Last modified on 7 April 2014, at 12:39
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.
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.
- Japanese: 堅く締める (かたくしめる, kataku shimeru), 握り締める (にぎりしめる, nigirishimeru), 固める (かためる, katameru)
- Maori: kakati (refers to teeth), kumu (refers to the hand and the mouth)
- Bokmål: knyte, knytte (no)
- Russian: сжимать (ru) impf (sžimátʹ), сжать (ru) pf (sžatʹ), стискивать (ru) impf (stískivatʹ), стиснуть (ru) pf (stísnutʹ)