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clench

clench

 
 
pronunciation:
klench
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: clenched, clenches, clenching
definition 1: to clamp (teeth or hands) tightly shut.
He clenched his fists with rage.
similar words:
bite, clamp, clinch, close, grit, hold, shut
definition 2: to hold in a tight grip.
A vise will clench the wood to hold it in place while you work on it.
synonyms:
clasp, grasp
similar words:
clamp, clinch, clutch, fasten, grip, hold
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to clamp together tightly.
His jaws clenched, and he felt his anger rise.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a tight hold; firm grasp.
The weaker fighter could not break the clench of his opponent.
synonyms:
clutch, grasp, grip
similar words:
bite, clasp, hold
definition 2: something that clenches.
synonyms:
clamp, grip
similar words:
clasp, grasp
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