Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun clench

2 senses of clench

Sense 1
clinch, clench -- (a small slip noose made with seizing)
       => noose, running noose, slip noose -- (a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot; it binds tighter as the cord or rope is pulled)

Sense 2
clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold -- (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")
       => grasping, taking hold, seizing, prehension -- (the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles))

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb clench

2 senses of clench

Sense 1
clench, clinch -- (hold in a tight grasp; "clench a steering wheel")
       => seize, prehend, clutch -- (take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk 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")

Sense 2
clench -- (squeeze together tightly; "clench one's jaw")
       => squeeze -- (press firmly; "He squeezed my hand")

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