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clasp (n.)

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 clip (v.2)). As "a clinging or grasping," c. 1600.

clasp (v.)

late 14c., "to furnish with buckles," from clasp (n.). From c. 1400 as "to shut or fasten together with a clasp; to catch and hold by twining or embracing." Related: Clasped; clasping.

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Definitions of clasp
1
clasp (v.)
hold firmly and tightly;
clasp (v.)
fasten with or as if with a brooch;
Synonyms: brooch
clasp (v.)
fasten with a buckle or buckles;
Synonyms: buckle
clasp (v.)
grasp firmly;
The child clasped my hands
2
clasp (n.)
a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together;
clasp (n.)
the act of grasping;
he released his clasp on my arm
Synonyms: clench / clutch / clutches / grasp / grip / hold
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