clench

[klench]
verb (used with object)
1.
to close (the hands, teeth, etc.) tightly.
2.
to grasp firmly; grip.
3.
clinch ( def 1 ).
4.
clinch ( defs 2–4 ).
verb (used without object)
5.
to close or knot up tightly: His hands clenched as he faced his enemy.
noun
6.
the act of clenching.
7.
a tight hold; grip.
8.
something that clenches or holds fast.
9.
clinch ( defs 9, 11, 12 ).

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English clenchen; compare Old English beclencan hold fast

clench, clinch.


2. clasp, clutch.
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clench (klɛntʃ)
 
vb
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.  a device that grasps or grips, such as a clamp
 
n, —vb
5.  another word for clinch
 
[Old English beclencan, related to Old High German klenken to tie, Middle High German klank noose, Dutch klinken rivet]

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Word Origin & History

clench
O.E. beclencan "to hold fast, make cling," caus. of clingan (see cling).
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Example sentences
My stomach clenching, heart wrenching, and mind kicking my other organs for getting involved.
The teenage driver looks panicked, one hand clutching the steering wheel, the
  other hand clenching a cell phone.
Clenching means you tightly clamp your top and bottom teeth together,
  especially the back teeth.
He kept clenching and unclenching his hands from soreness.
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