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.

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)

Synonyms for clasp

1. brooch, pin, clip, hook, catch. 3. hug.
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Examples from the Web for clasped

Contemporary Examples of clasped

Historical Examples of clasped

  • 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.

  • As she spoke, the girl let go Mary's hand and clasped her own together ecstatically.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Springing forward, she would have clasped her in a close embrace.


British Dictionary definitions for clasped

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 clasped

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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clasped in Medicine

clasp

[klăsp]

n.

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