Definition of clump in English:


Syllabification: clump
Pronunciation: /kləmp


  • 1A compacted mass or lump of something: clumps of earth
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    • Lumps in a starch paste are caused by clumps of granules gelatinizing on their outsides and becoming impervious.
    • He reached under him and cleared away a few large clumps of dirt, leaves, and twigs, and stones, which appeared ordinary but served as a good hiding place for the tunnel entrance.
    • One Western cameraman saw scraps of flesh, pools of blood and clumps of human hair.
    lump, clod, mass, wad, glob, gob
  • 1.1A small, compact group of people: they sat on the wall in clumps of two and three
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    • Despite the enormity of Site B and the thronging clumps of people they passed, she seemed to know her way very well.
    • And every single time, as I've attempted to leave the car park, I've come across confused looking clumps of young people wandering in the road like bovines with backpacks.
    • ‘You know how there are always those clumps of people on the square’ she'd said to me.
  • 1.2A small group of trees or plants growing closely together: a clump of ferns
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    • To escape a drenching, I sheltered in a clump of trees.
    • She pointed to a clump of red seaweed growing by a cluster of rocks.
    • A clump of palm trees ringed by white sand in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, it's a treasure map come to life.
    cluster, thicket, group, bunch, assemblage
  • 1.3 Physiology An agglutinated mass of blood cells or bacteria, especially as an indicator of the presence of an antibody to them.
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    • Other problems include irregularities of the heart beat, heart muscle destruction and blood clots and clumps of bacteria that go from the heart to the brain and other organs.
    • Bacterial clump formation on the surface of the medium was observed with all the strains.
    • This is where the red blood cells sort of form into clumps and these are the start of the Deep Vein Thromboses (DVT's).
  • 2A thick extra sole on a boot or shoe.


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  • 1Form into a clump or mass: the particles tend to clump together
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    • The nodules can clump together in lumps as big as a fist, mostly on limbs and trunk.
    • The pus tends to clump together on the lashes, making them stick together.
    • But tiny particles tend to clump together in the air and then fall to the ground, so they need to be treated with a chemical to prevent that and keep them airborne.
  • 2 (also clomp) Walk with a heavy tread.
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    • She looked up and smirked as her brother went clumping out of the room, his boots thudding loudly, deliberately.
    • Her boots clumped heavily on the ground beneath her, stumbling as she fought to keep up with his ever-increasing speed.
    • And with that, she gave him one last look, turned and started up the sidewalk again in that short, clumping stride of hers that reminded him of a lumberjack


Middle English (denoting a heap or lump): partly imitative, reinforced by Middle Low German klumpe and Middle Dutch klompe; related to club2.

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