Definitions for: Clinch

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Clinch, v. i.
To hold fast; to grasp something firmly; to seize or grasp
one another.

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.

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

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