clasp

[klasp, klahsp]

noun

verb (used with object), clasped or (Archaic) claspt [klaspt, klahspt] /klæspt, klɑspt/; clasping.

verb (used without object), clasped or (Archaic) claspt [klaspt, klahspt] /klæspt, klɑspt/; clasping.

to embrace or hug: The lovers clasped.

Nearby words

  1. clarts,
  2. clarty,
  3. clary,
  4. clash,
  5. clashing rocks,
  6. clasp knife,
  7. clasp-hook,
  8. clasp-knife spasticity,
  9. clasper,
  10. claspers

Origin of clasp

1275–1325; Middle English clasp (noun), claspen (v.), perhaps blend of clippen clip2 and haspe hasp

Related formsin·ter·clasp, verb (used with object)re·clasp, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for clasp

clasp

noun

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

verb (tr)

to hold in a firm grasp
to grasp firmly with the hand
to fasten together with or as if with a clasp
Derived Formsclasper, noun

Word Origin for clasp

C14: of uncertain origin; compare Old English clyppan to embrace

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Word Origin and History for clasp
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Medicine definitions for clasp

clasp

[klăsp]

n.

A part of a removable partial denture that directly retains or stabilizes a denture.

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