Definitions of clutch

  1. the act of grasping; " he released his clasp on my arm"; " he has a strong grip for an old man"; " she kept a firm hold on the railing"
  2. hold firmly, usually with one's hands; " She clutched my arm when she got scared"
  3. a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism
  4. a pedal that operates a clutch
  5. a number of birds hatched at the same time
  6. a tense critical situation; " he is a good man in the clutch"
  7. affect; " Fear seized the prisoners"; " The patient was seized with unberable pains"; " He was seized with a dreadful disease"
  8. take hold of; grab; " The salesclerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; " She clutched her purse"; " The mother seized her child by the arm"; " Birds of prey often seize small mammals"
  9. A gripe or clinching with, or as with, the fingers or claws; seizure; grasp.
  10. A device which is used for coupling shafting, etc., so as to transmit motion, and which may be disengaged at pleasure.
  11. Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.
  12. The nest complement of eggs of a bird.
  13. To close tightly; to clinch.
  14. The hands, claws, or talons, in the act of grasping firmly; - often figuratively, for power, rapacity, or cruelty; as, to fall into the clutches of an adversary.
  15. To seize, clasp, or gripe with the hand, hands, or claws; - often figuratively; as, to clutch power.
  16. To snatch or seize; with at.
  17. A grasp; a hand or claw in the act of seizure; often used in the plural; as, keep out of his clutches; a device for gripping or holding; a device for coupling; as, an automobile clutch.
  18. To seize or grasp.
  19. A grasp or grip: seizure:- pl. CLUTCHES, the hands or paws: cruelty: rapacity.
  20. A grasp; gripe; claw.
  21. To grasp; grip.
  22. To seize eagerly; grasp firmly.
  23. To snatch; catch; with at.
  24. A powerful grasp; tight grip; an attempt at seizure.
  25. A talon, claw, paw, or hand.
  26. A device for transmitting power, as by friction.
  27. A setting of eggs; a brood.
  28. Paws or talons; hands.
  29. A griping or pinching with the fingers; grasp; seizure; a projecting tooth, or other piece of machinery, for connecting shafts with each other, or with wheels, so that they may be disengaged at pleasure.
  30. To double in the fingers, and compress them together; to seize; to grasp.
  31. A firm grasp or griping with the hands by tightening the fingers; a seizure; a grasp.
  32. To seize firmly with the hand; to gripe; to grasp.

Usage examples for clutch

  1. It took two of them to loosen poor old Ursela's crazy clutch from about her young master. – Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
  2. She tried to jump after it but was held back, and Mary, who had just come up, jumped in her stead, and by a miracle of strength and agility was just able to clutch the child and get onto the six- foot way as the engine came by. – Peter Ibbetson by George Du Maurier
  3. And in the north- west corner of the barn, he saw Old Mother Hatchie sitting on a nest of straw and he knew that there was a clutch of eggs under her. – The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
  4. The thought of Giannone's fate was like a cold clutch at his heart; nor was there any balm in knowing that it was at Fulvia's request he had been so freely welcomed; for he was persuaded that, whatever her previous feeling might have been, the scene just enacted must render him forever odious to her. – The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton
  5. With my left hand I would hold the handkerchief above my head, and with the other clutch the pistol at my side, and then, at the word, and as the handkerchief fluttered to the floor, I would take careful aim and pull the trigger. – Captain Macklin by Richard Harding Davis
  6. Poor Phaethon could do nothing but clutch the seat and shut his eyes. – Journeys Through Bookland V2 by Charles H. Sylvester
  7. At another place were only men, and they were struggling savagely to clutch things from each other's hands. – His Family by Ernest Poole
  8. As it dashed by, though the rider looked neither to right nor left, Miss Betty unconsciously made a feverish clutch at her companion's sleeve, drawing him closer to the hedge. – The Two Vanrevels by Booth Tarkington
  9. And his soul shuddered, and his heart contracted in the sickening clutch of shame. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  10. I was ashamed of myself, but fear seemed to clutch me. – The Professor's Mystery by Wells Hastings Brian Hooker
  11. You see I can always keep an eye on the expenses," he hastened to add, and made a desperate clutch at her hand. – The Miller Of Old Church by Ellen Glasgow
  12. No doubt when people of a certain class, for which respectability has long spelled livelihood, do fall into the law's clutch they suffer very sharply. – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. Mr. Byrd nodded and escaped her clutch. – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  14. Many a man has struggled and fallen on the brink, and been drowned in its clutch. – Arthurian Chronicles: Roman de Brut by Wace
  15. They clutch at every word of comfort and at every genuine reproach coming to them from outside. – Letters of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett
  16. Supremely and finally, the delicious torture of the clutch of terror at her heart as she moved by Gerald's side through the impossible adventure! – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  17. The boys saw the renegade clutch at his clothing, saw the cloth hold for an instant, then tear away under the impetus of the boy's movement, and heard Fremont's answer to the call as he struck the ground under the window. – Boy Scouts in Mexico; or On Guard with Uncle Sam by G. Harvey Ralphson
  18. Then, with a groan, he made as if to clutch her, but a rod fell upon his raised arms and beat them down. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  19. He made a clutch at Nettie with one hand, and with all the force of the other thrust away the astonished doctor. – The Doctor's Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  20. He felt her fingers clutch the back of his neck, and every now and then a feeble sigh escaped her lips. – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking