|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]|
A part of a removable partial denture that directly retains or stabilizes a denture.