Clench meaning

klĕnch
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.

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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.

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To close tightly.

Clench one's teeth; clenched my fists in anger.

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To grasp or grip tightly.

Clenched the steering wheel.

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To clinch (a bolt, for example).
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A tight grip or grasp.
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Something, such as a mechanical device, that clenches or holds fast.
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Clinch (vt. 1)
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To bring together tightly; close (the teeth or fist) firmly.
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To grip tightly.
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A firm grip.
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A device that clenches.
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(engineering) A seal that is applied to formed thin-wall bushings.
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To squeeze; to grip or hold tightly.

He clenched his fist in anger.

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Origin of clench

  • Middle English clenchen from Old English -clencan (in beclencan to hold fast)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old English beclenċan, causative of clingan (“cling”). Compare stink and stench.
    From Wiktionary