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English noun: clinch

1. clinch (act) (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily


Broader (hypernym)evasive action, maneuver, manoeuvre


Domain categoryboxing, fisticuffs, pugilism

2. clinch (artifact) a small slip noose made with seizing


Synonymsclench


Broader (hypernym)noose, running noose, slip noose


Narrower (hyponym)double clinch, inside clinch, outside clinch


Domain categoryvessel, watercraft

3. clinch (artifact) the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet


Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast


Part meronymbolt, nail, rivet

4. clinch (artifact) a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together


Synonymsclamp


Broader (hypernym)holding device


Narrower (hyponym)bench clamp, C-clamp, cramp, pipe clamp, pipe vise, press

5. clinch (act) a tight or amorous embrace


SamplesCome here and give me a big hug.


Synonymshug, squeeze


Broader (hypernym)embrace, embracement, embracing


English verb: clinch

1. clinch (contact) secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts


SamplesThe girder was clinched into the wall.


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


Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure


Verb groupclinch

2. clinch (contact) hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)hold, take hold

3. clinch (contact) hold in a tight grasp


SamplesClench a steering wheel.


Synonymsclench


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


Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

4. clinch (contact) embrace amorously


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)bosom, embrace, hug, squeeze

5. clinch (contact) flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)


SamplesThe nails were clinched.


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


Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure


Verb groupclinch

6. clinch (communication) settle conclusively


SamplesClinch a deal.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)determine, settle, square off, square up









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