Definitions for clutch
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clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, holdnoun
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"
a tense critical situation
"he is a good man in the clutch"
a number of birds hatched at the same time
a collection of things or persons to be handled together
clutch bag, clutchnoun
a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
clutch, clutch pedalnoun
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"
a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism
"this year's model has an improved clutch"
seize, prehend, clutchverb
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"
cling to, hold close, hold tight, clutchverb
hold firmly, usually with one's hands
"She clutched my arm when she got scared"
seize, clutch, get hold ofverb
"Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
to become too tense or frightened to perform properly; used sometimes with up; as, he clutched up on the exam.
A device to interrupt power transmission, commonly used between engine and gearbox in a car.
The pedal in a car that disengages power transmission.
A hand or claw, when it is grasping something firmly.
A small handbag or purse with no straps or handle.
A group or bunch, especially of eggs or baby birds.
An important or critical situation.
To grip or grasp tightly.
She clutched her purse tightly and walked nervously into the building.
Tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.
Etymology: From clucchen variant of clicchen, from clyccan.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
It was the hard fortune of a cock to fall into the clutches of a cat. Roger L'Estrange, Fab. ii.
Your greedy slav’ring to devour,
Before ’twas in your clutches pow’r. Hudibras, p. iii. cant. 2.
Set up the covenant on crutches,
’Gainst those who have us in their clutches. Hudibras, p. iii.
I must have great leisure, and little care of myself, if I ever more come near the clutches of such a giant. Edward Stillingfleet.
Etymology: Of uncertain etymology.
Is this a dagger I see before me,
The handle tow’rd my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Like moles within us, heave and cast about;
And, ’till they foot and clutch their prey,
They never cool. George Herbert.
A man may set the poles together in his head, and clutch the whole globe at one intellectual grasp. Jeremy Collier, on Thought.
Not that I have the power to clutch my hand,
When his fair angels would salute my palm. William Shakespeare, K. John.
A clutch is a mechanical device that engages and disengages power transmission, especially from a drive shaft (driving shaft) to a driven shaft. The clutch acts as a mechanical linkage between the engine and transmission; and briefly disconnects, or separates the engine from the drivetrain, and therefore the drive wheels, whenever the pedal is depressed, allowing the driver to smoothly change gears. In the simplest application, clutches connect and disconnect two rotating shafts (drive shafts or line shafts). In these devices, one shaft is typically attached to an engine and other to power unit (the driving member). While the other shaft (the driven member) provides output power for work and typically the motions involved are rotary, linear clutches are also possible. 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 they may be locked together and spin at the same speed (engaged), locked together but spinning at different speeds (slipping), or unlocked and spinning at different speeds (disengaged).
A clutch is a mechanical device that engages and disengages the power transmission, especially from a driving shaft to a driven shaft. In simplest terms, it is a device that connects two rotating shafts and allows them to be locked together and spin at the same speed or be disconnected and spin at different speeds. It is often found in cars, enabling the transmission of power from the engine to the wheels, and in various machines where torque needs to be controlled. Additionally, clutch can also refer to a small handbag or purse that does not have handles and is intended to be carried in the hand.
a gripe or clinching with, or as with, the fingers or claws; seizure; grasp
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
a device which is used for coupling shafting, etc., so as to transmit motion, and which may be disengaged at pleasure
any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle
the nest complement of eggs of a bird
to seize, clasp, or gripe with the hand, hands, or claws; -- often figuratively; as, to clutch power
to close tightly; to clinch
to reach (at something) as if to grasp; to catch or snatch; -- often followed by at
Etymology: [OE. clucchen. See Clutch, n.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kluch, v.t. to close the hand: to carry off: to hold firmly: to seize or grasp.—n. a grasp; seizure.—n.pl. Clutch′es, the hands or paws: cruelty: rapacity. [M. E. cloche, cloke, claw; prob. allied to M. E. clechen—A.S. gelæccan. Cf. Latch.]
kluch, n. (prov.) a brood of chickens, a 'sitting' of eggs.—v.t. to hatch.
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The oyster spawn adhering to stones, oyster shells, &c.
Forked stanchions of iron or wood. The same as crutch, clutch, or clamp block. (See SNATCH-BLOCK.)
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'clutch' in Verbs Frequency: #957
The numerical value of clutch in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of clutch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.
Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
He's a clutch player, obviously, he's a great player. Not a lot of players can do what he did, or does.
I was actually really addicted to nose spray like Afrin, like for years. Like at award shows I would have to pick out the right clutch to be able to fit my Afrin in it.And I’d be under the table like...snorting it. I’m surprised there were no photos of what I was snorting Afrin. And I couldn’t get enough and it was such a problem. And I ruined my sinus. So I had to get it fixed.
Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain
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Translations for clutch
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- съединител, люпило, амбриаж, вкопчвам се, сграбчвамBulgarian
- embragatgeCatalan, Valencian
- kobling, koblingspedalDanish
- ergreifen, Kupplung, schnappen, packen, KupplungspedalGerman
- συμπλέκτης, γραπώνω, νεοσσιά, αδράχνωGreek
- kluĉilo, kluĉado, ovaro, kuplado, kluĉpedaloEsperanto
- nidada, clutch, aferrarSpanish
- nichée, agripper, serrer, pédale d'embrayage, couvée, embrayageFrench
- crág, álIrish
- tengelykapcsoló, szorít, kuplung, tengelykapcsoló-pedál, szorongat, kuplungpedálHungarian
- frizione, avvinghiareItalian
- クラッチ, 掴むJapanese
- куплунг, квачило, спојкаMacedonian
- koppeling, klauw, ontkoppelingspedaalDutch
- clutchpedal, koblingspedal, kobling, kløtsjpedal, clutch, kløtsjNorwegian
- embreagem, bolsa carteira, embraiagemPortuguese
- apuca, agăța, pedală de ambreiaj, ambreiajRomanian
- зажимать, схватывать, педаль сцепления, зажать, сцепление, выводок, переделка, муфта, переплёт, схватить, клатч, ридикюльRussian
- kuplung, спојка, квачило, закачити, куплунг, zakačiti, kvačilo, spojkaSerbo-Croatian
- koppling, kopplingspedalSwedish
- tutmak, kapmak, yakalamak, debriyajTurkish
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