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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Members of the crowd bowed their heads and clasped their hands in front of them as the Rev. Daniel Brandt, a Police Department chaplain, led everyone in prayer. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "'Reminds us all of what we've lost': Slain Cmdr. Paul Bauer, four others honored at police memorial," 20 Apr. 2018 Shortly after Kim arrived at the airport, Huong was seen approaching him, clasping her hands on his face from behind and then fleeing. Fox News, "Key ruling looms for women on trial for Kim Jong Nam murder," 15 Aug. 2018 Shortly after Kim arrived at the airport, Huong was seen approaching him, clasping her hands on his face from behind and then fleeing. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "Judge may acquit women or call defense in Kim Jong Nam trial," 14 Aug. 2018 Put your hands on your hips, behind your head, or clasp them together in front of your chest. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Legs Anywhere With This 4-Minute Circuit From Carrie Underwood’s Trainer," 3 Jan. 2019 In the office of Roberto Rosales, the local coordinator for coastal resources management for the town of Bien Unido in Bohol, is a mural depicting an officer standing on the edge of a boat, a machine gun clasped menacingly in his hands. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "In the Philippines, Dynamite Fishing Decimates Entire Ocean Food Chains," 15 June 2018 Smith and Carlos had walked slowly to the stand as if in mourning, their hands clasped behind their backs – each holding a running shoe. Deneen L. Brown, The Seattle Times, "An iconic Olympics moment: Looking back at the Black Power salute that rocked the world in 1968," 16 Oct. 2018 Bend your arms at the elbows and clasp them together in front of your chest. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Legs and Butt With These 2 Bodyweight Exercises From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 15 Aug. 2018 Rose’s mother struggled to contain tears as her daughter clasped her tightly. Washington Post, "Officer charged in death of black teen who was shot in back," 27 June 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 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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