clam Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
noun a piece of paper money worth one dollar
dollar bill; dollar; one dollar bill; buck.
noun flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams
verb gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean
(Zoöl.) A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those that are edible; as, the long. The name is said to have been given originally to the clam( Mya arenaria), the quahog or round clam( Venus mercenaria), the sea clamor hen clam( Spisula solidissima), and other species of the United States Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian bivalve.
You shall scarce find any bay or shallow shore, or cove of sand, where you may not take many clampes, or lobsters, or both, at your pleasure. Capt. John Smith (1616).
Clams, or clamps, is a shellfish not much unlike a coclke; it lieth under the sand. Wood (1634).
(Ship Carp.) Strong pinchers or forceps.
(Mech.) A kind of vise, usually of wood.
Clam transitive verb
To clog, as with glutinous or viscous matter.
A swarm of wasps got into a honey pot, and there they cloyed and clammed Themselves till there was no getting out again. L'Estrange.
Clam intransitive verb
To be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere.R. Dryden
Claminess; moisture.R. "The clam of death." Carlyle.
A crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at once.Nares.
Clam transitive verb & intransitive verb
To produce, in bell ringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang.Nares.