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EnglishEdit

A clenched fist.

EtymologyEdit

From Old English beclenċan, causative of clingan ‎(cling). Compare stink and stench.

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NounEdit

clench ‎(plural clenches)

  1. Tight grip.
  2. (engineering) A seal that is applied to formed thin-wall bushings.
  3. A local chapter of the Church of the SubGenius parody religion.
    • 1989, Ted Schultz, The Fringes of Reason (page 210)
      And perhaps most innovative of all, Drummond and Stang pushed for a policy of clench autonomy []
    • 2003, Peter Knight, Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia (page 170)
      Every SubGenius clench is required to have a member who does not believe []
    • 2012, George D. Chryssides, Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements (page 95)
      Originality is encouraged, and some clenches have devised their own distinctive organizational names []

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clench ‎(third-person singular simple present clenches, present participle clenching, simple past and past participle clenched)

  1. To squeeze; to grip or hold tightly.
    He clenched his fist in anger.
  2. To move two parts of something against each other
    Bruxism is clenching the jaws.

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