from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fastening, such as a hook or buckle, used to hold two or more objects or parts together.
- n. An embrace or hug.
- n. A grip or grasp of the hand.
- n. A small metal bar or other device attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate the action or service for which it was awarded or an additional award of the same medal.
- transitive v. To fasten with or as if with a clasp.
- transitive v. To hold in a tight embrace.
- transitive v. To grip firmly in or with the hand; grasp.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fastener or holder, particularly one that clasps.
- n. An embrace, a grasp, or handshake.
- v. To take hold of; to grasp; to grab tightly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a clasp).
- transitive v. To inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to grasp; to embrace.
- transitive v. To surround and cling to; to entwine about.
- n. An adjustable catch, bent plate, or hook, for holding together two objects or the parts of anything, as the ends of a belt, the covers of a book, etc.
- n. A close embrace; a throwing of the arms around; a grasping, as with the hand.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To catch and hold by twining or embracing; surround and cling to, as a vine to a tree; embrace closely; inclose or encompass, as with the arms, hands, or fingers; grasp.
- To shut or fasten together with or as with a clasp.
- To cling.
- n. A catch or hook used to hold together two things, or two parts of the same thing.
- n. Specifically— A broad, flat hook or catch used to hold together the covers of a book.
- n. A hook used to hold together two parts of a garment, or serve as an ornament: as, a cloak-clasp. See agraffe, brooch, fermail.
- n. A small piece of tin or other metal passed through or around two objects, and bent over to fasten them together.
- n. In spinning, an arrangement consisting of two horizontal beams, the upper pressed upon the lower one, or lifted for drawing out the thread.
- n. A clinging or grasping, especially of the arms or hands; a close embrace.
- n. In entomology, the claspers at the end of the male abdomen, designed for retaining the female.
- To attach holdfasts of metal to the outer edges of (a book-cover) to prevent its yawning or warping.
- n. In the British army, a narrow flat bar of metal forming part of a military decoration, and bearing the name of some action at which the bearer was present.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grasp firmly
- n. the act of grasping
- n. a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
- v. hold firmly and tightly
- v. fasten with or as if with a brooch
- v. fasten with a buckle or buckles
Middle English claspe, probably ultimately from Old English clyppan, to grasp, hold.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Noun dated in the 13th Century CE and verb dated in the late 14th Century CE; from claspe, possible modification of clapse, which is from Old English clyppan ("to grasp"). Related to enclasp ("embrace, hold tightly in one's arms"). (Wiktionary)