(n.) A bug (Blissus leucopterus), which, in the United States, is very destructive to grass, wheat, and other grains; -- also called chiniz, chinch bug, chink bug. It resembles the bedbug in its disgusting odor.
(n.) A formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together.
(n.) A body of Christian believers, holding the same creed, observing the same rites, and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a denomination; as, the Roman Catholic church; the Presbyterian church.
(n.) The collective body of Christians.
(n.) Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church of Brahm.
(n.) The aggregate of religious influences in a community; ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array the power of the church against some moral evil.
(v. t.) To bless according to a prescribed form, or to unite with in publicly returning thanks in church, as after deliverance from the dangers of childbirth; as, the churching of women.
(n.) The act or process of holding fast; that which serves to hold fast; a grip; a grasp; a clamp; a holdfast; as, to get a good clinch of an antagonist, or of a weapon; to secure anything by a clinch.
(n.) A pun.
(n.) A hitch or bend by which a rope is made fast to the ring of an anchor, or the breeching of a ship's gun to the ringbolts.
(v. i.) To hold fast; to grasp something firmly; to seize or grasp one another.
(v. t.) To hold firmly; to hold fast by grasping or embracing tightly.
(v. t.) To set closely together; to close tightly; as, to clinch the teeth or the first.
(v. t.) To bend or turn over the point of (something that has been driven through an object), so that it will hold fast; as, to clinch a nail.
(v. t.) To make conclusive; to confirm; to establish; as, to clinch an argument.