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clump

[kluhmp] /klʌmp/
noun
1.
a small, close group or cluster, especially of trees or other plants.
2.
a lump or mass.
3.
a heavy, thumping step, sound, etc.
4.
Immunology. a cluster of agglutinated bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
5.
a thick extra sole on a shoe.
verb (used without object)
6.
Also, clomp. to walk heavily and clumsily.
7.
Immunology. to gather or be gathered into clumps; agglutinate.
verb (used with object)
8.
to gather or form into a clump; mass.
Origin of clump
1580-1590
1580-90; akin to Dutch klompe lump, mass, Old English clympre lump of metal
Related forms
clumpy, clumpish, clumplike, adjective
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  • Here and there in a clump of trees was a dark shadow, and the long slant rays betokened the coming of evening.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • As a rule he waited on the top of the hill in the clump of pines.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • A thousand sweet scents were wafted through the air and a bubbling stream surprised them by gushing forth from a clump of bushes.

    Jean, Our Little Australian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • Philip repeated to Mr. Stubmore the story he had imparted to Mr. clump.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • We sat under a clump of mulga saplings, with our backs to the trunks, and got out our pipes.

    Children of the Bush Henry Lawson
  • Crouching low in the shade of a clump of bushes, Grant stole toward the spot.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for clump

clump

/klʌmp/
noun
1.
a cluster, as of trees or plants
2.
a dull heavy tread or any similar sound
3.
an irregular mass: a clump of hair or earth
4.
an inactive mass of microorganisms, esp a mass of bacteria produced as a result of agglutination
5.
an extra sole on a shoe
6.
(slang) a blow
verb
7.
(intransitive) to walk or tread heavily
8.
to gather or be gathered into clumps, clusters, clots, etc
9.
to cause (bacteria, blood cells, etc) to collect together or (of bacteria, etc) to collect together
10.
(transitive) (slang) to punch (someone)
Derived Forms
clumpy, adjective
clumpiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English clympe; related to Middle Dutch klampe heap of hay, Middle Low German klampeclamp², Swedish klimp small lump
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Word Origin and History for clump
n.

1580s, "lump; cluster of trees," from Middle English clompe "a lump" (c.1300), from Dutch klomp "lump, mass," or Middle Low German klumpe "clog, wooden shoe." Old English had clympre "lump, mass of metal."

v.

"to heap or gather in clumps" (transitive), 1824, from clump (n.). Related: Clumped; clumping. Intransitive sense "to form a clump or clumps" is recorded from 1896.

"walk heavily," 1660s, imitative. Related: Clumped; clumping.

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