Definitions for clamshellˈklæmˌʃɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the shell of a clam.

    Category: Invertebrates

  2. Also called clam′shell buck`et. a dredging bucket opening at the bottom, consisting of two similar pieces hinged together at the top. a machine equipped with such a bucket.

    Category: Machinery

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clamshell(noun)

    the shell of a clam

  2. clamshell, grapple(noun)

    a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam


  1. clamshell(Noun)

    The shell of a clam.

  2. clamshell(Noun)

    A dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam.

  3. clamshell(Noun)

    In foodservice, the white, usually styrofoam box given to consumers with take-out food.

  4. clamshell(Noun)

    An object which has a hinge on one edge and two surfaces that close together

  5. clamshell(Noun)

    An amphitheater, especially an outdoor amphitheater; the semi-circular acoustic backdrop behind and above the performers.

  6. clamshell(Adjective)

    similar to the operation of a clam's shell, having a hinge with two sides closing together

    It's a clamshell antenna

  7. Origin: clam + shell


  1. Flip

    The flip or clamshell is a mobile phone form factor which is in two or more sections that fold via a hinge. If the hinge is on a long edge the device is more likely to be called clamshell than flip phone. When the clamshell is open, the device is up and ready to be used. The interface components are kept inside the clamshell, which offers more surface area than when the device is closed. Interface components such as keys and display are protected when the clamshell is closed, and it is shorter and narrower, making the device easier to carry around. A disadvantage of the clamshell design is the connecting hinge, which is prone to fatigue or failure. The clamshell form factor is most closely associated with the mobile phone market, as Motorola used to have a trademark on the term "flip phone", but the term "flip phone" has become genericized to be used more frequently than "Clamshell" in colloquial speech. The design is also used on some landline phones, particularly cordless phones.


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