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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.]

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.)

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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