Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clustered mass; a lump: clumps of soil.
  • n. A thick grouping, as of trees or bushes.
  • n. A heavy dull sound; a thud.
  • intransitive v. To form lumps or thick groupings.
  • intransitive v. To walk or move so as to make a heavy dull sound.
  • transitive v. To gather into or form lumps or thick groupings of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cluster or lump
  • n. A thick group or bunch, especially of bushes or hair.
  • n. A dull thud.
  • v. To form clusters or lumps
  • v. To gather into thick groups
  • v. To walk with a heavy footfalls.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An unshaped piece or mass of wood or other substance.
  • n. A cluster; a group; a thicket.
  • n. The compressed clay of coal strata.
  • transitive v. To arrange in a clump or clumps; to cluster; to group.
  • intransitive v. To tread clumsily; to clamp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thick, short, unformed piece of wood or other solid substance; a shapeless mass.
  • n. A cluster; a small, closely gathered group: used especially of trees or shrubs, but sometimes of other things and of persons.
  • n. A thick sole secured to an ordinary boot-sole by springs or by cement.
  • n. 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. 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.
  • To walk heavily and clumsily.
  • n. An aggregation of bacteria resulting from the action of agglutinins. See serum diagnosis.
  • 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.
  • To form (bacteria) into a clump or cluster; agglutinate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. walk clumsily
  • v. come together as in a cluster or flock
  • v. make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground
  • n. a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)
  • n. a compact mass
  • v. gather or cause to gather into a cluster
  • n. a grouping of a number of similar things

Etymologies

Probably Low German klump, from Middle Low German klumpe, cluster of trees.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Middle Dutch clompe or Middle Low German klumpe (compare German Klumpen). Cognates include Danish klump (probably from Low German as well[2]). Compare Norwegian (bokmål) klump (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I like that she is using the same universe what she calls a clump of characters, but isn't sticking with the same narrator.

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  • Mainly because an orange-pip sized cell clump is not a baby.

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  • Before, scientists had assumed that this shattering led to the eventual dissipation of the rings, but a new simulation, created by Glen Stewart and Stuart Robbins of the University of Colorado, shows that after breaking up, the particles could again clump together in a perpetual recycling process.

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  • The man in the clump is fat and bald, his chin deeply lined from mouth to jowl.

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  • Each clump is named after a different benefactor, and each block in each clump is distinguished by a large capital letter.

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  • The clump is the den area, and to the right are a couple of badger kids.

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  • A team led by Jane Greaves at the University of St Andrews in Scotland reckons that the clump is a planet in its very early years of formation -– at no more than 100,000 years old, it is much younger than the previous record holder for the youngest planet, which was less than 10 million years old.

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  • SIMON: Well, getting the three of us in a clump might be a little unusual, but we will occasionally have charges made against someone because it is not uncommon that we'll have a nominee for a federal judicial spot up and he was a lawyer on another side for someone, or whatever the charge is, someone comes up with a charge probably two-thirds of the time, or maybe higher, without any substance due.

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  • It seems to me, considering the temptation, that not to clump is to be at the very pinnacle of human virtue.

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  • Rimmel Extra Super Lash mascara does not clump, which is wonderful, because there is nothing worse to me than driving down the road, blinking, and suddenly having my eyelashes stuck together.

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