from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various usually burrowing marine and freshwater bivalve mollusks of the class Pelecypoda, including members of the genera Venus and Mya, many of which are edible.
- n. The soft edible body of such a mollusk.
- n. Informal A close-mouthed person, especially one who can keep a secret.
- n. Slang A dollar: set me back 75 clams.
- intransitive v. To hunt for clams.
- clam up Informal To refuse to talk.
- n. A clamp or vise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those that are edible; as, the long clam (Mya arenaria), the quahog or round clam (Venus mercenaria), the sea clam or hen clam (Spisula solidissima), and other species of the United States. The name is said to have been given originally to the Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian bivalve.
- n. Strong pincers or forceps.
- n. A kind of vise, usually of wood.
- n. A dollar (usually used in the plural). Possibly originating from the term wampum.
- n. A Scientologist.
- v. To dig for clams.
- v. To produce, in bellringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those that are edible. The name is said to have been given originally to the Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian bivalve.
- n. Strong pinchers or forceps.
- n. A kind of vise, usually of wood.
- n. Claminess; moisture.
- n. A crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at once.
- v. To produce, in bell ringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang.
- intransitive v. To be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere.
- transitive v. To clog, as with glutinous or viscous matter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To press together; compress; pinch.
- To clog up; close by pressure; shut.
- To castrate, as a bull or ram, by compression.
- To rumple; crease.
- To snatch.
- To pinch with hunger; emaciate; starve.
- To stick close.
- To grope or grasp ineffectually.
- To die of hunger; starve.
- Sticky; viscous; clammy (which see).
- Moist; thawing, as ice.
- Vile; mean; unworthy.
- To smear; daub; clog with glutinous or viscous matter.
- To stick; glue.
- To be glutinous; be cold and moist; be clammy.
- To sound all the bells in a chime simultaneously.
- See extract.
- To gather clams; as, to go clamming.
- n. A clamp (see clamp); in plural, forceps, pincers.
- n. A stick laid across a stream of water to serve as a bridge.
- n. A rat-trap.
- n. Clamminess; the state or quality of having or conveying a cold moist feeling.
- n. A name given in different localities to different bivalve mollusks.
- n. A ringing of all the bells of a chime simultaneously; a clamor; a clangor.
- n. Same as clamp, n., 1.
- n. An obsolete variant of clamb, old preterit of climb.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a piece of paper money worth one dollar
- v. gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean
- n. flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams
- n. burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
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