• WordNet 3.6
    • v clinch settle conclusively "clinch a deal"
    • v clinch flatten the ends (of nails and rivets) "the nails were clinched"
    • v clinch secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts "The girder was clinched into the wall"
    • v clinch embrace amorously
    • v clinch hold in a tight grasp "clench a steering wheel"
    • v clinch hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches
    • n clinch (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
    • n clinch a tight or amorous embrace "come here and give me a big hug"
    • n clinch a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together
    • n clinch the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet
    • n clinch a small slip noose made with seizing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clinch (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.
    • Clinch A pun. "Puns, which he calls paragrams ."
    • Clinch 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 .
    • Clinch 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.
    • v. i Clinch To hold fast; to grasp something firmly; to seize or grasp one another.
    • Clinch To hold firmly; to hold fast by grasping or embracing tightly. "Clinch the pointed spear."
    • Clinch To make conclusive; to confirm; to establish; as, to clinch an argument.
    • Clinch To set closely together; to close tightly; as, to clinch the teeth or the first.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clinch See clench.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Clinch to fasten or rivet a nail by bending the point and beating the bent part flat against the object through which the nail was driven: to grasp tightly: to set firmly, as the teeth: to fasten on:
    • n Clinch something set firmly: the fastening of a nail by beating it back, as in the verb: a pun
    • v.t Clinch (fig.) to drive home an argument: to settle or confirm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. clenchen, prop. causative of clink, to cause to clink, to strike; cf. D. klinken, to tinkle, rivet. See Clink
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Causal form of klink, to strike smartly; Dut. and Ger. klinken, to rivet a bolt.


In literature:

I felt my tongue freezing, my teeth clinched.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
She sat rigid and pale, her hands clinching the arms of her chair.
"The Wild Olive" by Basil King
A gasp showed he was hit; then he clinched my throat once more.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
She hoped that he could not see that her hands were clinched.
"Katrine" by Elinor Macartney Lane
His hands rested clinched on the desk before him, while his eyes stared vacantly at the cluster of electric lights overhead.
"The Inner Shrine" by Basil King
He had no mind to let his adversary clinch again if he could help it.
"The Boy Allies Under the Sea" by Robert L. Drake
For long moments the clinch of the fighting men remained unbroken.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
After a moment he drew a quiet breath, his clinched hands relaxed, and he picked up his hat and gloves.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
He swayed a little, but rose and fell into a clinch which saved him.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
Her hand lay clinched tightly on the seat beside her.
"An Unpardonable Liar" by Gilbert Parker
Clinch was a North Carolinian, but was a resident of Florida.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Humphrey shivered, and his hands clinched themselves nervously together.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Her eyes were closed, and her teeth clinched like those of a person in a fit.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
His face grew pale, and his fists were tightly clinched as he walked.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
They had gone to a close clinch and was sobbin' affectionate on each other's shoulders.
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
He had clinched one hand, and put it firmly on the desk before him, so that it should not tremble.
"Sunrise" by William Black
Information of the butchery was at once dispatched to General Clinch.
"General Scott" by General Marcus J. Wright
The abbreviated sign is simply to clinch the right hand in the manner described and strike it down and out from the right side.
"Sign Language Among North American Indians Compared With That Among Other Peoples And Deaf-Mutes" by Garrick Mallery
Hampton did not smile, but his square jaw set, and he clinched his hands.
"Bob Hampton of Placer" by Randall Parrish
The light streamed on his bared head, his hands were clinched, his chest heaved in great gasps.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

Two ships, alone in sky and sea,
Hang clinched, with crash and roar;
There is but one—whiche'er it be—
Will ever come to shore.
"The Trumpeter" by Helen Gray Cone
Mehemet Ali stroked his beard;
His lips were clinched and his look was weird;
Round him were ranks of his ragged folk,
Their faces blackened with blood and smoke.
"The Last Redoubt" by Alfred Austin
Well then, speak up, never flinch!
Quick, ere my candle's a snuff
—-Burnt, do you see? to its uttermost inch—-
I believe in you, but that's not enough:
Give my conviction a clinch!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
And, if I placed my hand below
Her chin and raised her face an inch,
and then proceeded -- well, you know,--
(Excuse the vulgarism) -- to clinch;
It would be wrong without a doubt,
That is, if anyone found out.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham

In news:

The Yankees clinched a playoff spot last night with a close 6-5 victory over the Angels.
Stanford clinches Pac-12 North title Get breaking news on apps.
President Obama will clinch renomination Tuesday, but it may not be unanimous.
The Orioles were one win away from winning the series when they dropped the final three games, including the series-clinching game, 4-1.
Calvert downs rival Hopewell-Loudon to clinch playoff spot.
Clinching the Case from the March 13, 1986 issue.
The Braves have clinched a playoff spot after a Freddie Freeman walk off during.
Schiavone rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second set and took the clinching tiebreaker.
The team that wins this game will clinch a spot in the playoffs.
Clayton runs to second place finish, downs Knightdale Clayton clinches second place finish in conference.
Monica Seles celebrates her Fed Cup match-clinching 6-4, 6-0 victory over Anna Smashnova on Sunday.
Hanover Area clinches Division II championship with win over Sem .
Steve Blake and Brandon Roy shaved their beards after the Blazers clinched a playoff spot.
Surface Finishing Sheet-Metal Assemblies When Using Self-Clinching Fasteners.
Minnesota Twins' Pat Neshek celebrates after clinching the American League Central division Tuesday, Sept 21, 2010, in Minneapolis.

In science:

It is arguably this equivalence that was instrumental in clinching the picture of black hole thermodynamics.
Black holes and black hole thermodynamics without event horizons
The detection of solid-state absorption features (e.g., the 10 µm silicate band) would also clinch the case for dust.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
However this canonical model mostly rests on circumstantial evidence and it is highly desirable to find the smoking gun that would clinch the issue.
High Energy Astrophysics