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clasp

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noun \ˈklasp\

Simple Definition of clasp

  • : a device for holding together objects or parts of something (such as a purse, necklace, belt, etc.)

  • : a strong hold with your hands or arms

Full Definition of clasp

  1. 1 a :  a device (as a hook) for holding objects or parts together b :  a device (as a bar) attached to a military medal to indicate an additional award of the medal or the action or service for which it was awarded

  2. 2 :  a holding or enveloping with or as if with the hands or arms

Examples of clasp

  1. Can you fasten the clasp on this bracelet for me?

  2. <be careful that your clasp on the cat isn't too tight, or she could get hurt>



Origin of clasp

Middle English claspe


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with clasp


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clasp

verb

Simple Definition of clasp

  • : to fasten (something) with a clasp

  • : to hold (someone or something) tightly with your hands or arms

Full Definition of clasp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fasten with or as if with a clasp <a robe clasped with a brooch>

  3. 2 :  to enclose and hold with the arms; specifically :  embrace

  4. 3 :  to seize with or as if with the hand :  grasp

Examples of clasp

  1. She clasped her purse shut.

  2. He clasped the keys to his belt.

  3. He clasped her hand gently.

  4. She clasped her son in her arms.



14th Century

First Known Use of clasp

14th century


CLASP Defined for Kids

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clasp

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noun \ˈklasp\

Definition of clasp

  1. 1 :  a device for holding together objects or parts of something

  2. 2 :  a firm hold with the hands or arms




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clasp

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verb

Definition of clasp

claspedclasp·ing

  1. 1 :  to fasten with or as if with a clasp <She clasped her purse shut.>

  2. 2 :  to hold firmly with the hands or arms <She clasped her hands together.>




Medical Dictionary

clasp

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noun \ˈklasp\

Medical Definition of clasp

  1. :  a device designed to encircle a tooth to hold a denture in place





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