What is the meaning of clutch?


  • The act of grasping.
    • usage: "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
  • A tense critical situation.
    • usage: "he is a good man in the clutch"
  • A number of birds hatched at the same time.
  • A collection of things or persons to be handled together.
  • A woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand.
  • A pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism.
    • usage: "he smoothely released the clutch with one foot and stepped on the gas with the other"
  • A coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism.
    • usage: "this year's model has an improved clutch"


  • Take hold of; grab.
    • usage: "The sales clerk 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"
  • Hold firmly, usually with one's hands.
    • usage: "She clutched my arm when she got scared"
  • Affect.
    • usage: "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
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APAWordNet. (2010). clutch. Retrieved June 21, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/clutch/definitions/1202745
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MLAWordNet. "clutch" 23 October 2010. Web. 21 June 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/clutch/definitions/1202745>
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