an assortment of clamps



  • A brace, band, or clasp for strengthening or holding things together.
  • An instrument used to temporarily shut off blood vessels, etc.
  • A parking enforcement device used to immobilise a car until it can be towed or a fine is paid; a wheel clamp.
  • A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal coking.
  • A pile of agricultural produce such as root vegetables or silage stored under a layer of earth or an airtight sheet.
  • A piece of wood (batten) across the grain of a board end to keep it flat, as in a breadboard.
  • An electronic circuit that fixes either the positive or the negative peak excursions of a signal to a defined value by shifting its DC value.
  • A heavy footstep; a tramp.


  • To fasten in place or together with (or as if with) a clamp.
  • To hold or grip tightly.
  • To modify (a numeric value) so it lies within a specific range.
  • To cover (vegetables, etc.) with earth.
  • To immobilise (a vehicle) by means of a wheel clamp.
  • To tread heavily or clumsily; to clump or clomp.


  • From Middle Dutch clamp, klampe, from Proto-Germanic *klampō ("clamp, clasp, cramp"). Cognate with Middle Low German klampe ("hook, clasp"), German Klampfe, Klampe, Norwegian klamp ("clamp"), Alemannic German Chlempi.
  • Imitative.

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