clench

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A clenched fist.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English clenchen, from Old English clenċan (to clinch; hold fast), a variant of Old English clenġan (to adhere; remain), from Proto-Germanic *klangijaną, causative of *klinganą (to stick; adhere). Related to cling.

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clench (third-person singular simple present clenches, present participle clenching, simple past and past participle clenched) (transitive, intransitive)

  1. To grip or hold fast.
  2. To close tightly.
    He clenched his fist in anger.

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Noun[edit]

clench (plural clenches)

  1. Tight grip.
  2. (engineering) A seal that is applied to formed thin-wall bushings.
  3. A local chapter of the Church of the SubGenius parody religion.
    • 1989, Ted Schultz, The Fringes of Reason, page 210:
      And perhaps most innovative of all, Drummond and Stang pushed for a policy of clench autonomy []
    • 2003, Peter Knight, Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia, page 170:
      Every SubGenius clench is required to have a member who does not believe []
    • 2012, George D. Chryssides, Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements, page 95:
      Originality is encouraged, and some clenches have devised their own distinctive organizational names []

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  • clench at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • clench in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911