Definitions for clinchklɪntʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to settle (a matter) decisively.

  2. to secure (a nail, screw, etc.) in position by beating down the protruding point. to fasten (objects) together by nails, screws, etc., secured in this manner.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. (v.i.)to engage in a clinch in boxing.

    Category: Sport

  4. Slang. to embrace, esp. passionately.

    Category: Status (usage)

  5. (of a clinched nail, screw, etc.) to hold fast; be secure.

  6. (n.)the act of clinching.

  7. an instance of one or both boxers holding the other about the arms or body to prevent or hinder the opponent's punches.

    Category: Sport

  8. Slang. a passionate embrace.

    Category: Status (usage)

  9. a clinched nail or fastening.

  10. the bent part of a clinched nail, screw, etc.

    Category: Building Trades

    Ref: Also, clench (for defs. 1,2,9,11,12 ).

Origin of clinch:

1560–70; later var. of ME clenchen; see clench


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

Translations for clinch

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to settle or come to an agreement about (an argument or a bargain)

The businessmen clinched the deal.

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