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 collaboration features the company’s classic nylon band and sterling silver clasp, now offered in a rainbow of different colors in honor of Pride Month and the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Mikayla Grossman, PEOPLE.com, "Elton John Teams with New Jewelry Brand on Rainbow-Colored Bracelets to Support LGBTQ+ Community," 26 June 2019 Memorable moments Even as the night grew late and the tension ran high, many competitors would still offer high fives or a clasp of hands as another student prepared for or came back from successfully spelling their word. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "A historic win. The National Spelling Bee has not one -- but 8 champions," 31 May 2019 With barely a sneaker in sight, the runways were populated by bourgeois clasp bags, embellished kitten heels, and killer platform boots that complemented the ready-to-wear’s more personal, discreet mood. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 8 Best Accessory Trends of Fall 2019," 14 Mar. 2019 Ferragamo created special footwear that Garbo was the first to slip on: one with a stitchless upper soft toe and simple clasp. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ferragamo's Greta Garbo: The Mystery of Style," 4 Mar. 2010 Although waffle irons have existed since the 1300s, Swartwout added a shorter handle and clasp that would allow the waffle-maker to flip the iron without the danger of potential burns, and breakfast hasn’t been the same since. Molly Dodd, Fox News, "10 unique waffle recipes," 24 Aug. 2015 Hook the clasp and then put the bra in a mesh garment bag. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Gross Are Your Laundry Habits?," 21 Sep. 2018 The structured bag is personalized with her initials (L.G.) and features gold clasp detailing. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Debuts Hedi Slimane's First Céline Bag in Paris," 30 Aug. 2018 Grab a thick elastic belt that attaches with a clasp. 2. Rachel Torgerson, Cosmopolitan, "Here’s How Your Harley Quinn Costume Can Be Better Than Everyone Else’s," 27 Oct. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One voluptuous fitted black gown, its plunging neckline clasped by a golden asp, took its cue from the earthly goddess Elizabeth Taylor in her 1963 movie vehicle Cleopatra. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana Stage an Epic Alta Moda Show in Sicily’s Valley of the Temples," 6 July 2019 But French manager Corinne Diacre has stood alone, mostly quiet with her arms folded across her chest or with her hands clasped behind her back, in the center of the coach’s box in front of the French dugout. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Women’s World Cup recap: U.S. beats France 2-1 on two Megan Rapinoe goals," 28 June 2019 Chaplin admitted, sitting with his arms clasped around his knees against the public works fence, where the sound of trucks beeping intermingled with the tinny music of the brass band. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Homeless people protest SF collecting their belongings," 22 June 2019 Break the world record for longest chain of people clasping wrists. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "World record attempt planned to celebrate opening of new Loop Trail," 17 June 2019 Standing Side Bend Standing with your feet hip-distance apart, clasp your hands up over head and then reach over to the right side. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "A warmup and cool down routine for runners," 4 June 2019 The abiding image of Philip, hands clasped behind his back standing behind the Queen, also feels of its time. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "At 98, Prince Philip Is the Last of the Old-School Royals," 10 June 2019 Merritt, 62, sat at the defense table, staring ahead with his hands clasped together in front of him. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "McStay murder trial: Man is convicted of killing family and burying their bodies in the Mojave Desert," 10 June 2019 Gardner, who supported the bill, saw dozens of students, crossed legs and clasped hands, stage a sit-in inside of his office the very week of his visit to Alabama. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "“I Now Have the Perspective of Both Sides”: 18 Voting Officials Take Civil Rights Tour," 13 May 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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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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