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clinch


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clinch  \Clinch\,  v.  i. 
  To  hold  fast  to  grasp  something  firmly;  to  seize  or  grasp 
  one  another. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  clinch 
  n  1:  (in  boxing)  the  act  of  one  boxer  holding  onto  the  other  to 
  avoid  being  hit  and  to  rest  momentarily 
  2:  a  small  slip  noose  made  with  seizing 
  3:  a  nail  with  its  point  bent  over  [syn:  {clench}] 
  4:  a  tight  embrace  [syn:  {hug}] 
  v  1:  secure  by  clinching 
  2:  hold  in  a  tight  grasp;  "The  boxer  clinched  his  opponent"; 
  "clench  a  steering  wheel"  [syn:  {clench}] 
  3:  flatten  the  ends  (of  nails  and  rivets) 




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