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Definition of CLINCH

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Clinch \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. [1913 Webster]

     2. To set closely together; to close tightly; as, to clinch the teeth or the first. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     4. To make conclusive; to confirm; to establish; as, to clinch an argument. --South. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Clinch \Clinch\, v. i.
     To hold fast; to grasp something firmly; to seize or grasp one another. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Clinch \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. [1913 Webster]

     2. A pun. --Pope.
        [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

189 Moby Thesaurus words for "clinch":
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