follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

clamp

[klamp] /klæmp/
noun
1.
a device, usually of some rigid material, for strengthening or supporting objects or fastening them together.
2.
an appliance with opposite sides or parts that may be adjusted or brought closer together to hold or compress something.
3.
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.
4.
Also called clamp rail. Carpentry. 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.
5.
Nautical.
  1. a horizontal timber in a wooden hull, secured to ribs to support deck beams and to provide longitudinal strength.
  2. mast clamp.
verb (used with object)
6.
to fasten with or fix in a clamp.
Verb phrases
7.
clamp down, to become more strict:
There were too many tax loopholes, so the government clamped down.
8.
clamp down on, to impose or increase controls on.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (noun) < Middle Dutch clampe clamp, cleat; cognate with Middle Low German klampe
Related forms
unclamped, adjective
Synonyms
6. clinch, clench, secure.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for clamps down on

clamp1

/klæmp/
noun
1.
a mechanical device with movable jaws with which an object can be secured to a bench or with which two objects may be secured together
2.
See also wheel clamp
3.
a means by which a fixed joint may be strengthened
4.
(nautical) a horizontal beam fastened to the ribs for supporting the deck beams in a wooden vessel
verb (transitive)
5.
to fix or fasten with or as if with a clamp
6.
to immobilize (a car) by means of a wheel clamp
7.
to inflict or impose forcefully they clamped a curfew on the town
Word Origin
C14: from Dutch or Low German klamp; related to Old English clamm bond, fetter, Old Norse kleppr lump

clamp2

/klæmp/
noun
1.
a mound formed out of a harvested root crop, covered with straw and earth to protect it from winter weather
2.
a pile of bricks ready for processing in a furnace
verb
3.
(transitive) to enclose (a harvested root crop) in a mound
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch klamp heap; related to clump
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for clamps down on
clamp
1304, probably from clamb, orig. pt. of climb, or from M.Du. klampe, from W.Gmc. *klamp- "clamp, cleat." The verb is from 1677.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
clamps down on in Medicine

clamp (klāmp)
n.
An instrument for the compression or grasping of a structure.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for clamp

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for clamps

12
16
Scrabble Words With Friends