Clench



[klench] /klɛntʃ/

verb (used with object)
1.
to close (the hands, teeth, etc.) tightly.
2.
to grasp firmly; grip.
3.
(def 1).
4.
(defs 2–4).
verb (used without object)
5.
to close or knot up tightly:
His hands clenched as he faced his enemy.
noun
6.
the act of clenching.
7.
a tight hold; grip.
8.
something that clenches or holds fast.
9.
(defs 9, 11, 12).
/klɛntʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to close or squeeze together (the teeth, a fist, etc) tightly
2.
to grasp or grip firmly
noun
3.
a firm grasp or grip
4.
a device that grasps or grips, such as a clamp
noun, verb
5.
another word for clinch
v.

Old English (be)clencan “to hold fast, make cling,” causative of clingan (see cling); cf. stench/stink. Related: Clenched; clenching.
n.

“part of a nail that clinchers,” 1590s, from clench (v.). Meaning “a grasp, grip” is from 1779.

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