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clasp

noun \ ˈklasp \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of clasp

1 a : a device (such as a hook) for holding objects or parts together
b : a device (such 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 : a holding or enveloping with or as if with the hands or arms

Examples of clasp in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of clasp from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of clasp

Middle English claspe


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clasp

verb

Definition of clasp

transitive verb
1 : to fasten with or as if with a clasp
  • a robe clasped with a brooch
2 : to enclose and hold with the arms; specifically : embrace
3 : to seize with or as if with the hand : grasp

Examples of clasp in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of clasp from the Web

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First Known Use of clasp

14th century


CLASP Defined for English Language Learners

clasp

noun

Definition of clasp for English Language Learners

  • : 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


clasp

verb

Definition of clasp for English Language Learners

  • : to fasten (something) with a clasp

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


CLASP Defined for Kids

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clasp

noun \ ˈklasp \

Definition of clasp for Students

1 : a device for holding together objects or parts of something
2 : a firm hold with the hands or arms

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clasp

verb

Definition of clasp for Students

clasped; clasping
1 : to fasten with or as if with a clasp
  • She clasped her purse shut.
2 : to hold firmly with the hands or arms
  • She clasped her hands together.

Medical Dictionary

clasp

noun \ ˈklasp \

medical Definition of clasp

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


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