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English noun: clutch

1. clutch (act) the act of grasping


SamplesHe released his clasp on my arm.
He has a strong grip for an old man.
She kept a firm hold on the railing.


Synonymsclasp, clench, clutches, grasp, grip, hold


Broader (hypernym)grasping, prehension, seizing, taking hold


Narrower (hyponym)choke hold, chokehold, embrace, embracement, embracing, wrestling hold

2. clutch (state) a tense critical situation


SamplesHe is a good man in the clutch.


Broader (hypernym)temporary state

3. clutch (group) a number of birds hatched at the same time


Broader (hypernym)brood

4. clutch (group) a collection of things or persons to be handled together


Synonymsbatch


Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection


Narrower (hyponym)schmear, schmeer, shmear

5. clutch (artifact) a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand


Synonymsclutch bag


Broader (hypernym)bag, handbag, pocketbook, purse

6. clutch (artifact) a pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism


SamplesHe smoothely released the clutch with one foot and stepped on the gas with the other.


Synonymsclutch pedal


Broader (hypernym)foot lever, foot pedal, pedal, treadle


Part meronymclutch

7. clutch (artifact) a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism


SamplesThis year's model has an improved clutch.


Broader (hypernym)coupler, coupling


Narrower (hyponym)freewheel, friction clutch


Part holonymclutch, clutch pedal


Part meronymtransmission, transmission system


English verb: clutch

1. clutch (contact) take hold of; grab


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsprehend, seize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)get hold of, take


Narrower (hyponym)apprehend, arrest, capture, catch, catch, clasp, claw, clench, clinch, collar, collar, cop, get, grab, grab, grapple, grip, grip, nab, nab, nail, pick up, rack, snap, snatch, snatch up, take hold of

2. clutch (contact) hold firmly, usually with one's hands


SamplesShe clutched my arm when she got scared.


Synonymscling to, hold close, hold tight


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)hold, take hold


Narrower (hyponym)cuddle, draw close, nest, nestle, nuzzle, snuggle

3. clutch (cognition) affect


SamplesFear seized the prisoners.
The patient was seized with unbearable pains.
He was seized with a dreadful disease.


Synonymsget hold of, seize


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm









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