clasp

noun
\ˈklasp \

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 ensemble was almost entirely backless, held together by a small clasp at the base of her neck. Sophie Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "A Comprehensive Guide to All of Rihanna's Jaw-Dropping Met Gala Looks," 4 May 2018 The word tassel is from the Latin tassau, which means clasp, so my impulse to grab at them is very ancient. Maggie Lange, The Cut, "Some Thoughts on the Tassel Earring," 28 June 2018 While there is no official rule outlawing the clasp, there are situations — depending on the formality of the event — in which it can be perceived as a no-no, as former royal butler Grant Harrold previously explained to TIME. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Held Hands Like a Regular Couple at This Royal Event," 6 July 2018 Some models forgo the tire hold for a hand-like clasp that holds the bike frame. Ken Van Vechten, latimes.com, "Taking your bike on a road trip? Here's what you need to know about racks," 24 June 2018 Strap-length adjustments are buttery smooth thanks to an aluminum clasp that can be manipulated with one hand, and the seatbelt-style nylon webbing slides easily over my clothing and will take plenty of abuse. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "Five Pieces of Perfectly Designed Gear," 3 July 2018 The tie is typically made of leather cord and a sliding silver or metal clasp. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "10 Arizona laws that actually exist: Private armies, food-wasting ban, windshield repairs," 27 June 2018 Watch steals are rather simple depending on the type of clasp. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The World’s Best Pickpocket Reviews The Ocean’s 8 Heist," 13 June 2018 Opt for a strap with a metal clasp, rather than plastic, for durability. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Stay-at-Home Yoga Kit," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kids with autism [used to be] encouraged to clasp their hands together in order not to stim, [a term describing repetitive movements or sounds]. Margy Rochlin, latimes.com, "Freddie Highmore discusses juggling acting, writing, producing and directing on ‘The Good Doctor’," 6 June 2018 One painting features a woman’s hand, covered with henna, clasped in a defiant fist. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "'No one can stop me': Afghan artist Sughra Hussainy on women's rights and change through art," 3 July 2018 The players were instructed to clasp hands in a circle and breathe together deeply, close their eyes and blow into the wind to the four directions, said Palencia, then still an active player. Raúl Vilchis, New York Times, "Mexico Wages a Psychological Battle Against Its World Cup Demons," 6 June 2018 One teenager sat at a cafeteria table with his head bowed and hands clasped, praying silently. New York Times, "Inside the Former Walmart That Is Now a Shelter for Almost 1,500 Migrant Children," 14 June 2018 Swarm, then clasp our tiny bodies to his great one, hoping to drag him to the ground with our weight. Brian Gresko, Longreads, "Wrestling With My Father," 12 June 2018 Video footage of the attack clearly showed Woodard’s client, Jacob Scott Goodwin, dressed in a military tactical helmet and clasping a body-length shield, kicking Harris on the floor of a parking garage as Harris tried to flee. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He once defended the poor in court. Now he defends white supremacists.," 2 July 2018 While keeping non-native plants in the garden intact, the group added such native plants as clasping coneflowers, Texas red star hibiscus, blue-eyed grass and Louisiana irises. Kendra Parks, NOLA.com, "Master gardeners celebrate the tricentennial and bring native plants back to New Orleans," 24 May 2018 His rope hand is crippled up, his fingers unable to clasp and unclasp at will. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘The Rider’ is a Western like no other," 18 May 2018

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of clasp 

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

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