Definition of Clench

1. Noun. A small slip noose made with seizing.

Exact synonyms: Clinch
Specialized synonyms: Double Clinch, Inside Clinch, Outside Clinch
Generic synonyms: Noose, Running Noose, Slip Noose
Category relationships: Vessel, Watercraft
Derivative terms: Clinch

2. Verb. Hold in a tight grasp. "Clench a steering wheel"
Exact synonyms: Clinch
Generic synonyms: Clutch, Prehend, Seize
Derivative terms: Clinch

3. Noun. The act of grasping. "She kept a firm hold on the railing"
Exact synonyms: Clasp, Clutch, Clutches, Grasp, Grip, Hold
Specialized synonyms: Choke Hold, Chokehold, Embrace, Embracement, Embracing, Wrestling Hold
Generic synonyms: Grasping, Prehension, Seizing, Taking Hold
Derivative terms: Clasp, Clasp, Clutch, Clutch, Grasp, Grip, Grip, Hold

4. Verb. Squeeze together tightly. "Clench one's jaw"
Specialized synonyms: Grit
Generic synonyms: Squeeze

Definition of Clench

1. n. & v. t. See Clinch.

Definition of Clench

1. Noun. Tight grip. ¹

2. Noun. (engineering) A seal that is applied to formed thin-wall bushings. ¹

3. Verb. To squeeze; to grip or hold tightly. ¹

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Definition of Clench

1. to grasp firmly [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clench

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clenched fist
clenched fist sign

Literary usage of Clench

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1. The Novelist's Magazine (1786)
"Í Various indeed, my ' lady,'replied Mr.clench, 'andwhich ' I will relate ... SOME days after his arrival, when Mr.clench had recovered the fatigue of lus ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Common Pleas and by Great Britain Court of Common Pleas, John Bayly Moore, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber, Joseph Payne (1830)
"Wasp, Rooke v. Waterhouse, clench and - 279 - 304 Weeks, Macklin v. - 319 Webb, demandant; Lane, tenant - ... 478 Weeks, Waterhouse, clench and, Macklin r. ..."

3. The Roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London: Comprising by Royal College of Physicians of London, William Munk, G. H. Brown, Richard Robertson Trail (1878)
"ANDREW clench, MD, was created doctor of medicine at Cambridge, by royal mandate, 29th March, 1671 ; and was admitted a Candidate of the College of ..."

4. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"clutch; spec, tackle (US), clinch or clench (US), lock, embrace. Antonyms: see FREE. grasp, vi reach (contextual); spec, clutch; —аи used chiefly with "at" ..."

5. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1868)
"Were the red squadrons coming to clench the victory, and by victory to rescue their comrades? We must turn to the commander of our cavalry, ' advance, ..."

6. Curiosities of Human Nature by Samuel Griswold Goodrich (1849)
"MASTER clench. OF this astonishing youth, we have no information except what is furnished by the following account, extracted from Mr. Evelyn's diary, ..."

7. A Treatise on the Law of Tithes by William Eagle (1830)
"BR " Nota, it was held by Wray and clench, if one cut trees which are or may be timber trees, as oaks, elms, 8cc., although they may be under the age of ..."

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