Clinch Clinch (kl[i^]nch; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clinched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Clinching}.] [OE. clenchen, prop. causative of clink to cause to clink, to strike; cf. D. klinken to tinkle, rivet. See {Clink}.] 1. To hold firmly; to hold fast by grasping or embracing tightly. ``Clinch the pointed spear.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To set closely together; to close tightly; as, to clinch the teeth or the first. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

4. To make conclusive; to confirm; to establish; as, to clinch an argument. --South. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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