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Meaning of clasp

clasp

Pronunciation: (klasp, kläsp), [key]
— n., v., clasped claspt clasping.
—n.
  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.
—v.t.
  1. to fasten with or as with a clasp.
  2. to furnish with a clasp.
  3. to seize, grasp, or grip with the hand: She clasped the club in her hand.
  4. to hold in a tight embrace; hug: He clasped the child to him.
—v.i.
  1. to embrace or hug: The lovers clasped.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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