clamp Definition

  • 1a device used to hold things tightly together or to prevent movement
  • 2a metal frame with a bar that can be tightened around an object to hold it in place
  • 3to hold something tightly using a clamp

Using clamp: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "clamp" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The carpenter used a clamp to hold the wood in place while he sawed it.

  • Example

    She clamped her hand over his mouth to stop him from screaming.

  • Example

    The mechanic clamped the car's wheel to prevent it from moving.

clamp Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for clamp

Phrases with clamp

  • to take strong action to stop or limit a particular activity or situation


    The government is clamping down on tax evasion.

  • to hold two things tightly together using a clamp


    He clamped the two pieces of metal together and began to weld them.

  • put the clamp on someone/something

    to limit or control someone or something


    The police put the clamp on the drug dealers in the area.


Summary: clamp in Brief

A 'clamp' [klæmp] is a device used to hold things tightly together or to prevent movement. It can also refer to the act of holding something tightly using a clamp. Examples include a carpenter using a clamp to hold wood in place while sawing it, or a mechanic clamping a car's wheel to prevent it from moving. Phrases like 'clamp down on something' and 'put the clamp on someone/something' denote taking strong action to limit or control a particular activity or situation.