clasp

noun
\ ˈklasp How to pronounce clasp (audio) \

Definition of clasp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

clasp

verb
clasped; clasping; clasps

Definition of clasp (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of clasp in a Sentence

Noun Can you fasten the clasp on this bracelet for me? be careful that your clasp on the cat isn't too tight, or she could get hurt Verb She clasped her purse shut. He clasped the keys to his belt. He clasped her hand gently. She clasped her son in her arms.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Hampton is presented on the company’s website as a unisex style, with a 40-millimeter round case, powered with a Miyota quartz movement from Japan and on a bracelet with a stainless steel clasp. Elaine Smith, New York Times, "In Canada, Watches From Wood," 30 Apr. 2020 The cases are big enough to be sporty, but the weight sneaks up on the format via the solid bracelet and its rather chunky clasp (which includes a push-button extension system for a light wetsuit or some summer wrist swell). James Stacey, Bloomberg.com, "Trying On Nearly Two Pounds of Precious Metal Omega Watches," 3 Feb. 2020 Every second that passed seemed to heighten the drama and tighten the child’s clasp. Stephanie Fairyington, New York Times, "6 Things That Drive Day Care Workers Crazy," 19 Apr. 2020 The car’s central tunnel is made of carbon composite material, as are the trims around the windows and steering wheel clasp. Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg.com, "McLaren’s Track Star Is a Lighter, Lower, Longer 720S," 25 Feb. 2020 And aside from the shortcomings of the shape of the individual elbow, the comfort of an intertwined shake’s palm-to-palm clasp is not achievable in the awkward and unsatisfactory knocking together of two elbows. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "In San Francisco’s shelter-in-place, your pooch is your passport," 24 Mar. 2020 The double-sided chair mimics the look of a classic black bag with a chrome clasp and leather strap. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "This Odd Chair Looks Like a Handbag," 10 Feb. 2020 According to the complaint, Raduenz climbed a fence near the oxygen tanks, broke cable ties and metal clasps and shut off the oxygen. Washington Post, "Man charged with shutting off oxygen to Minnesota hospital," 6 Feb. 2020 Her Rixo option has a cute little shell design at the clasp and is utterly gorgeous. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes' Stylist Tells Us Exactly How to Replicate Her Chic All-Black Holiday Look," 13 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At lunch, regulars perch on low, swiveling stools, hands clasped around double decker cheeseburgers (a hard-to-beat $5.45) that drip melted American cheese from their sesame seed buns. oregonlive, "Portland’s 40 best inexpensive restaurants," 11 Mar. 2020 To wash your hands properly, the World Health Organization suggests scrubbing your palms with a large dollop of soap before interlacing and clasping the fingers, then scrubbing around the thumbs and the backs of your hands. Anchorage Daily News, "Costco sees run on supplies amid coronavirus worries. Should you stock up?," 1 Mar. 2020 The union’s logo, which depicted clasped black and white hands, symbolized its ability to bridge these differences. Michael Haedicke, The Conversation, "To understand the danger of COVID-19 outbreaks in meatpacking plants, look at the industry’s history," 6 May 2020 Their emotional support for one another is gestured through little physical moments, such as their hands clasping together and one’s head resting on the other’s shoulder. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Deeply Personal Movie With a Pointed Political Message," 13 Mar. 2020 Lentink's team noticed that when one feather would slide on top of a feather directly beneath it, the two would clasped together just like Velcro. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What This PigeonBot Tells Us About the Future of Flight," 21 Jan. 2020 Now 20, Stay bowed her head and clasped her hands as if in prayer before the verdict was read Thursday. Washington Post, "Man convicted of killing 6 members of ex-wife’s Texas family," 26 Sep. 2019 Around her, graduates in black caps whooped and yelled, but Britney Mendez stood serene amid the uproar, waiting patiently in line with her hands clasped before her. BostonGlobe.com, "ada Pierre is tiny, her ambition drawn taut as a bowstring. The 16-year-old daughter of Haitian immigrants wears her hair in a small bun atop her head, her emerging political consciousness finding its voice in the bevy of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo stickers she’s pasted to her MacBook.," 15 Sep. 2019 Trump, 73, gently draped the medal around the neck of Keane, 77, rubbed the retired general’s shoulders and then clasped his hands. USA Today, "Golf, handshakes and a Mar-a-Lago conga line: Squandered week highlights Trump’s lack of COVID-19 focus," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of clasp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clasp

Noun

Middle English claspe

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The first known use of clasp was in the 14th century

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26 May 2020

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“Clasp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clasp. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for clasp

clasp

noun
How to pronounce clasp (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clasp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of clasp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten (something) with a clasp
: to hold (someone or something) tightly with your hands or arms

clasp

noun
\ ˈklasp How to pronounce clasp (audio) \

Kids Definition of clasp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

clasp

verb
clasped; clasping

Kids Definition of clasp (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

clasp

noun
\ ˈklasp How to pronounce clasp (audio) \

Medical Definition of clasp

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

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