- (of a leaf) partly or wholly surrounding the stem.
Origin of clasping
- 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.
- 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.
- to embrace or hug: The lovers clasped.
Origin of clasp
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Related Wordsgrasp, clutch, clamp, fasten, grip, concatenate, squeeze, clip, pin, seize, buckle, clinch, attack, snatch, grapple, hug, embrace, take, press, hold
Examples from the Web for clasping
A wounded woman sat keening on the ground, clasping the body of her dead child in her arms.David's Book Club 1861: The Civil War Awakening
February 18, 2012
"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.Natalee Holloway: Is the Bone in Aruba Hers?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 19, 2010
Clasping his hands, the famously private man invoked his concern for the future of his four year old son.Letterman Corners McCain
October 17, 2008
Dick had no scruple in clasping that extended hand very warmly in his own.Within the Law
Yates hastened to meet her, clasping one of her unresisting hands in his.In the Midst of Alarms
So she ran and sat down behind her husband, clasping him round the waist.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
"Oh, my dear," she said, clasping the novel with one hand while she embraced him with the other.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
"Thou hast slain the monster," cried Ariadne, clasping her hands.Tanglewood Tales
- 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
- to hold in a firm grasp
- to grasp firmly with the hand
- to fasten together with or as if with a clasp
Word Origin and History for clasping
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)).
late 14c., from clasp (n.). Related: Clasped; clasping.
- A part of a removable partial denture that directly retains or stabilizes a denture.