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 Ann pressed the baby to her breast, and Olive saw the little thing, eyes closed, clasp on to the nipple. Elizabeth Strout, The New Yorker, "Motherless Child," 29 July 2019 There's also a clasp inside for keeping your dog clipped in while in transit, preventing your doggo from taking an unplanned trip of his or her own. Rachel King, Fortune, "Tips and Treats for Stress-Free Travel With Pets," 27 July 2019 Fuel: Propane | Cooking surface: 198 square inches This single-burner grill is built to handle the rugged conditions of travel cooking, with steel-rod fold-out legs and two substantial clasps securing its stainless-steel lid. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Your Ultimate Grill Buying Guide—Tested and Approved," 18 July 2019 The staff glues cracked shells shut and holds them together with wire, which is hooked to the bra clasp to stay put. Scottie Andrew And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "Sometimes, all it takes to save an injured turtle is a bra. No, seriously," 29 June 2019 Fast forward to last weekend when the clasp came loose. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Single Dad Reunited with Late Wife’s Wedding Ring After Losing It on Vacation in Myrtle Beach," 1 Aug. 2019 Markle wore the $2,450 dress, which is quickly selling out, with Aquazzura heels, a $2,300 satin Gucci clutch featuring a delicate butterfly clasp, and a sleek low bun. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Wore an Elegant Jason Wu LBD for Her First Red Carpet With Prince Harry," 14 July 2019 The Traviata looks similar to the Royale, but features squared edges near its clasp. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Has Carried the Same Three Launer Bags for Years, Because Like Her They Improve with Age," 9 Jan. 2019 The satin clutch with jewelry clasp is incredibly striking, and the perfect accessory for any Christmas party. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Paired a Jaw-Dropping White Ball Gown with One of Princess Diana's Rings," 25 Oct. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While the man and Pelosi chatted, a stoic McConnell stared ahead, clasping his hands in front of him. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "A man went viral for snubbing Mitch McConnell at Elijah Cummings’s memorial. He says there’s more to the story.," 28 Oct. 2019 On Shaun's mannerisms: Fans of The Good Doctor know that Shaun can often be seen holding his hands clasped together in front of him throughout the show. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "'The Good Doctor' Star Freddie Highmore Says He Feels "Very Fortunate" to Play Someone With Autism on TV," 22 Oct. 2019 Take a look at that Conde Nast Traveler video again; how sincere everyone looks, bobbing their heads along with the melody or clasping their hands in proper choral style. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "The necessary vulnerability of celebrating your birthday as an adult," 30 Aug. 2019 Tuck Jump to Plank Stand up straight and clasp your hands in front of your chest. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019 For his part, Ryan stood with his hands clasped in front of him. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Meghan McCain urges Tim Ryan to put his hand over his heart during the national anthem, and she's not alone," 30 July 2019 Some had particular limbs burnt, some were scorched with excessive heat, and some, clasping their children or parents, died calmly, unable to abandon those that were dear to them. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "The Amazon fires have a 3,000-year-old parallel in the Indian epic Mahabharata," 30 Aug. 2019 Assistant Public Defender Deborah Levi walked in and clasped hands with Davis’ wife. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore jury finds Keith Davis Jr. guilty in contentious fourth murder trial," 26 July 2019 The men had their legs straight in front of them, their hands clasped behind their necks, heads bowed. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 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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clasp

noun
How to pronounce clasp (audio)

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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