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (klamp), [key]
- a device, usually of some rigid material, for strengthening or supporting objects or fastening them together.
- an appliance with opposite sides or parts that may be adjusted or brought closer together to hold or compress something.
- one of a pair of movable pieces, made of lead or other soft material, for covering the jaws of a vise and enabling it to grasp without bruising.
- a rail having a groove or a number of mortises for receiving the ends of a number of boards to bind them into a flat piece, as a drawing board or door.
- a horizontal timber in a wooden hull, secured to ribs to support deck beams and to provide longitudinal strength.
- Seemast clamp.
- to fasten with or fix in a clamp.
- to become more strict: There were too many tax loopholes, so the government clamped down.
- to impose or increase controls on.
- clamp (Thesaurus)