- 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] /klæspt, klɑspt/; 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] /klæspt, klɑspt/; clasping.
- to embrace or hug: The lovers clasped.
- a fastening, such as a catch or hook, used for holding things together
- a firm grasp, hold, or embrace
- military a bar or insignia on a medal ribbon, to indicate either a second award or the battle, campaign, or reason for its award
- to hold in a firm grasp
- to grasp firmly with the hand
- to fasten together with or as if with a clasp
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 (v.2)).
late 14c., from Clasped; clasping.(n.). Related:
- A part of a removable partial denture that directly retains or stabilizes a denture.