\ 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


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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But when an injury occurs, the nearby platelets become activated and grow tentacles that clasp one another to form a blood clot. Sumeet Kulkarni, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 Be cautious with your choice of grounding metal to attach a clasp to. Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 Art Deco carved ruby and diamond braceletwith trailing foliate design with an open panel clasp, mounted in platinum, circa 1930. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 July 2022 This case keeps your cards hidden inside a flap that closes with a magnetic clasp for a sleek look. Douglas Helm, Popular Mechanics, 17 June 2022 Beatrice added a clasp in the neckline, which suggested a more conservative silhouette. Melody Leibner, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 June 2022 There is also noticeable tearing in the delicate silk souffle fabric near the zipper and clasp enclosures. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2022 The top has removable cups and a back clasp that testers with a larger bust appreciated to keep everything secure. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Some of the particles appear to be under attack by antibodies that clasp onto the protruding viral protein spikes. Steven Litt, cleveland, 15 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Patriots might clasp their hands together in prayer that Shaun Wade, who played sparingly last season as a rookie, emerges as their latest cornerback find. Christopher L. Gasper,, 26 July 2022 Response to the shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade caused Northbrook and Glenview people to clasp hands in prayer and to utter statements of shock and grief. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 5 July 2022 How to do them: Begin from the same starting position as the crunches above, but clasp your hands together or hold a weight (such as a kettlebell or a gallon jug of water) above your chest. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 28 June 2020 The Parrotheads clasp their hands together over their heads, in imitation of a shark fin, and swerve left and right. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Wallen crept onstage after the chorus, eventually emerging into full view to clasp hands with Church and send the crowd into a frenzy. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 11 Oct. 2021 Bring your hands behind your back, clasp them together, pulling a fist towards the floor, swaying side to side. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 9 Aug. 2021 Even when things didn’t quite go as planned, the squirrels were able to just barely clasp the landing branch with their front paws and swing their bodies up and over onto their new perch. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Aug. 2021 The steel hook will clasp onto your belonging and won’t let go, thanks to the extra wide opening each of them has. Chris Hachey, BGR, 10 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of clasp


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clasp


Middle English claspe

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More Definitions for clasp


\ 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


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.


\ 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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