Definitions for: Clasp


[n] the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
[n] a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
[v] hold firmly and tightly
[v] grasp firmly; "The child clasped my hands"
[v] fasten with a buckle or buckles
[v] fasten with or as if with a brooch



Webster (1913) Definition: Clasp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clasped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Clasping] [OE. claspen, clapsen, prob. akin to E. clap.]
1. To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to
shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a
clasp).

2. To inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to
grasp; to embrace.

3. To surround and cling to; to entwine about. ``Clasping
ivy.'' --Milton.


Clasp, n.
1. An adjustable catch, bent plate, or hook, for holding
together two objects or the parts of anything, as the ends
of a belt, the covers of a book, etc.

2. A close embrace; a throwing of the arms around; a
grasping, as with the hand.

Clasp knife, a large knife, the blade of which folds or
shuts into the handle.

Clasp lock, a lock which closes or secures itself by means
of a spring.

Synonyms: brooch, buckle, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold

Antonyms: unbuckle, unclasp

See Also: bag, bangle, bosom, bracelet, clutch, embrace, embrace, embracing, fasten, fastener, fastening, fix, fixing, grasp, grasping, grip, handbag, hold on, holdfast, hug, pocketbook, prehend, prehension, purse, secure, seize, seizing, squeeze, taking hold, wrestling hold

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