What does clinch mean?

Definitions for clinchklɪntʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word clinch.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clinch(noun)

    (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily

  2. clinch, clench(noun)

    a small slip noose made with seizing

  3. clinch(noun)

    the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet

  4. clamp, clinch(noun)

    a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together

  5. hug, clinch, squeeze(verb)

    a tight or amorous embrace

    "come here and give me a big hug"

  6. clinch(verb)

    secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts

    "The girder was clinched into the wall"

  7. clinch(verb)

    hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches

  8. clench, clinch(verb)

    hold in a tight grasp

    "clench a steering wheel"

  9. clinch(verb)

    embrace amorously

  10. clinch(verb)

    flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)

    "the nails were clinched"

  11. clinch(verb)

    settle conclusively

    "clinch a deal"


  1. clinch(Noun)

    Any of several fastenings.

  2. clinch(Noun)

    A passionate embrace.

  3. clinch(Verb)

    To clasp; to interlock.

  4. clinch(Verb)

    To make certain; to finalize.

    I already planned to buy the car, but the color was what really clinched it for me.

  5. clinch(Verb)

    To fasten securely or permanently.

  6. clinch(Verb)

    To bend and hammer the point of a nail so it cannot be removed.

  7. clinch(Verb)

    To embrace passionately.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clinch(verb)

    to hold firmly; to hold fast by grasping or embracing tightly

  2. Clinch(verb)

    to set closely together; to close tightly; as, to clinch the teeth or the first

  3. Clinch(verb)

    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. Clinch(verb)

    to make conclusive; to confirm; to establish; as, to clinch an argument

  5. Clinch(verb)

    to hold fast; to grasp something firmly; to seize or grasp one another

  6. Clinch(noun)

    the act or process of holding fast; that which serves to hold fast; a grip; a grasp; a clamp; a holdfast; as, to get a good clinch of an antagonist, or of a weapon; to secure anything by a clinch

  7. Clinch(noun)

    a pun

  8. Clinch(noun)

    a hitch or bend by which a rope is made fast to the ring of an anchor, or the breeching of a ship's gun to the ringbolts

  9. Origin: [OE. clenchen, prop. causative of clink to cause to clink, to strike; cf. D. klinken to tinkle, rivet. See Clink.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clinch

    klinsh, Clench, klensh, v.t. to fasten or rivet a nail by bending the point and beating the bent part flat against the object through which the nail was driven: to grasp tightly: to set firmly, as the teeth: to fasten on: (fig.) to drive home an argument: to settle or confirm.—n. something set firmly: the fastening of a nail by beating it back, as in the verb: a pun.—n. Clinch′er, one that clinches: a decisive argument.—adj. Clinch′er-built (same as Clinker-built).—n. Clinch′er-work, the disposition of the side planks of a vessel, when the lower edge of one row overlaps the row next under it. [Causal form of klink, to strike smartly; Dut. and Ger. klinken, to rivet a bolt.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clinch in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clinch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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Translations for clinch

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • कड़ीHindi
  • заклёпка, клемма, сдавливать, сжимать, обнимать, зажим, скобаRussian

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