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Definition 1: the act of grasping - [noun denoting act]

Samples where clench or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he released his clasp on my arm
  • he has a strong grip for an old man
  • she kept a firm hold on the railing

Synonyms for clench in the sense of this definition

(clench is a kind of ...) the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)

(... is a kind of clench ) a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind

"he grabbed the woman in a chokehold, demanded her cash and jewelry, and then fled"

(... is a kind of clench ) the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)

(... is a kind of clench ) a hold used in the sport of wrestling

Definition 2: a small slip noose made with seizing - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for clench in the sense of this definition

(clench is a kind of ...) a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled

(... is a kind of clench ) a clinch with two loops

(... is a kind of clench ) a clinch with the end of the line inside the loop

(... is a kind of clench ) a clinch with the end of the line outside the loop

(clench belongs to category ...) a craft designed for water transportation

Definition 3: hold in a tight grasp - [verb of contact]

Samples where clench or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • clench a steering wheel

Synonyms for clench in the sense of this definition

(clench is a kind of ...) take hold of; grab

"The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter" "She clutched her purse" "The mother seized her child by the arm" "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"

Definition 4: squeeze together tightly - [verb of contact]

Samples where clench or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • clench one's jaw

(clench is a kind of ...) press firmly

"He squeezed my hand"

(... is a kind of clench ) clench together

"grit one's teeth"

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