What does clinch mean?

Definitions for clinch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clinchnoun

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

  2. clinch, clenchnoun

    a small slip noose made with seizing

  3. clinchnoun

    the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet

  4. clamp, clinchnoun

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

  5. hug, clinch, squeezeverb

    a tight or amorous embrace

    "come here and give me a big hug"

  6. clinchverb

    secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts

    "The girder was clinched into the wall"

  7. clinchverb

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

  8. clench, clinchverb

    hold in a tight grasp

    "clench a steering wheel"

  9. clinchverb

    embrace amorously

  10. clinchverb

    flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)

    "the nails were clinched"

  11. clinchverb

    settle conclusively

    "clinch a deal"


  1. clinchnoun

    Any of several fastenings.

  2. clinchnoun

    A passionate embrace.

  3. clinchverb

    To clasp; to interlock.

  4. clinchverb

    To make certain; to finalize.

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

  5. clinchverb

    To fasten securely or permanently.

  6. clinchverb

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

  7. clinchverb

    To embrace passionately.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Clinchnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Such as they are, I hope they will prove, without a clinch, luciferous searching after the nature of light. Boyle.

    Pure clinches the suburbian muse affords,
    And Panton waging harmless war with words. Dryden.

    Here one poor word a hundred clinches makes. Alexander Pope.

  2. To CLINCHverb

    Etymology: clyniga , Sax. to knock, Junius. Clingo, in Festus, to encompass, Minshew.

    Simois rowls the bodies and the shields
    Of heroes, whose dismember’d hands yet bear
    The dart aloft, and clinch the pointed spear. John Dryden, Virg. Æn.

    Their tallest trees are about seven feet high, the tops whereof I could but just reach with my fist clinched. Jonathan Swift.


  1. clinch

    Clinch refers to the act of settling or securing something, often an agreement or a victory. It is confirming or finalizing a situation or making it certain. In the context of boxing or wrestling, it refers to a grappling hold by interlocking arms. Clinch can be used as a noun or a verb.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clinchverb

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

  2. Clinchverb

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

  3. Clinchverb

    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. Clinchverb

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

  5. Clinchverb

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

  6. Clinchnoun

    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. Clinchnoun

    a pun

  8. Clinchnoun

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. clinch

    A particular method of fastening large ropes by a half hitch, with the end stopped back to its own part by seizings; it is chiefly to fasten the hawsers suddenly to the rings of the kedges or small anchors; and the breechings of guns to the ring-bolts in the ship's side. Those parts of a rope or cable which are clinched. Thus the outer end is "bent" by the clinch to the ring of the anchor. The inner or tier-clinch in the good old times was clinched to the main-mast, passing under the tier beams (where it was unlawfully, as regards the custom of the navy, clinched). Thus "the cable runs out to the clinch," means, there is no more to veer.--To clinch is to batter or rivet a bolt's end upon a ring or piece of plate iron; or to turn back the point of a nail that it may hold fast. (See CLENCH.)

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clinch is ranked #25459 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Clinch surname appeared 971 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Clinch.

    78.8% or 766 total occurrences were White.
    14.7% or 143 total occurrences were Black.
    4.8% or 47 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  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

Examples of clinch in a Sentence

  1. La Russa:

    We had the high of the clinch, and yesterday we were back on our heels, we can’t maintain our edge that way. Today you saw everybody out there, a lot of energy, good live actions, making plays, getting base hits. Once in a while you have a game you need to address and we addressed it really well.

  2. The Texas senator:

    New York , Sanders vowed. The Republicans were battling for 95 delegates. Republican Donald Trump, originally from Queens, would need to win more than 50 percent of the vote statewide - – and dominate across the congressional districts -- to have a shot at claiming all those delegates. The importance of every last delegate has increased in recent weeks as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has appeared to outmaneuver Trump’s campaign in the behind-the-scenes preparations for July’s convention. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been laying the groundwork for a contested convention – - where no candidate has the necessary 1,237 delegates to clinch the nomination – - by getting allies elected as delegates. That way, if voting extends to a second round, some of those pledged to Republican Donald Trump on the first round could peel off and support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. This has heightened the pressure on Republican Donald Trump to clinch the nomination before the convention, though Cruz’s recent wins have made that harder. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who infamously panned Trump's New York values earlier in the primary, had been bracing for a tough showing in the Empire State. The Texas senator was already looking ahead on the primary calendar, turning The Texas senator attention to Pennsylvania, where The Texas senator delivered a speech calling on Americans to join together to move the country forward. It is time for us to get up, shake it off and be who we were destined to be.

  3. Taylor Fritz:

    It’s great. It’s amazing for the team to win this event. We came in with really high hopes, or at least I did, for the event, i was really happy to be in that position to clinch the match.

  4. The Texas senator:

    Democrat Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both were seeking rebound victories Tuesday after recent setbacks. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has complicated Trump's path to the nomination by winning recent contests like Wisconsin and getting allies elected to state delegate slates. On the Democratic side, Sanders had been on a winning streak up until Tuesday – winning seven of the eight prior contests. Whether Donald Trump and Clinton's performance Tuesday will help either wrap up the race in the coming weeks remains an open question. The campaigns head next to five Eastern states that vote next Tuesday : Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware. It’s potentially friendly territory for the front-runners. But unless Donald Trump can drive Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz out of the race, the billionaire businessman still may have to fight all the way until the final primary contests on June 7 – especially with an eye toward delegate-rich California, which may end up the determining race – to see if Donald Trump can clinch the nomination with the necessary 1,237 delegates. As of Tuesday night, Donald Trump had 840 delegates. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had 559, and Kasich had 146. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who infamously panned Trump's New York values earlier in the primary, had been bracing for a tough showing in the Empire State and showed no signs of throwing in the towel. The Texas senator was already looking ahead, turning The Texas senator attention to Pennsylvania, where The Texas senator delivered a speech calling on Americans to join together to move the country forward. It is time for us to get up, shake it off and be who we were destined to be.

  5. Sergei Shoigu:

    I’m sure that United Russia sets the highest bar for itself, which is to confirm its leadership position and to clinch a win at the elections.

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