American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To grasp and hold tightly.
- v. To seize; snatch.
- v. To attempt to grasp or seize: clutch at a life raft.
- v. To engage or disengage a motor vehicle's clutch.
- n. A hand, claw, talon, or paw in the act of grasping.
- n. A tight grasp.
- n. Control or power. Often used in the plural: caught in the clutches of sin.
- n. A device for gripping and holding.
- n. Any of various devices for engaging and disengaging two working parts of a shaft or of a shaft and a driving mechanism.
- n. The apparatus, such as a lever or pedal, that activates one of these devices.
- n. A tense, critical situation: came through in the clutch.
- n. A clutch bag.
- adj. Informal Being or occurring in a tense or critical situation: won the championship by sinking a clutch putt.
- adj. Informal Tending to be successful in tense or critical situations: The coach relied on her clutch pitcher.
- n. The complete set of eggs produced or incubated at one time.
- n. A brood of chickens.
- n. A group; a bunch.
- v. To hatch (chicks).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To grasp tightly or firmly; seize, clasp, or grip strongly: as, to clutch a dagger.
- To close tightly; clench.
- To fasten.
- To get; gain.
- Specifically To seize (a clutch of eggs); take from the clutch.
- To snatch, or endeavor to snatch; try to grasp or seize: with at.
- n. A grasp or hold; specifically, a strong grip upon anything.
- n. In machinery: A movable coupling or locking and unlocking contrivance, used for transmitting motion, or for disconnecting moving parts of machinery. See bayonet-clutch, friction-clutch, etc.
- n. The cross-head of a piston-rod.
- n. The paw, talon, or claw of a rapacious animal.
- n. Figuratively, the hand, as representing power; hence, power of disposal or control; mastery: chiefly in the plural: as, to fall into the clutches of an enemy.
- n. A hatch of eggs; the number of eggs incubated at any one time; in the case of the domestic hen, specifically, thirteen eggs.
- A dialectal variant of cluck.
- n. Nautical: A forked stanchion.
- n. The throat of a patent anchor.
- n. Oyster spawn.
- n. The pedal in a car that disengages power transmission.
- n. A small handbag or purse with no straps or handle.
- n. US An important or critical situation.
- adj. US Performing or tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A gripe or clinching with, or as with, the fingers or claws; seizure; grasp.
- n. The hands, claws, or talons, in the act of grasping firmly; -- often figuratively, for power, rapacity, or cruelty.
- n. (Mach.) A device which is used for coupling shafting, etc., so as to transmit motion, and which may be disengaged at pleasure.
- n. Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.
- n. (Zoöl.) The nest complement of eggs of a bird.
- v. To seize, clasp, or grip with the hand, hands, or claws; -- often figuratively.
- v. To close tightly; to clinch.
- v. To reach (at something) as if to grasp; to catch or snatch; -- often followed by at.
- v. to become too tense or frightened to perform properly; used sometimes with up.
- v. hold firmly, usually with one's hands
- v. affect.
- n. a number of birds hatched at the same time
- n. a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
- n. the act of grasping
- n. a collection of things or persons to be handled together
- v. take hold of; grab.
- n. a pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism
- n. a tense critical situation
- n. a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism
- Variant form of cletch, from Middle English cleken ("to hatch"), perhaps from Old Norse klekja ("to hatch"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English clucchen, from Old English clyccan.Variant of dialectal cletch; akin to Middle English clekken, to hatch, from Old Norse klekja. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I shouldn't be surprised, I guess, since the car has 158,000 miles on it, and the clutch is the original one.”
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