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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


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


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.


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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