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Definition 1: (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily - [noun denoting act]

(clinch is a kind of ...) an action aimed at evading an opponent

(clinch belongs to category ...) fighting with the fists

Definition 2: a tight or amorous embrace - [noun denoting act]

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

  • come here and give me a big hug

Synonyms for clinch in the sense of this definition

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

Definition 3: the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet - [noun denoting artifact]

(clinch is a kind of ...) restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

(... is part of clinch) a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener

(... is part of clinch) a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener

(... is part of clinch) heavy pin having a head at one end and the other end being hammered flat after being passed through holes in the pieces that are fastened together

Definition 4: a small slip noose made with seizing - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for clinch in the sense of this definition

(clinch 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 clinch ) a clinch with two loops

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

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

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

Definition 5: a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for clinch in the sense of this definition

(clinch is a kind of ...) a device for holding something

(... is a kind of clinch ) a clamp used to hold work in place on a workbench

(... is a kind of clinch ) a clamp in the shape of the letter C

(... is a kind of clinch ) a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued

(... is a kind of clinch ) a clamp for holding pipe that is to be cut or threaded

(... is a kind of clinch ) clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use

Definition 6: settle conclusively - [verb of communication]

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

  • clinch a deal

(clinch is a kind of ...) settle conclusively; come to terms

"We finally settled the argument"

Definition 7: flatten the ends (of nails and rivets) - [verb of contact]

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

  • the nails were clinched

(clinch is a kind of ...) cause to be firmly attached

"fasten the lock onto the door" "she fixed her gaze on the man"

(clinch has a similar meaning as ...) secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts

"The girder was clinched into the wall"

Definition 8: secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts - [verb of contact]

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

  • The girder was clinched into the wall

(clinch is a kind of ...) cause to be firmly attached

"fasten the lock onto the door" "she fixed her gaze on the man"

(clinch has a similar meaning as ...) flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)

"the nails were clinched"

Definition 9: hold in a tight grasp - [verb of contact]

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

  • clench a steering wheel

Synonyms for clinch in the sense of this definition

(clinch 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 10: embrace amorously - [verb of contact]

(clinch is a kind of ...) hold (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

"Hug me, please" "They embraced" "He hugged her close to him"

Definition 11: hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches - [verb of contact]

(clinch is a kind of ...) have or hold in one's hands or grip

"Hold this bowl for a moment, please" "A crazy idea took hold of him"

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