[klas-ping, klah-sping]


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

Nearby words

  1. clasp knife,
  2. clasp-hook,
  3. clasp-knife spasticity,
  4. clasper,
  5. claspers,
  6. class,
  7. class a drug,
  8. class act,
  9. class action,
  10. class action law suit

Origin of clasping

First recorded in 1870–75; clasp + -ing2


[klasp, klahsp]


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.
a firm grasp or grip: a clasp of hands.
a tight embrace: She held the child in a loving clasp.
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/; clasping.

to fasten with or as with a clasp.
to furnish with a clasp.
to seize, grasp, or grip with the hand: She clasped the club in her hand.
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/; 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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clasping



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 clasping
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Medicine definitions for clasping




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

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