clenching, present participle; clenched, past tense; clenches, 3rd person singular present; clenched, past participle;
(with reference to the fingers or hand) Close into a tight ball, esp. when feeling extreme anger
she clenched her fists, struggling for control
John's right hand clenched into a fist
he struck the wall with his clenched fist
(with reference to the teeth) Press or be pressed tightly together, esp. with anger or determination or so as to suppress a strong emotion
her teeth clenched in anger
Grasp (something) tightly, esp. with the hands or between the teeth
he clenched the steering wheel so hard that the car wobbled
(of a muscular part of the body) Tighten or contract sharply, esp. with strong emotion
Mark felt his stomach clench in alarm
A contraction or tightening of part of the body
she saw the anger rise, saw the clench of his fists
The state of being tightly closed or contracted
clinch: a small slip noose made with seizing
hold in a tight grasp; "clench a steering wheel"
squeeze together tightly; "clench one's jaw"
clasp: 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"
Clench is the name of several fictional characters in the various Transformers universes.
Tight grip; A seal that is applied to formed thin-wall bushings; To squeeze; to grip or hold tightly
(clenched) used of a closed hand closet diminutive of bar
(Clenching) The forceful holding together of the upper and lower teeth, which places stress on the ligaments that hold the teeth to the jawbone and the lower jaw to the skull.
(clenching) The clamping and pressing of the jaws and teeth together in centric occlusion, frequently associated with psychological stress or physical effort.
(Clenching) The habit of consciously or subconsciously squeezing the teeth together with extraordinary muscle force. See Bruxism.
(Clenching) A parafunctional activity of the jaws that occurs mostly during daytime.
(CLENCHING) Used in wirestitching (stapling). The wires are bent back towards each other after piercing the book and lie flat on the spine.
(Clenching) Someone who clenches continually bites on things while awake. This might be chewing gum, a pen or pencil, or fingernails. The constant pounding on the joint causes the pain. Stress is often blamed for tension in the jaw, leading to a clenched jaw.
A method of fixing together two pieces of wood, usually overlapping planks, by driving a nail through both planks as well as a washer-like rove. The nail is then burred or riveted over to complete the fastening.
To turn over the point of a nail (so Clencher or Clinker built;) also to jam a rope.
The former Lord Oliver Crumwell is now a dentist in New Jersey. His head is the size of a ping-pong ball, so he is able to stick his entire cranium in the mouth of a patient. In one case Crumwell hit a raw nerve, making the patient "Clench" his teeth. ...
A quibbling form of pun. Also a statement that settles an argument; one that clinches it.