From Old English beclenċan, causative of clingan (“cling”). Compare stink and stench.
clench (plural clenches)
- Tight grip.
- (engineering) A seal that is applied to formed thin-wall bushings.
- Russian: зажим (ru) (zažím)
clench (third-person singular simple present clenches, present participle clenching, simple past and past participle clenched)
- To squeeze; to grip or hold tightly.
- He clenched his fist in anger.