To grasp tightly or firmly; seize, clasp, or grip strongly: as, to clutch a dagger.To close tightly; clench.To fasten.To get; gain.Specifically To seize (a clutch of eggs); take from the clutch.To snatch, or endeavor to snatch; try to grasp or seize: with at.n. A grasp or hold; specifically, a strong grip upon anything.n. In machinery: A movable coupling or locking and unlocking contrivance, used for transmitting motion, or for disconnecting moving parts of machinery. See bayonet-clutch, friction-clutch, etc.n. The cross-head of a piston-rod.n. The paw, talon, or claw of a rapacious animal.n. Figuratively, the hand, as representing power; hence, power of disposal or control; mastery: chiefly in the plural: as, to fall into the clutches of an enemy.n. A hatch of eggs; the number of eggs incubated at any one time; in the case of the domestic hen, specifically, thirteen eggs.A dialectal variant of cluck.n. n. Nautical: A forked stanchion.n. The throat of a patent anchor.n. Oyster spawn.