- The definition of a clench is a firm grip.
When you are angry and put your fists together into a tight ball, this is an example of a clench.
- To clench is to grasp something tightly, or to press something tightly together such as your teeth or your fist into a tight ball.
- When you press your teeth tightly together in anger, this is an example of a time where you clench your teeth.
- When you close your fist tightly into a ball, this is an example of a time when you clench your fist.
- When you hold on very tightly to a ball, this is an example of a time when you clench the ball.
- clinch (vt. 1)
- to bring together tightly; close (the teeth or fist) firmly
- to grip tightly
Origin of clenchMiddle English clenchen ; from Old English -clencan (in beclencan), literally , to make cling, causative of clingan: see cling
- a firm grip
- a device that clenches
transitive verbclenched, clench·ing, clench·es
- To close tightly: clench one's teeth; clenched my fists in anger.
- To grasp or grip tightly: clenched the steering wheel.
- To clinch (a bolt, for example).
- A tight grip or grasp.
- Something, such as a mechanical device, that clenches or holds fast.
Origin of clenchMiddle English clenchen, from Old English -clencan (in beclencan, to hold fast).
(third-person singular simple present clenches, present participle clenching, simple past and past participle clenched)