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clasping

[klas-ping, klah-sping] /ˈklæs pɪŋ, ˈklɑ spɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of a leaf) partly or wholly surrounding the stem.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; clasp + -ing2

clasp

[klasp, klahsp] /klæsp, klɑsp/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a firm grasp or grip:
a clasp of hands.
3.
a tight embrace:
She held the child in a loving clasp.
4.
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] /klæspt, klɑspt/ (Show IPA),
clasping.
5.
to fasten with or as with a clasp.
6.
to furnish with a clasp.
7.
to seize, grasp, or grip with the hand:
She clasped the club in her hand.
8.
to hold in a tight embrace; hug:
He clasped the child to him.
verb (used without object), clasped or (Archaic) claspt
[klaspt, klahspt] /klæspt, klɑspt/ (Show IPA),
clasping.
9.
to embrace or hug:
The lovers clasped.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English clasp (noun), claspen (v.), perhaps blend of clippen clip2 and haspe hasp
Related forms
interclasp, verb (used with object)
reclasp, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. brooch, pin, clip, hook, catch. 3. hug.
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Examples for clasping
  • And the small plastic hooks hanging from my ears and clasping my head were a tad uncomfortable.
  • Within the gold-tone frame, the neatly dressed subject is clasping a book-a remarkable statement for the age.
  • Five members of the family appeared at a window of the office, clasping their hands over their heads in a victory sign.
  • clasping your hands together and holding before the thrust executes a more powerful spell.
  • He's the one looking important by clasping his hands behind his back.
  • Her manner of bending her head to one side, of clasping her hands together, is simple and terribly touching.
  • Her voice had sunk almost to a whisper, and she sat clasping and unclasping her hands about the handle of her sunshade.
  • She leans for- ward, away from her pillow, arms clasping her legs.
  • The lance- shaped leaves are entire, have no stalks, and are conspicuously lobed clasping.
  • Leaves are linear, flat and have clasping auricles, often shiny in appearance.
British Dictionary definitions for clasping

clasp

/klɑːsp/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
clasper, noun
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin; compare Old English clyppan to embrace
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Word Origin and History for clasping

clasp

n.

c.1300, claspe, "metal catch or hook used to hold things together," perhaps a metathesis of clapse, and thus from or related to Old English clyppan "clasp" (see clip (v.2)).

v.

late 14c., from clasp (n.). Related: Clasped; clasping.

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clasping in Medicine

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

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