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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  clinched 
  adj  :  closed  or  squeezed  together  tightly;  "a  clenched  fist";  "his 
  clenched  (or  clinched)  teeth"  [syn:  {clenched}] 




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