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clasping

[klas-ping, klah-sping] /ˈklæs pɪŋ, ˈklɑ spɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of a leaf) partly or wholly surrounding the stem.
Origin of clasping
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; clasp + -ing2

clasp

[klasp, klahsp] /klæsp, klɑsp/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a firm grasp or grip:
a clasp of hands.
3.
a tight embrace:
She held the child in a loving clasp.
4.
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.
verb (used with object), clasped or (Archaic) claspt
[klaspt, klahspt] /klæspt, klɑspt/ (Show IPA),
clasping.
5.
to fasten with or as with a clasp.
6.
to furnish with a clasp.
7.
to seize, grasp, or grip with the hand:
She clasped the club in her hand.
8.
to hold in a tight embrace; hug:
He clasped the child to him.
verb (used without object), clasped or (Archaic) claspt
[klaspt, klahspt] /klæspt, klɑspt/ (Show IPA),
clasping.
9.
to embrace or hug:
The lovers clasped.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English clasp (noun), claspen (v.), perhaps blend of clippen clip2 and haspe hasp
Related forms
interclasp, verb (used with object)
reclasp, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. brooch, pin, clip, hook, catch. 3. hug.
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  • Dick had no scruple in clasping that extended hand very warmly in his own.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Yates hastened to meet her, clasping one of her unresisting hands in his.

  • So she ran and sat down behind her husband, clasping him round the waist.

  • "Oh, my dear," she said, clasping the novel with one hand while she embraced him with the other.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • "Thou hast slain the monster," cried Ariadne, clasping her hands.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • For a while she was silent, but her eyes and clasping fingers were restless and showed her agitation.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • Then he sat up suddenly, drawing up his knees, and clasping his legs.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for clasping

clasp

/klɑːsp/
noun
1.
a fastening, such as a catch or hook, used for holding things together
2.
a firm grasp, hold, or embrace
3.
(military) a bar or insignia on a medal ribbon, to indicate either a second award or the battle, campaign, or reason for its award
verb (transitive)
4.
to hold in a firm grasp
5.
to grasp firmly with the hand
6.
to fasten together with or as if with a clasp
Derived Forms
clasper, noun
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin; compare Old English clyppan to embrace
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Word Origin and History for clasping

clasp

n.

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)).

clasp

v.

late 14c., from clasp (n.). Related: Clasped; clasping.

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clasping in Medicine

clasp (klāsp)
n.
A part of a removable partial denture that directly retains or stabilizes a denture.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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