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clench

 (klĕnch)
tr.v. clenched, clench·ing, clench·es
1. To close tightly: clench one's teeth; clenched my fists in anger.
2. To grasp or grip tightly: clenched the steering wheel.
3. To clinch (a bolt, for example).
n.
1. A tight grip or grasp.
2. Something, such as a mechanical device, that clenches or holds fast.

[Middle English clenchen, from Old English -clencan (in beclencan, to hold fast).]

clench

(klɛntʃ)
vb (tr)
1. to close or squeeze together (the teeth, a fist, etc) tightly
2. to grasp or grip firmly
n
3. a firm grasp or grip
4. (Tools) a device that grasps or grips, such as a clamp
n, vb
another word for clinch
[Old English beclencan, related to Old High German klenken to tie, Middle High German klank noose, Dutch klinken rivet]

clench

(klɛntʃ)

v.t.
1. to close (the hands, teeth, etc.) tightly.
2. to grasp firmly; grip.
v.i.
4. to close or knot up tightly.
n.
5. the act of clenching.
6. a tight hold; grip.
7. something that clenches or holds fast.
[1200–50; Middle English; compare Old English beclencan to hold fast]

clench


Past participle: clenched
Gerund: clenching

Imperative
clench
clench
Present
I clench
you clench
he/she/it clenches
we clench
you clench
they clench
Preterite
I clenched
you clenched
he/she/it clenched
we clenched
you clenched
they clenched
Present Continuous
I am clenching
you are clenching
he/she/it is clenching
we are clenching
you are clenching
they are clenching
Present Perfect
I have clenched
you have clenched
he/she/it has clenched
we have clenched
you have clenched
they have clenched
Past Continuous
I was clenching
you were clenching
he/she/it was clenching
we were clenching
you were clenching
they were clenching
Past Perfect
I had clenched
you had clenched
he/she/it had clenched
we had clenched
you had clenched
they had clenched
Future
I will clench
you will clench
he/she/it will clench
we will clench
you will clench
they will clench
Future Perfect
I will have clenched
you will have clenched
he/she/it will have clenched
we will have clenched
you will have clenched
they will have clenched
Future Continuous
I will be clenching
you will be clenching
he/she/it will be clenching
we will be clenching
you will be clenching
they will be clenching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been clenching
you have been clenching
he/she/it has been clenching
we have been clenching
you have been clenching
they have been clenching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been clenching
you will have been clenching
he/she/it will have been clenching
we will have been clenching
you will have been clenching
they will have been clenching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been clenching
you had been clenching
he/she/it had been clenching
we had been clenching
you had been clenching
they had been clenching
Conditional
I would clench
you would clench
he/she/it would clench
we would clench
you would clench
they would clench
Past Conditional
I would have clenched
you would have clenched
he/she/it would have clenched
we would have clenched
you would have clenched
they would have clenched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clench - a small slip noose made with seizing
double clinch - a clinch with two loops
inside clinch - a clinch with the end of the line inside the loop
running noose, slip noose, noose - a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled
outside clinch - a clinch with the end of the line outside the loop
vessel, watercraft - a craft designed for water transportation
2.clench - the act of graspingclench - the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
choke hold, chokehold - a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind; "he grabbed the woman in a chokehold, demanded her cash and jewelry, and then fled"
embrace, embracement, embracing - the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
prehension, taking hold, grasping, seizing - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
wrestling hold - a hold used in the sport of wrestling
Verb1.clench - hold in a tight grasp; "clench a steering wheel"
clutch, prehend, seize - take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; "She clutched her purse"; "The mother seized her child by the arm"; "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"
2.clench - squeeze together tightly; "clench one's jaw"
grit - clench together; "grit one's teeth"
squeeze - press firmly; "He squeezed my hand"

clench

verb
To take firmly with the hand and maintain a hold on:
noun
An act or means of holding something:
Sports: grapple.
Translations
قَبَضَ بِشِدَّه
zatnout
bide sammenknytte
kreppa; herpa saman, bíta
sukąsti
cieši satvertsažņaugt
sıkıca kapamak

clench

[klentʃ] VT [+ teeth] → apretar; [+ fist] → cerrar
to clench sth in one's handsapretar algo en las manos
the clenched fistel puño cerrado

clench

[ˈklɛntʃ] vt
[+ fist] → serrer
[+ teeth] → serrer

clench

vt
fistballen; teethzusammenbeißen; (= grasp firmly)packen; to clench something between one’s teethetw zwischen die Zähne klemmen; to clench something in one’s handsetw mit den Händen umklammern; clenched-fist saluteArbeiterkampfgruß m
? clinch VT a

clench

[klɛntʃ] vtstringere
to clench sth in one's hand → stringere in pugno qc

clench

(klentʃ) verb
to close tightly together. He clenched his teeth/fist.

clench

vt (teeth, fist) apretar fuerte (los dientes, el puño)
References in classic literature ?
Though we defended ourselves, and repulsed the enemy, yet this unhappy affair scattered our cattle, brought us into extreme difficulty, and so discouraged the whole company, that we retreated forty miles, to the settlement on Clench river.
Then, perhaps -- for there was no foreseeing how it might affect her -- Pearl would frown, and clench her little fist, and harden her small features into a stern, unsympathising look of discontent.
Do you want me to believe that with these arms"--and he would clench his fists and hold them up in the air, so that you might see the rolling muscles--that with these arms people will ever let me starve?
I'll sit and clench my teeth and never tell you one thing.
I forgot to mention that he would talk to himself sometimes, and grin, and clench his fist, and grind his teeth, and pull his hair in an unaccountable manner.
Then, Joe unlocked the door and picked up my sister, who had dropped insensible at the window (but who had seen the fight first, I think), and who was carried into the house and laid down, and who was recommended to revive, and would do nothing but struggle and clench her hands in Joe's hair.
I flung aside a crib of Horace I had been reading, and began to clench my fists, to bite my lips, and to pace the room.
inert statue, which has no other power than that of provoking salutations from courtiers, when wilt thou be able to raise thy velvet arm, or clench thy silken hand?
In writhing, with her head on the chair, she turned her face towards the door, and Mrs Brooks could see the pain upon it; and that her lips were bleeding from the clench of her teeth upon them, and that the long lashes of her closed eyes stuck in wet tags to her cheeks.
She struggled for self-control, and I saw her hands clench and unclench spasmodically.
These images of voluptuousness made him clench his fists, and a shiver run along his spine.
Louis could not hold out more than a few minutes, at the end of which he had ceased to clench his hands, and scorch in fancy with his looks the invisible objects of his hatred; he soon ceased to attack with his violent imprecations not M.