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[ klas-ping, klah-sping ]


  1. (of a leaf ) partly or wholly surrounding the stem.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of clasping1

First recorded in 1870–75; clasp + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

A wounded woman sat keening on the ground, clasping the body of her dead child in her arms.

"I have not any hate in me, Joran, I have none," she told him as he sat a few feet from her, clasping his hands.

Clasping his hands, the famously private man invoked his concern for the future of his four year old son.

But step before her with my arms clasping a tin can with a geranium plant r Heaven forbid!

Grace was sobbing hysterically, but Harriet, clasping her fondly in her arms, looked up at him.

She remembered it, and stood still; terribly rebellious, clasping her fingers to pain, one within the other.

The old man made no reply, but, slowly clasping his hands and closing his eyes, exclaimed “Thank God!”

He threw himself down, a miserable heap, clasping his knees upon the hill.


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