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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clam  \Clam\,  n.  [Cf.  {Clamp},  {Clam},  v.  t.,  {Clammy}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  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. 
 
  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). 
 
  2.  (Ship  Carp.)  Strong  pinchers  or  forceps. 
 
  3.  pl  (Mech.)  A  kind  of  vise,  usually  of  wood. 
 
  {Blood  clam}.  See  under  {Blood}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clam  \Clam\  (cl[a^]m),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Clammed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Clamming}.]  [Cf.  AS  cl[ae]man  to  clam,  smear;  akin 
  to  Icel.  kleima  to  smear,  OHG.  kleimjan  chleimen  to  defile, 
  or  E.  clammy.] 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clam  \Clam\,  v.  i. 
  To  be  moist  or  glutinous;  to  stick;  to  adhere.  [R.]  --Dryden 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clam  \Clam\,  n. 
  Claminess;  moisture.  [R.]  ``The  clam  of  death.''  --Carlyle. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clam  \Clam\,  n.  [Abbrev.  fr  clamor.] 
  A  crash  or  clangor  made  by  ringing  all  the  bells  of  a  chime 
  at  once.  --Nares. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clam  \Clam\,  v.  t.  &  i. 
  To  produce,  in  bell  ringing,  a  clam  or  clangor;  to  cause  to 
  clang.  --Nares. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  clam 
  n  1:  burrowing  marine  mollusk  living  on  sand  or  mud 
  2:  (United  States)  a  piece  of  paper  money  worth  one  dollar 
  [syn:  {dollar},  {dollar  bill},  {one  dollar  bill},  {buck}] 
  3:  flesh  of  either  hard-shell  or  soft-shell  clams 
  v  :  gather  clams,  by  digging  in  the  sand  by  the  ocean 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  CLAM 
 
    A  system  for  {symbolic  mathematics}, 
  especially  General  Relativity.  It  was  first  implemented  in 
  {ATLAS}  {assembly  language}  and  later  {Lisp}. 
 
  See  also  {ALAM}. 
 
  ["CLAM  Programmer's  Manual",  Ray  d'Inverno  &  Russell-Clark, 
  King's  College  London,  1971]. 
 
  (1994-11-08) 
 
 




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