Clasp Definition

klăsp
clasped, clasping, clasps
noun
clasps
A fastening, as a hook, buckle, or catch, to hold two things or parts together.
Webster's New World
The act of holding or grasping; embrace.
Webster's New World
An embrace or hug.
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A grip of the hand.
Webster's New World
A metal bar attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to show a subsequent award of the same medal or to specify the type or place of service.
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verb
clasped, clasping, clasps
To fasten with or as with a clasp.
Webster's New World
To hold tightly with the arms or hands; grasp firmly; embrace.
Webster's New World
To grip with the hand.
Webster's New World
To entwine about; cling to.
Webster's New World
Clasp means to hold or grip tightly, or attach two or more things together.
An example of clasp is keeping a firm hold on a child's hand when approaching a busy street.
An example of clasp is a mountain climber hooking a line to the side of a mountain for support.
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Other Word Forms of Clasp

Noun

Singular:
clasp
Plural:
clasps

Origin of Clasp

  • Noun dated in the 13th Century CE and verb dated in the late 14th Century CE; from claspe, possible modification of clapse, which is from Old English clyppan (“to grasp”). Related to enclasp (“embrace, hold tightly in one's arms”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English claspe probably ultimately from Old English clyppan to grasp, hold

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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