Definitions of clinch

  1. To fasten, as a driven nail, by bending down the point; confirm, as a bargain or an argument.
  2. To grapple; clench.
  3. To hold firmly; to hold fast by grasping or embracing tightly.
  4. To bend or turn over the point of ( something that has been driven through an object), so that it will hold fast; as, to clinch a nail.
  5. To make conclusive; to confirm; to establish; as, to clinch an argument.
  6. To rivet; to fasten; to nail; double up tightly, as the fingers; to hold fast; to render unanswerable, as an argument.
  7. To fasten or rivet a nail: to grasp tightly: to settle or confirm.
  8. To fasten a nail by bending the point; to fix or confirm.
  9. To hold fast; to grasp something firmly; to seize or grasp one another.
  10. hold in a tight grasp; " The boxer clinched his opponent"; " clench a steering wheel"
  11. ( boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
  12. the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet
  13. settle conclusively; " clinch a deal"
  14. flatten the ends ( of nails and rivets); " the nails were clinched"
  15. secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts; " The girder was clinched into the wall"
  16. embrace amorously
  17. hold in a tight grasp; " clench a steering wheel"
  18. hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches
  19. To rivet or bend the point of a nail, & c., that has been driven through anything; to fix or confirm; to grasp tightly; to close firmly.
  20. To grasp with the hand; to fix firmly by folding over; to rivet.
  21. ( in boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
  22. A pun.
  23. The act or process of holding fast; that which serves to hold fast; a grip; a grasp; a clamp; a holdfast; as, to get a good clinch of an antagonist, or of a weapon; to secure anything by a clinch.
  24. A hitch or bend by which a rope is made fast to the ring of an anchor, or the breeching of a ship's gun to the ringbolts.
  25. Anything that holds both ways.
  26. A clinching, or that which clinches or is clinched; a decisive argument.
  27. Clincher.
  28. A grip; a holdfast; a word with a double meaning; a pun; an ambiguity.
  29. Anything which holds both ways.