from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To loosen from a clenched position; relax.
  • intransitive verb To become unclenched.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To open, or to force open, as the closed hand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Same as unclinch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive to open (something that was clenched)
  • verb intransitive to relax, especially one's muscles


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From un- + clench.


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  • "Extending his hand to Tehran, President Obama has invited those who govern the Islamic republic to 'unclench their fists.' Yet to a considerable degree, those clenched fists are of our own making."

    - Andrew Bacevich, Farewell, the American Century,, 28 April 2009.

    April 29, 2009