- a device, usually of metal, for fastening together two or more things or parts of the same thing: a clasp for paper money; a clasp on a necklace.
- a firm grasp or grip: a clasp of hands.
- a tight embrace: She held the child in a loving clasp.
- a small bar or metal design, as a star, for affixing to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate that the bearer has been awarded the decoration an additional time.
- to fasten with or as with a clasp.
- to furnish with a clasp.
- to seize, grasp, or grip with the hand: She clasped the club in her hand.
- to hold in a tight embrace; hug: He clasped the child to him.
- to embrace or hug: The lovers clasped.
Origin of clasp
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Examples from the Web for clasped
Hernandez clasped his hands behind his back, the fingers slender, almost delicate, needing a weapon to have conveyed any menace.Chicago Gang Shootings Spike as the City Tries to Cope
April 17, 2012
As I left him, I clasped his hand and said "jaarama"—thank you, in Fulani.How the Gambia is Fighting FGC
February 5, 2011
Exhausted, her lovely face streaked with dried tears, she clasped my hand.My Life with the Kennedys
Archbishop Hannan, Nancy Collins
June 1, 2010
The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He clasped his head in his hands and strove to clear his mind for a moment from obsession.Viviette
William J. Locke
But his wife, her face aglow, clasped her hands in an ecstasy of delight.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
As she spoke, the girl let go Mary's hand and clasped her own together ecstatically.Within the Law
They were the hands that Ned had kissed, as he had mine; clasped and pressed, as he had—how could he!The Bacillus of Beauty
- a fastening, such as a catch or hook, used for holding things together
- a firm grasp, hold, or embrace
- military a bar or insignia on a medal ribbon, to indicate either a second award or the battle, campaign, or reason for its award
- to hold in a firm grasp
- to grasp firmly with the hand
- to fasten together with or as if with a clasp
Word Origin and History for clasped
c.1300, claspe, "metal catch or hook used to hold things together," perhaps a metathesis of clapse, and thus from or related to Old English clyppan "clasp" (see clip (v.2)).
late 14c., from clasp (n.). Related: Clasped; clasping.
- A part of a removable partial denture that directly retains or stabilizes a denture.