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clamp / klamp/ • n. a brace, band, or clasp used for strengthening or holding things together. ∎  an electric circuit that serves to maintain the voltage limits of a signal at prescribed levels. • v. [tr.] (often be clamped) fasten (something) in place with a clamp. ∎  fasten (two things) firmly together: the two frames are clamped together. ∎  hold (something) tightly against or in another thing: Maggie had to clamp a hand over her mouth to stop herself from laughing. ∎  [tr.] maintain the voltage limits of (an electrical signal) at prescribed values. PHRASAL VERBS: clamp down suppress or prevent something, typically in an oppressive or harsh manner: police clamped down on a pro-democracy demonstration.DERIVATIVES: clamp·er n.

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1. An electronic circuit that is designed to limit the excursion of the signal voltage to the desired level, e.g. to limit the reverse voltage produced when the current in a conductor is abruptly changed.

2. An electronic circuit that is designed to return the d.c. voltage level at a given point in the circuit to a fixed reference value at fixed points in time, often in response to an externally generated clamp pulse.

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a compact heap or pile of bricks for baking; a heap of earth to cover potatoes; a pile of ore for roasting.

Examples: clamp of bricks, 1679; of coal; of dung, 1771; of limestone, 1795; of mangolds, 1881; of metal ore; of potatoes; of turf, 1753.

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1. Large mass of dried bricks or limestone arranged for burning.

2. Metal bar for binding together stones in a building.

3. Timber receiving in a groove on one side the rebated ends of other timbers, as in shutters.

4. As clasping buttress.

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clamp 1 brace or band of metal. XIV. prob. of LG. orig.; cf. Du., LG. klamp, †klampe, f. *klamp-, by-form of *klamb- (cf. CLIMB), *klam- (cf. CLAM).
Hence clamp vb. XVII.

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clamp (klamp) n. a surgical instrument designed to compress a structure, such as a blood vessel or a cut end of the intestine. See illustration.

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clamp 2 stack of bricks XVI; (agric.) stack of earth, turf, etc. XVIII. prob. — MDu. klamp heap, rel. to CLUMP.

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