Definitions for clutchklʌtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

clutchklʌtʃ(v.t.)

  1. to seize with or as if with the hands or claws; snatch.

  2. to hold tightly.

  3. to spellbind; grip a person's interest or emotions.

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. (v.i.)to try to seize or grasp (usu. fol. by at):

    to clutch at a fleeing child.

  5. to operate the clutch in a vehicle.

    Category: Automotive

  6. (n.)the hand, claw, etc., when grasping.

  7. Often, clutches. power or control:

    to fall into the clutches of the enemy.

  8. a tight grip or hold.

  9. a device for gripping something.

  10. a mechanism for engaging or disengaging a shaft that drives a mechanism or is driven by another part. a pedal or other control for operating this.

    Category: Automotive, Machinery

  11. a critical point or moment.

    Category: Sport

  12. a woman's small strapless handbag.

    Category: Clothing

  13. (adj.)done in a critical situation:

    a clutch shot that won the game.

  14. dependable in crucial situations:

    a clutch player.

Origin of clutch:

1175–1225; ME clucchen, var. of clicchen, OE clyccan to clench

clutchklʌtʃ(n.; v.)clutched, clutch•ing.

  1. (n.)a hatch of eggs; the number of eggs produced or incubated at one time.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. a brood of chickens.

    Category: Ornithology

  3. a number of similar things or individuals.

  4. (v.t.)to hatch (chickens).

Origin of clutch:

1715–25; var. of dial. cletch; akin to Scots cleck to hatch

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold(noun)

    the act of grasping

    "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

  2. clutch(noun)

    a tense critical situation

    "he is a good man in the clutch"

  3. clutch(noun)

    a number of birds hatched at the same time

  4. batch, clutch(noun)

    a collection of things or persons to be handled together

  5. clutch bag, clutch(noun)

    a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand

  6. clutch, clutch pedal(noun)

    a pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism

    "he smoothely released the clutch with one foot and stepped on the gas with the other"

  7. clutch(verb)

    a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism

    "this year's model has an improved clutch"

  8. seize, prehend, clutch(verb)

    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"

  9. cling to, hold close, hold tight, clutch(verb)

    hold firmly, usually with one's hands

    "She clutched my arm when she got scared"

  10. seize, clutch, get hold of(verb)

    affect

    "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. clutch(verb)ʌtʃ

    to hold tightly

    She clutched her teddy bear.

Wiktionary

  1. clutch(Noun)

    A device to interrupt power transmission, commonly used between engine and gearbox in a car.

  2. clutch(Noun)

    The pedal in a car that disengages power transmission.

  3. clutch(Noun)

    A hand or claw, when it is grasping something firmly.

  4. clutch(Noun)

    A small handbag or purse with no straps or handle.

  5. clutch(Noun)

    A group or bunch, especially of eggs or baby birds.

  6. clutch(Noun)

    An important or critical situation.

  7. clutch(Verb)

    To grip or grasp tightly.

    She clutched her purse tightly and walked nervously into the building.

  8. clutch(Adjective)

    Tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.

  9. Origin: From clucchen variant of clicchen, from clyccan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clutch(noun)

    a gripe or clinching with, or as with, the fingers or claws; seizure; grasp

  2. Clutch(noun)

    the hands, claws, or talons, in the act of grasping firmly; -- often figuratively, for power, rapacity, or cruelty; as, to fall into the clutches of an adversary

  3. Clutch(noun)

    a device which is used for coupling shafting, etc., so as to transmit motion, and which may be disengaged at pleasure

  4. Clutch(noun)

    any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle

  5. Clutch(noun)

    the nest complement of eggs of a bird

  6. Clutch(noun)

    to seize, clasp, or gripe with the hand, hands, or claws; -- often figuratively; as, to clutch power

  7. Clutch(noun)

    to close tightly; to clinch

  8. Clutch(verb)

    to reach (at something) as if to grasp; to catch or snatch; -- often followed by at

Freebase

  1. Clutch

    A clutch is a mechanical device that provides for the transmission of power from one component to another when engaged, but can be disengaged. Clutches are used whenever the transmission of power or motion must be controlled either in amount or over time. In the simplest application, clutches connect and disconnect two rotating shafts. In these devices, one shaft is typically attached to a motor or other power unit while the other shaft provides output power for work. In a torque-controlled drill, for instance, one shaft is driven by a motor and the other drives a drill chuck. The clutch connects the two shafts so that they may be locked together and spin at the same speed, locked together but spinning at different speeds, or unlocked and spinning at different speeds.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Clutch

    In arc lamps a device for the feed of the upper carbons. In its simplest form it is simply a plate or bar pierced with a hole through which the carbon passes loosely. The action of the mechanism raises or lowers one end of the plate or bar. As it rises it binds and clutches the carbon, and if the action continues it lifts it a little. When the same end is lowered the carbon and clutch descend together until the opposite end of the clutch being prevented from further descent, the clutch approaches the horizontal position and the rod drops bodily through the aperture. The cut shows the clutches of the Brush double carbon lamp. In practice the lifting and releasing as regulated by an electro-magnet are so very slight that practically an almost absolutely steady feed is secured. A similar clutch is used in the Weston lamp.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clutch' in Verbs Frequency: #957


Translations for clutch

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

clutch(noun)

control or power

He fell into the clutches of the enemy.

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