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Clinch definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CLINCH, v.t.
1. To gripe with the hand; to make fast by bending over, folding, or embracing closely. Thus, to clinch a nail, is to bend the point and drive it closely. To clinch the hand or fist, is to contract the fingers closely into the palm of the hand. To clinch an instrument, is to close the fingers and thumb round it, and hold it fast.
2. To fix or fasten; to make firm; as, to clinch an argument.
1. A word used in a double meaning; a pun; an ambiguity; a duplicity of meaning, with identity of expression.
Here one poor word a hundred clinches makes.
2. A witty, ingenious reply.
3. In seamens language, the part of a cable which is fastened to the ring of an anchor; a kind of knot and seizings, used to fasten a cable to the ring of an anchor, and the britching of a gun to the ring bolts in a ships side.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
2: a small slip noose made with seizing [syn: clinch, clench]
3: the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet
4: a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together [syn: clamp, clinch]
5: a tight or amorous embrace; "come here and give me a big hug" [syn: hug, clinch, squeeze] v
1: secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts; "The girder was clinched into the wall"
2: hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches
3: hold in a tight grasp; "clench a steering wheel" [syn: clench, clinch]
4: embrace amorously
5: flatten the ends (of nails and rivets); "the nails were clinched"
6: settle conclusively; "clinch a deal"

Merriam Webster's

geographical name river about 300 miles (480 kilometers) SW Virginia & E Tennessee flowing SW into Tennessee River

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: probably alteration of clench Date: 1542 transitive verb 1. clench 3 2. a. to turn over or flatten the protruding pointed end of (a driven nail); also to treat (as a screw, bolt, or rivet) in a similar way b. to fasten in this way 3. a. to make final or irrefutable ; settle <that clinched the argument> b. to assure the winning of <scored a touchdown to clinch the game> intransitive verb 1. to hold an opponent (as in boxing) at close quarters with one or both arms 2. to hold fast or firmly clinchingly adverb II. noun Date: 1659 1. a fastening by means of a clinched nail, rivet, or bolt; also the clinched part of a nail, rivet, or bolt 2. archaic pun 3. an act or instance of clinching in boxing 4. embrace

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v. 1 tr. confirm or settle (an argument, bargain, etc.) conclusively. 2 intr. Boxing & Wrestling (of participants) become too closely engaged. 3 intr. colloq. embrace. 4 tr. secure (a nail or rivet) by driving the point sideways when through. 5 tr. Naut. fasten (a rope) with a particular half hitch. --n. 1 a a clinching action. b a clinched state. 2 colloq. an (esp. amorous) embrace. 3 Boxing & Wrestling an action or state in which participants become too closely engaged. Etymology: 16th-c. var. of CLENCH

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Clinch Clinch (kl[i^]nch), n. 1. 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. 2. A pun. --Pope. 3. (Naut.) 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Clinch Clinch (kl[i^]nch; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clinched; p. pr. & vb. n. Clinching.] [OE. clenchen, prop. causative of clink to cause to clink, to strike; cf. D. klinken to tinkle, rivet. See Clink.] 1. To hold firmly; to hold fast by grasping or embracing tightly. ``Clinch the pointed spear.'' --Dryden. 2. To set closely together; to close tightly; as, to clinch the teeth or the first. --Swift. 3. 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. To make conclusive; to confirm; to establish; as, to clinch an argument. --South.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Clinch Clinch, v. i. To hold fast; to grasp something firmly; to seize or grasp one another.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(clinches, clinching, clinched) 1. If you clinch something you are trying to achieve, such as a business deal or victory in a contest, you succeed in obtaining it. Hibernian clinched the First Division title when they beat Hamilton 2-0... This has fuelled speculation that he is about to clinch a deal with an American engine manufacturer. = secure VERB: V n, V n with n 2. The thing that clinches an uncertain matter settles it or provides a definite answer. Evidently this information clinched the matter... That was the clue which clinched it for us. VERB: V n, V it

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Grasp, grip, clasp, clutch, grapple, lay hold of. 2. Fasten, secure. 3. Confirm, fix, establish. II. n. 1. Catch, grip, clutch, grasp. 2. Clincher, cramp, holdfast, clamp.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A pun or quibble. To clinch, or to clinch the nail; to confirm an improbable story by another: as, A man swore he drove a tenpenny nail through the moon; a bystander said it was true, for he was on the other side and clinched it.

Moby Thesaurus

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