AskDefine | Define clamp

Dictionary Definition

clamp n : a device (used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together


1 fasten or fix with a clamp; "clamp the chair together until the glue has hardened"
2 impose or inflict forcefully; "The military government clamped a curfew onto the capital"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A brace, band, or clasp for strengthening or holding things together.





  1. To fasten in place or together with a clamp.
  2. To hold or grip tightly.
  3. To modify a numeric value so it lies within a specific range.


to fasten in place or together
  • Chinese: :固定
  • Finnish: puristaa (yhteen)
to hold or grip
  • Finnish: puristaa

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Extensive Definition

Clamp may refer to:
clamp in Japanese: クランプ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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