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n. A gripe or clinching with, or as with, the fingers or claws; seizure; grasp. pl. 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.


 - (Mach.) A device which is used for coupling shafting, etc., so as to transmit motion, and which may be disengaged at pleasure. Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.


 - (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.


 - vb. To seize, clasp, or gripe with the hand, hands, or claws; - often figuratively; as, to clutch power. To close tightly; to clinch.


 - vb. To reach (at something) as if to grasp; to catch or snatch; - often followed by at.

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