Clasp (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clasped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Clasping] [OE. claspen, clapsen, prob. akin to E. clap.]

1.

To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a clasp).

2.

To inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to grasp; to embrace.

3.

To surround and cling to; to entwine about.

"Clasping ivy."

Milton.

 

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Clasp, n.

1.

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.

2.

A close embrace; a throwing of the arms around; a grasping, as with the hand.

Clasp knife, a large knife, the blade of which folds or shuts into the handle. -- Clasp lock, a lock which closes or secures itself by means of a spring.

 

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