from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To close tightly: clench one's teeth; clenched my fists in anger.
- transitive v. To grasp or grip tightly: clenched the steering wheel.
- transitive v. To clinch (a bolt, for example).
- transitive v. Nautical To fasten with a clinch.
- n. A tight grip or grasp.
- n. Something, such as a mechanical device, that clenches or holds fast.
- n. Nautical See clinch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Tight grip.
- n. A seal that is applied to formed thin-wall bushings.
- v. To squeeze; to grip or hold tightly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- See clinch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- . To nail or fasten.
- To secure or fasten, as a nail, staple, or other metallic fastening, by beating down the point after it has been driven through something; rivet.
- To bring together and set firmly, as the teeth; double up tightly, as the hands.
- To grasp or seize firmly or convulsively; gripe.
- Figuratively, to fix or secure by a finishing touch or blow; confirm, as an argument or an action, in some unanswerable or irresistible way; establish firmly.
- Nautical, to calk slightly with oakum, in anticipation of foul weather.
- To gripe.
- To seize or gripe another, or one another, with a firm grasp or hold, as in wrestling: as, the men clenched.
- To pun.
- n. A catch; a grip; a persistent clutch.
- n. That which holds fast or clenches; a clencher (or clincher); a holdfast.
- n. Nautical, a mode of fastening large ropes, consisting of a half-hitch with the end stopped back to its part by seizings. The outer end of a hawser is bent by a clench to the ring of the anchor.
- n. A pun or play on words.
- n. A mode of securing a nail, staple, or the like, by turning over the point and hammering back into the wood the portion bent over.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hold in a tight grasp
- n. a small slip noose made with seizing
- n. the act of grasping
- v. squeeze together tightly
Middle English clenchen, from Old English beclencan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English beclenċan, causative of clingan ("cling"). Compare stink and stench. (Wiktionary)