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

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 In the row behind him, a boy with skinned knees and elbows watched the pulpit with his hands clasped behind his head. Los Angeles Times, "Radical Baptist church preaches LGBTQ hate just miles from California’s Capitol," 2 Aug. 2019 Ohe swayed her hips to the music, her hands clasped in front of her. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Their music was ready to spill out. All they needed was a piano.," 27 July 2019 Scott kept his hands clasped behind his back and refused to shake Sun’s hand, standing off on his own while the other medalists joined Sun to pose for photographers. Beth Harris, baltimoresun.com, "China’s Sun Yang gets shunned again on podium at world swimming championships," 23 July 2019 When Zigun moved to Coney Island in the 1970s, many of its crumbling buildings were topped with nautical stone figures, including mermaids, porpoises and Neptune clasping his trident. Scottie Andrew And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "Mermaids are taking over New York this weekend. Here's why," 22 June 2019 And then, as if dealing with his public was just a little too taxing, 870 pushed into the pool behind him, clasped his forelimbs on his chest, raised his tail flippers up and fell asleep. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Newest rescued sea otter pups make their fuzzy debuts at Shedd," 15 Aug. 2019 Another pair were clasping each other’s shoulders like slow-dancing eighth graders, one of them weeping. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "I Think I Hated This Tech Conference on Psychedelics," 8 June 2019 Right there, in the woman’s hands, clasped tenderly around her neighbor’s ribcage as if to suture a gashing sob, those downcast eyes that wouldn’t reach yours, those faces only known from the side. Emmanuel Iduma, The New York Review of Books, "‘Gone Like a Meteor’: Epitaph for the Lost Youth of the Biafran War," 30 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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