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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. clutchnoun

    a tense critical situation

    "he is a good man in the clutch"

  3. clutchnoun

    a number of birds hatched at the same time

  4. batch, clutchnoun

    a collection of things or persons to be handled together

  5. clutch bag, clutchnoun

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

  6. 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"

  7. clutchverb

    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, 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"

  9. cling to, hold close, hold tight, clutchverb

    hold firmly, usually with one's hands

    "She clutched my arm when she got scared"

  10. seize, clutch, get hold ofverb


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


  1. Clutchverb

    to become too tense or frightened to perform properly; used sometimes with up; as, he clutched up on the exam.


  1. clutchnoun

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

  2. clutchnoun

    The pedal in a car that disengages power transmission.

  3. clutchnoun

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

  4. clutchnoun

    A small handbag or purse with no straps or handle.

  5. clutchnoun

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

  6. clutchnoun

    An important or critical situation.

  7. clutchverb

    To grip or grasp tightly.

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

  8. clutchadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Clutchnoun

    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.

  2. To CLUTCHverb

    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.


  1. Clutch

    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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clutchnoun

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

  2. Clutchnoun

    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. Clutchnoun

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

  4. Clutchnoun

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

  5. Clutchnoun

    the nest complement of eggs of a bird

  6. Clutchnoun

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

  7. Clutchnoun

    to close tightly; to clinch

  8. Clutchverb

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

  9. Etymology: [OE. clucchen. See Clutch, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clutch

    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.]

  2. Clutch

    kluch, n. (prov.) a brood of chickens, a 'sitting' of eggs.—v.t. to hatch.

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. clutch

    The oyster spawn adhering to stones, oyster shells, &c.

  2. clutch

    Forked stanchions of iron or wood. The same as crutch, clutch, or clamp block. (See SNATCH-BLOCK.)

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clutch in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clutch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of clutch in a Sentence

  1. Kaley Cuoco:

    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.

  2. Jared Siegel -LRB- @jsiegel99 -RRB-:

    Power outage coming up clutch to give the audience enough time to look up who tf the Brothers Osborne are.

  3. Ken Martin:

    A person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday the boy was decapitated. Paul Oberhauser told local television station KCTV Paul Oberhauser shoulder restraint busted loose on Paul Oberhauser Verruckt raft July 26. The Nebraska man said The Nebraska man just held on, and a video shot by The Nebraska man wife shows the strap loose at the ride's end. Paul Oberhauser said Paul Oberhauser reported the matter to park workers. Kenneth Conrad, Kenneth Conrad, told WDAF-TV that during Kenneth Conrad trip down the waterslide last year with a friend, the friend's shoulder strap came completely off. Conrad's wife snapped a photo at the end of the ride showing the strap missing, and Kenneth Conrad didn't file a complaint with the park. The park's spokeswoman didn't return messages Tuesday from The Associated Press seeking comment on the claims. In a statement, she said a limited portion of the park will reopen at midday Wednesday. Riders sit in multi-person rafts that begin with the steep drop, followed by a surge up a second hill before a 50-foot descent to a finishing pool. Along the way, riders clutch ropes along the inside of the raft. In early tests, rafts carrying sandbags flew off the slide, prompting engineers to tear down half of the ride and reconfigure some angles. A promotional video about building the slide includes footage of two men riding a raft down a half-size test model and going slightly airborne as it crests the top of the first big hill. Caleb Schwab was in a raft with two adults who were not related to Caleb Schwab when Caleb Schwab was killed on the slide, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest. The other two were treated for facial injuries. Police were investigating the death as a criminal case although police spokesman Cameron Morgan said Tuesday that designation did not mean they suspect foul play. Jon Rust, a professor of textile engineering at North Carolina State University, said the material used on the straps, commonly called hook and loop, isn't designed to keep a person in the seat. It also can get old and degrade with use. It's got to be used in a safe manner, and that doesn't include stopping someone's fall or preventing someone's ejection, Jon Rust said. Ken Martin, Ken Martin, questioned whether the straps were appropriate for what Ken Martin called nothing more than a roller coaster with water. Although Ken Martin has not seen or ridden Verruckt, Martin said a more solid restraint system that fits over the body - similar to those used in roller coasters - may have been better. I think we have a serious issue with the restraint system. Period.

  4. Michael Porter:

    I mean Monte, the last two games the way he’s come up in the clutch in the fourth quarter, that’s so huge for us, i can’t say enough about that dude, just his composure, what he does for our team, it’s pretty amazing. Especially being a backup point guard, he’s stepping up on the biggest stage and showing what he’s capable of.

  5. Quincy Krosby:

    The broader question is whether the economy is gaining the kind of momentum and traction that we need for a market that has been looking toward new highs, no one is out to suggest the economy is doing a major turnaround because of this number, but we now need to see a clutch of data that suggests that this is a one-off.

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Translations for clutch

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  • التشبثArabic
  • съединител, люпило, амбриаж, вкопчвам се, сграбчвамBulgarian
  • embragatgeCatalan, Valencian
  • spojkaCzech
  • cydiwrWelsh
  • kobling, koblingspedalDanish
  • ergreifen, Kupplung, schnappen, packen, KupplungspedalGerman
  • συμπλέκτης, γραπώνω, νεοσσιά, αδράχνωGreek
  • kluĉilo, kluĉado, ovaro, kuplado, kluĉpedaloEsperanto
  • nidada, clutch, aferrarSpanish
  • kytkinFinnish
  • nichée, agripper, serrer, pédale d'embrayage, couvée, embrayageFrench
  • crág, álIrish
  • क्लचHindi
  • tengelykapcsoló, szorít, kuplung, tengelykapcsoló-pedál, szorongat, kuplungpedálHungarian
  • կառչելArmenian
  • koplingIndonesian
  • kúplingIcelandic
  • frizione, avvinghiareItalian
  • クラッチ, 掴むJapanese
  • ქუროGeorgian
  • куплунг, квачило, спојкаMacedonian
  • koppeling, klauw, ontkoppelingspedaalDutch
  • clutchpedal, koblingspedal, kobling, kløtsjpedal, clutch, kløtsjNorwegian
  • sprzęgłoPolish
  • embreagem, bolsa carteira, embraiagemPortuguese
  • apuca, agăța, pedală de ambreiaj, ambreiajRomanian
  • схватить, схватывать, педаль сцепления, муфта, зажимать, сцепление, выводок, переделка, ридикюль, переплёт, клатч, зажатьRussian
  • spojka, kuplung, kvačilo, zakačiti, куплунг, закачити, квачило, спојкаSerbo-Croatian
  • kopplingspedal, kopplingSwedish
  • debriyaj, kapmak, tutmak, yakalamakTurkish

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