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Verb: clench  klench
  1. Hold in a tight grasp
    "clench a steering wheel";
    - clinch
     
  2. Squeeze together tightly
    "clench one's jaw"
Noun: clench  klench
  1. A small slip noose made with seizing
    - clinch
     
  2. The act of grasping
    "he released his clench on my arm";
    - clasp, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold

Derived forms: clenching, clenches, clenched

Type of: clutch, grasping, noose, prehend [archaic], prehension, running noose, seize, seizing, slip noose, squeeze, taking hold

Encyclopedia: Clench, Wiltshire