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clasp

[ klasp, klahsp ]
/ klæsp, klɑsp /
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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.

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Origin of clasp

1275–1325; Middle English clasp (noun), claspen (v.), perhaps blend of clippenclip2 and haspehasp
in·ter·clasp, verb (used with object)re·clasp, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for clasp

clasp
/ (klɑːsp) /

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
clasper, noun
C14: of uncertain origin; compare Old English clyppan to embrace
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for clasp

clasp
[ klăsp ]

n.

A part of a removable partial denture that directly retains or stabilizes a denture.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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