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.
- To grip or hold fast.
- To close tightly.
- He clenched his fist in anger.
clench (plural clenches)
- Tight grip.
- (engineering) A seal that is applied to formed thin-wall bushings.
- 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 […]
- (archaic) A pun