[klasp, klahsp]
a device, usually of metal, for fastening together two or more things or parts of the same thing: a clasp for paper money; a clasp on a necklace.
a firm grasp or grip: a clasp of hands.
a tight embrace: She held the child in a loving clasp.
a small bar or metal design, as a star, for affixing to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate that the bearer has been awarded the decoration an additional time.
verb (used with object), clasped or (Archaic) claspt [klaspt, klahspt] , clasping.
to fasten with or as with a clasp.
to furnish with a clasp.
to seize, grasp, or grip with the hand: She clasped the club in her hand.
to hold in a tight embrace; hug: He clasped the child to him.
verb (used without object), clasped or (Archaic) claspt [klaspt, klahspt] , clasping.
to embrace or hug: The lovers clasped.

1275–1325; Middle English clasp (noun), claspen (v.), perhaps blend of clippen clip2 and haspe hasp

interclasp, verb (used with object)
reclasp, verb (used with object)

1. brooch, pin, clip, hook, catch. 3. hug. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
clasp (klɑːsp)
1.  a fastening, such as a catch or hook, used for holding things together
2.  a firm grasp, hold, or embrace
3.  military a bar or insignia on a medal ribbon, to indicate either a second award or the battle, campaign, or reason for its award
4.  to hold in a firm grasp
5.  to grasp firmly with the hand
6.  to fasten together with or as if with a clasp
[C14: of uncertain origin; compare Old English clyppan to embrace]

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Word Origin & History

1307, claspe, perhaps metathesis alteration of clapse, and thus from O.E. clyppan "clasp." The verb is first recorded late 14c.
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Medical Dictionary

clasp (klāsp)
A part of a removable partial denture that directly retains or stabilizes a denture.

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Computing Dictionary

CLASP definition

Computer Language for AeronauticS and Programming

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Example sentences
Fully lined with zippered interior pocket, magnetic clasp closure, and a
  lobster claw to hold keys.
Evidently the magnet in the clasp can cause the iPod to malfunction.
The helping hand and the invisible hand must clasp each other.
Large bluish green leaves with bases that clasp the stems.
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