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Clutch

Pronunciation: klŭcht
n.1.A gripe or clinching with, or as with, the fingers or claws; seizure; grasp.
An expiring clutch at popularity.
- Carlyle.
2.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.
I must have . . . little care of myself, if I ever more come near the clutches of such a giant.
- Bp. Stillingfleet.
3.(Mach.) A device which is used for coupling shafting, etc., so as to transmit motion, and which may be disengaged at pleasure.
4.Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.
5.(Zool.) The nest complement of eggs of a bird.
Bayonet clutch
(Mach.) a clutch in which connection is made by means of bayonets attached to arms sliding on a feathered shaft. The bayonets slide through holes in a crosshead fastened on the shaft.
v. t.1.To seize, clasp, or grip with the hand, hands, or claws; - often figuratively; as, to clutch power.
[imp. & p. p. Clutched (klŭcht); p. pr. & vb. n. Clutching.]
Is this a dagger which I see before me . . . ?
Come, let me clutch thee.
- Shak.
2.To close tightly; to clinch.
Not that I have the power to clutch my hand.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To reach (at something) as if to grasp; to catch or snatch; - often followed by at.
2.to become too tense or frightened to perform properly; used sometimes with up; as, he clutched up on the exam.
Noun1.clutch - 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.clutch - a tense critical situation; "he is a good man in the clutch"
3.clutch - a number of birds hatched at the same time
4.clutch - a collection of things or persons to be handled together
Synonyms: batch
5.clutch - a pedal that operates a clutch
Synonyms: clutch pedal
6.clutch - a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism
Verb1.clutch - 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"
Synonyms: prehend, seize
2.clutch - hold firmly, usually with one's hands; "She clutched my arm when she got scared"
3.clutch - affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unberable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
Synonyms: get hold of, seize
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