clump

[[t]klʌ̱mp[/t]]
clumps, clumping, clumped
1) N-COUNT: oft N of n, in N in pl A clump of things such as trees or plants is a small group of them growing together.

...a clump of trees bordering a side road.

...a sweetly scented perennial that grows in clumps.

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2) N-COUNT: oft N of n, in N in pl A clump of people or things such as wires or hair is a group of them collected together in one place.

The only signs of life are occasional clumps of men, some armed, some not...

I was combing my hair and it was just falling out in clumps.

3) VERB If someone clumps somewhere, they walk there with heavy, clumsy steps.

[V prep/adv] They went clumping up the stairs...

[V prep/adv] Men in big construction boots were clumping in and out with plans in their hands.

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4) VERB If things clump together, they gather together and form small groups or lumps.

[V together] Brown rice takes longer to cook but it doesn't clump together as easily as white rice.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Clump — Clump, v. t. To arrange in a clump or clumps; to cluster; to group. Blackmore. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • clump — [n1] mass of something array, batch, blob, body, bunch, bundle, chunk, cluster, clutter, gob, group, hodgepodge, hunk, jumble, knot, lot, lump, nugget, parcel, set, shock, wad; concepts 432,470 clump [n2] thumping noise clatter, clomp, galumph,… …   New thesaurus

  • clump|y — «KLUHM pee», adjective, clump|i|er, clump|i|est. 1. full of clumps. 2. like clumps. 3. heavy and clumsy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Clump — Clump, v. i. To tread clumsily; to clamp. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • clump — [klump] n. [< Du klomp or LowG klump: for IE base see CLUB] 1. a lump; mass 2. a mass of bacteria 3. a cluster, as of shrubs or trees 4. the sound of heavy footsteps vi. 1. to walk heavily; tramp …   English World dictionary

  • clump — index aggregate, assemblage, bulk Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • clump — clump1 [klʌmp] n [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Probably from Low German klump] 1.) a group of trees, bushes, or other plants growing very close together clump of ▪ a thick clump of grass in a clump ▪ The roses were planted in clumps across the park.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • clump — clump1 [ klʌmp ] noun 1. ) count a group of trees or plants growing very close together a ) MAINLY LITERARY a group of people or things very close together b ) a mass of a substance: a clump of hair/earth 2. ) singular the sound of heavy steps… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • clump — I UK [klʌmp] / US noun Word forms clump : singular clump plural clumps 1) [countable] a group of trees or plants growing very close together a) mainly literary a group of people or things very close together b) a mass of a substance a clump of… …   English dictionary

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