clump

Definitions

  • A kitten sits in a clump of daisies watching a cow eating grass
    A kitten sits in a clump of daisies watching a cow eating grass
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clump gather or cause to gather into a cluster "She bunched her fingers into a fist"
    • v clump walk clumsily
    • v clump come together as in a cluster or flock "The poets constellate in this town every summer"
    • v clump make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground
    • n clump a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)
    • n clump a grouping of a number of similar things "a bunch of trees","a cluster of admirers"
    • n clump a compact mass "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clump A cluster; a group; a thicket. "A clump of shrubby trees."
    • Clump An unshaped piece or mass of wood or other substance.
    • Clump The compressed clay of coal strata.
    • v. t Clump To arrange in a clump or clumps; to cluster; to group.
    • v. i Clump To tread clumsily; to clamp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clump A thick, short, unformed piece of wood or other solid substance; a shapeless mass.
    • n clump A cluster; a small, closely gathered group: used especially of trees or shrubs, but sometimes of other things and of persons.
    • n clump A thick sole secured to an ordinary boot-sole by springs or by cement.
    • n clump A small spiral curl of hair pressed flat between the disk-shaped ends of a pair of crimping-tongs, so as to lie close to the head.
    • n clump A bivalve mollusk of the family Mactridæ, Lutraria elliptica. It has a broad flattish shell about 5 inches long and 3 inches high. It lives chiefly in muddy estuaries, buried a foot or two deep.
    • clump To walk heavily and clumsily.
    • n clump An aggregation of bacteria resulting from the action of agglutinins. See serum diagnosis.
    • clump To form a clump or cluster; cluster; aggregate: said of the agglutination of certain bacteria in response to the action of definite substances. See serum diagnosis.
    • clump To form (bacteria) into a clump or cluster; agglutinate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clump klump a thick, short, shapeless piece of anything: a cluster of trees or shrubs: a thick sole put on in addition
    • v.i Clump to walk heavily
    • v.t Clump to put in a clump
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. klomp, lump, G. klump, klumpen, Dan. klump, Sw. klump,; perh. akin to L. globus, E. globe,. Cf. Club

Usage

In literature:

I had been watching a big clump of ferns for a long time.
"Marie Claire" by Marguerite Audoux
He made no noise himself, but Rectus and I clumped a good deal.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
A clump of small cottonwoods suggested a camp as the sun ran down and there we halted.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Then I sought out a dense clump of dried branches and brushwood and set it on fire.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The grass was clumpy, and once behind a clump I wriggled forward faster.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
The white wings of the monoplane glistened and a clump of dark figures could be seen nearby.
"Fighting in France" by Ross Kay
Down the middle of the park the girls glided toward the clump of spruce trees, around which they must skate before returning.
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
She did not fly far before coming to the ground again; when she ran with all her might for the nearest clump of timber.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Their line forms the circumference of a circle of which the waggon clump is the centre.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Upon its banks grow clumps of the cocoa-palm and the majestic plantain.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Tom followed, and they raced on along the edge till a clump of alders was reached.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
His sharp eyes had caught sight of a leather bag, half-concealed under a clump of raspberry bushes.
"The Young Bridge-Tender" by Arthur M. Winfield
Suddenly there was a puff of smoke from a clump of bushes quite a mile away, and after an interval the faint crack of a rifle.
"Off to the Wilds" by George Manville Fenn
He had good reason to keep it there, for just then we saw a huge wolf rush out from behind a clump of trees close at hand.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston
Hence the plants are propagated by planting the individual bulbs or by division of clumps in early spring.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
At length a clump of bushes alone intervened between me and their camp-fire.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was on Wednesday night that we became the guests of Clump and Juno, and commenced our cape life.
"Captain Mugford" by W.H.G. Kingston
Meanwhile Jimmy Rabbit and Billy Woodchuck, with Mr. Crow's help, had picked out a clump of young hawthorns for the first test.
"The Tale of Nimble Deer" by Arthur Scott Bailey
On each side of her tent a clump of askaris stood leaning on their rifles.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
The flames, blown by the wind, had caught the neighbouring clumps of tall grass.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Fern clumps redden
shapes are hidden
wild geese raise
wonted cries.
"Season Song" by Anonymous Irish
Shouting through the Spring song,
Clumping down the sod;
Toadying, in sing-song,
To a crabbed god.
"The Dark Girl's Rhyme" by Dorothy Parker
When, lo! beside a clump of salt-bush lying,
All suddenly he found
A stranger, who before his eyes seemed dying
Of thirst, without a sound.
"His Mate" by Victor James Daley
This stream of odours flowing by
From clover-field and clumps of pine,
This music, thrilling all the sky,
From all the morning birds, are thine.
"Life" by William Cullen Bryant
Not such as once, with sprightly motion,
To distant music stirr'd their stumps,
And tript, from Pelion to the ocean,
Performing avenues and clumps;
"Elegy On The Abrogation Of The Birth-Night Ball, And The Consequent Final Subversion Of The Minuet" by Joanna Baillie
"But now it's the day of the hot young blood,
And I'm doin' the job of the fuddy-dud'
Hacking the sides of the dusty road
And the corner clumps where the men ain't mowed
"When A Man Gets Old" by Holman Francis Day

