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Meaning of CLINCH

Pronunciation:  klinch

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (in boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
  2. [n]  a tight embrace
  3. [n]  a small slip noose made with seizing
  4. [v]  flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)
  5. [v]  secure by clinching
  6. [v]  hold in a tight grasp; "The boxer clinched his opponent"; "clench a steering wheel"

CLINCH is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: clench, clench, hug
 See Also: clutch, double clinch, embrace, embracing, evasive action, fasten, fix, inside clinch, maneuver, manoeuvre, noose, outside clinch, prehend, running noose, secure, seize, slip noose



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Clinch\ (kl[i^]nch; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Clinched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Clinching}.] [OE. clenchen,
    prop. causative of clink to cause to clink, to strike; cf. D.
    klinken to tinkle, rivet. See {Clink}.]
    1. To hold firmly; to hold fast by grasping or embracing
       tightly. ``Clinch the pointed spear.'' --Dryden.
    2. To set closely together; to close tightly; as, to clinch
       the teeth or the first. --Swift.
    3. To bend or turn over the point of (something that has been
       driven through an object), so that it will hold fast; as,
       to clinch a nail.
    4. To make conclusive; to confirm; to establish; as, to
       clinch an argument. --South.
  2. \Clinch\, v. i.
    To hold fast; to grasp something firmly; to seize or grasp
    one another.
  3. \Clinch\ (kl[i^]nch), n.
    1. The act or process of holding fast; that which serves to
       hold fast; a grip; a grasp; a clamp; a holdfast; as, to
       get a good clinch of an antagonist, or of a weapon; to
       secure anything by a clinch.
    2. A pun. --Pope.
    3. (Naut.) A hitch or bend by which a rope is made fast to
       the ring of an anchor, or the breeching of a ship's gun to
       the ringbolts.
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