noun A tight grasp. (she made a clutch at his body) A mechanism for connecting and disconnecting an engine and the transmission system in a vehicle, or the working parts of any machine. (she let the clutch in and the car surged forward) A clutch bag.
verb Grasp (something) tightly. (he stood clutching a microphone)
adjective (in sport) denoting or occurring at a critical situation in which the outcome of a game or competition is at stake. (they both are hard-nosed players who seem to thrive in clutch situations)
noun A group of eggs fertilized at the same time, laid in a single session and (in birds) incubated together. (they lay fewer than ten eggs in a clutch)