In news:

In the roughly 100,000 years since a finger of the Pacific Ocean helped deposit great mounds of sand in Daly City, most of the formations have been paved over with a web of roads and clumps of homes.
Globular clusters are clumps of old stars, some as many as 10 billion years old, making them some of the oldest observable structures in the universe.
Stir together until the mixture just forms moistened crumbs and small clumps.
Also, some of the leaves are twisted and curled , bunched up in clumps, and they do not grow out flat.
Stars behind this dark-matter clump will appear distorted, their light stretched and warped like in a funhouse mirror reflection.
Astronomers have found an enormous and strange clump of dark matter left behind following a violent collision of galaxy clusters.
After about five minutes of stirring, clumps of sludge form and sink to the bottom as the water starts to clear.
Coverage here refers to the amount of footage you shoot of your scene, and trust me, if you don't get enough coverage during production you're going to be throwing clumps of your hair around your editing bay when you get into post.
Once we realize that a tiny, self-replicating clump of cells is not a human life until God intervenes, it's easy to give women control over their bodies without the need for any exceptions .
Earth, along with the rest of the planets in our solar system, formed 4.6 billion years ago as material gravitationally clumped together around the young sun.
It's clumps of curly hair in the trash.
Why it's so successful: it's one of the only granolas I've made that actually clumps up.
When it comes to homemade granola , clumping is key.
Amarillo fisherman reels in clump of hair , search yields nothing.
Take it easy on the hair care products Too much product can limit natural hair movement, clump hair together, weigh it down and make it look greasy and thin.
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In science:

These observations revealed that the OH masers are preferentially located along the edges of thin filaments or clumps of molecular gas, suggesting compression of the gas by the passing shock.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
Of course the size depends on the mass or temperature of the exciting stars, but also on the density of the molecular clumps.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
On the other hand, the mass of the exciting stars themselves might depend on the clump density in which they formed.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
Let us assume that the H ii region traces the size of the molecular clump which formed the stars in N83A.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
We have determined the distance to M33 using the tip of the red giant branch (TRGB) and the red clump (RC), from the V I photometry of stars in ten regions of M33 based on H S T /W F P C 2 images.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
Recently the tip of the red giant branch (TRGB), a Population II distance indicator, has frequently been used for the determination of distances to resolved galaxies in the Local Group; in addition, another Population II distance indicator, the red clump (RC), has come to be used quite often as well.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
All CMDs in Figure 3 show a strong peak at the position of the red clump (marked by the crosses).
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
We have determined the distance to M33 using the red clump as well.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
Red clumps are clearly found in the CMDs of all the regions, as seen in Figure 3.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
It is important to note that implicit in the subsequent analysis is the assumption that the metallicity determined from the RGB stars can be applied to the red clump stars as well.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
To check the variation of the mean magnitude of the red clump on the color, we have selected red clump stars with colors and magnitudes in the range 0.6 < (V − I ) < 1.6 and 23.5 < I < 25.5.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
We derive then the I -band luminosity functions of these red clump stars with 0.8 ≤ (V − I ) ≤ 1.2, as displayed in Figure 8.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
We have investigated the relations between these parameters in Figure 9 wherein (a) illustrates the mean color of the red clump stars as a function of [Fe/H].
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
Figure 9(c) illustrates the extinction-corrected I -band magnitude of the red clump versus [Fe/H].
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
It is clear that the I -band magnitude of the red clump becomes fainter as [Fe/H] increases.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
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