Definition of "clutch" []

  • To grasp and hold tightly. (verb-transitive)
  • To seize; snatch. (verb-transitive)
  • To attempt to grasp or seize: clutch at a life raft. (verb-intransitive)
  • To engage or disengage a motor vehicle's clutch. (verb-intransitive)
  • A hand, claw, talon, or paw in the act of grasping. (noun)
  • To seize with or as if with hands or claws (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To grasp or hold firmly (verb)
  • To attempt to get hold or possession (of) (verb)
  • A device that enables two revolving shafts to be joined or disconnected as required, esp one that transmits the drive from the engine to the gearbox in a vehicle (noun)
  • A device for holding fast (noun)
  • A firm grasp (noun)
  • A hand, claw, or talon in the act of clutching (noun)
  • Power or control (noun)
  • A handbag without handles (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "clutch" in a sentence
  • "I shouldn't be surprised, I guess, since the car has 158,000 miles on it, and the clutch is the original one."
  • "Jose Mesa stepping up in the clutch is a whole other matter."
  • "Alex Rodriguez could be the game's best player now coming through in clutch situations."