verb (used with object)
to close (the hands, teeth, etc.) tightly.
to grasp firmly; grip.
verb (used without object)
to close or knot up tightly:
His hands clenched as he faced his enemy.
the act of clenching.
a tight hold; grip.
something that clenches or holds fast.
(defs 9, 11, 12).
to close or squeeze together (the teeth, a fist, etc) tightly
to grasp or grip firmly
a firm grasp or grip
a device that grasps or grips, such as a clamp
another word for clinch
Old English (be)clencan “to hold fast, make cling,” causative of clingan (see cling); cf. stench/stink. Related: Clenched; clenching.
“part of a nail that clinchers,” 1590s, from clench (v.). Meaning “a grasp, grip” is from 1779.
- Clenched fist sign
clenched fist sign n. An indication of the pain of angina pectoris in which an individual presses a clenched fist against the chest as a means of showing its constricting, pressing quality.
/ˌklɛnˈdɪnən/ noun 1. Inga. born 1934. Australian historian and writer. Her books include Reading the Holocaust (1998) and Tiger’s Eye – a Memoir (2000)
[klee-oh] /ˈkli oʊ/ noun 1. a female given name. Clear Language for Expressing Orders
[klee-oh-byoo-luh s, klee-uh-, klee-ob-yuh-luh s] /ˌkli oʊˈbyu ləs, ˌkli ə-, kliˈɒb yə ləs/ noun 1. flourished 560 b.c, Greek sage and lyric poet, a native and tyrant of Lindus, Rhodes.