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 On top that that, the clasp in the back offered additional support so our testers didn’t have to worry about popping out of low cut suits or flimsy tops. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "We Tried on the $30 Swimsuit Loved By 18,000 Amazon Reviewers — and It's Worth the Hype," 28 Apr. 2021 Its vibrancy is offset by an alligator leather strap with a platinum clasp. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "A 1-of-5 Rolex ‘Zenith’ Daytona With a Turquoise Dial Sold for $3.1 Million at Auction," 27 Apr. 2021 The napkins are cloth wrapped with a vehicle clasp. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Florida car dealer adds Ford's Garage restaurant — and others want one too," 5 Apr. 2021 This was a gold rectangular signet ring with a clasp that opened to a small window encasing a lock of her auburn hair. Caroline Taylor, Town & Country, "Uncovering the Emotional Weight of Elsa Peretti's Brilliant Jewlery," 28 Mar. 2021 The silver clasp is studded with cubic zirconia and transforms the simple design into an upscale, formal piece. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Best pearls: 2021’s essential accessory," 10 Mar. 2021 There's a lobster clasp to keep it secure around your neck, and a 5-star buyer even complimented the quality of the pendant, noting how multifaceted and colorful the stone was. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "The entire Anthropologie sale section is an extra 40% off right now—what to shop," 27 Mar. 2021 The stainless steel bracelets also feature improvements including a measurement of 21 mm between the lugs and a thinner 16 mm for the polished and brushed clasp and new finishes inspired by early models. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "Omega Just Debuted 13 New Watches, Including a Slew of New Seamasters," 23 Mar. 2021 The necklace has an adjustable lobster clasp that extends up to two inches to offer length variety. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Best pearls: 2021’s essential accessory," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For instance, if chaplains decide to clasp hands in prayer, the recommendation is to first rub their gloves with hand sanitizer. Charlotte Huff, STAT, "‘We need to get in the room’: Hospital chaplains struggle to balance Covid safety with patients’ spiritual needs," 27 Feb. 2021 Though the Lions didn’t simply offer Holmes the job, clasp their hands and turn toward the heavens. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Sheila Ford Hamp has a vision. She knows exactly what it sounds like.," 15 Jan. 2021 When threatened, lorises clasp their tiny hands above their head and lick the gland’s toxic oily secretions which super-charge their bite. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "14 Fun Facts About Frightening Animals," 30 Oct. 2020 Pull your right knee into your chest, clasp your fingers around your right shin and gently hug your knee in to stretch your low back and hips. Kelly Dinardo New York Times, Star Tribune, "Exercise your way to better sleep," 23 Oct. 2020 When threatened, these wide-eyed critters will hiss and clasp their paws atop their heads, undulate like snakes, and suck up a mouthful of venom from glands in their armpits. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Does a Study of Slow Lorises Actually Say About Cat Allergies?," 19 Feb. 2020 But with a staffer clasping her hand for support, Roderick underwent the swabbing. Freep.com, "'I just want to get back healthy': Inside Detroit's homeless coronavirus isolation centers," 6 June 2020 Meghan was sleek in a baby-blue pencil dress and her hair, clasped behind her in a low ponytail, was noticeably longer since the last time she was photographed in public in London. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are back and glowing at London awards gala," 5 Mar. 2020 Detainees are required to walk from site to site with their hands clasped behind their backs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Louisiana becomes new hub in immigrant detention under Trump," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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5 May 2021

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“Clasp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clasp. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for clasp

clasp

noun

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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