Clench vs Grind - What's the difference?

clench | grind |

As nouns the difference between clench and grind

is that clench is tight grip while grind is .

As a verb clench

is to squeeze; to grip or hold tightly.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Tight grip.
  • (engineering) A seal that is applied to formed thin-wall bushings.
  • A local chapter of the (Church of the SubGenius) parody religion.
  • * 1989 , Ted Schultz, The Fringes of Reason (page 210)
  • And perhaps most innovative of all, Drummond and Stang pushed for a policy of clench autonomy
  • * 2003 , Peter Knight, Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia (page 170)
  • Every SubGenius clench is required to have a member who does not believe
  • * 2012 , George D. Chryssides, Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements (page 95)
  • Originality is encouraged, and some clenches have devised their own distinctive organizational names


  • To squeeze; to grip or hold tightly.
  • He clenched his fist in anger.
  • To move two parts of something against each other
  • Bruxism is clenching the jaws.


    * clasp * clutch


    * unclench



    (wikipedia grind)


    (see usage notes below )
  • To reduce to smaller pieces by crushing with lateral motion.
  • To shape with the force of friction.
  • grind a lens
    grind an axe
  • (metalworking) To remove material by rubbing with an abrasive surface.
  • To become ground, pulverized, or polished by friction.
  • This corn grinds well.
    Steel grinds to a sharp edge.
  • To move with much difficulty or friction; to grate.
  • (sports) To slide the flat portion of a skateboard or snowboard across an obstacle such as a railing.
  • To oppress, hold down or weaken.
  • (slang) To rotate the hips erotically.
  • (slang) To dance in a sexually suggestive way with both partners in very close proximity, often pressed against each other.
  • (video games) To repeat a task in order to gain levels or items.
  • To produce mechanically and repetitively as if by turning a crank.
  • To instill through repetitive teaching.
  • Grinding lessons into students' heads does not motivate them to learn.
  • (slang, Hawaii) To eat.
  • Eh, brah, let's go grind .
  • (slang) To work or study hard; to hustle or drudge.
  • (Farrar)

    Usage notes

    * In the sports and video game senses, the past participle and past tense form grinded is often used instead of the irregular form ground. * Historically, there also existed a past participle form grounden, but it is now archaic or obsolete. * When used to denote sexually suggestive dancing between two partners, the past participle and past tense form grinded is almost always used.

    Derived terms

    * bump and grind * have an axe to grind


    (en noun)
  • The act of reducing to powder, or of sharpening, by friction.
  • A specific degree of pulverization of coffee beans.
  • This bag contains espresso grind .
  • A tedious task.
  • This homework is a grind .
  • A grinding trick on a skateboard or snowboard.
  • (archaic, slang) One who studies hard; a swot.
  • (subgenre of heavy metal)