clench

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verb \ˈklench\

Definition of clench

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  clinch 2

  3. 2 :  to hold fast :  clutch clenched the arms of the chair

  4. 3 :  to set or close tightly clench one's teeth clench one's fists

clench

noun

Examples of clench in a sentence

  1. He clenched his teeth and continued to look straight ahead.

  2. He clenched his fists in anger.

  3. She was angry and spoke quietly through clenched teeth.

  4. His jaw clenched and unclenched as he listened to the speech.

  5. She danced alone, with a rose clenched in her teeth.

  6. He was clenching a cigarette in his teeth.

Origin and Etymology of clench

Middle English, from Old English -clencan; akin to Old English clingan to cling


First Known Use: 13th century


CLENCH Defined for English Language Learners

clench

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verb \ˈklench\

Definition of clench for English Language Learners

  • : to set (something) in a tightly closed position

  • : to hold (something) tightly


CLENCH Defined for Kids

clench

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verb \ˈklench\

Definition of clench for Students

clenched

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clenching

  1. 1 :  to hold tightly :  clutch She clenched a pen in her hand.

  2. 2 :  to set or close tightly “I'll sit and clench my teeth and never tell you one thing.” — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden



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