clamp

Definitions

  • Clamping up Boards to Prevent Warping
    Clamping up Boards to Prevent Warping
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clamp impose or inflict forcefully "The military government clamped a curfew onto the capital"
    • v clamp fasten or fix with a clamp "clamp the chair together until the glue has hardened"
    • n clamp a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Steel-Bar Carpenter's Clamp Steel-Bar Carpenter's Clamp
Picture-Frame-Clamp Picture-Frame-Clamp
Clamping Clamping

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Clamp A heavy footstep; a tramp.
    • Clamp A mass of bricks heaped up to be burned; or of ore for roasting, or of coal for coking.
    • Clamp A mollusk. See Clam.
    • Clamp A piece of wood placed across another, or inserted into another, to bind or strengthen.
    • Clamp (Shipbuilding) A thick plank on the inner part of a ship's side, used to sustain the ends of beams.
    • Clamp An instrument with a screw or screws by which work is held in its place or two parts are temporarily held together.
    • Clamp One of a pair of movable pieces of lead, or other soft material, to cover the jaws of a vise and enable it to grasp without bruising.
    • Clamp Something rigid that holds fast or binds things together; a piece of wood or metal, used to hold two or more pieces together.
    • Clamp To cover, as vegetables, with earth.
    • Clamp To fasten with a clamp or clamps; to apply a clamp to; to place in a clamp.
    • v. i Clamp To tread heavily or clumsily; to clump. "The policeman with clamping feet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clamp An instrument of wood, metal, or other rigid material, used to hold anything, or to hold or fasten two or more things together by pressure so as to keep them in the same relative position. Specifically— In joinery: An instrument of wood or metal used for holding glued pieces of timber closely together until the glue hardens. A piece of wood fixed to another with a mortise and tenon, or groove and tongue, so that the fibers of the piece thus fixed cross those of the other and thereby prevent it from casting or warping.
    • n clamp plural The hinged plates over the trunnions of a gun: generally called cap-squares.
    • n clamp One of a pair of movable cheeks of lead or copper covering the jaws of a vise, and enabling it to grasp without bruising.
    • n clamp In botany, in the mycelium of fungi, a nearly semicircular cellular protuberance, like a short branch, which springs from one cell of a filament close to a transverse wall, and is closely applied to the lateral wall of the adjoining cell. Each cell coalesces with the clamp, and thus an open passage is formed between the two cells. Also called clamp-cell.
    • n clamp plural Andirons.
    • clamp To fasten with a clamp or clamps; fix a clamp on.
    • n clamp A stack of bricks laid up for burning, in such a manner as to leave spaces between them for the access of the fire, and imperviously inclosed: called a brick-clamp, in distinction from a brick-kiln.
    • n clamp A pile of ore for roasting, or of coal for coking.
    • n clamp A mound of earth lined with straw thrown up over potatoes, beets, turnips, etc., to keep them through the winter.
    • n clamp A large fire made of underwood.
    • n clamp A heap of peat or turf for fuel.
    • clamp To burn (bricks) in a clamp. See clamp, n., 1.
    • clamp To cover (potatoes, beets, turnips, etc.) with earth for winter keeping.
    • n clamp An obsolete form of clam.
    • clamp To tread heavily; tramp.
    • n clamp A heavy footstep or tread; a tramp.
    • clamp To make or mend in a clumsy manner; patch.
    • clamp To patch or trump up (a charge or an accusation).
    • n clamp A clamp-shell, Tridacna; a chama.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clamp klamp a piece of timber, iron, &c., used to fasten things together or to strengthen any framework: any instrument for holding
    • v.t Clamp to bind with clamps
    • n Clamp klamp a heavy tread
    • v.i Clamp to tread heavily
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. & D. klamp, Dan. klampe, also D. klampen, to fasten, clasp. Cf. Clamber Cramp

Usage

In literature:

Each strand when made up and clamped was lowered to its position.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
He clamped the cover on by means of the cam levers and switched on the electric lights.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
It had a rounded top, and was made of gray painted wood clamped with iron.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Each camel carried two cacolets, one clamped to each side of a specially constructed saddle.
"With Our Army in Palestine" by Antony Bluett
Next day Jack was to go clamp turf on the bog.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
A heavy ingot of iron was raised by a clamp that fastened itself upon it, coming from nowhere.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
He found his suit and helmet and clamped them on quickly, transferring the knife to its spring sheath outside the suit.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
She rose from her chair and stood in the middle of her clever orange and black room, icy hands clamped tightly to her burning cheeks.
"Jane Journeys On" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Finally, the scrap gear is securely clamped in the straightening press shown in Fig.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
The chairs were solid, for the smith had bound them in iron clamps.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
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In poetry:

He laid forthwith poor Mr. Smith
Close-clamped upon the table,
And, cold as stone, took out his bones
As fast as he was able.
"Bones" by Walter de la Mare
But at that moment someone clamped
his hand upon my mouth
so that I could not even let out my breath.
And I groped for the wall.
"Place of Pilgrimage" by Jaroslav Seifert
Clamped to couch, his fiery hearing sucked
Whispers that at heart made iron-clang:
Here fool-women clucked,
There men held harangue.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
They lie as wanton as they fall,
and where they fall and break,
the stallion clamps his crunching jaws,
the starling stabs his beak.
"Apples" by Laurie Lee
They bore my wownded frame to camp,
And shut my gapèn skull, and washed en cleän,
And jined en wi' a zilver clamp
Thik night at Valencieën.
"Valenciennes" by Thomas Hardy
Illegibility of this
World. All twice-over. Robust Clocks
agree the Cracked-Hour,
hoarsely. You, clamped in your Depths,
climb out of yourself
for ever.
"Illegibility" by Paul Celan

In news:

American Airlines said that improperly installed clamps had caused seats to come loose on some of its planes and that it was expanding an inspection to cover dozens of jets.
An improperly installed clamp may be the reason why passenger seats on three.
DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says improperly installed clamps caused seats to come loose on some planes, and it's expanding an inspection to cover dozens of jets.
Launched last month, the CL420 Clamp -on Process Meter measures 0–120-mA DC process-control signals without breaking the loop.
You can put direct pressure across a joint of almost any angle using two Universal Clamping Blocks, due to their round loops.
Blokkz, blokkz.com, 714-267-8440, 2 Universal Clamping Blocks (includes 2 neoprene pads), #UCB5R20.
Clamp down on big oil companies.
Description Bessey's auto-adjusting clamp secures workpieces of varying thicknesses without needing to make any adjustments.
City Hall Ready to Clamp Down on KL Nightspots.
CL420 Clamp -on Process Meter.
The CL420 Clamp -on Process Meter from Yokogawa Corp. Of America will safely measure 0-120 mA DC process control signals without breaking the loop.
She sources used clamps from all over the US, then plates them in brass.
Used clamps become marvelous hanging lights after designer Lindsey Adelman gets her hands on them.
Watch Clamp in the Fitness Video.
Authorities Clamp Down on Aurora Probe Leaks.
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In science:

Fracture occurred first within the clamping area for one sample (473, 7, B) because the sample slid of the clamp, causing the screw to bear the tension load.
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics
However, it is not clear how the ”loose” boundary conditions (compared to the traditional wedge clamps) affect the fracture outcome.
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics
When a crack initiates, the load distribution is the coupons changed suddenly and the clamps are likely to reorient themselves, which could lead to premature fracture.
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics
None of the data collected in the current study allow for checking whether the clamps accelerate the fracture process. A non contact strain measurement system provided a non invasive method to estimate strain in the coupon.
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics
Finally, the strain measurement procedure is 2D only, and consequently any relative motion of one of the clamps towards or away from the camera was seen as a change in strain, and therefore the measured strain could be overestimated (and the Young’s modulus underestimated).
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics
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